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ConvergX® Agenda & Panel Topics 2018

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Kimberley Van Vliet

Kimberley Van Vliet

CEO & Founder of WaVv & ConvergX

Welcome to ConvergX® 2018!

We are very pleased to have you join us at the third annual conference in Calgary, Alberta! This conference was originally created to bring together two global industries with the focus on partnering to diversify. This type of conference is the first and remains the only one of it’s kind. We congratulate you for paving the road to a future full of collaboration, innovation, and partnerships.

ConvergX® was conceived, and designed with new relationships in mind. With time to network on each day, and B2X (Business-to-Business, Business-to-Government and Business-to-Academia) sessions throughout both days, you will have time to connect over meals, breaks, and over scotch at the ConvergX® Awards Night Reception.

Senior Executives in Aerospace, Defence & Security, Energy and Mining have already contributed their time to shape the agenda with valuable information, and we thank them for graciously giving us their valuable feedback and guidance. The moderators and speakers joining us as panelists have all been carefully selected to ensure that your time is spent feeling engaged in each session.

Our Sponsors, Supporters, Partners and Hosts have generously contributed time and resources to making this conference possible. We would like to acknowledge their efforts, and extend our sincere gratitude for being a part of this year’s event.

Thank you for seeing the vision, and for taking the time to make a difference in your industry. Together, we will make industry lines disappear.


Kimberley Van Vliet


13:00 – 15:30| NEW!! Executive Round Table – INVITATION ONLY 

15:30 – 17:30| Government Programs Workshop:


17:00- 21:00| Registration, Cocktail Networking & Opening Reception 

Todd Hirsch – ATB Financial – Keynote


08:00 – 08:30| Breakfast

08:30 – 09:00| Welcome & Opening Remarks: Keynote: Honourable Michelle Rempel – Member of Parliment

09:00 – 10:15| ConvergX-U:

Dave Perry – CGAI – Updates on ADS

Ray Smith – Halliburton – Updates on Energy

10:15 – 10:30| Break

10:30 – 11:45| Rise of the Robots:

Ken Brizel – ACAMP

Phil Cole – Marinvent

Robert Mereau – White Whale Analytics

Shawn Ovenden -Jepeddo

Dwayne Dreger – Invest Alberta *Moderator*

11:45 – 12:15| Pre-Lunch Networking Reception

12:15 – 13:30| Lunch – Keynote: Charles Bouchard – LMCO

13:30 – 14:45| Clean & Green:

Joy Romero – CNRL

Darrell Haight – Trace Associates 

Bettina Pierre-Gilles – Luxeum Renewables Group

Peter Tsantrizos – Terragon Environmental Technologies

Zoë Kolbuc – SDTC – Moderator

14:45 – 15:00| Break

15:00 – 16:15| Tech Innovation:

Cara Wolf – Ammolite Strategies

Kevin Bosch – Hill & Knowlton

Tom Pierce – Halliburton

Jim Landon – ATCO Frontec

David Jackson – LMCO – Moderator

16:15 – 17:15| Networking Cocktail Reception

17:15 – 19:30| ConvergX Awards & Networking – Keynote: The Honorable Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Trade & Development

Stay tuned for an exciting announcement*

08:00 – 09:00 | Breakfast Keytnote: The Honourable Sandra Jansen, MLA

09:00 – 10:15 | Indigenous Panel

Joe Dion – Frog Lake Energy Resources

Melissa Quesnelle 

Cheryl Cardinal – Indigenous Center of Energy

Alexandria Shrake – EnergyMinute & Chevron

10:15 – 10:30| Break

10:30 – 11:45 | North of 60:

John Vandenberg – Government of NWT

Rear Admiral Craig A. Baines , MSC, CD –  Commander, Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic

Melissa Quesnelle

John Higginbotham – CIGI

Lee Carson – NORSTRAT – Moderator

11:45 – 12:15| Pre-Lunch Networking Reception

12:15 – 13:30|Lunch – Keynote: John Kirton – G20 Research Group

13:30 – 14:45 | Cyber Security/ Counter Terrorism

Vernon D’souza – Network Test Labs

Nav Dhunay – Imaginea.IO

Dave Bradley – Oleum Capital

CDR Stephan King – Director of Naval Strategy 2, Concept Development, Experimentation and Innovation – Royal Canadian Navy – Canadian Armed Forces

Kevin Crowe – Long View Systems – Moderator

14:45 – 15:00| Break

15:00-16:15| Beyond Borders

CG Caroline Saunders – British Consulate in Calgary

CG  Paloma Villasenor Vargas – Consulate of Mexico in Calgary

CG Thomas Palaia – United States Consulate in Calgary

Chris Steele, Investment Consulting Associates

Chris Van Vliet – Moderator

16:15 – 17:15 | Closing Remarks, Cocktail’s

*subject to change


State of the industry on Aerospace, Defence, Security, Energy and Mining. The information presented will be the current status, requirements, and forward-looking statements

Tech Innovation

Aside from discussion around what is needed, this panel reveals what is probable; future vision meets immediate needs in this area. The panelists will discuss significant innovation needs and trends

Indigenous Panel

This panel will provide insight and engage in conversation on business requirements and innovation linkages for and with Indigenous groups throughout Canada, North America, South America and Mexico.

Clean & Green

This industry is receiving unprecedented investment, acceleration, and innovation. Hear from business leaders on why and how it crosses all sectors. These experts will share first-hand experience in pre-commercial to commercial samples of innovation and impact, discuss gaps, and recommendations on how to drive future growth

North of 60

Arctic Development, Safety and Security. Nowhere is the idea of convergence as appropriate as it is in the North. John Holdren, the former Senior Advisor to the President of the United States and their chief scientist recently subscribed the Arctic as interdisciplinary, intersectoral, intergenerational, and intercultural. A region that is changing very quickly due to climate change and globalization. The Arctic also has a huge infrastructure deficit compared to Canada’s South. These specific needs make the Arctic a fantastic laboratory for innovation and collaboration.

Rise of the Robots

Unmanned Systems, Additive Manufacturing, and Artificial Intelligence. Robots and Artificial Intelligence are becoming more commonplace within the industries around the world. This panel will address topics such as “what will this mean to future generations,” and “how can we better prepare for these changes”.

Cyber Security & Counter Terrorism

Protecting data and intellectual property is critical to every industry sector, and this industry is driving significant innovation and investment. How to de-risk/prevent/identify/react.

Beyond Borders

UK, USA and Mexico: Updates on innovation, advancements and opportunities beyond the Canadian border

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