Keynote Speakers

2021: Jeff Sandquist – Microsoft Corporation

Jeff Sandquist is a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, running a global team of product leaders, advocates, and engineers spanning 23 countries, on a mission to empower technologists around the world to achieve more. Jeff’s team is responsible for delivering key products such as Azure.com, developer.microsoft.com, and the company skilling platform (Microsoft Learn, Learn TV, docs.microsoft.com). The organization focuses on driving the discovery, awareness, and adoption of the Microsoft ecosystem of products and services through communities, products, programs, advocacy, content, and events.

Jeff has previously spent more than 16 years at Microsoft, before joining Twitter to drive their Developer & Enterprise team in 2013. He came back to Microsoft in 2015 and became a Corporate Vice President in 2019.

Jeff Sandquist

2020: Janet Podleski

Author: # 1 National bestselling cookbooks - The Looneyspoons and others

Host : Food Network Canada TV show – Eat. Shrink & Be Merry!

janetandgreta.com

Janet Podleski

2019: Chris Kneeland

CEO and Co-Founder of CULT COLLECTIVE & COMMUNO

cultideas.com

communo.com

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2018: Danial Jameel

Founder and President - Ready Education Inc

www.readyeducation.com

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2017: Steven Woods

Senior Engineer - Google Canada

www.google.com

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2016: Christine Magee

Co-founder & Chair - Sleep Country Canada

www.sleepcountry.ca

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2015: Vikram Vij

Co-star - Dragons' Den

Chef/Co-owner- Vij's

www.vijs.ca

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2014: Sean O’Dea

Co-Founder- Second Cup

www.secondcup.com

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2013: John Stanton

Founder/CEO- Running Room

Author of 10 books on running and walking

www.runningroom.com

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2012: Kavis Reed

Head Coach, Edmonton Eskimos

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2011: Arlene Dickinson

CEO - Venture Communications

Co-star -Dragons' Den

www.venturecommunications.ca

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2010: Derek Bullen

President -SI Systems Ltd.

www.sisystems.com

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2009: Lyle Best

CEO- Quickcard Group of Companies

www.quikcard.com

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2008: Brett Wilson

Three Season Panelist: Dragons' Den

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2007: Patrick Laforge

President/CEO - Edmonton Oilers

www.oilers.nhl.com

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2006: Eveline Charles

President/CEO - Eveline Charles Salons and Spas

www.evelinecharles.com

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2005: Brian Hesje

Chair, Board of Directors - Fountain Tire Ltd.

www.fountaintire.com

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2004: Rick Kulow

President/CEO - Bioriginal Food & Science Corp.

www.bioriginal.com

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2003: John Cross

Chair, Board of Directors - POS Bio-Sciences

www.pos.ca

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2002: Ron S. Waldman

CEO - Great Western Brewing Company Ltd

www.gwbc.ca

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2001: Norman W. Wallace

President - Wallace Construction LTD.

www.wallace.sk.ca

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1999: Al Anderson

Owner - Al Anderson Source for Sports

www.sourceforsports.com

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1998: Jim Yuel

Founder- Pic Investment Group Inc.

Co-Chair - Capital Campaign

www.picgroup.ca

 

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