Ron is a Relationship Manager at ATB Business. In this role, he has been able to combine his passion for urban policy with finance and innovation to advance better city building. Prior to joining ATB, Ron worked as a policy advisor at the City of Toronto. It was during this time that he founded Imagine Cities as a way to collect research to use in his role. Ron also completed his Masters where his research focused on the role of data in advancing better city-building. Since moving to Calgary in 2015, he has worked on a few policy initiatives related to urban economic development. He also led the development of an editorial platform for the Design Talks Institute.
Rachel is the Manager, Global Diversity & Inclusion at Parkland Fuel. In 2019 she was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine due to her work in diversity & inclusion (D&I) and her commitment to the charity Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society where she serves as Board President. She has obtained several awards for her work in D&I and communications including two Gold Quill Awards from IABC, a Distinction Award from the Advertising Club of Edmonton, and a Diversity & Inclusion Award from PR News. She completed her BA in Communications and Culture at the University of Calgary and her Master of Professional Communication at Royal Roads University.
Elizabeth Watterworth works in the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Applications and Technology team at Suncor. In this role she is focused on incorporating new technologies and ways of thinking into business processes throughout the organization to improve management of EHS and other risks. Previously, she led EHS reporting at Nexen Energy and was a Senior Manager with ECO Canada. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business in the Masters of Business Administration program specializing in Global Energy Management and Sustainability with a focus in accounting and sustainability reporting.
Milton currently is the Director of Programs for the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth. He also serves as a member for Community Grants with the Calgary Foundation, a member of the Project Review Committee with DevXchange International, and is part of the board of the Fig Tree Foundation. In the past, he shared his expertise with the Canadian Council for Refugees, Immigration Research West, United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC), the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), among others. Milton holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Portland State University, a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University, and holds a Charter Professional Manager designation from the Canadian Institute of Management.
Gabriela is passionate about creating a better future for all. She is the Major Gifts Officer at Bow Valley College where she develops collaborative partnerships with the college’s major donors. Gabriela comes from Ecuador where she created an award-winning small business that employed people with disabilities to make artisanal chocolates. Her professional career in Canada started in the consumer product industry as Account Manager with Procter & Gamble. After volunteering for a couple of local non-profits she realized her passion is in the charitable sector. In 2015 she launched her career in Fund Development at Green Calgary where she excelled at building relationships with the organization’s stakeholders. Gabriela holds a Master in Business Administration from University of Calgary with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).
Darryl has over 25 years of financial and strategic experience with various start-ups, junior and multinational companies focusing on board and ownership transitions, strategic analysis, financing, corporate governance, change management initiatives, information technology, and operational effectiveness. Darryl is currently leading Noralta Technologies finance team focusing on A&D support, system integrations, corporate planning, and capital funding. Darryl holds a CPA designation, Controllership certification from CPA Canada, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce degree – Accounting major from Athabasca University. Darryl has been an active mentor for over 10 years with CCAL, Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership with the Haskayne School of Business.
Stephan is the former Director of Product Marketing at Nureva, a technology company that creates solutions that encourage collaboration. He helped the company launch a variety of products to create a multi-million dollar success story Prior to that, Stephan held various marketing roles for 14 years at SMART Technologies including Group Manager of Global Marketing. He also worked for Nortel in France during the early days of wireless technology. Stephan also volunteers at the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Calgary International Film Festival and is a graduate of the University of Calgary. In his free time he enjoys traveling, reading non-fiction, hiking, riding his bike and running in any kind of weather.
Siamak has product management experience in numerous sectors; from telecommunication, energy, food and education to banking. Over the last 10 years, he has launched several successful products and social enterprises. His most recent business is Keshmoon, which is a platform that connects micro-farmers to socially conscious consumers. Since joining ATB Financial in 2017, Siamak has held many product development roles eventually becoming the lead for Product Operation and Practices to drive a major initiative to a mature digital product management capability in the organization. Prior to joining ATB, Siamak worked with Calgary Technologies Inc. advising and supporting tech startups on applying Lean Startup methodology, and developing Go-To-Market and fund raising strategies.