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.
Nicole Markwick believes strongly in the power of communities to solve the complex social and environmental problems they face. For nearly 2 decades, she has been involved in community engagement initiatives, whether in public health research in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighborhood or in a social start-up, Kudoz. She currently works as an independent engagement and innovation consultant, helping organizations collaborate with their communities to build equitable, sustainable solutions. Nicole holds a Master’s of Public Health from the University of British Columbia and has completed training with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). She splits her time between Canada and Chile.
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).
Bernadett Maxwell has been the owner of a Management Consulting practice for over 25 years, directing and managing technology and business transformation initiatives for many mid and large-size energy companies. She brings a wide breadth of experience from leading strategic planning and growth initiatives, developing and managing programs, managing projects, building, and managing teams, and advising clients through a change in technology and business process. Bernadett has traveled extensively to over 50 countries and has a keen interest in understanding how both the beauty and function of urban spaces enhance the enjoyment and livability of cities. Bernadett holds an Executive MBA from SFU Beedie School of Business in Vancouver and a Diploma of Computer Technology (Honors) from SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary.
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.