Keynote Speaker

Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour - Faculty of Science, UAlberta

Margaret-Ann Armour was educated at the University of Edinburgh, (BSc, MSc) and the University of Alberta (PhD) and joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Alberta in 1979.  Her research was into the handling and disposal of small quantities of hazardous chemical waste.  Since 2005, she has been Associate Dean of Science, Diversity.

For many years, she has been active in encouraging women to consider careers in the sciences and engineering, co-founding Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology, WISEST, at the University of Alberta in 1982.  Currently, she is chair of the board of the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering Trades and Technology, the WinSETT Centre.

Dr. Armour has received a number of awards for her work including a Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case, the Montreal Medal of the Chemical Institute of Canada, being twice named one of the top 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network and being inducted as a member of the Order of Canada in 2006.  She has 6 honorary degrees. 

Invited Speakers
Dr. Marlene Huerta - Alberta Innovates

Marlene is presently Principal Business Advisor at Alberta Innovates (AI) Post-secondary investments Department.  She has been during several years participating on the implementation of the Alberta Nanotechnology Strategy with focus on supporting development of Alberta nano-enabled products/processes and applications in Clean Energy, Health Technologies, Food and Fibre.  Marlene manages several AI Post-secondary funding programs including the Campus Alberta Small Business Engagement (CASBE) program.  Marlene holds a PhD in Quantum Chemistry and Statistical Mechanics from the University of California, USA.  

Darryl has more than 20 years of domestic and international experience in the private and public sectors. His expertise is building business concepts into long-term sustainable entities. His value enhancing approach includes identifying and managing risk, building infrastructure, developing talent, attracting capital and maximizing returns.  He attributes his success to his natural ability to build strategic direction in conjunction with creating and developing key operations including business and partnership development; investor relationships; product research and development; accounting; sale and marketing; supply chain management; human resources; and communications. (bio taken from TCP)

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