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Speaker Organization: 
Evolution Engineering Inc.
ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2016 Applied Technology
Area of Expertise: 
Start-Up/Entrepreneurship
Presentation Topics: 

1. Starting a Business from Your Ideas
2. Simple Rules for a New Technology Start Up
3. Technology Commercialization and Marketing Strategy

Geographic Areas: 
Throughout Alberta
Short Bio: 

I take a team based approach to solving problems n industry, surrounding the group with diversity in personality and skill sets. Changing industry for the better drives me, in areas os socio impact, economic impact and efficiency. Over the past 10 years, I have played roles in building businesses and achieved good success. I was COO of Extreme Engineering, which sold to Schlumberger and was an enormous success.

Speaker Location: 
Calgary , AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
Director, Commercialization Programs, TECTERRA
ASTech Awards: 

,  Finalist,  

2014 Community
Area of Expertise: 
Start-Up/Entrepreneurship
Presentation Topics: 

Technology, Innovation and Commercialization
Trends in Geomatics
The TECTERRA Model of Innovation Support

Geographic Areas: 
Throughout Alberta
Calgary area
Edmonton area
Red Deer area
Southeast, including Lethbridge and Medicine Hat
Northwest, Grande Prairie and area
Northeast, Fort McMurray and area
Short Bio: 

Jonathan Neufeld joined TECTERRA in 2011 to create a world-leading geomatics lab facility and training program. As a result, the geomatics lab has been able to assist hundreds of companies acorss Canada to test and develop new technology. As Director of Commercialization Programs he provides direction and leadership in the definition, execution and management of TECTERRA's investment and funding programs.

He holds a B.Sc and an MBA. He is the father of three small children and an avid hiker, climber and cyclist. He is passionate about where technology will take us into the future.

Speaker Location: 
Calgary , AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
Robots and Pencils
ASTech Awards: 

,  Finalist,  

2015 Commercial
Area of Expertise: 
Technology
Presentation Topics: 

Myths in the Mobile Enterprise
The Future is Here: What You Need to Know About the Coming Era of Anticipatory Apps and Talking Robots

Geographic Areas: 
Calgary area
Edmonton area
Outside Alberta
Short Bio: 

Michael is the CEO and co-founder of Robots and Pencils. With 15 years of experience creating software and a deep understanding of the mobile industry, he is a recognized leader, innovator and strategic thinker in the mobile tech space.

Michael leads a team of triple-A developers and designers (robots and pencils, respectively) who have been created over 250 apps used by 77 million people worldwide. Founded in 2009 with the vision that mobile will be more transformative than the Internet, the team has built a reputation for creating top-ranking consumer apps, transformative enterprise apps and world-first learning platforms. With a growth rate of 4971 % over five years, Robots and Pencils was named the 34th fastest growing technology company in North America by Deloitte.

Speaker Location: 
1507 14 Ave SW , AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
CEO and Co-FOunder, Decisive Farming
ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2014 Agriculture
Area of Expertise: 
Agriculture
Presentation Topics: 

Precision Agriculture
Big Data on the Farm
Starting a High Growth Business in Alberta

Geographic Areas: 
Throughout Alberta
Calgary area
Edmonton area
Red Deer area
Southeast, including Lethbridge and Medicine Hat
Northwest, Grande Prairie and area
Northeast, Fort McMurray and area
Short Bio: 

A dynamic Ag-Business leader with a true entrepreneurial passion. He has a love of agriculture, technology, sales and marketing. When it comes to knowing the agriculture industry and its history he has a proven track record of success. In 2006, Remi and his brother took over the family Ag-retail (Dynagra) and starting incubating the next technologies in farming. Those services grew to the point that in 2011; they bought the division from the family and launched Decisive Farming. Then in 2012 they sold the family business (DynAgra) to a fortune 500 company, CHS Inc.

The Schmaltz Family has been involved in Ag Business for over 100 years and 4 generations; always leading agriculture to the next level of efficiency and profitability. It all started with the Schmaltz's farming in the late 1800's in the Beiseker area (Alberta). The farm soon evolved into selling short line farm equipment and then Remi's great grand father expanded into a Ford and Massey Harrison farm equipment dealership called Beiseker Motors. Remi's, grand father Felix joined Beiseker Motors and soon found the next innovation on the farm; fertilizer. That side business grew quickly and Felix soon opened Beiseker Agri Services, an Ag-Retail. In the 70's, Remi's father Bruce took over the business and expanded it to 4 locations. Leading to where we are today- leading the charge once again with AgTech.

Speaker Location: 
Irricana , AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
AlbertaSat, University of Alberta
ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2016 Special
Area of Expertise: 
Applied Technology
Presentation Topics: 

1. Alberta's First Satellite: Ex-Alta 1
2. Alberta's Second Satellite: Ex-Alta 2
3. AlbertaSat's Educational Outreach Program

Geographic Areas: 
Throughout Alberta
Short Bio: 

The AlbertaSat team is driven by a tenacity to explore space through the use of Cube Satellites. Our work matters because we are developing new technology at the University of Alberta while also giving undergraduate students opportunities to be involved in a space project that they otherwise wouldn't have. The long term impact of our work will hopefully be creating a space industry in Alberta, creating a spacecraft engineering and science program at all education levels.

Speaker Location: 
Edmonton , AB
Canada
 
 
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Speaker Organization: 
Luxmux Technology Corporation
ASTech Awards: 

,  Winner,  

2015 Startup
Area of Expertise: 
Start-Up/Entrepreneurship
Presentation Topics: 

Starting a Technology Start-up in Alberta
Silicon Nano-photonics, Technology and Application
How to Leverage Gov't Support from R&D to Commercialization

Geographic Areas: 
Throughout Alberta
Short Bio: 

Throughout Yonathan's career, he has worked closed with academia, industrial partners and government to introduce new technologies into the market. As founder and President of Luxmux Technology Corporation, Yonathan has raised over $6 million in capital for the purpose of commercializing Luxmux's new spectrometer technology. He has negotiated and secured capital from private, industrial and multiple government sources such as Nonobridge, IRAP, SDTC, AITF and more.

During Yonthan's tenure at the Integrated Sensors, Intelligent Systems Lab (ISIS) at the University of Calgary, he has published a number of peer-reviewed journal papers and patents in the field of CMOS Image Sensors and Silicon nanophotonics. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Award and the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Award through the National Science and Engineering Council of Canada.

Yonathan Dattner received his B.Sc in Electical Engineering from Technion - Institute of Technology, his M.Sc at the University of Calgary and was an external student at the University of British Columbia's Microsystems and Nanotechnology Group. Yonathan is a professional member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

Speaker Location: 
Calgary , AB
Canada

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