Keynote Speaker

Dr. Marlene Huerta - Alberta Innovates

Dr. Gonzalez joined Applied Quantum Materials in May 2018 as a MITACS Fellow.  She has a strong background in the synthesis, surface modification and applications (sensors and environmental remediation) of nanomaterials.  Dr. Gonzalez received her PhD in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry from the University of Alberta where she focused on the surface chemistry of silicon nanocrystals for sensor development. She also obtained an MSc in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Texas at El Paso where she investigated iron and manganese based nanomaterials for the removal of selenium oxyanions from aqueous solutions. She currently volunteers with MentorUP Alberta as the Social Media Lead.

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.  

Peter Laffin - NAIT

Peter Laffin is the Business Development Director at NAIT’s Centre for Sensors and System Integration. He works alongside the technical team to develop and manage the delivery of applied research projects in collaboration with local, national and international industry partners.
Peter has a strong technical background in monitoring and measurement, and more than 18 years of industry experience in business development, project management, research and public funding. He has managed multiple teams focused on developing and supporting innovation across a number of industries including energy, water, agriculture, transportation and infrastructure. (bio taken from NAIT)

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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