Special Guests & Chairs
Thomas A Lukaszuk
Honourable Thomas A Lukaszuk, Deputy Premier & Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education, was elected to his fourth term as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Edmonton-Castle Downs on April 23, 2012. On May 8, 2012, he was sworn in as Deputy Premier and on February 4, 2013, he assumed additional responsibilities as Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education.In addition to the above responsibilities, Mr Lukaszuk serves as chair of the government's Operations and Policy Cabinet Committee and the Public Sector Resources Committee. He is also the executive vice-chair of the Alberta Economic Development Authority and Ministerial Liaison to the Canadian Forces. Previously Mr Lukaszuk served as Minister of Education, Political Minister for Edmonton, Minister of Employment and Immigration and parliamentary assistant for Municipal Affairs.
Stephen Lougheed, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF), has more than 35 years of experience successfully building and leading technology-based enterprises into national and international, profitable-growth businesses. Highly entrepreneurial, Stephen’s experience, most recently as Director and Executive Chairman of Poynt Corporation (2003 – 2011) and Board Chair and CEO of Sylogist Ltd. (2002 – 2006), has focused on the commercialization of technology products and services in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT), geomatics, infrastructure, resource, manufacturing and public sectors. Three businesses led by Stephen have been recognized with Alberta Science and Technology (ASTech) Leadership Foundation Awards for commercial achievement and, in 2010, Stephen received a personal ASTech Award. Sought after as a business strategist, Stephen is an advisor to many organizations and engaged on a number of boards.
Mel Wong is Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation and Advanced Technologies of Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education, the Alberta government ministry responsible for the growth of the knowledge-based economy in one of North America's strongest economic regions. Mel's education in business and economic principles is book ended on one side by working in his family's restaurant and on the other with post-secondary education in economics and management. In a wide-ranging career in the private and public sectors, and both Canadian federal and provincial governments, Mel has acquired a unique perspective on the role of government in support of sustainable economic growth. Since joining the Alberta Treasury Department in 1979, Mel assumed responsibility for the developing manufacturing and high-tech industries, many of which the province needed to support the growth of one of the world's largest energy industries located in Alberta.
As Assistant Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Advanced Education, his role is developing and implementing strategies to advance Alberta government and ministry priorities in the area of research, technology adoption and commercialization and the growth of technology industries in Alberta. Mel has been an ambassador for the Alberta government on investment attraction and relationship-building initiatives and has been a popular part-time lecturer in the business programs at local post-secondary institutions.
John R McDougall
John R McDougall, NRC President, leader in Canadian science and technology policy and innovation, was appointed as NRC's President in April 2010. Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and honoured as one of the province's 50 most influential citizens, Mr McDougall's career spans many sectors, with a broad and far reaching range of accomplishments and roles to his credit. Until recently, Mr McDougall served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Research Council (ARC), a position he has held for the past 12 years. Mr McDougall's career began with a decade served as a petroleum engineer. This quickly evolved into the ownership and management of an international engineering consulting firm. Following this, he held a number of influential positions with some of Canada's most innovative research and manufacturing businesses, consortium and not-for-profit organizations. Always an active participant in professional and community affairs, Mr McDougall has contributed to a number of prominent advisory boards and committees, both on the provincial and federal levels during the course of his 43-year career. He was a member of the NRC-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) Advisory Board from 2002 to 2006 and also contributed to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence, the Edmonton Space & Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Advisory Committee. A fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers and Engineers Canada, Mr McDougall has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta, with a number of postgraduate courses in Environmental Engineering to his credit. From 1991 to 1997, he served as the university's first Poole Chair in Management for Engineers, a leadership position within the Faculty of Engineering. Mr McDougall was founding Chair and President of Innoventures Canada.
Dr Steven Winston
Dr Steven Winston is currently a leading proponent of exploring the intersection of nanotechnology and nuclear sciences. This includes the instigation of research in nanoscale methods for accelerator production of medical isotopes, nanostructured prodrugs for targeted alpha therapy and brachytherapy, the use of novel nanostructures and nanomethods to produce lightweight shielding for satellites and nuclear propulsion systems, and a broad array of nanomaterials applications as potential responses to long standing challenges in the safe and efficient production of nuclear energy. With nearly 40 years of experience in various aspects of nuclear power, Steve has served in a variety of senior management roles for major companies. Currently providing a diverse range of technical advisory services to select clients, he served as the Vice President of Management and Technical Integration during Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Company’s tenure as M&O contractor for the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (now INL). He also served as Vice President for Parsons Engineering, as Vice President and General Manager of AWC-Lockheed (a wholly owned Lockheed subsidiary), and as Manager of Power Plant Design Engineering for Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Steve is a chemical engineer/nuclear engineer with experience in nuclear fuel reprocessing (at the Idaho Chemical Processing Plant), has conducted Probabilistic Risk Assessments of nuclear power stations, has participated in the development of advanced thermal hydraulics codes (RETRAN), and has overseen major first-of-a-kind research and engineering projects for Westinghouse, Lockheed Martin, and the US Department of Energy. He has managed diverse large-scale projects ranging from disposition of transuranic wastes to design of entire power plants.
Mr Markku Hirvonen, Wave 2011 keynote speaker and ex-President and CEO of VTI Technologies Oy, a world class supplier of low-g acceleration, inclination and angular motion sensor solutions for transportation, medical, instrument and consumer electronics applications. VTI develops and manufactures silicon-based capacitive sensors using its proprietary 3D MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical System) technology. The company is headquartered in Finland. Markku managed the recent sale of VTI to Murata of Japan for $261M US. He is interested in new technologies and helping companies to grow.
Markku has more than 25 years experience on international high-tech businesses. Managing various responsibility areas in international high-tech and IT industries, such as R&D, Sales and Marketing, Strategy and Business Development and Business Management. He has held several senior managerial positions at Nokia, Fujitsu (ICL/Siemens) Computers Oy and at its predecessor ICL Personal Systems Oy.