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BDC Capital’s Women in Technology Venture Fund and BDC Technology team, along with its Prairies partners, invites you to attend the virtual edition of the Female, Founders, Funder and Fortifiers event series.

We are connecting the Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba (the Prairies) ecosystems together to celebrate gender equity and promote the advancement of women in the tech space. Join us and hear from a successful Prairies woman in tech share her story of successfully navigating her business through the crisis.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be inspired and listen to successful woman in tech story from across our Prairies ecosystem. We look forward to seeing you there!

Partnership companies

If you want to know more about the organizations funding innovation and clean technology, please join us and register now

JULY 21, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (MDT)

9:00 am to 10:30 am (MDT)
The reverse pitch
Your workshop hosts, Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) and Alberta Innovates have invited trusted partners from the Clean Growth Hub, EDC, BDC, NSERC, CRIN, SDTC, NRCan, and NRC-IRAP to join us on our virtual stage.

You’ll learn who we fund, how we fund, what we fund, and more about how we work together to support projects through the stages of technology readiness.

10:30 am to 1:00 pm (MDT) (Up to five 30-minute workshops)
A deeper dive
Take a deeper dive into the funding process of different agencies. In each of these 30-minute sessions, you will have the chance to meet the funders, ask questions and find out more about their organizations, programs, and processes. You choose which sessions to attend, or attend them all.

JULY 22, 9:00 am to 10:00 am (MDT)

Lessons learned from expert reviewers
Experts from ERA and Alberta Innovates will share insights, advice, and helpful tips on how to put forward your best funding application. In this session, we will cover:

  • Frequently asked questions, and common mistakes applicants make
  • How to communicate environmental, economic, and ancillary benefits of a project
  • How to share your innovation story
  • Q&A with our project advisors.

Register now, save these dates in your calendar, and discover how to better leverage your investments in clean technology solutions. You will receive event login information after you register.


Technology development is a journey from ideation to proof-of-concept to pilots to commercialization. The final leap to commercialization is often the hardest and can be enabled by having the right partners/end-users in place to help pull the technology to market.


  • Howie Honeyman, Forward Water, Forward Water Technologies Field Pilot Unit – Design, Build, Trial
  • Zac Young, H2nanO Incorporated, Sustainable Sunlight Treatment for Accelerated Oil Sands Process-Affected Water Remediation
  • Greg Piorkowski, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Advancing Denitrifying Bioreactors as a Beneficial Management Practice for Agricultural Drainage Waters in Alberta

Presenter Bios

Howie Honeyman
CEO & President, Forward Water

Howie has over 20 years experience commercializing advanced materials and new technologies in both start-up environments and at large multi-national corporations. He has led the Forward Water Technologies as CEO since mid-2015 and was recently the CTO at GreenCentre Canada. Previously, Howie has led research efforts at Xerox Corp, Cabot Corp and E Ink as well as serving as SVP of R&D at Natrix Separations Inc. Notably, while at E Ink he developed the key features used in E Ink e-paper displays used in e-readers today. Howie has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Toronto and is an inventor of record on over 40 US patents.

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Zac Young
Chief Operating Officer, H2nanO

Zac is Chief Operating Officer and a co-founder at H2nanO Inc., creating sustainable, light-activated water treatment and remediation technology, including process water in Alberta’s energy and mining industry. Zac is an alumnus of the University of Waterloo, with degrees in Chemical and Nanotechnology Engineering, where he studied as a Loran Scholar. Prior to H2nanO, Zac contributed to two advanced materials start-ups in medical and automotive tech, and a Junior Fellow with Engineers Without Borders Canada.

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Greg Piorkowski
Watershed Research Scientist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Greg is a Watershed Research Scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. His current work spans a variety of projects from optimizing agricultural beneficial management practices for use in the Canadian Prairies to watershed-scale studies that focus on the relationship between agricultural activity and aquatic ecosystems. Altogether, Greg has over ten years of experience in applied research focusing on soil and water quality and the mitigation of ecological and human health risks in the agricultural, mining, and energy sectors. Greg lives in Edmonton with his wife, two incredible boys and two incorrigible dogs, who he likes to take on adventures in the Rocky Mountains and beyond.  

Learn more about the Water Innovation Webinar Series.

As our climate changes, Alberta faces a new water future. Modelling can help us visualize what that future may look like, including frequency and impact of extremes like flood and drought. These model outputs can be used to inform risk assessments and help Albertans prepare for future conditions.


Presenter Bios

Monireh Faramarzi, University of Alberta, Adapting to Changing Water in Alberta

Dr. Monireh Faramarzi received her PhD from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETHZ in 2010. Her PhD research addressed challenges on national water-food security issues, for which she developed hydrologic and agricultural models and received the best PhD Dissertation Medal from ETH Zurich, in 2011. She appointed as an Assistant Professor and Campus Alberta Innovates Chair in Watershed Science at the University of Alberta in 2016. She is currently leading the Watershed Science and Modelling Laboratory that involves development and application of environmental models to study human-water-land system.

Her research focus is to apply state-of-the-art data and advanced tools, such as eco-hydro(geo)logical models, in combination with stakeholder meetings to understand trade-offs and interactions between hydrological processes (such as vegetation growth, streamflow, floods, droughts, nutrients and chemical loads and transport in land-water systems) and socioeconomic decisions (such as production, trade and consumption of food, water, and energy under changing climate), across a range of temporal and spatial scales. To that end, her research contributes to the science of “water-food-energy and environment” nexus under an uncertain future in the Anthropocene.

Jeff Fetter, Associated Engineering, Drinking Water Infrastructure Risk and Vulnerability Study

Jeff has 24 years of consulting engineering experience following graduation from Civil Engineering at the U of A in 1995. He currently manages the Associated Engineering Water Division in Edmonton where he leads a team of engineers and technicians focused on municipal water solutions.  Jeff has had the opportunity to participate in infrastructure, water and wastewater projects for various municipalities throughout Alberta.  These projects range from master plan development, rehabilitation planning, design and construction of water treatment and regional water supply systems. 

Jeff recently assisted Alberta Innovates and Alberta Environment and Parks assessing drinking water systems across the Province for climate change vulnerability to future extreme streamflow events.  Jeff believes all infrastructure projects need to consider future climate risks and resiliency options, as he has first-hand experience supporting recovery efforts after events such as wildfires in Slave Lake and Fort McMurray, and flooding in High River and Fort McMurray.  

Learn more about the Water Innovation Webinar Series.

How can companies reimagine their world post-COVID-19?

Join MBA Program Head and Professor Charles Krusekopf, as well as MBA grads Deryl Williams from Alberta Innovates, Global Partnerships; and Sheila Carruthers from CSR Strategies, as they discuss opportunities for innovative partnerships and markets outside of Canada.

While the global pandemic and economic slowdown led many firms to focus on markets close to home, this presentation will argue that now is a good time to explore global markets.

The presenters will review the global partnership strategies fostered by Alberta Innovates, and discuss research that looks at the characteristics of key countries in Latin America and Asia, as well as opportunities for Canadian firms across a range of industries. Engage in a discussion of how and why to expand your firm’s thinking during these challenging times, what barriers you may encounter, and ways to overcome these barriers to discover a new world of opportunity.

We encourage you to register even if you are unable to attend. Everyone who registers will receive a link to the webinar recording.

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The Innovation Rodeo

The 5th annual Innovation Rodeo is presented by Bow Valley College and is co-sponsored by Alberta Innovates. It’s five afternoons of keynote presenters, panel discussions and pitch competitions with the entrepreneurial journey at its heart.

The Innovation Rodeo runs Monday to Friday afternoon during what would have been Stampede week. It helps like-minded innovators, aspiring entrepreneurs and other ecosystem builders to build new connections and learn how to:

  • Innovate faster
  • Validate sooner
  • Differentiate better
  • Get new products to market earlier
  • Reach positive cash flow quicker

Each day focuses on different parts of the entrepreneurial journey. We’ll share ideas, resources and experiences that accelerate the creation and development of scalable and investment-ready businesses.

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startup commons model – the entrepreneurial journey

Learn how Alberta Innovates’ Technology Development Advisors can help you on your entrepreneurial journey!

What you’ll find at the Innovation Rodeo

  • Five keynote speeches on how to start, scale and exit a business;
  • 15 of the world’s best sales experts from the United States and Canada;
  • Five different pitch competitions that awards $25,000 to first time student entrepreneurs; and
  • Throughout the week participants will learn of new tools, exchange ideas, and share connections while developing the relationships, skills, and confidence needed to create and commercialize ideas faster.


  • Monday: Valto Loikkanen will show you how to master the keys to company development while moving through the six different stages of the Startup Commons Model (pictured above).
    • Melinda Emerson shares how to become your own boss.
  • Tuesday: Ideating & Concepting with Valto Loikkanen, five top sales experts will share how founders can generate early sales and get paying customers.
    • Also features the first of three regional student pitch competitions.
  • Wednesday: Committing and Validating with Valto Loikkanen, five top sales experts will share how to hire your first sales person and build a high performing sales team.
    • the second of three regional student pitch competitions.
  • Thursday: Scaling and Establishing with Valto Loikkanen, five top sales experts will share how to grow faster by maximizing lead generation, prospecting, social selling and sales funnel management.
    • the last of three regional student pitch competitions.
  • Friday: Building and Exiting a Billion Dollar Business with the Managing Director of the San Francisco base Alchemist Accelerator, Ravi Belani.
    • two final pitch competitions that give away $17,500 in cash, three $12,000 US Scholarships and all the ticket proceeds from the event.

Register now!

You can purchase day tickets or a discounted week pass. Tickets start at just $10 for students, $15 for startups and $20 for scaleups and everyone else.

Water is an integral part of our communities. It is important that urban planners have access to the right data and tools to make effective water management decisions. While municipalities are trying new management methods we need to improve our understanding of how water interacts in our urban environments, especially the impacts of management methods put in place. These learnings can be shared between municipalities to maximize impacts.


  • Tracy Lee and Guy Greenaway, Miistakis Institute for the Rockies, Supporting Municipalities in the Ecological Management of Water Systems Bio
  • Ed Cey, University of Calgary, Assessing Water Connectivity in Rural and Urban Watersheds for Improved Water Management Bio
  • Cory Albers, Source2Source, Saddleridge Stormwater Kidney™ Retrofit

Presenter Bios

Tracy Lee, Miistakis Institute for the Rockies, Supporting Municipalities in the Ecological Management of Water Systems

Tracy is a Senior Project Manager at the Miistakis Institute, a research institute affiliated with Mount Royal University, which brings people and ideas together to promote healthy communities and landscapes. Tracy acquired her MSc from the University of Calgary, Resources and the Environment Program. Tracy’s role at Miistakis includes project management, research design, spatial analysis, and implementation of solutions to improve our ability to co-exist with wildlife. Tracy has helped to establish and implement a number of citizen science programs in Alberta with communities, government and industrial partners including Call of the Wetland, Pronghorn Xing, Collision Count, GrizzTracker and Wild Watch.

Guy Greenaway, Miistakis Institute for the Rockies, Supporting Municipalities in the Ecological Management of Water Systems

Guy is a Senior Project Manager with the Miistakis Institute where he develops and manages projects related to landscape level ecosystem analysis and management, conservation policy, and sustainable land use planning. Guy’s areas of specialty include private land conservation, conservation planning, conservation communications, municipal conservation, conservation policy development, eco-fiscal analysis, and conservation tool development. Guy holds degrees in Environmental Design (Environmental Science) from the University of Calgary, and in English (Creative Writing) and Human Geography from the University of Alberta. Guy lives in Calgary with his wife and two daughters, who are the inspiration for his work.

Cory Albers, Source2Source, Saddleridge Stormwater Kidney™ Retrofit

Cory Albers is a Co-Owner of Source2Source Inc. and has a BSc in Civil Engineering and a MSc in Water Resources Engineering both from the University of Alberta.  He is currently working on a number of sustainable water resource management projects in Alberta based on the Stormwater Kidney™ technology which he co-invented with his business partner Bernie Amell.  Cory is passionate about developing and demonstrating stormwater management infrastructure systems that create true win-win scenarios where both private development firms and municipal approvals and operations staff can see enormous benefits for adopting new and more sustainable technologies.  Over the past two years, he has also developed business partnerships in Latin America and Asia where sustainable water treatment technologies are needed even more urgently than in Canada.

Edwin Cey, University of Calgary, Assessing Water Connectivity in Rural and Urban Watersheds for Improved Water Management

Dr. Edwin Cey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geoscience and Director of the Natural Sciences program at the University of Calgary.  Edwin has more than 25 years experience as a hydrologist in both academia and industry examining water quantity and quality issues across Canada.  As a groundwater specialist, his research focuses on understanding the hydrologic processes that control water and contaminant movement in the subsurface and their critical connections with surface water features.  In collaboration with a variety of municipal, industrial, and government partners, he and his students apply their expertise using field studies and numerical modeling to support sustainable management of our limited water resources. 

Learn more about the Water Innovation Webinar Series.

Tecconnect’s four course package on Python presented by Dr. Muhammad Khan is FREE!

Learn Python’s applications relevant to your business, build your toolkit, and learn how to manage business data with this powerful programming language.

If you can’t make the Thursday evening session times, register anyways and they’ll send you the post-session recording!

This webinar is offered by Tecconnect, part of Economic Development Lethbridge, who is in turn a partner of RINSA, our Regional Innovation Network in Lethbridge.

Tecconnect offered and recorded this session in March. Their goal is to help people get familiar with some tools and best practices for remote working.

You can watch this recording at any time by clicking the link in the details section.

Tecconnect is part of Economic Development Lethbridge, who is in turn a partner of RINSA, our Regional Innovation Network in Lethbridge.

The Business Development Bank of Canada, Royal Bank of Canada, and Alberta Innovates invite you to attend the second event in the Female Tech Founders, Funders and Fortifiers Breakfast series: Celebrating women in Alberta’s tech sector.

This promises to be a morning of inspiration and networking to celebrate gender equity and promote the advancement of women in the tech sector.

We are excited to have two amazing presenters for this event:

Presenter: Samantha Kernahan, Associate Partner/Council (IP Lawyer), DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

Topic: 10 Simple Rules to Protect Your Intellectual Property: Do’s and Don’ts for Business Leaders

The presentation will offer practical, but vitally important, legal advice for the management of IP assets to attain maximum value.

Presenter: Jaclynn Fimrite, Vice President, RBC Mid-Market M&A

Topic: Optimizing the Outcome – Preparing for a Sale

Learn what a company’s leadership team must do before entering into formal discussions with institutional buyers/investors. The content will be highly relevant for all businesses, from start-up to mature stage technology companies.

Join us for coffee, breakfast and great conversation. We look forward to seeing you there.

For further information about this event or the presenters, contact:

Debra Cerny @ or

Jackie Craig @