Session 11:00 am - 12:30 pm  

Topic: Demystifying the Hemp Industry (Option A)

Skylar Anderson 5x6

Skylar Anderson

Advisor, Global Contracts

Allan 5x6

Allan Cleiren

Chief Operating Officer   
Aurora Cannabis

Jesse Hahn 5x6 2

Jesse Hahn

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

Russ Crawford 5x6

Russ Crawford

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)

Pat Campbell 5x6

Pat Campbell, MA, PMP.

Vice President  
Strategic Initiatives
SCMA National

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 Pat

Pat’s career embodies her twin passions for stakeholder engagement and partnership building. While earning an M.A. in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University Pat established a foundation to —for which her thesis looked at the economic, social and cultural impacts of free trade on the lives of women and children in a manufacturing area in Northern Mexico.
Pat has worked with various provincial, federal and aboriginal government agencies on public/private project initiatives and in a number of labour and non-profit environments. One of her most gratifying experiences was with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General & Native Affairs, serving as Stakeholder Liaison on the team that negotiated the first successful land claim settlement in the province.

Through subsequent roles, Pat continued to develop her skills in stakeholder engagement. Her expertise in bringing together people with diverse perspectivesto tackle challenges has led to the creation of sound, strategic solutions for numerous clients, partners and stakeholders.

Giving to her community—through volunteer work with Muskoka Women's Advisory Group, South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, the Royal Canadian Legion and Midwives of Muskoka—Pat demonstrates the same values of building trust and enhancing capacity that are reflected in her work life.


Topic: Public Procurement (Option C)

VenkatSubramanian 5x6

Venkat S.

Director, Consulting & Deals

GaetanDemers 5x6

Gaetan Demers

Director, Procurement    
City of Edmonton

Perry Kinkaide 5x6

Perry Kinkaide

Chief Executive Officer
Alberta Council of Technologies Society

Stan Fidyk 5x6

Stan Fidyk

Managing Director, Procurement
ATB Financial


Driven through discussions and shared experiences from our panel, this session will focus on a number of topics within the Public Procurement space. It will discuss common challenges, and strategies to overcome those challenges (e.g. technology / eProcurement implementation; It will discuss emerging disruptions, such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Artificial Intelligence (AI), or Blockchain, and what that means for the future of Procurement; It will provide context into how Procurement organizations are dealing with a need to change in order to be more agile, manage risk, and effective supplier coordination; It will share thoughts on finding the right resources in order to effectively run a Procurement organization; Finally, we will discuss in depth whether Public Procurement as we know it, is broken in today’s state.

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.