5th Annual Ignite Talks


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WPC Canada is excited to host the Ignite Talks this fall.

Join us for a fast-paced and thought-provoking event featuring short 5-10 minute talks (similar to the TED format) from some of Calgary’s top game changers.  You will hear ideas from speakers across Calgary‘s energy industry including start-up founders, academics and business leaders. You will also have the opportunity to network with other like-minded Calgarians and enjoy drinks and popcorn throughout the night.

Location: Bow Auditorium – 54th Floor, 500 Center Street SE, Calgary, AB (see map below)
Date: October 18th, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm MT
Cost: $25 until October 10th, 2018 (Regular price $35)
Speakers: Mary Moran, Dr. Brendan Adams, Joy Romero, Blake Dewar, Donna Kennedy-Glans QC & Don Hill

Mary Moran

Chief Executive Officer Calgary 2026 Olympic Bid

President and Chief Executive Officer of Calgary Economic Development

Mary Moran was appointed in late July 2018 to lead Calgary’s effort to finalize a bid for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Ms. Moran was an inspired choice for this position, given her passion for Calgary and her depth of knowledge about the city, her blend of business and marketing skills, her specialized economic development expertise and her own personal lifelong relationship with high-performance sport and its benefits.

As President and CEO of Calgary Economic Development since 2015 and their VP of Marketing for several years before that, Mary knows what makes a great city. She has competed against cities around the world to attract top talent and leading companies to Calgary. During Mary’s tenure, Calgary has risen to a fourth place ranking in a recent CNN ranking of the world’s most livable cities.  Mary also brings extensive leadership experience in the development of strategy, marketing and stakeholder relations with leading companies including TELUS, Delta Hotels, Canadian Airlines and WARDAIR.

Mary holds an MBA from Royal Roads University and she is active in the Calgary community. She is a director on several non-profit boards in the arts, sport, social services and business sectors. She is also a past president of Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta. With a deep personal love of sport and physical activity, Mary remains an active competitive figure skater is also an avid skier and dedicated runner.


Dr. Brendan Adams

Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Brendan Adams is an occupational physician from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Toronto, and his M.D. from University of Calgary. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine.

He has been in practice for more than 30 years. He is certified by the Canadian College of Family Practice as well as the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine. He is a certified addiction physician, American Board of Addiction Medicine, and belongs to both the American and Canadian Societies of Addiction Medicine. He travels extensively teaching Addiction Medicine across North America. He consults with both labour and management groups concerning disability, occupational medicine and addictions. Licenced as an instrument rated commercial pilot, his particular areas of interest are aviation and addiction medicine, and he is the assistant medical director, flight operations, WestJet, Medical Consultant, Flight Operations Jazz as well as the medical consultant for a variety of professional airline pilots’ alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs including ALPA Canada. He is also the Medical Consultant for the addictions recovery program of the Calgary Police Service.

Joy Romero

Vice President, Technology & Innovation at Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Joy Romero, P.Eng, MBA PM, ICD.D, FCAE Vice President Technology & Innovation, Canadian Natural Resources Limited. Joy has worked in steel, iron ore, coal and oil and gas.   She has served as a School Trustee, Chair of the Governing Council of Athabasca University, and advisor to several NSERC chairs. Joy is currently chair of the Clean Resource Innovation Network, Board Chair of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance, and a board member of the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada. She is Vice-Chair of the Business Leaders Advisory Council for Athabasca University and a member of the Faculty of Science Dean’s Circle for the University of Calgary.  Joy is a past member of the Science, Technology & Innovation Council for Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers.

Blake Dewar

Director of Strategy, Encana

Blake Dewar is the Director of Strategy at Encana Corporation.  Blake grew up in Calgary and has spent the last 15 years working in the oil and gas industry.  Over the course of his career, he has had the opportunity to work on a number of key strategic initiatives including the Encana split to create Cenovus Energy in 2009 and the formation and roll-out of Encana’s new corporate strategy in 2013.  His broad experience includes portfolio transformation, identifying and creating both corporate and shareholder growth opportunities, and navigating through the macro environment to identify transforming industry trends. Blake is passionate about leadership and mentorship and takes pride in motivating people to succeed in achieving their goals. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Masters in Business Administration.



Donna Kennedy-Glans, QC

Writer, mentor, energy geek

Presently, Donna is a blogger and podcaster at Beyond Polarity digital platform: https://beyondpolarity.blog. I’m a passionate political moderate who wants to make sure Canadians don’t slip into polarized politics. Over a 33 year career, I’ve worked as a politician, a writer, an energy expert and founded a non-profit. Crossing boundaries is my ‘thing’. Not just geographic boundaries either (though I have worked on projects in over 35 countries).

What did I do as a politician?
I served as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Varsity (2012-2015). Roles included: Associate Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy; Chair, Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship; Treasury Board; Chair, Results Based Budgeting review of economic diversification programs; Government founder of First Nations and Métis Women’s Councils; Member, Ministerial Working Group on Natural Resources and Environment; and Member, Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future.

What did I do in the energy sector?
I’ve spent 28 years as a lawyer and businesswoman, including as Nexen Inc.’s first female VP. Early in my career, I was a lawyer with TransCanada Pipelines. After a decade with Nexen, I advised global energy companies on how to manage non-technical risks. In 2005, I published a book on this work, Corporate Integrity: A Toolkit for Managing beyond Compliance (Wiley). More recently, I mentor energy leaders within Energy Futures Network and Sponsor Energy. Understanding how electricity fits within the energy world has been fascinating.

What did I do in the non-profit sector?
I was invited by community leaders in the country of Yemen to bring Canadian experts there to train youth and professional leaders, including females. In 2002, I founded an NGO (canadabridges.com). Bridges had to leave Yemen in 2009, and was then invited to work with First Nations communities in Alberta. I served as Bridges’ volunteer executive director for a decade. In 2009, I published a book, Unveiling the Breath: One woman’s journey into understanding Islam and gender equality (Pari).


Don Hill

Broadcaster, writer, and digital media producer

DON HILL is a broadcaster, writer, and digital media producer.  His television documentaries have been broadcast around the world. A former host of CBC Radio One’s Tapestry, and presenter of numerous documentaries on IDEAS, Don also enjoyed a long association with CKUA Radio Network.  His digital footprint includes Special Places: Writing-On-Stone, an immersive 360 video/VR (virtual reality) presentation for full-dome screens and VR headsets; it’s been playing at planetariums in Europe and North America.  With Donna Kennedy-Glans, he recently made PETER’S PRINCIPLES: a 12-step recovery guide for the politically perplexed; it’s available here >> https://wp.me/p8Kq4B-FU


 Location: Bow Auditorium – 54th Floor, 500 Center Street SE, Calgary, AB