Kimberley Van Vliet

Founder & CEO WaVv and ConvergX®

Kimberley founded WāVv over 15 years ago.  WāVv is a strategic consulting company specializing in the transfer of commercialized technology from one industry and implementing it in another. Industries of focus are Aerospace, Defence, & Security, Energy, Tech, Military, Mining.

Kimberley is the founder and creator of CONVERGX® – the first and only annual 2.5 day global congress that creates cross-sector investment and business development opportunities in the aforementioned industries. ConvergX® gives you access to pre-vetted, qualified leaders, who have agreed to communicate directly with you.

Most recently, Kimberley’s efforts have taken her to NATO HQ, NORAD & NORTHCOM, she has been appointed to the NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG), awarded the Game Changer Award by Universal Women’s Network, awarded one of the Top 20 women in Defence in Canada by Esprit de Corps Magazine, and most recently is part of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference (GGCLC) for 2020/2021.

Her work continues beyond her current efforts in a variety of philanthropic endeavors & associations. Kimberley also is a proud wife, Mum of a 7yr old boy, a Pilot and Divemaster Diver.

Brad Robson

President & COO WaVv & ConvergX®

Brad enjoys working with teams to deliver innovative solutions from diverse ideas. He supports the growth of local and global companies to partner with innovative small & medium businesses in creating commercial opportunities. Having served in executive leadership positions for companies such as GE, HP, CGI, and WāVv / ConvergX®, that experience provides for strong competence in the areas of security, intelligence, government relations, energy, defence, aerospace and technology sectors.

His drive to accelerate shared solutions for common problems relies on diversification and attraction of industries and investment. Engaging with his clients to access those new supply chains is the cornerstone of his approach.  

His entrepreneurial mindset fosters team collaboration and experimentation to deliver solutions. None of that could be accomplished without the support of the many government, professional, and personal networks as well as membership in industry associations at home and abroad.

Brad received his degree in Sports Medicine from the University of North Texas before moving back home to Calgary. He currently serves in volunteer positions and as a strategic advisor to a variety of companies and philanthropic organizations.

Dr. Donna Dulo

Dr. Donna A. Dulo is a mathematician and computer scientist who specializes in aviation and space systems software safety and security. She is also a legal writer in the field of drone law. She spent 32 years in the Dept. of Defense in both military and civilian capacities. She is currently at Sofia University where she has served as a program chair and a director, where she developed the computer science program. Her book on drone law, published by the American Bar Association is a top selling law and technology book. She also publishes extensively in drone law and aviation technology. She has graduate degrees from the US Naval War College, The US Naval Postgraduate School, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, City University, and the Monterey College of Law. Donna lives in Monterey, CA.

Leah LaSalle

CEO Astral AR and CTO Wallbreakers


Leah La Salla is the Technical Founder & CEO of Astral AR, a technology startup in Austin Texas that builds unbiased public safety solutions for uniformed first responders that utilize patented AI and sensors to detect guns and stop bullets.

La Salla spent much of her free time in high school working in her aviation engineer dad’s super precision toolanddie machine shop in the Chicago area. After studying CAD Design in college, La Salla gained fifteen years experience in software engineering (including five years as a Federal government employee) while teaching herself to program in an additional 9 languages. She’s worked on a wide range of technically unusual products including fabrication application development, industrial printing, and more conventional app development and app security.
Since being at the helm of Astral AR, La Salla and her company have won numerous awards including the 2018 Audience Choice Award at Google NYC’s Women Startup Challenge, and named as a Top 25 Venture by the SheEO foundation. La Salla has also served as a Tech Panelist at Harvard’s Undergraduate Women’s Intercollegiate Business Convention at Harvard Science Center. For the last two years La Salla’s team’s peerreviewed papers have been accepted and presented at IEEE’s yearly Global Humanitarian Technology Conference.

La Salla’s work with Astral AR has been featured by BBC News, CNN, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., and others and her social media handle is Open Sorceress.

Kristy-Leigh Minehan


Laura McGee

Founder/CEO Diversio


Cara Wolf

Founder/CEO Ammolite Analytx


Mark Blue

Founder & President MSB Technologies LLC

Formerly of Core Scientific, Genesis Mining and others, Minehan has spent ten years building up cryptocurrency mining infrastructure for multiple countries and companies; writing mining and management software; and contributing to the design and implementation of various proof-of-work algorithms. Now an advisor and independent consultant for America’s top technology companies on advancements in the fields of AI and Blockchain, Minehan spends her free time lecturing on the nuances of the mining industry and the hidden optimizations available at each part of the stack. She serves as Chief Product Officer for Ernst Leitz Labs, a Leica Camera subsidiary working on computational imaging technologies; and the CTO for NEM Symbol, a hybrid blockchain built for enterprise needs.

Laura McGee is the founder and CEO of Diversio, a Toronto-based technology company that uses data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence to help companies measure, track and improve diversity & inclusion. In 2017, Laura was named as one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence.

Laura had also spent her career at McKinsey & Company advising private and public sector clients on talent strategy, including diversity & inclusion. Outside of Diversio, Laura has co-founded the #GoSponsorHer movement and Summit Leaders and serves as a Co-Chair as well as an Expert Panel on Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy.

 

 

Cara Wolf is the CEO of Ammolite Analytx, a custom AI-powered software and hardware development firm specializing in data analytics, cybersecurity and physical security integration. She is a dynamic and experienced award-winning thought leader, author and speaker with over 15 years of executive leadership. Cara has a proven track record of conceptualizing, developing and commercializing technology based solutions in software and hardware engineering, financial services, defence and energy sectors. She has expert analytical and problem solving skills coupled with a collaborative team leadership style. Her technical competency, business acumen and drive to succeed deliver exceptional outcomes. She has won numerous awards provincially and nationally for her strategic technology innovation initiatives and guest lectures regularly on the topics of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, innovation and entrepreneurship. She has extensive experience serving at the Advisory Board and Director level for many organizations including the Council of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership at UCalgary and the International Association of vCISOs. She is a member of the Cybersecurity committee for APMA (Automotive Parts Manufacturing Association), Institute of Corporate Directors and a SHEInnovator with UN Women. She has been nominated for numerous Women in IT Excellence and Women in Cybersecurity awards for her innovative leadership. Cara earned her BComm and MBA in Corporate Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Haskayne School of Business.

 

Mr. Mark Blue is the founder and president of MSB Technologies LLC, a consulting firm committed to the development of technology startups and small businesses.

Prior to MSB Technologies, Mark spent 31 years as a Senior Systems Engineer and Commercial Manager within the Space & Intelligence Segment of L3Harris Technologies.  His responsibilities included the development of technology roadmaps, product management, market penetration and intellectual property strategies in the Space, Energy and Maritime industries. Some of the leadership roles Mark held include Program Management, Chief Systems Engineer, Project Engineer, and Advanced Concept Engineer. His technical background includes mechanism and structural design, systems architecture and process development. Mark is named as an inventor on 18 US patents. Mark honorably served as a reserve officer in the US Navy Civil Engineer Corps. He retired as the Executive Officer of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 after 21 years of service. His career included assignments as the Central American Contingency Engineer for US Southern Command. Here he oversaw array of projects across Central America, South America and the Caribbean supporting counternarcotic, human trafficking and humanitarian assistance programs. Mark was recalled to active duty in 2003 and served on the staff of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Engineer Group as the Equipment and Movement Control Officer.

Mark is heavily involved as a mentor for the National Science Foundation’s iCorps Program at the University of Central Florida (UCF); a program designed to foster and grow technology companies from ideation through to success. Mark is a member on the Advisory Board for 3 startup enterprises from the iCorps program. It was this experience that prompted Mark to establish MSB Technologies.

Outside work, Mark volunteers his time as the Past President of the NMCB14 Alumni Association (501c.19), Vice Chair of the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Board, NSF iCorps Mentor and is working on a startup with friends from the iCorps program.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and Master’s Degrees in Industrial Engineering and Business Administration; all from the University of Central Florida.