Session 11:00 am - 12:30 pm  

Topic: Demystifying the Hemp Industry (Option A)

Skylar Anderson 5x6

Skylar Anderson
Moderator

Advisor, Global Contracts
TransCanada
 

Allan 5x6

Allan Cleiren
Panelist

Chief Operating Officer   
Aurora Cannabis
 

Jesse Hahn 5x6 2

Jesse Hahn
Panelist

VP, Venture Development & Investory Relations 
Natural Fibre Tech. Ltd.

Russ Crawford 5x6

Russ Crawford
Panelist

   President  
Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance

For 60 years it was illegal to grow industrial hemp as a field crop in North America due to its indistinguishably to marijuana. In 1997 the Canadian government created enabling legislation to allow for the production and processing of hemp. For the past 20 years Canadian farmers have produced nutritious, safe food products. Hemp however remained on the list of Controlled Substances alongside heroin and cocaine. In 2018 Canada will legalize cannabis production opening the door for industrial hemp to flourish as a new source of food, fibre, animal feed and natural health products.

About Skylar

About Allan

Allan is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 25 years of executive and financial management experience in private and public companies. His experience includes both operations and finance roles, including being a CFO for publicly traded and privately owned multidivisional companies. Allan was the Canadian COO for JLT, a large multinational insurance broker, worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers where he earned his Charted Accountant designation and was engaged in audit and tax services, was Senior VP Operations and CFO for Afexa Life Science, Executive VP and formerly CFO for Universal Rail Systems. 

Allan holds a BCom degree from the University of Alberta School of Business and an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He currently serves on the Board of Universal Rail Systems Inc., Metalogic NDT Services Inc, and Hempco Food & Fiber Inc., and formerly the Chair of the Alberta Auto Insurance Rate Board.

About Jesse

Jesse Hahn at Natural Fibre Technologies Ltd,  is a Professional Agrologist with the Alberta Institute of Agrologists and holds a BSc in Environmental Science with a focus on Environmental Economics & Policy. Recently he began working with Natural Fibre Technologies, the first vertically integrated company in the world embracing the concept of “Whole Crop Utilization”. Mr. Hahn is a director of several publicly traded companies and brings with him a broad range of experience in agrology, waste management, remediation, and a passion for business development in emerging agriculture and technology industries.

About Russ

Russ Crawford has worked in the Canadian commodity sector in various capacities for the past 45 years. He has held positions in both Eastern and Western Canada for various companies including Cargill and Alberta Wheat Pool.

Russ’ work experience has included commodity trader, operations manager, department supervisor and strategic planner. Fifteen years ago Russ started his own consulting practice focusing on Information Technology solutions in the commodities sector. Russ has also been actively involved in the Industrial Hemp sector since 2008 as an advisor, policy analyst and advocate. He is currently President of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance and a Director of Naturally Splendid Enterprises Ltd.

 

Topic: Digital Supply Chain - Creating Skills for the Future (Option B)

CristianScurtescu 5x6

Cristian Scurtescu

Founder and CEO 
SmileSonica Inc. 

Pat Campbell 5x6

Pat Campbell, MA, PMP.

Executive Director  
Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council

Many different types of new technologies are either currently permeating Alberta's supply chain sector, or are soon to arrive. This session will focus on what some of these key technologies are, their impacts on a labour market that will likely need to become nimbler and more tech-savvy. 

Three major workforce challenges face supply chain professionals on the road to 2030: 1. Finding people, 2. Improving the skills of people, and 3. Managing and retaining qualified people.

 About Cristian

Cristian has over 15 years’ experience developing medical devices and microelectronic products, has his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, is a registered Professional Engineer, and holds ten patents. His passion to commercialize medical technologies led him in 2008 to launch SmileSonica, where he has built and led an entrepreneurial team of engineers, scientists, and business people. This team has developed a novel medical device for acceleration of orthodontic treatment, the Aevo System. The product is manufactured in Canada and approved for sale in Canada, Europe and Australia. In addition, the knowledge gained by the team is being translated into more new products.

About Pat

Prior to accepting the position of Executive Director with the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council, Pat Campbell was a subject matter expert in organizational development and change management. Over the span of her career, Pat has been successful in bringing diverse perspectives and stakeholders together to address today’s dynamic business environments.

Pat has a Masters Degree in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University and Bachelor of Science program at the University of Guelph. Recognizing the importance of lifelong learning, Pat is currently enrolled in Royal Roads’ Executive Leadership program.

  

Topic: Public Procurement (Option C)

VenkatSubramanian 5x6

Venkat S.
Moderator

Director, Consulting & Deals
PwC

GaetanDemers 5x6

Gaetan Demers
Panelist

Director, Procurement    
City of Edmonton
 

Perry Kinkaide 5x6

Perry Kinkaide
Panelist

Chief Executive Officer
Alberta Council of Technologies Society

Stan Fidyk 5x6

Stan Fidyk
Panelist

Managing Director, Procurement
ATB Financial

Topic Description TBD

About Gaetan

Gaétan joined the City of Edmonton in 2016 as Director of Procurement for the Corporate Procurement and Supply Services Branch (CPSS), the centralized supply chain management and tendering authority for the City.

Gaétan has over twenty-five years of experience in supply chain and proven track record of transforming organizations and delivering sustainable cost savings to a wide range of corporations and clients. His areas of expertise include strategic sourcing and procurement, logistics, contract and supplier performance management, as well as the implementation of integrated platform/technology and cloud solutions.

Over the last two years, he played a key role in the modernization of the City’s procurement and contract management processes, to ensure process alignment with best practices and industry standards and position CPSS as a strategic partner for the corporation and servicing Edmontonians.

About Perry

Perry Kinkaide, MSc, PhD, CMC is a scientist and accomplished manager in several fields. Since retiring from KPMG Consulting in 2001, he has remained active as an advisor and director for several diverse public and private organizations. His most senior career positions include: former Managing Director of KPMG Consulting in Edmonton and Assistant Deputy Minister with the Alberta Government. He received his PhD in Brain Research from the University of Alberta.

Perry is the President of Kinkaide Enterprises Inc. (KEI), allocating start-up capital and assigning operating officers to emerging technology-based, enterprises in Western Canada. He is also the past-President and CEO of the Alberta Council of Technologies that he founded in 2005. ABCtech is a non-profit Society of over 20,000 followers and embodies Perry’s continuing interest in the social and economic impact of emerging technologies.

About Stan

Stan has spent the last 5 years of his career focusing on business transformation within the public sector. His first transformation project was focused on ATB’s voluntary Canadian SOX program which enabled the CEO and CFO to certify, for the first time ever, on the design and operating effectiveness of its internal controls over financial reporting. He is now leading the transformation of the Procurement team, which includes a new supplier risk management program. Stan is a CA, CPA and has more than 25 years of experience in internal audit, investor relations, financial reporting and now Procurement. Interestingly, his last five years working at ATB represents his first job in the public sector; prior to ATB, he worked at companies such as TELUS and ATCO, On a personal note, Stan is married and has three children. He loves to play tennis and collect vinyl records to play on his 1977 jukebox.