Co-Founder and CEO of Varafy, an edTech company focused on advancing STEM education. Werner’s high technology leadership spans finance, sales, corporate turn-around and start-ups. Werner has successfully advocated for the start-up community with provincial and municipal governments. Werner is married to Kelly, his high school sweetheart.
A University of Alberta student with experience in voluntary service in civil society and government at the University, City of Edmonton, Justice Canada, Royal Commonwealth Society, Strathcona Initiative, Edmonton Public School Board, and United Way. He is serving his 4th term on the Edmonton Youth Council.
Randy Duguay, PEng, MEng
– Secretary and eHealth & Artificial and Machine Intelligence
Elected to the Board of Directors in June 2014. He serves as Director of eHealth & Machine Intelligence.
Haley A. Simons, BMus, MMus, DMA
Haley Simons is an advocate for youth, education, and the creative economy. Haley serves as Treasurer, and Director on the Engaging Youth: The Future of Work Project, now in its third year.
Business Development specialist for the City of Beaumont. She is the Founder of Empowering Women Entrepreneurs and nominated for the Women’s Superlative Award for Outstanding Woman of the Year. She is a frequent public speaker and an advocate for businesses and entrepreneurs, perpetuating a culture of collaboration and innovation.
Has been affiliated with ABCtech since 2016 as a member and event leader, co-organizing ABCTech’s 2018 Western Canadian Hemp Industry Conference. As a Professional Agrologist in the Industrial Cannabis space, Jesse is immersed in agri-tech and extensively involved in helping develop Alberta’s industrial hemp industry.
Co-founder of the Canadian Institute for International Trade (CIIT), whose focus is to support new technology companies with business development and export readiness. Kevin also founded Coole Immersive, a simulation-based learning company that significantly improved the safety records of our clients.
Doug Firby, BA
Doug is President and Publisher of Troy Media Digital Solutions. A long-time newspaper writer and editor, he also has a decade of experience in corporate communications roles. He was first elected to the Board of Directors in June 2015.
James Swanson, JD, MBA
Lawyer focusing on Technology, Intellectual Property, Cyber Security, Privacy, Information Governance, New Media and Entertainment. A member of the academic faculty of Athabasca U’s online MBA program teaching Business Law. After many years with large and national law firms, he recently founded a virtual law firm, SwansonLaw.ca
Phil Davidson, MBA
Instructor in the areas of strategy, global management and entrepreneurial thinking at The Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. He is Chair of ABCtech’s 2019 project, Engaging Youth – the future of work, and a strong advocate for elevating the voice of youth on matters impacting their future.
Steve Jakeway, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Agriculture Food Council seat
Sales & Marketing Director for Radient Technologies and formerly with Micralyne and BioNeutra and key account manager for: Intel, PepsiCo, General Electric, Nestle, General Mills, Phillips, Roquette, Coca Cola. Expertise for start-ups in operations, business development, R&D, and raising capital. Current Boards: Agriculture Food Council and the Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta.
Supply Chain Management Association seat
Arnold is the Business Development Supply Chain Management Association of Alberta. He is a bright, passionate, self-motivated leader at his best when working with multiple projects and stakeholders. He enjoys giving back to the community, is politically active and would like to be the change he wants to see.
Alberta Cleantech Industry Alliance seat
Executive Director of ACTia and senior manager at the Pembina Institute. He has Master’s degrees in environmental engineering and in public policy from MIT and sits on the board of Biological Carbon Canada and is a vice-chair of the Clean Resources Innovation Network.
Alberta Canada Fusion Technology Alliance seat
Past President of ABCtech and current appointee of the Alberta/Canada Fusion Technologies Alliance.
Economic Developers Alberta seat
Senior Business Strategist for the City of Edmonton. He is a past President of the Economic Developers Association of Alberta, a past Chair of the Greater Edmonton Growth Team, and a Member of the Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association Economic Development Group.
Perry Kinkaide, BA, MSc, PhD, CMC
– Founder (2005), Past-President, former CEO of ABCtech
President of Kinkaide Enterprises and formerly Managing Partner with KPMG Consulting and ADM with the Alberta Government. Director and Advisor on several private and public boards. Former Director: Canadian Certified Management Consultants, Alberta Public Planners Institute, Certified Management Accounts – Alberta.