April 20, 2022 – April 21, 2022

Alberta Technology Symposium

The Alberta Technology Symposium is set to bring a spotlight to Alberta’s incredible technology sector. It’s time to put Alberta first! We will showcase our leading companies and people who represent what blockchain, machine learning and Internet of Things (IoT) have to offer in our province.

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INTRODUCTION

Discover Alberta’s Disruptive Technology Innovation

The last few challenging years have demonstrated the power of Alberta’s emerging technologies to overcome obstacles, reshape our economy and build a more resilient future. From disruptive development in blockchain and crypto to a strong startup ecosystem of companies digitally transforming sectors like healthcare and energy, Alberta is home to more than 3,000 technology companies innovating world-class solutions – and is first in the country for inclusive participation in tech leadership.

Live at the Grand Theatre, April X-X, 2021

Join the Canadian Blockchain Consortium for the Alberta Technology Symposium, a two-day exploration of our province’s emerging tech companies, organizations and solutions. Uniting leaders from across key disciplines like blockchain, fintech, healthcare and sustainability, this landmark event showcases the diverse ways that homegrown technologies are reimagining Alberta’s future and highlights how our tech ecosystem can attract new investment and support innovation hubs with long-term sustainability.

BLOCKCHAIN

A growing list of records, called blocks, that are linked using cryptography making it resistant to modification of the data.

MACHINE LEARNING

Algorithms and statistical models that computer systems use to perform a specific task without using explicit instructions.

INTERNET OF THINGS

Interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, with the ability to transfer data over a network.

OUR SYMPOSIUM DELIVERS

Alberta Technology Symposium

Business to Business Connections

The right relationships can make anything possible. One on one matchmaking sessions with other attendees, event sponsors, and speakers giving you the opportunity to create relationships with government agencies, executives, start-ups, technology leaders and funding. By downloading our app, participants can access a customized match-making solution that will help them align with their own perfect connections.

Alberta Technology Symposium

Insider Technology Insights

Alberta’s technology community is a booming part of Canada’s fast-growing new economy, and the Symposium’s panels and talks highlight top experts from our own local industry, along with fascinating speakers from across the country. Topics include our most exciting digital innovations like blockchain technologies, IoT and Machine Learning, and how these emerging home-grown solutions can help transform business processes and make industry in Canada more sustainable, competitive and profitable.

Alberta Technology Symposium

Government and Industry Forums

An incredible amount can be accomplished when a group of thoughtful, experienced people gather together to discuss meaningful issues and co-develop solutions. At the Symposium, our industry and government roundtables unite leaders in business and the public sector in discussions about the critical importance of Alberta’s technology sector, and the essential ingredients needed to develop an international reputation for innovation and support our game-changing tech entrepreneurs.

Alberta Technology Symposium

Complementary Catering

The Alberta Blockchain Consortium has become known for its delicious high-end catering at its events. The Symposium will feature complimentary coffee and treats throughout the day, an included lunch that will appeal to diverse tastes, and a delicious assortment of appitizers at the can’t-miss evening Gala. This event is being held to celebrate the achievements of Alberta’s technology community, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the GMB Cancer Research Foundation.

Alberta Technology Symposium

Power of Utility Gala

Join the Alberta Blockchain Consortium and event partner the Canadian Blockchain Association for Women at the Alberta Technology Symposium’s Power of Unity Gala as we celebrate just how far the technology community has come in changing our province’s economic landscape, and discover the incredible potential of our digital – and diverse – future. Enjoy an evening of drinks, gourmet appetizers and great conversations, along with a silent auction with proceeds supporting the incredible work of the GMB Cancer Foundation

TICKETS

Early Bird Tickets Now Available

Early Bird - 2 Day Pass
CA$299.00 + CA$19.22 Fee
2 Day Pass
CA$399.00 + CA$25.31 Fee
First Day Pass
CA$250.00 + CA$16.23 Fee
Second Day Pass
CA$250.00 + CA$16.23 Fee
Student Admission
CA$125.00 + CA$8.63 Fee
Showcase Table
CA$2,500.00 + CA$153.20 Fee
Gala Reception Only
CA$35.00 +CA$3.15 Fee

Included In Admission

B2B Networking

One on one matchmaking sessions with other attendees, event sponsors, and speakers giving you the opportunity to create relationships with government agencies, executives, start-ups, technology leaders and funding.

Panels

Our growing list of topics include:
Building Consensus: Technology Adoption Takes an Ecosystem
Why Canada needs Alberta?
Trust in Tokens: Regulating Blockchain Securities
Renewables & Clean tech
Is Alberta Investment Ready?

Showcase Table

Our 6’ marketing tables are available to companies and organizations of all kinds. With three locations around our conference, each giving different levels of exposure, we have options available for any budget.

SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE

Journalist, Author and Commentator

Rex Murphy

Canadians are treated to weekly commentary from Rex on CBC’s The National along with his Saturday column in the National Post. He’s also acted as an editorial contributor to CBC Radio’s Definitely Not the Opera. For over 20 years he was the host and moderator of CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup. The show brought over 1 million listeners and at times 15,000 callers wanting to join in discussions.

AGENDA

DAY 1

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Registration and Networking

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM

Opening Remarks Koleya Karringten - Executive Director - Canadian Blockchain Consortium

9:05 AM – 9:15 AM

Keynote

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Panel Discussion Ecosystems: The Foundation of Innovation

The collaborative networks of industry organizations, government agencies and academic institutions that form ecosystems are an essential foundation in helping technology companies make the difficult leap from concept to a real-world, marketable product. These complex systems often form organically - but they need strong leadership and support to sustain their mandates of fostering the growth of new ideas and companies. Learn about the challenges and opportunities of ecosystem formation, and how engagement at all levels is critical in building game-changing innovation communities.

Moderator:
Koleya Karringten, Executive Director - Alberta Blockchain Consortium
Speakers:
Brenda Beckedorf, Executive Director - Alberta IoT
AMII
Malcolm Bruce, CEO - Edmonton Global
Alexis Pappas

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Panel Discussion The Future of Fintech

2021 was a breakthrough year for blockchain in the financial services sector, with the cryptocurrency market hitting an all-time high of US $3 trillion. Close to 4% of the world's population - more than 300 million - now participate in the new digital economy through purchasing, trading and using crypto like Bitcoin. Leading financial institutions, including banks like Morgan Stanley and traditional exchanges like the NYSE, have also joined in, and now offer new products and services to meet the demands of this accelerating market. Discover the innovative technologies integrating the old and new economy, and how cryptocurrency is reimagining a new future for fintech.

Moderator:
Janine Moir
Speakers:
Kris Ried - Founder of NEO
Pamela Draper, CEO, Bitvo

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

FireSide Chat Crypto's Path to Public Markets

Navigating the complex regulatory path to public market listings for cryptocurrency-related companies and products is full of challenges, but opens the emerging Bitcoin and digital asset sectors to new liquidity and investor opportunities. Canada has been a leader in multiple major exchange listings for Bitcoin products, like a TSX world's-first BTC ETF open to retail investors in March of 2021. This was followed by another landmark listing in July - Bitcoin Well (TSX.V:BTCW) the first ever publicly listed Bitcoin ATM company. Join this fireside chat with Bitcoin Well founder Adam O'Brien for an in-depth discussion on regulation, innovation and how Canada can continue to lead this emerging market.

Moderator:
Daniell Smith
Speakers:
Adam O'Brien, CEO, Bitcoin Well

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Panel Discussion Investing in Disruption

Emerging technologies are challenging to value and forecast, but these innovations are shaping the future of our economy and lives - and it's critical that the companies behind them can access the capital they need to keep their innovation moving forward. This panel brings together experts in venture capital and start-up financing to discuss creative fundraising strategies for disruptive companies, how to position business development for success, and what it takes to become the next Canadian tech unicorn.

Moderator:
Jade Alberts - Founder of Peer Guidance
Speakers:
Zachary Storms - Founder of Startup TNT

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Panel Discussion Bitcoin on the Balance Sheet: Opportunities and Challenges

The growing corporate adoption of Bitcoin means new regulatory and financial considerations for industries like finance and retail – and unique opportunities for growth in one of the world’s fastest-evolving markets. Discover the latest in thought leadership on the economic rationale for holding Bitcoin on the corporate balance sheet, regulatory implications, and how industries can benefit from building services that support BTC payments and investments.

Moderator:
Ryan Muller
Speakers:
Dave Bradley - CRO, Bitcoin Well
Alex Szecsy - Memory Express

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Networking break (B2B Room)

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Panel Discussion Automation and the Digital Jobs of Tomorrow

Canada's employment landscape is undergoing a rapid transformation through advanced technologies like blockchain, AI and robotics process automation (RPA), meaning that the work of the future will be dramatically different. This fireside chat explores to 40% of all jobs are predicted to be eliminated by technology by just 2040 - maybe even yours - but the digital economy and metaverse might be the creative engines for of millions of new jobs.

Speakers:
Neeraj Gupta - Attabotics

5:00 PM

After Party (B2B Room)

DAY 2

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM

Opening Remarks

9:05 AM – 10:05 AM

Panel Discussion Securities, NFTs and the Changing Regulatory Landscape

The NFT boom of early 2021 created momentum around blockchain tokens as a powerful way to commoditize assets like art and intellectual property, but the technology’s lightening fast evolution means that NFTs are caught in a regulatory grey area that needs clarity. Consumer and investor protection requires building strong legal and governance policies around token issuances to avoid replicating the disastrous ICO bubble of 2018. The Canadian Blockchain Consortium is joined by industry members and legal experts to shed light on some of the critical issues raised by NFTs and discuss a path forward on market regulation.

Moderator:
Richards Jones
Speakers:
Frank Hepworth
Kunal Bhasin

10:05 AM – 11:05 AM

Panel Discussion How Bitcoin Mining Supports Alberta's Ecosystem

In an increasingly turbulent energy market, some producers are turning to bitcoin mining to supplement their income. While some have criticized bitcoin mining for being wasteful and inefficient, others say it actually supports green initiatives. Our panel of experts will help cut through the rhetoric.

Moderator:

Speakers:
Stephen Babour, CEO Upstream Data
Haley, Thomas

11:05 AM – 12:00 PM

Fireside Chat Investing in Derivatives

Moderator:
Balance
Speakers:

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Panel Discussion Transformations in Health Technologies

The Canadian health care system is undergoing an innovation revolution, with the emergence of innovative new ways of predicting health outcomes, treating chronic conditions and enabling a better standard of care for patients. From AI and deep data intelligence to automation and digitalization, this panel discusses the latest in health technologies and how disruptive companies can navigate adoption challenges in Canada's low-tech legacy infrastructure.

Moderator:
Richards Jones
Speakers:
Crystal Phillips – Health Lead – Thin Air Labs
Adrian Mitchell – Co-Founder – Cherry Health
Andrew MacIsaac - CEO - API
Rohit Joshi - CEO

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Panel Discussion Financing Alternatives in the Digital Age: A discussion of internet based fundraising, policy and regulatory considerations

For businesses poised to enter periods of growth, access to capital is absolutely necessary. Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology promises to alter all kinds of industries, including the private equity sector. What are security token offerings, and how do they differ from traditional capital raising activities such as IPOs? What are the risks related to this new type of financing and how are Canadian regulators mitigating those risks? This panel will bring together national experts on the topic to discuss these issues and more!

Moderator:
Matthew Burgoyne, Partner, McLeod Law
Speakers:
Khurram Shroff CEO, iMining
Rodney - outlier

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Networking break (B2B Room)

3:45 PM - Close

Panel Discussion Ag Tech: Agriculture’s Digital Evolution

Facing stiff international competition and rising production costs, humanity’s oldest economic activity has needed to become a leader in embracing cutting-edge technologies. Digital tools like blockchain, AI and IoT are transforming the way farmers manage their operations, streamline their supply chains and even build their brand image to access niche consumer markets. Find out from leaders in Canada’s farmtech sector what these changes mean for the economics of agribusiness, and how digital tools can improve food safety and lower costs.

Moderator:
Deborah Wilson | TrustBix
Speakers:
MNP
Godard - COO Verge
Willson Action

Breakout Room 1

April 16th 10:30am – 11:30am

Break Out Session Panel Discussion:

Welcome to the most transformative period in human history! We now live in a world where change has never been as intense and fast as it today. As exponential technologies demonetize, democratize, converge and build upon one another— giving rise to the Fourth Industrial Revolution— they are bringing abundance to every industry and, simultaneously, disrupting them all in one way or another. While traditional business models work just fine in a scarcity-based environment, they are not designed to operate in the fast-approaching world of abundance.

As a result, a new breed of company has emerged that knows exactly how to respond. Exponential Organizations (ExOs)— so named for their ability to grow 10 times (10x) as fast as established organizational structures— are not just built to survive the impact of accelerating technologies, they thrive because of them. ExOs succeed by harnessing and managing what traditional companies find chaotic. The key is being able to understand the difference between linear vs. exponential thinking and what your organization can do to adapt to the rapidly changing world of today.

Salim Ismail is the best-selling author of Exponential Organizations, is Founding Executive Director of Singularity University and Co-founder and Chairman of OpenExO, a global transformation ecosystem that connects world-class professionals with organizations, institutions and people who want to build a better future through cutting-edge ideas and actionable methodologies. Through his global community and consulting team along with his exhaustive research, he has contextualized and shared the key concepts that catapult you into the world of exponential thinking.

Learn about:

  • The nature of exponential change
  • The 4Ds
  • Scarcity vs Abundance
  • An Exponential Organization
  • The Organizational Immune system
  • The 11 ExO attributes
  • The 9 implications of ExOs

Moderator:
Darcy Patten, Managing Partner, EXO Executive

April 16th 11:30am – 12:30am

Break Out Session Presentation:

Technology, Climate Change and Canada’s Future Feelings can be very strong when it comes to climate change and there is a battle between emotion and facts. How do companies accurately capture the facts, communicate them and stay onside with legislation? What technologies can help companies meet regulatory requirements? Gain an understanding of the various legislation affecting Canada and what is coming internationally that will impact us. eloitte

Speakers:
Lara Gaede – Securities Centre of Excellence, Deloitte
Janine Moir – National Blockchain Assurance Leader, D

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