Chief Economist, ATB Financial
For over 20 years, Todd has worked as an economist at numerous organizations including the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada. For almost a decade, Todd taught economics at the University of Calgary. He released his first book, The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline in 2012, his second, Halfway Home in 2016 and his third, Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change in 2017.
Todd provides economic commentary for many Canadian media outlets. He currently serves on the University of Calgary Board of Governors and is the chair of the Calgary Arts Academy. Todd recently received the University of Alberta's Alumni Honour Award and an honorary degree from Mount Royal University.
Session #4 - The new entrepreneurism: Can Alberta emerge as a leader?
Doug Steiner is a leader in the field of financial services infrastructure and the design and use of economic and business models pertaining to information transfer. He is the CEO of Evree Corp, www.evree.ca a financial software firm based in Toronto. He is also a partner in BEworks Inc, www.beworks.com., a consumer-focused behavioural economics consulting practice he co-founded with Dan Ariely from Duke University.
Since 2004, Doug has been a writer and featured columnist in Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine, Canada’s leading business publication. He comments on industry trends, economic analysis, and investor psychologies.
James Lochrie is a technology entrepreneur and investor. He is the co-founder, director and former Chief Product Officer at Wave, a Canadian-based fintech startup which has attracted $100 million in venture and strategic financing, currently with 180 employees and approximately 3,000,000 users worldwide.
James is also the founder of Exhibition Capital, a firm that focuses on partnering with high growth innovative technologies.
Principal, Totem Capital
Irfhan Rawji is a Principal with Totem Capital Corporation, a private capital firm focussed on investing in Western Canadian small businesses, and is a Venture Partner with Relay Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm exclusively focused on mobile computing. Irfhan has been a strategic consultant, public company senior executive and investor for over 15 years.
Irfhan has also been an Adjunct Professor at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia where he taught in the areas of finance, public policy, strategy and leadership.