Keynote Speaker: Jay Ingram

We’re excited to announce the Canada 3.0 Keynote Speaker will be Jay Ingram. Jay, an iconic Canadian broadcaster and science communicator, says of his address: “We need good brains for innovation, but we also need to understand that those same brains can get in the way of good communication and cooperation.”

Iconic broadcaster Jay Ingram is one of Canada’s best-known and most popular science personalities. Ingram has hosted both the premier radio science program in Canada, CBC’s Quirks and Quarks, and its TV counterpart, Discovery Channel Canada’s Daily Planet. In 2010, Ingram was appointed as a member to the Order of Canada for a lifetime of service in science communication. He has received several awards for his work, including honorary degrees from Carleton University, McGill University, McMaster University, King’s College and the University of Alberta.

A prolific author, Ingram has written 12 books – most recently, Fatal Flaws – most of which have been best-sellers. His books have been translated into 12 languages.

Since 2005, he has been Chair of the Science Communications Program at the Banff Centre. He is also co-founder and Chair of the arts and engineering festival called Beakerhead, which began in September 2013 in Calgary.


Keynote Speaker: Dave Hancock – Premier of Alberta

Premier of Alberta, President of Executive Council
Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education

Dave Hancock is in his fifth term as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Whitemud. On March 23, 2014, he was sworn in as Alberta’s 15th Premier. In addition, Mr. Hancock currently serves as Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education.

Prior to his current appointments, he served as Deputy Premier from December 13, 2013, to March 23, 2014, as Minister of Human Services and Government House Leader and as Minister of Education.

In his third term, Mr. Hancock served as Minister of Health and Wellness and as Government House Leader. He was also appointed as a member of the Agenda and Priorities Committee, Treasury Board, the Legislative Review Committee, the Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing Committee, and the Cabinet Policy Committee on Community Services.

He previously served as the Minister of Advanced Education, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Minister of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs, and vice-chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Education and Employment.

A lawyer by profession, Mr. Hancock was a partner with Matheson and Company, Barristers and Solicitors, before entering public service. A strong believer in giving back to the community, he supports numerous nonprofit and service organizations as time permits, including Success By 6, Meals on Wheels, and Kiwanis Club.


Emcee: Bill Whitelaw

We’re pleased to announce the Canada 3.0 MC will be Bill Whitelaw, the CEO of the JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group, the major energy B2B information company in Canada. Bill, a dynamic and insightful champion of the need for energy sector innovation, will lead the conversation at Canada 3.0.

Bill Whitelaw, chief executive officer of JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group (JWN), joined the company in 2002. He has expanded the company’s product portfolio, developed new frontiers within the industry and ensured JWN remains progressive and people-focused. Bill began his involvement with the publishing industry in the 1960s, selling the St. John’s Evening Telegram while living in Goose Bay, Labrador. Having worked as a reporter, editor-in-chief and publisher, he brings over 30 years of experience in the newspaper and business-to-business media sectors to the company. Bill is also a director on many community boards, including the Canadian Heavy Oil Association, Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame, Canadian Business Press, Vertigo Theatre, Alberta Global Forum and Telus World of Science (External Relations Committee). Bill has a print journalism diploma from Loyalist College, a BA from Queen’s University and a master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Calgary.

Tom Jenkins

Moderator: Tom Jenkins

We are proud to announce, the Canada 3.0 2014 first panel moderator will be Tom Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins has extensive experience in innovation and economic development sectors, both private and public. Tom has received countless awards, from universities across the globe, for his executive leadership.  He is an active philanthropist.

Tom has many impressive titles including Founder and Executive Chair and Chief Strategy Officer of Open Text Corporation, Executive Fellow (School of Public Policy) for the University of Calgary and Officer of the Order of Canada.

Tuesday, May 27th, Tom will moderate an intriguing discussion about opportunities to increase cooperation between energy and ITC innovation sectors.

Tom is uniquely qualified to host this discussion. He chaired the Independent Panel on Federal Support to Research and Development (R&D) that published the 2011 report “Innovation Canada: A Call to Action.” He is one of the founders of Communitech (the Waterloo Region Technology Association), and director of the C.D. Howe Institute and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.

As a pioneer to many of the digital management technologies commonly used today, Tom will bring a unique and educated perspective to the discussion.


Panel Moderator: Peter Garrett

Peter is a firm believer in the positive impact of new technology in the diversification of our economy and benefits to society. Peter is an engineer, active investor and business and technology consultant with over 30 years of experience. Peter is instrumental in enhancing Innovate Calgary’s commercialization model into a more integrated approach. His focus gears towards facilitating connections among stakeholders and offering a complete range of programs and services to achieve success.

Peter previously led global wireless network R&D for Nortel consisting of over 1,200 engineers and scientists working in seven labs over five continents that were responsible for developing and deploying over 50 new products annually. He also worked with Global Thermoelectric, (an alternative energy/fuel cell company) as Chief Operating Officer then subsequently Chief Executive Officer leading the successful merger for the business with Fuel Cell Energy.


Panel Moderator: Lori Schmidt

Lori Schmidt is an avid supporter and facilitator of collaborative approaches and alliance building in tackling regional and global competitiveness issues. Lori is Chief Executive Officer of Productivity Alberta, a private not-for-profit corporation working to improve the productivity, innovation, and competitiveness performance of Alberta industry.

Some of her past roles include Director – Cluster and Industry Development with Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, and President of Loral Management Group – her consulting practice, which provided strategic management and economic development consulting expertise to a broad base of clients in a variety of business and not-for-profit sectors.


Panel Moderator: Paul D. Clark

Paul Clark is currently President, VisionGain Consulting Inc; a company providing service in research & technology management, fields of vision/strategy building, and advanced technically based facilitation. Paul is also a Senior Affiliate with Ian Murray & Company Ltd., Previously he was Vice-President, Research & Technology for NOVA Chemicals Corporation and President, NOVA Chemicals Research & Technology Inc. and Global Operations Director Polyethylene R&D, Dow Chemical Co. He has had a wide and varied career in the chemical industry in both Canada and the U.S. His work involved extensive relationships with universities and government to create and manage collaborative research projects that have had significant commercial impact.

Some of his other roles include Board of Directors, Alberta Innovates – Energy & Environment Solutions, Board of Directors, Climate Change & Emissions Management Corp., Board of Directors, Alberta Environmental Monitoring Agency, Fellow, The Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS), Board of Directors, Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (SCA) and the Canadian Light Source (CLS).