April 26, 2023 – 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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INTRODUCTION

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 Summit 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.

MACHINE LEARNING

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

QUANTUM COMPUTING

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

FUTURE OF #ABTECH

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

BLOCKCHAIN

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.

OUR SYMPOSIUM DELIVERS

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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.



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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.

TICKETS

Technology Symposium Tickets: Get Yours Today!

Early Bird
CA$449.99 + CA$28.41 Fee
Full Conference Pass
CA$625.00 + CA$39.07 Fee
Day 1 (April 26th)
CA$399.00 + CA$25.31 Fee
Day 2 (April 27th)
CA$399.00 + CA$25.31 Fee
Student Pass
CA$199.18 + CA$13.13 Fee
Gala Pass
CA$299.00 + CA$19.22 Fee
Gala Table (8 People)
CA$2500.00 + CA$153.20 Fee

SPEAKERS

Chief Innovation Officer | GuildOne Inc.

www.guild1.co

Alexis Pappas

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

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Executive Director | Alberta IoT

www.albertaiot.com

Brenda Beckedorf

Brenda Beckedorf has been Executive Director of Alberta IoT since August 1st, 2019...

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President | Syzygy Engineering

Chris Popoff

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Chief Executive Officer | Tetra Trust

www.tetratrust.com

Didier Lavallee

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

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Vice President | Canadian Blockchain Consortium

www.peerguidance.ca

Jade Alberts

I'm an Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and a Strategist that Tells It Like It Is. I've...

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Director of Canada | SVG Ventures | THRIVE

www.thriveagrifood.com

John Cassidy

Managing Director I VC Investor I Government Relations I MBA I Results Driven leader

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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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Director of Alberta | Plug and Play Tech Center

www.plugandplaytechcenter.com

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

www.koleya.ca

Koleya Karringten

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

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Chief Executive Officer | Alberta Innovates

www.albertainnovates.ca

Laura Kilcrease

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Chief Executive Officer | Binance Canada

www.binance.com

Lawrence Truong, CFA, MBA, CAMS

"My success as a leader comes from the ability to balance my fierce competitive..."

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Partner | Osler LLP

Matthew Burgoyne

Matthew Burgoyne is a corporate commercial lawyer and the head of the Cryptocurrency and Blockchain group...

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Advisor | Attabotics

www.attabotics.com

Neeraj Gupta

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

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President | 3iQ Corp.

www.3iq.ca

Pascal St-Jean

I believe in helping create opportunities to help businesses unleash their true potential and as such, I work...

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Program Manager Canada | 500 Global

www.500.co

Simon Grigenas, Global 500

I'm a full-stack Software Engineer with experience in leading and mentoring teams. This...

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VC Principal | Flying Fish Partners

www.flyingfish.vc/home

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

www.riskcontrol.ca

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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AGENDA

DAY 1

8:30AM – 9:30 AM

Registration and Networking

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Opening Keynote

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.

Moderator:
Koleya Karringten, Executive Director, Canadian Blockchain Consortium
Speakers:
Brenda Berkedorf, Executive Director, Alberta IoT
Laura Kilcrease, Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Panel Discussion World-Leading Innovation in Alberta’s Energy Sector

Alberta spends more on clean technology research and development than any other energy-producing region, and this has paid massive dividends in the form of world-leading technologies and growing tech exports to other countries. With the latest government cleantech report showing that Alberta’s companies are accelerating in maturity, hiring power, and applications, our sustainable energy innovation is something for the province to be deeply proud of. Discover more about leading developments in fields like energy efficiency, CCUS, emissions reduction and more on this panel of cleantech pioneers.

Moderator:
Jade Alberts, Vice President, Canadian Blockchain Consortium
Speakers:

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.

Moderator:

Speakers:
Kevin Dahl, Director, Plug and Play
Simon Grigenas, Program Manager 500 Global
John Cassidy, Director of Canada, SVG Ventures | THRIVE
Lawrence Truong, Chief Executive Officer, Binance Canada

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.

Moderator:
Matthew Burgoyne, Partner, Osler LLP
Speakers:
Didier Lavallee, Chief Executive Officer, Tetra
Pascal St-Jean, President, 3iQ Corp

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Networking break

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Fireside Chat Strategies for Catalyzing Strong Regional Innovation Hubs

Successful technology hubs rarely happen by accident – these complex ecosystems of innovators, investors and tech adopters that can transform economies rely on strong support from both the public and private sector. As Alberta pivots to an increasingly technology-driven economy, ensuring that we have the right ingredients for innovation hubs is more important than ever. Discover the creative strategies that cities like Calgary and Edmonton are using to build these foundations for technology success in this exciting panel featuring municipal leaders and learn about how the positive actions we take today are predicted to bring major changes to our future economy.

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Keynote Speaker:

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.

DAY 2

8:30AM – 9:30 AM

Registration and Networking

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Opening Keynote

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.

Moderator:
Alexis Pappas, Chief Innovation Officer, GuildOne Inc.
Speakers:
Chris Popoff, President, Syzygy Engineering

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.

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Speakers:

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.

Moderator:

Speakers:
Jordan Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Quantized Technologies

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.

Moderator:
Neeraj Gupta, Advisor, Attabotics
Speakers:
Tiffany Linke-Boyko, VC Principal, Flying Fish Partners

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.

Moderator:
Tyler Argue, CCFI-C, Vice President, Risk Control Canada
Keynote Speaker:

5:00PM

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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.
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