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, Dotted i Strategies

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.

Gordon B. “Skip” Davis Jr.

NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General Defence Investment Division

Gordon B. “Skip” Davis Jr – Skip is NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for the Defense Investment Division. He previously served as Director of Operations, U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, Commander of Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan, and as Director of Operations and Intelligence for SHAPE in Mons, Belgium, before retiring from the U.S. Army as a Major General.  Skip’s professional life has been characterized by operational and institutional military assignments interspersed with study and practice of international affairs and defense issues, primarily in Europe.  Most of Skip’s career has been dedicated to NATO and European defense, including numerous assignments and operations with U.S., NATO, and UN forces in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Central Asia.  Skip brings an unusual depth of practical experience and conceptual understanding of contemporary and emerging defense issues as well as executive-level experience in operations, intelligence, leader development, capability development, and policy development.  Skip holds an undergraduate degree in nuclear physics and graduate degrees in international business, defense and military history, and strategic studies.

Jody Thomas

Deputy Minister Department National Defence

Jody Thomas has spent more than 30 years in Canada’s public service, leading on
increasingly complex operational, defence and security files including at Passport
Canada, the Privy Council Office, and the Canadian Coast Guard, where she served as
Commissioner. She joined National Defence as Senior Associate Deputy Minister of
Defence in early 2017, and has served as Deputy Minister of National Defence since
October 2017. Ms. Thomas is a Naval Reserve veteran and holds a Bachelor of Arts
from Carleton University.

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

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

Founder/CEO Diversio

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

Founder/CEO Ammolite Analytx

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.


Mark Blue

Founder & President MSB Technologies LLC

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.



Carl Weatherell

Executive Director & CEO, Canada Mining Innovation Council

Carl is a natural connector bringing together disparate and seemingly unrelated people, groups, and organizations to transform possibilities into plans and plans into action.

Carl has a proven capacity to lead non-profit organizations and manage project portfolios and programs with multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder project teams.  Carl has been involved in over 30 consortia comprised of over 500 organizations from businesses, government, and academia spanning industries from software, microelectronics, cybersecurity, photonics, and aerospace and defence. 

Carl has won awards for breakthrough leadership and technology transfer and holds an M.Sc. from Carleton University and a B.Sc. from the  University of Waterloo.

Shondell Sabad

CFO, JWS Capital Management Inc.

Shondell is currently CFO for an international mining investment company and has previously worked at TD Energy, Sempra Energy, Mirant America’s Energy Trading, TransCanada Energy and Shell Canada.  

Shondell has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance (HONS), is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter-holder and Past President of the Calgary CFA Society.  Mr. Sabad has served as a board member for public, private and volunteer boards.

Joel Leetzow

President & CEO, OARO

Joel Leetzow is the President and CEO of Oaro.  OARO is a global provider of enterprise identity and access management solutions, trusted by some of the world’s largest private and public sector organizations. We’re revolutionizing how leading organizations authenticate and authorize in the physical and digital worlds using biometrics, cryptography, and Blockchain. OARO’S ready-to-deploy solutions can be seamlessly integrated into your existing platforms and applications. We collaborate with our client partners to mitigate your digital security risks and modernize your business processes, saving time and money, while enhancing your customers’ user experience. Founded in 2017, OARO is a Canadian company with offices in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Madrid, Spain.  To learn more visit

Dr. Monique Simair

Founder Maven Water & Environment

Monique Simair has a doctorate in microbiology, a post-doctoral specialization in biogeochemistry, and decade of experience in founding and growing businesses. Dr. Simair is an innovator and leader in the field of mine water treatment and management. With experience in both active and passive/semi-passive treatment, she is best known for her work with biogeochemical water treatment including constructed wetlands, bioreactors, and in situ treatment such as pit lakes, underground mine pools, and tailings ponds.

Dr. Simair has been named as Canada’s 2021 Eco Impact Award Winner, by Profit Magazine as one of Canada’s future entrepreneurial leaders, to Chatelaine’s W100 Women Entrepreneurs, and the University of Saskatchewan Alumni of Influence. She was the youngest person appointed as an advisor to Canada’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Council, advising Canada’s Minister of Industry, and has also served as an Adjunct Professor in Canada and the US. Dr. Simair has been revolutionizing water treatment around the world, resulting in her former company (Contango Strategies) being purchased by a publicly traded company. Now she is tackling new business sustainability, environmental and technical challenges with Maven Water & Environment, a high growth enviro-tech company. 

Damarys Zampini

CEO, Sustrategy

Damarys Zampini is a multilingual, multicultural global expansion executive with 20+ years’ experience providing global strategic growth advice for international expansion and implementing proven strategic solutions in complex negotiations in the energy, mining, construction, digital, tech and supply chain industries.

Currently Damarys is the CEO of Sustrategy . Sustrategy located in Europe, Canada, working with Alliances in Asia and Latin America. Sustrategy represents and introduces leading edge and disruptive construction, energy, clean tech, Ai and Blockchain new technologies to global markets. Sustrategy, also engages with respective global Government agency key stakeholders resulting in accelerating client regional and international market positioning and penetration.

Damarys is also a Co-Founder of Fabulous FUTURISTS and a Managing Partner of INNOVO Network  providing her clients global stage for access to new market, while reaching their GHG/NETzero goals and ESG impact.


Jerrod Downey

President, Crownsmen Partners

Jerrod Downey is the President of Crownsmen Partners and hosts three heavy industry series; The Crownsmen Show, Crownsmen Energy, and Mining Now. Jerrod began his career in construction, running a small home exterior and railing manufacturing company, later transitioning into business development and marketing for Savona Equipment. In 2015 he partnered with investor, childhood friend and now Crownsmen’s Executive Producer Rory Bamford to form a boutique consulting firm and in 2018 they launched The Crownsmen Show which featured some of North America’s leading equipment and technology companies. The monthly show quickly turned weekly and drew thousands of viewers every week. In 2019 they partnered with CIM/ICM to release a technology and leadership series specific to mining called Mining Now and in 2020 Crownsmen Energy was launched to focus on both the oil and renewable energy sectors.



Seta Afshordi

COO, Proton Technologies

Seta Afshordi believes that a new clean energy era is overdue, and that this change should come from inside the oil and gas industry.

Seta began her career with Schlumberger as a field engineer and explosives officer, working in Scotland and Oman. She moved to Calgary in 2008 where she worked on a variety of heavy oil projects for Husky, CNRL, Athabasca, and Murphy Oil. Project types include SAGD, CSS, polymer flooding, THAI, and now The Proton Process (hydrogen).

Seta has a Master’s Degree from Chalmer’s University of Technology in Sweden in Environmentally Sustainable Process Technologies, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from prestigious Sharif University in Tehran. Seta spent 10 years as a National Badminton Champion for both Iran and Sweden.

Miss Afshordi began working for Proton mid-2017 as Operations Manager and rose to become COO of Proton Technologies Canada Inc., whose corporate vision of worldwide transition from fossil energy to clean energy aligns with hers.



Yoseph Elkaim

CEO, OMNI Advisory Group

Executive level professional with more than 20 years’ experience serving as a trusted business partner and advisor to Boards, CEOs, and C-Suite executives for international clients in the financial services sector. My experience includes strategy, management and delivery of large, complex engagements within corporate and regulatory compliance, anti-financial crime, risk and change management.

I drive thought leadership by regularly engaging with, and contributing to external parties such as Think Tanks, Analyst Firms, Media Outlets, Academic Consortia, and Regulatory Authorities through my appointment as a Board Member, Media Contributor, Conference Speaker, and Author.

Expertise includes:

Regulatory Compliance and Anti-Financial Crime Team Management, Global Sanctions, Analytics, Risk and Compliance Transformation/ Integration, Operational Risk, Training, Enterprise Risk and Control Frameworks, Conference Speaking, Blogging & White Papers, Business Development, Fraud, Waste, and Abuse, FIU and Regulatory Authority engagements. Also addressing internal audit and business continuity management requirements

Caroline Saunders

British Consul-General

Caroline is a career diplomat with diverse experience overseas and in London. Her most recent roles with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) were Head of Global Challenges and Innovation and Head of Global Low Carbon Growth.

She was Deputy Consul-General and Head of UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) in Brisbane, Australia and Political and Media Officer at the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur. She has also worked at UKTI in London on trade strategy and for the UN Conference on Disarmament negotiations on chemical and biological weapons. Her first overseas posting was as Development Attache at the British High Commission in New Delhi.


Mark Rabin

CEO and Founder at Portable Electric

Mark is a consummate energy specialist and entrepreneur developing the future of clean, mobile power systems, with my venture, Portable Electric ( This is a deep pursuit and culmination of everything I believe in and have learned from geology to energy economics, and a healthy dose of pioneering business and product development. His previous start-up, Zolair Energy, was focused on pay-as-you-go energy systems for the developing world.

He’s been in the energy business for 19 years and have a passion for next generation smart and clean energy technologies; efficiency and conservation; off-grid energy systems and storage; micro-utility applications, and new and innovative business models for sustaining these projects.

Most importantly, an understanding of design is key to unlocking the energy/water (food/housing) opportunity, and how it fits into the bigger picture (i.e. Cradle to Cradle). He is also exploring the more esoteric worlds of new and free energy, sound, cymatics and resonance, magnetics, and trying to understand the harnessing of abundant energy circulating around the planet at any given moment.


Pedro Ruão

Founder & CEO at Omniflow

Pedro Ruão : Graduated in Engineering in the University of Porto in 2004,

Founded Omniflow in 2012 after the initial concept was developed during Richard Branson-EDP Innovation award.

Has several patents in the areas of Energy, Design and Robotics and projects in the area of 5G, Mobility, Security, Drones, Energy and IoT.

Currently active future thinker, keynote speaker and CEO of Omniflow, company that he started from a simple drawing in a napkin into being present in more than 30 countries and identified by Red Herring as one of the top 100 startups in Europe