April 26 – April 27, 2023

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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Celebrating Our Disruptive Innovation

Digital technologies are the answer to some of our world’s greatest challenges over the next decades, and Alberta’s home-grown solutions are earning us a place among leading global tech hubs like Singapore, Silicon Valley, and London. 

The Alberta Technology Symposium unites the province’s disruptive technology ecosystems in a two-day event that shines a spotlight on our success in fields like ML, blockchain, and IoT and highlights the companies building the future of our diversified economy.

Powerful things happen when communities come together in support of a common vision. Our mission is to bring international attention to Alberta innovation, showcase our future potential as a technology hub, and provide opportunities for networking and collaboration between our tech ecosystems. Enjoy insightful panels, high-end refreshments and lunches, and our renowned social good evening gala in support of our non-profit partners.


Unlock the power of Machine Learning at our upcoming symposium. Discover how ML can transform businesses and more.


Join us for a journey into the exciting world of Quantum Computing. Explore the latest breakthroughs at our symposium.


Discover the Future of Alberta Technology at our upcoming symposium. Learn from leading innovators and see the latest developments.


Delve into the intricacies of blockchain, its real-world applications, and its potential to change the way we conduct business from smart contracts to decentralized finance.

On April 26-27, 2023, The Alberta Technology Symposium is honoured to host our 3rd annual Gala and our 1st ever awards night celebrating our technology ecosystem’s most talented and innovative companies!


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Alberta Technology Symposium

Symposium Topics

Alberta has always been a leader in technology education and development for the energy sector, and our diversifying economy has benefited from our fertile environment for digital innovation. Discover a curated content steam of our province’s emerging technologies and projects across varied fields, answering questions including:

  • Will a new era of quantum computing threaten blockchain cryptography? 
  • What does the future look like for Alberta’s thriving Machine Learning industry?
  • How can crypto mining support the energy transition and greater sustainability?
  • How can digital innovation protect our essential global supply chains?
  • Can blockchain and IoT solve some of our biggest ESG challenges?

…and many more of the most compelling technology topics impacting Alberta and the world.

Alberta Technology Symposium

Alberta Leadership

Where does Alberta stand as a technology hub? Our accelerating industries are creating new employment opportunities, sparking the development of world-leading digital educational programs, and catalyzing a thriving export market for technologies like ML and cleantech. Did you know that Alberta:

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Technology Convergence

The future of our high-tech economy won’t be siloed – the greatest impacts of digital transformation are found across disciplines and innovations. 

Sponsored by Alberta Innovates, the Canadian Blockchain Consortium has collaborated with diverse ecosystems and industries on a series of Industry Forums that leverage the knowledge of Alberta experts to create a strategic plan for how blockchain can accelerate our overall economy.

Our Converge Plan examines the benefits of blockchain technologies, including cryptocurrency and mining, smart contracts, and tokenization, on sectors like energy, finance, government services, and logistics, as well as our homegrown IoT, ML, and AVR. 

We’re excited to share the conclusions from this study at the Alberta Technology Symposium and demonstrate the potential of our roadmap towards a digitalized, automated, and borderless new economy.  

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Future Potential

What changes will Alberta experience in the next 5, 10, and 20 years? We’re seeing the emergence of technologies that will impact our province for decades to come, and the Alberta Technology Symposium showcases the innovation of the future – today. With strong government and industry support, we believe that Alberta will:

  • Lead the world in solutions for emissions reduction, tracking, and the trading of carbon assets
  • Boost its annual GDP by $4-8 billion annually through the adoption of blockchain technologies
  • Protect its digital industries through advanced security and encryption solutions
  • Develop an automated, machine-driven economy through interconnected networks of intelligent devices, analytics, and smart contracts 

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Accelerating Growth

To become nationally and internationally competitive, Alberta needs to support and nurture its technology startups and SMEs and build investment pipelines that will sustain the next stage of our tech sector’s growth. Join for discussions on how Alberta can shake up its conservative investor culture, leverage technological solutions for raising funds, and smart strategies for companies seeking to access capital in the province and beyond.


Technology Symposium Tickets: Get Yours Today!

Early Bird
CA$449.99 + CA$28.41 Fee
Full Conference Pass Plus Gala (Early Bird)
CA$649.00 + CA$40.53 Fee
Full Conference Pass Plus Gala
CA$725.00 + CA$45.15 Fee
Full Conference Pass
CA$625.00 + CA$39.07 Fee
Day 1
CA$399.00 + CA$25.31 Fee
Gala Pass
CA$179.00 + CA$11.92 Fee
Day 2
CA$399.00 + CA$25.31 Fee
Student Pass
CA$199.00 + CA$13.13 Fee
Gala Table (8 People)
CA$1700.00 + CA$104.50 Fee



Chief Executive Officer

Tyler Chisholm

Tyler is the Co-Founder and CEO of clearmotive marketing, a full-service agency  focused on industrial clients.

Tyler also hosts two podcasts – They Just Get It and Collisions YYC which allows him  to feed his endless curiosity. He uses his conversational style to give a voice to the  eccentrics of the world and the innovators changing Alberta. In his free time, he is  dedicated to philanthropy through Red Express, a toys for kids project and as an  ambassador for International Justice Mission Canada to support their cause of  ending modern-day slavery in our lifetime.

Chief Executive Officer | Fuse Financial


Aamna Zia

Aamna Zia is the cofounder and CEO of Fuse Financial, a platform that brings together banking...

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Head of Government Affairs | Binance Canada


Adam Bolek

Adam Bolek has over fifteen years experience in public and government affairs, politics, campaigns...

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Chief Innovation Officer | GuildOne Inc.


Alexis Pappas

The Chief Innovation Officer of blockchain and digital assets firm GuildOne Inc, Alexis has a diverse...

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Chief Executive Officer | Crypto Therm


Austin Bank

Austin Bank has been designing and building liquid cooling and heating systems...

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Associate | Osler LLP


Asad Akhtar

Asad is an associate in the Corporate group and a member of the Digital Assets...

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Associate Director of Derivatives | Luxor Technologies


Ben Harper

As a Financial Associate with Luxor Technologies, a Seattle-based digital mining services company...

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Director of Finance | National Digital Asset Exchange Inc.


Sarah Guina

Accomplished finance professional with...

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Executive Director | Alberta IoT


Brenda Beckedorf

In her role supporting the innovation and tech ecosystem, the Fast Track Accelerator Program was...

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Business Development Manager, Enterprise Technology | Calgary Economic Development


Chelsea Hallick

As the Business Development Manager, Enterprise Technology...

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President, Syzygy Engineering Consultants | Co-Founder, Terrestrial Energy | Investor, Consultant, SYNERGETIC | Syzygy Engineering


Chris Popoff

Chris Popoff is a risk-taking innovator and doer. He is passionate about people and...

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Vice President | Thin Air Labs Fund I


Crystal Phillips

Entrepreneur, former elite athlete, founder of Branch Out Neurological Foundation...

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Founder | Sketchdeck ai


Daniel Kamau

Daniel began his career as a Structural Engineer and worked for almost a decade before...

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Product Lead - Industry | Amii


David Chan

His team works with clients to ensure their needs are understood...

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Chief Executive Officer | Tetra Trust


Didier Lavallee

Didier has spent the last 16 years in capital markets and asset servicing experience...

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Associate Vice President, Investments | Alberta Innovates


Doug Holt

Ecosystem builder, leader, educator and strategist..

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Senior Vice President, Communications and Culture | Hut 8


Erin Dermer

Specialties: communications strategy, crisis communications and issues management...

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Senior Consultant, Blockchain & Cryptoassets | KPMG LLP


George Djuric

He has a background in and deep understanding of blockchain networks, digital assets...

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Co-founder and Director | Metiquity Ventures Fund I


Jacques LaPointe

Co-founder and Director of Metiquity Ventures Fund I and the former President and co-founder of...

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Vice President | Canadian Blockchain Consortium


Jade Alberts

I have exited a business and helped three others exit. We help Startups, Entrepreneurs...

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National Digital Assurance Leader | Deloitte Canada


Janine Moir

Janine is on the cutting-edge of the profession, serving as the National Digital...

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Director of Canada | SVG Ventures | THRIVE


John Cassidy

He leads the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic plans to expand in Canada and is...

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Chief Executive Officer | Quantized Technologies

Jordan Smith

Jordan graduated from the Haskayne School of Business in 2011 and went on to become a 5-time...

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Founder, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer | Accelerate Fintech


Julian Klymochko

Julian Klymochko is the Founder, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer of Accelerate, a leading provider of alternative...

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Director of Alberta | Plug and Play Tech Center


Kevin Dahl

Kevin is a geek at heart. He loves technology and is fascinated by its impact on society. As a...

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Executive Director | Canadian Blockchain Consortium


Koleya Karringten

A proud Albertan technology entrepreneur, advocate, and leader, Koleya Karringten has a unique...

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Partner | Andersen Tax Canada


Krista Rabidoux

I have over 22 years of experience providing US - Canadian Cross Border tax planning...

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Founder | Innovative Fuel Systems


Leland Oberst

Leland was a Deloitte Edmonton Partner from 2002 until 2016 ...

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Managing Director | Quantum City

Megan Lee, PhD MBA

MBA/PhD with for-profit and non-for-profit leadership experience...

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Partner | Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.


Melissa Smith

Melissa is a partner in the Securities and Capital Markets Group in BLG's Calgary office. Melissa focuses her practice on corporate …

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Blockchain and FinTech Adviser | Alberta Securities Commission


Mohamed Zohiri

Mohamed is the Blockchain and FinTech Adviser at the Alberta Securities Commission. Where he works...

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Sustainability Leader | Spartan Controls


Nannette Ho-Covernton P.Eng

Joined Spartan Controls in 1995 after spending 8 years in the EPC community working in project engineering...

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Founder & Angel Investor | Lawcubator


Neeraj Gupta

Neeraj is expert on AI/ML/IOT, Product Management, Innovation Management, Strategy, International...

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Co-Founder and Co-CEO | AltaML


Nicole Janssen

Nicole is responsible for overseeing the growth of AltaML’s business, which spans multiple...

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Head of Alberta Business | Mphasis


Nitin Sathawane

A growth driven leader with entrepreneur mindset, Nitin has over twenty two years of expertise in building large...

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President and Chief Executive Officer | Bitvo Inc and Pateno Payments Inc


Pamela Draper

Pamela Draper is the President and CEO of Pateno Payments Inc., a firm that...

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Chief Technology Officer | Digital Commerce Bank


Paul Twigg

Geek! A dynamic, experienced, award winning CTO who specialises...

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Inspector | Calgary Police Service


Philip Hoetger

Phil Hoetger has 23 years of policing experience with the Calgary Police Service. Phil is the Commander...

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R&D Scientist and IP Manager | Quantum Silicon Inc.


Roshan Achal

Roshan earned his PhD in Physics from the University of Alberta in 2020, where he used creative approaches...

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Lawyer | Gowling WLG


Sam Gabor

He has a longstanding litigation and solicitor practice focused in restructuring...

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Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer | ZS2 Technologies


Scott Jenkins

Scott Jenkins is a Co-Founder and CEO of ZS2 Technologies Ltd., a company focused on the research...

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President | NPS Industrial Power Corp.


Simon Raven

Simon Raven graduated from the University of Calgary in 2000 with a B.sc in Geology...

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President & Chief Executive Officer | Platform Calgary


Terry Rock

Terry’s previous experience has covered a wide variety of contexts and industries. He was...

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VC Principal | Flying Fish Partners


Tiffany Linke-Boyko

Flying Fish Partners are seed investors that invest in the rapidly growing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning...

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Vice President | Risk Control Canada Inc.


Tyler Argue, CCFI-C

Tyler is a thought leader who has demonstrated his ability as a business accelerator while building collaborative..

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Founder and Chief-Organizer | Startup TNT


Zachary Storms

Zack Storms has a PhD from McGill University. He spent 10 years in academia...

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8:30AM – 9:30 AM

Registration and Networking

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM

Opening Remarks

Koleya Karringten, Executive Director | Canadian Blockchain Consortium & President/Founder | Absolute Combustion International

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Panel Discussion Collaboration, Ecosystems, and a Sharing a Future Vision

The future won’t be dominated by siloed technology innovation – real transformation is found in the convergence of digital tools like ML, IoT, AVR, and blockchain. However, realizing the benefits of the synergies between these innovations takes the real work of ecosystem collaboration, which can be challenging across diverse sectors. First of all, convergence takes a shared vision for the future – and secondly, a practical roadmap to achieving its ambitious goals. This panel highlights the outcomes of the Consortium’s Alberta Innovates sponsored Convergence Plan, strategies for amplifying the benefits of the province’s tech ecosystems, and the potential for accelerated growth Alberta can realize over the next 5 years.

Melissa Smith, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.
Brenda Berkedorf, Executive Director, Alberta IoT
Doug Holt, Associate Vice President, Investments, Alberta Innovates
Terry Rock, President and Chief Executive Officer, Platform Calgary
Crystal Phillips, Health Lead and Head of Experience, Thin Air Labs

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Panel Discussion How Canadian Fintech Can Compete in a Global Market

Studies show that Canadian financial institutions and consumers are slow to adopt the latest FinTech innovations, and this trend could have major impacts on our global competitiveness. Digital finance technologies make economies more productive, efficient, and lead to creative new products and services, and Canada urgently needs to develop a nation-wide strategy to catalyze adoption and remove roadblocks to our future progress. Where are the critical regulatory, technological, and trust gaps that stand between us and modernization of our banking and payments systems– and what are the ground-breaking Canadian FinTech solutions building bridges between our old and new economy? Join a panel of expert leaders from blockchain and the next generation of financial services to discover how we can overcome obstacles to change and compete in an increasingly digital, borderless, and decentralized world.

Sam Gabor, Lawyer, Gowling WLG
Pamela Draper, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bitvo Inc and Pateno Payments Inc
Paul Twigg, Chief Technology Officer, DC Bank
Chelsea Hallick, Business Development Manager, Enterprise Technology, Calgary Economic Development
Aamna Zia, Chief Executive Officer, Fuse

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Panel Discussion Bridging Borders for Alberta’s Technology Expansion

For many of Alberta’s innovative technology companies, international investment and expansion is the biggest signifier of success – and developing the pathways for global collaboration is critical for our provincial tech ecosystem. How can we build strong relationships with other global hubs for technologies like AI, IoT and blockchain, and help our home-grown innovation thrive in a competitive world economy? Join ecosystem leaders for a discussion about exciting new expansion opportunities, the current state of our international relationships, and how we can leverage our unique Alberta advantages into truly world-changing innovation.

Janine Moir, National Digital Assurance Leader, Deloitte Canada
Kevin Dahl, Director, Plug and Play
Jacques LaPointe, Co-founder and Director, Metiquity Ventures Fund I
John Cassidy, Director of Canada, SVG Ventures | THRIVE
Adam Bolek, Government Affairs and Policy, Binance

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Panel Discussion The Growing Convergence of TradFi and DeFi

Over the last few years, it has been established that cryptocurrency is no longer an outsider to our traditional finance economy – with crypto-backed ETFs trading on public stock exchanges and banks taking major positions in decentralized finance, the two worlds are colliding in a way that will transform both forever. In Canada, crypto companies are starting to become fully compliant with TradFi regulations like securities dealer registration, meaning these companies will stand on an equal footing – and be able to compete – with traditional financial services. Discover what our panel of Consortium experts believe a future of increasingly blurred boundaries will look like, and ways that each side will remain differentiated over the next decades.

Asad Akhtar, Associate, Osler LLP
Didier Lavallee, Chief Executive Officer, Tetra
Sarah Guina, Director of Finance, NDAX
Mohamed Zohiri, Blockchain and FinTech Adviser, Alberta Securities Commission
George Djuric, Senior Consultant, Blockchain & Cryptoassets, KPMG

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Networking break

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Fireside Chat Meeting the Challenges of Edge Device Security

Cybercrime is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, with personal data and trillions of dollars are stolen each year through increasingly sophisticated operations – 20% of which are estimated to be operated by nation states with the full R&D power of global governments behind them. As tens of billions of new web-connected IoT devices come online and computing becomes distributed away from the cloud, the protection of our edge systems like sensors and data processors is a critical potential weakness for industries and governments. Discover the advances being made towards edge device security and why business at all levels should be paying attention to this growing challenge.

Philip Hoetger, Inspector, Calgary Police Service
Tyler Argue, Vice President, Risk Control Canada Inc. ,
Julian Klymochko, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer of Accelerate

6:30 PM

Inspiration Gala

Inspiration Gala:

The Alberta Technology Symposium is honoured to host our 3rd annual Gala. This Gala will include our 1st ever awards, celebrating our technology ecosystem's most talented and innovative companies!

As a part of this year's Tech Symposium, the Canadian Blockchain Consortium aims to raise $20,000 to fund BCI home kits and other equipment that allows children to practice using the technology in activities that matter to them. Practicing with a home device allows for greater efficiencies during clinical therapies. Just as practice at home benefits weekly piano lessons, BCI at home allows children the time and space to play and learn the capabilities of the device.

Access to assistive technology is critical for the independence and well-being of children living with severe neurological disorders in Alberta. Brain-computer interface (BCI) is a leading-edge technology that harnesses the power of imagination and allows these young people to turn thoughts into action. A special headset picks up brain signals and sends them to a computer, which can control devices such as video games, robots, remote-controlled cars, innovative home technology, and even power wheelchairs. The BCI program at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital is advancing this specialized care, making it accessible to children with complex movement and communication limitations and informing future use possibilities.

"The BCI home kit is really convenient, we can plan game nights and learning sessions around work and family time. He is very proud of his home kit, especially when he gets to show friends and family what he can do on his own. I see the potential, and the more time he trains the more accurate he becomes. His future looks even bigger and brighter with easier access to other technologies through BCI." – Father of Liam, a participant in the Glenrose Hospital's BCI program.


9:50 AM – 10:00 AM

Opening Remarks

Koleya Karringten, Executive Director | Canadian Blockchain Consortium & President/Founder | Absolute Combustion International

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Panel Discussion New Technologies are the Solution to Major Global ESG Challenges

As the world looks towards an increasingly disrupted future, balancing the needs of protecting the environment with ensuring the economic security of more than 8 billion people is a challenge in need of advanced technological solutions. From financial inclusion to emissions tracking and climate finance, new technologies have demonstrated powerful benefits for ESG and meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Learn from a panel of experts about the important ways that new technologies are being used to improve the lives of people around the world and bring a new level of trust and transparency to the energy transition and fight against climate change.

Alexis Pappas, Chief Innovation Officer, GuildOne Inc.
Scott Jenkins, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, ZS2 Technologies
Chris Popoff, President, Syzygy Engineering Consultants | Co-Founder, Terrestrial Energy | Investor, Consultant, SYNERGETIC
Leland Oberst, Founder, Innovative Fuel Systems
Nannette Ho-Covernton P.Eng, Sustainability Leader, Spartan Controls

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Panel Discussion Economics and the Environment: The Surprising Benefits of Crypto Mining in Alberta

The energy consumption of proof-of-work mining has been long considered a negative, but in an era where challenges caused by the intermittent power supply of renewables require creative solutions, mining presents strong advantages for reducing our impact on the environment. From a sustainable way to finance early-stage renewables development to a profitable way of utilizing flared waste gas, large projects are demonstrating that Bitcoin mining is more than just an energy consumer – it’s a facilitator of the $100 million energy transition we urgently need. Join Alberta leaders in Bitcoin mining for this discussion of the unique, and often surprising, ways that proof-of-work supports a sustainable future.

Krista Rabidoux, Partner, Andersen Accounting
Ben Harper, Associate Director of Derivatives, Luxor Technologies Inc.
Austin Bank, Chief Executive Officer, Crypto Therm
Erin Dermer, Senior Vice President, Communications and Culture, Hut8
Simon Raven, President, NPS industrial Power Inc.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Panel Discussion Is Post-Quantum Encryption the Future of Security?

Databases should be protected by strong encryption that our current computing systems can’t crack, but the race to build incredibly powerful quantum computers means even the most advanced forms of cryptography could be vulnerable within just five years. As we move more of our economic and social activities, including our identities, finances, and government services into the decentralized and digital world, developing cryptographic systems that protect against quantum analysis is essential for our future stability. Learn about the latest advanced is post-quantum encryption and why a mass migration to stronger security could become an imperative for business security.

Zachary Storms, Founder and Chief-Organizer, Startup TNT
Roshan Achal, R&D Scientist and IP Manager, Quantum Silicon Inc.
Jordan Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Quantized Technologies
Megan Lee, Managing Director, Quantum City
Nitin Sathawan, Head of Alberta Business, Mphasis

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Panel Discussion Alberta’s Accelerating Machine Learning Innovation

One of Alberta’s biggest technology successes has been the rapid expansion of its innovation in machine learning and AI. With more than $100 million invested in the sector since 2019, home-grown ML companies have developed world-class applications in fields like healthcare, oil & gas, and transportation and logistics – even prompting global business advisory KMPG to announce an AI innovation center in Calgary at the end of 2022. Why are ML and AI so important to Alberta’s diversifying economy – and what does the future hold for this thriving industry? Join a panel of ML/AI leaders to discover more about use cases, success stories, and what the next 5 years holds for our digital intelligence evolution.

Neeraj Gupta, Founder & Angel Investor, Lawcubator
Nicole Janssen, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Alta ML
Daniel Kamau, Founder Sketchdeck ai
Tiffany Linke-Boyko, VC Principal, Flying Fish Partners
David Chan, Product Lead - Industry, Amii

3:30 PM – Close

Closing Remarks and Final Networking Break


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We’re Canada’s national ecosystem for accelerating our blockchain industry. The Consortium brings
together the top companies, researchers and thought leaders in cryptocurrency, mining, tokenization, and business blockchain solutions to collaborate on ways that we can transform Canada into a world-
class blockchain hub and benefit from the rapid global shift towards digitalization and decentralization.
Discover more about our mission, vision, and activities at canadablockchain.ca, including:

  • Frequent webinars on leading blockchain topics
  • In-person and virtual events
  • Research and ecosystem projects
  • Government and industry advocacy
  • Expert committees like legal, fintech and ESG