4th Annual Ignite Talks


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Location: Bow Auditorium – 54th Floor, 500 Center Street SE, Calgary, AB (see map below)
Date: October 5th, 2017
Time: 5:15 pm to 7:30 pm MT
Cost: $35
SpeakersDave MowatGianna ManesJoanne FedeykoBrendan McCracken,Steven Koles, & Jesse Row

Dave Mowat

President and CEO, ATB Financial

Dave Mowat is a banker. That sounds pretty straightforward. And it is, in the sense that he deals with a lot of big numbers, understands the confusing world of banking, leads a lot of creative team members, and continually thinks about how to serve hundreds of thousands of customers across the province.

But he’s also a banker who’s not afraid to talk about love. He loves the idea of transfor?ming banking to make it work FOR people and to do that, he’s not afraid to be a bit different. Dave is an Albertan by birth. And, like more and more of us, he’s an Albertan by choice. After getting his education in B.C., he came back home. Over the last 30 years, he has shaped and been shaped by every aspect of the banking world: venture capital markets, credit, retail, corporate, investments, and banking tied to each sector of the Alberta economy. He has served in three chief executive posts, and used his training and instincts on the boards of prominent Canadian organizations, including Visa Canada. Today, Dave serves on the boards of Telus, STARS, Edmonton Cultural Trust, MasterCard Canada, Alberta Blue Cross, and the Citadel Theatre. In 2012, Dave served the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region as its campaign chair. In 2016, Dave was at the top of Glassdoor’s list of Highest Rated CEOs, with a 99 per cent approval rating. Glassdoor is an organization that allows employees to anonymously tell the world what it’s like to work where they work. That means Dave earned his place on the list based on how ATB team members feel about his leadership. Visitors to Vancouver will recall seeing VanCity branches tucked into neighbourhoods across that city and can certainly tell you the credit union is known for its assets, profitability and membership. That’s the straightforward legacy of Dave’s term as VanCity CEO. But he’s also known for VanCity’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, a passion he’s brought to ATB. In June 2007, Dave was hired as President and CEO of ATB Financial, the largest Alberta-based financial institution and a dynamic presence across the province. ATB offers a full range of banking services and is consistently recognized as one of Canada’s top employers. Sure, he lost an hour moving back, but he gained the opportunity to help bring to life the possibilities that exist in Alberta through a financial institution that aims to match the spirit that Albertans, wherever they were born, tackle life with.

Gianna Manes

President and CEO, ENMAX Corporation

Gianna has nearly three decades of experience in the energy industry. She spent the first part of her career in the gas pipeline business in Houston, Texas before transitioning to the electricity industry. Gianna has experience in a number of electricity markets across the United States, Europe and Alberta, Canada.

Before joining ENMAX in Calgary in 2012 as President & CEO, Gianna served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for Duke Energy, a large North American power company based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Born and raised in Louisiana, Gianna earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from Louisiana State University, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston, and completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Gianna currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Keyera Corp., the Canadian Electricity Association and the Energy Council of Canada. She also holds the ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Management. In 2014, she served as Co-Chair of the Calgary and Area United Way campaign and was elected to the United Way of Calgary and Area Board of Directors in 2015. Gianna has been recognized for her leadership and accomplishments throughout her career: as Electricity Human Resources Canada’s CEO of the Year in 2013, one of Alberta Venture’s Top 50 Most Influential People in 2015 and one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network .

Joanne Fedeyko

CEO, Connection Silicon Valley

Connection Silicon Valley is an organization that helps companies collaborate, connect, innovate and partner with Silicon Valley’s world-renowned technology ecosystem. Through their consulting services, Innovation Immersion programs & summits, they help organizations build meaningful networks in Silicon Valley and provide access to leading-edge innovation in order to remain competitive.  A few of Joanne’s initiatives as it relates to Canada: Drove the launch of theBoardlist in Canada – a curated platform to get more women on public and private boards, started by fellow Canadian Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, helped launch Canadian Entrepreneurs in Life Sciences (CELS-SFO), a nonprofit that nurtures connections and knowledge to advance innovations on the path to commercialization, Co-Founder of the Alberta Innovation Advisory Council – a group of passionate Silicon Valley expatriates supporting the advancement of innovation and technology for the Province of Alberta, and working on a forming a group of Canadian women in tech in the Valley to provide programming, mentorship and connections to female Canadian entrepreneurs.

Brendan McCracken

Vice-President and General Manager, Encana

Brendan has moved into the role of Vice-President, Investor Relations after previously serving as the Vice-President and General Manager for Central Operations for Encana.  Brendan has led teams in the Montney, Deep Basin, and Duvernay.  He was also part of the small internal team that reset the strategy of the company in 2013.  As part of this work, he led the technical project team that ultimately acquired Encana’s Eagle Ford and Permian assets.  Brendan is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta.  Brendan graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and from the University of Oxford with an MBA.


Steven Koles

President and CEO, Hifi Engineering

Steven Koles has over 20 years of operational and executive experience in technology companies. He has been involved as an executive and corporate director with such organizations as Steeper Energy, Qwick Media, Route 1, Aksys Networks and the Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP). From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Koles was President and CEO of Hemisphere GPS where he lead the company through a transformation and rebranding exercise highlighted by the divestiture of two unprofitable businesses, international expansion, two key acquisitions, two public financings, and a restructuring of manufacturing operations. Under his leadership, Hemisphere GPS achieved numerous awards including the Deloitte Green 15, Alberta Venture Fast 50, ASTech Outstanding Commercial Achievement in Science and Technology, and Branham’s Top 300 Canadian ICT companies. Steven has also served in management positions with AOL / Time Warner Canada, Group Telecom, and TELUS Corporation.

Steven is a graduate from the Faculty of Business at the University of Alberta, and the Executive Management Program at the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business

Jesse Row

Vice President Corporate Performance, Energy Efficiency Alberta

Jesse is the Vice President of Corporate Performance at Energy Efficiency Alberta (EEA) – a new government agency with a mandate to: raise awareness among energy consumers of energy use and the associated economic and environmental consequences; promote, design and deliver programs and carry out other activities related to energy efficiency, energy conservation and the development of micro-generation and small scale energy systems in Alberta; and promote the development of an energy efficiency services industry. EEA’s Corporate Performance business unit is responsible for portfolio planning, program evaluation and policy engagement. Prior to joining EEA, Jesse spent 10 years running the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance – an industry group advocating for new energy efficiency policies and programs. Jesse has also worked for the Pembina Institute, providing consulting services to municipalities, First Nations and companies in the areas of community energy planning, technology evaluation and life-cycle assessment.


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