DiscoveryLab Edmonton Mayoral Candidate Forum

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Share your story and ambitions and let us help you get there. Our panel of business advisors and investors can help you progress your plan.

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We are offering free, open event for anyone to meet with our Mayoral candidates on Tuesday September 21, 2021. Join us to discuss how we can strengthen the economy by supporting those building businesses. Startups, new ventures and SMEs in any sector, location or stage are also welcome pitch a plan. Those looking to commercialize novel agricultural, artificiaI intelligence, biotech, energy, and medical systems are the most common, but all those interested in developing new solutions and markets are welcome.


We'll start with a discussion with Edmonton Mayoral candidates including:

Kim Krushell, built two tech companies from the ground up, is President of Lending Assist and E.P. Rees Inc., Director and Vice Chair of UAlberta Properties Trust Inc. and served as City Councillor for Edmonton Ward 2 and Vice Chair of Women and Money.

Cheryll Watson, Co-Chair of Global Senior Policy Maker Forum at Startup Genome, previously founder and Vice President at Innovate Edmonton, Co-Founder of the Alberta Innovation Corridor, Director at Intuit, Fundraising Chair at Zebra Child Protection Centre and Board Member at Edmonton Arts Council.

Michael Oshry, Founder, Director, and Principal Shareholder at FIRMA Foreign Exchange, CEO of Blue Pen Capital; served as City Of Edmonton Councillor for Ward 5. He created Remedy Cafe. board of the University of Alberta Hospital Foundation, The Business Link, and is mentoring small business owners via the University of Alberta’s Venture Mentoring Service.

Amarjeet Sohi, former Edmonton City Councillor, championing projects including Valley Line LRT, P3 procurement process for public-private partnerships, recreation centers, libraries, Rogers Place Arena; previously Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Federal Minister of Natural Resources.

Join us to explore how entrepreneurs and innovation can strengthen and diversify the economy and improve the state of society and the planet.

Business Plan Presenters on Sept 21 include:

1. Kevin Hull, CEO, Emergent Waste Solutions Inc.

2. Aaron Barr, CEO, Canadian Rockies Hemp Corp.

3. Hagay Levy, CEO, Iluria

4. Ron Mills, CEO, Tevosol

5. Doug Klein, Family Physician, CHANGE Health Alberta

6. Piyush Kumar, CEO, WWiKY BioSciences Inc.

7. Brandon Friedt, CFO, QualisureDx

8. Amir Nezhad, Driector, CriticareDx

9. Katelin Popiel, CEO, What's the Deal?

Presenters are invited to pitch a plan and then take questions from a panel of about 20 financial, legal, industry, marketing and business management experts and investors who provide free advice and may suggest contacts and follow-up meetings.

Early stage ventures, start-ups and SMEs present plans in turn and are given tailored advice on how to scale their plans and reach new markets. Their pitches are recorded and shared with DiscoveryLab's panel of >180 business advisors and investors, who are listed at

An updated executive summary of your business plan must be submitted to finalize your pitching slot.


Michael Overduin can be contacted at 780 222 6281 or Michael at

Previous DiscoveryLab presenters:

1. 2S Water: Anthea Sargeaunt

2. 99bits: Abdullah Choudhry,

3. 48 Hour Discovery: Samantha Kwok & Ratmir Derda

4. 8 Bit Cortex, Co-Founder, Ty McKinney

5. Airterra CEO Rob Lavoie

6. Alpine Innovative Research, Dane Bosman: Air Sniper

7. Alberta Precision Labs, Clinical Microbiologist, Mathew Diggle

8. Antibiddies Technologies: D Marchant, L Bilawchuk & F West

9. Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation, Rakesh Bhat

10. Autoimmune Hepatitis: A. Landi & A. Clementin

11. Awele Technologies: Godfrey Okeke

12. Bessie Founder Spencer Kerber

13. BioAro, Amir Nezhad, University of Calgary

14. BioImmuno Designs: Shairaz Baksh

15. BioLargo: Richard Smith

16. Biomedarmour, Simon Park, University of Calgary

17. Biomimetic Exosomes: Kunal Karan & Arin Sen

18. BitCan Geosciences & Engineering, Yanguang Yuan

19. Bitcoin Air: Bretton Whervin

20. Blindman Brewing: Kirk Zembal & Shane Groendahl

21. Boron Heterocycles for Drug Discovery: Dennis Hall

22. Biomarkers for Pediatric Cancer: Aru Narendran

23. Breast Cancer Biomarkers: Carrie

24. BYBOCAM CEO & Founder Ketsia Lombosso Engoya

25. Canada NeuroTech: Yvonne Wong, CUE

26. Canadian BioSample Repository: Bruce Ritchie

27. Canadian Rockies Hemp Corp, Aaron Barr

28. Carlos Cervera: Early use of Tocilizumab for COVID-19

29. Cheminger Inc: Nataraj Pagadala

30. Childhood Pneumonia Biomarkers: Qaasim Mian

31. Chipcare, Lynn McNeil

32. Click & Push: Martin Ferguson-Pell

33. Click & Push Accessiblity Inc. COO Sydney Hampshire

34. CliniSonics: Roger Zemp

35. COMS: Centre for Online Mental health Support, Peter Silverstone

36. Creative Protein Solutions, CEO, Daria Venkova

37. Criticare Dx: Amir Nezhed

38. Crowdblink, Trevor Macdonald

39. Daphe Water Solutions, CTO, Luisa Orsini

40. Dealcloser: Amir Reshef

41. Drug Discovery Chemical Space: Dennis Hall

42. Easy fMRI and Easy Data: Tony Yousefnezhad

43. EcoVitro: Lion Budrass

44. EHCAPS, Amrich by Tanveer Ahmad

45. Elsius Biomedical, Alessandro Biglioli: ECMO

46. ENTiD: Rahul Arora

47. Entos Pharmaceuticals: John Lewis & Arun Raturi

48. Farmer's Legacy Biotech, CEO,Pankaj Purwar

49. Flu Fighting Chickens: Katharine Magor

50. FluroTech, CEO, Dan Dalla-Londa

51. Fly and Fetch: Shelvie Fernan & Victoria Celi

52. Food Wastes to Alternative Energy: Peter Johnson

53. Fourien: Faheem Khan

54. FREDsense Technologies Corp, Co-Founder, Robert Mayall

55. Gane Ka-Shu Wong: nucleic acids based covid-19 diagnostics

56. Guanqun Chen, Plant Biotechnology Lab, University of Alberta

57. Health District: Khurram Jahangir

58. Health Gauge: Randy Duguay & Bruce Matichuk

59. Hempact: Nicole Sanchez, Jenny Li & Anka Chan

60. High Density Power Conversion: Zhongyi Quan

61. Human Cytomegalovirus: James Nieman

62. illumiSonics: Roger Zemp

63. IMBiotechnologies: Michael Stewart

64. Giant Health: Inbound Trade Mission, Barry Shrier

65. HOPE Project, Dawn Kingston

66. Inclusion Playland: Rebecca Murray

67. Inkubate Packaging, Travis Dahl

68. InPlanta Biotechnology, Director, Igor Kovalchuk

69. iYu Inc: Mike Wade, Concordia University Edmonton

70. Kent Imaging, Pierre Lemire

71. Khaled Barakat: small molecule inhibitor design

72. KRS Biopharma: Tina Rinker

73. Lenica Research Group: Simba Nyazika

74. LKSAVI: Lorne Tyrell

75. MagnetTx: Gino Fallone

76. Mahdi Tavakoli: Robotic System Following Injury

77., David Quail & Jeevesh Kapur

78. Meros Polymers: Afsaneh Lavasanifar

79. Metric Technologies, Abdullah Saleh

80. MITS: Jeremie Bourqui

81. Metabolomic Technologies Inc: Lu Deng

82. mmHg Inc: Peter Wood & Dr. Raj Padwal

83. My Normative Inc., Co-Founder, Danika Kelly

84. Nabati Foods, President, Ahmad Yehya

85. Nanologaudio: Adam Brown

86. Nanostics: Colin Coros

87. Nectar, Co-Founder & CEO, Marc-André Roberge

88. Neuraura CEO Pierre Wijdenes and COO Claire Dixon

89. New Paradigm Hempery, Luc d'Abadie

90. Nova Green Inc., CEO, Barry Farquharson

91. ofbrains: Alireza Bahramian

92. OPTEL Group, Louis-Olivier Roy

93. OrigamAi, CEO, Kyle McLeod

94. Outbreaker Solutions: Brayden Whitlock

95. OVA, CEO, Harold Dumur

96. Palliative Care Matters: Konrad Fassbender

97. Pacylex: M Weickert, J Mackey, R Heit & L Berthiaume

98. PainWorth: Mike Zouhri

99. PEARKO Therapeutics,Gavin Oudit

100. Phelix, Co-Founder,Varun Pulapaka

101. Pleasant Solutions, Thomas Stachura

102. Polar Canadian Swine LLP: Alfred Wahl

103. Praeventus Corporation: Jerome Yager, UofA

104. Prominent: A Flynn, R Burrell, T McMullen & T Briggs

105. Protxx: John Ralston

106. Qualisure Diagnostics: David Bocking & Oliver Bathe

107. Quantum Silicon Inc, Robert Wolkow

108. Rafiq Ahmad: Smart Engineering Solutions to Cope with COVID-19

109. Rapid Prototyping: Suresh Nayar

110. Rashid Mirzavand: Multi-Parameter Wireless Bio-Sensor System

111. RAZN Health Decision Modelling: Negin Razavilar

112. Regenitech Canada, Grant Kelba

113. Repertoire Immune Systems, Karsten Sauer

114. Reveal Medical Corp, CEO Steve Jakeway

115. Revive Wellness Inc: Loreen Wales

116. RJH Biosciences: Juliana Valencia & Remant KC

117. Roshan Water Solutions Inc: Amirreza Sohrabi

118. Safe Contact Solutions, Kevin Maloney

119. SafeSpaceHealth: Khurram Jahangir

120. Sawback Technologies, Founder, Neil Keown

121. SensorUp Founder & CTO Steve Liang

122. Sialogene: Chris Cairo

123. Siberian Meat Dumplings, Mark Friesen

124. SMALP Network: Michael Overduin

125. SN Biomedical: Hillary Sweet & Matthew Nickel

126. SolAeroMed, John Dennis

127. Solar Oxygen: Nicolas Conradi

128. Staffing Call, CEO and Founder, Adam Balogh

129. ST Innovations Business Development Manager, Jonathan Butterworth

130. Story City: Emily Craven

131. Summit Nanotech, Drew Moxon,

132. Sunmor Research Inc, Medical Director, Kevin Morin,

133. Surgical Simulation: Bin Zheng

134. Swae CEO Soushiant Zanganehpour

135. Symbiotic EnviroTek Inc., CTO, Jeremy Sluyters

136. Syantra Diagnostics: Tina Rinker

137. Syngli: Simon Overduin

138. Targeting LPA Signaling: David Brindley

139. Technology Shops, Steve Lloyd: CoronaHood

140. Tele-Rehabilitation, Martin Ferguson-Pell

141. Terrahub, Elena Dumitrascu

142. TestNTravel, Founder & CEO, Mathew Diggle

143. ThermoReCON: Larry Unsworth

144. ThyroSPEC: Paul Stewardson

145. The TireGrabber: Darcy Goossen

146. TMIC, James Harynuk

147. Token Naturals, CEO & Co-Founder, Keenan Pascal

148. Umay Care: Sharmin Habib

149. Unit9: CoronaSaver, Martin Percy

150. Vanier Institute of the Family, CEO, Nora Spinks

151. Virtual Orthodontic Residency: Tarek El-Bialy

152. WWiKY Theranostica: Len Wiebe & Piyush Kumar

153. XoTech: Amir Sanati Nezhad

154. ZAFA Rapid Biorefinery: Aman Ullah

155. Zenxmed and Openxmed: Colm Murphy

156. Zept, CEO,Gregg Oldring


"Our project has picked up significantly since we last presented at DiscoveryLab. We have partnered to expand our program for the treatment of COVID-19 patients and we are now at 22 sites."

"Our DiscoveryLab presentation led to participation of 2 investors in our seed round, a strategic machine learning technology development partnership, a remote patient monitoring collaboration with a University, and this week’s announcement of an exciting product launch."

"We received a connection to TEC Edmonton which resulted in mentorship and admission into an accelerator."

"The suggestions I got from the DiscoveryLab meeting were great. Thanks!"

"I would like to thank you for organizing the pitch event. We were very happy about the outcome of the pitch. We wanted some advice and that's what we got. We would love to pitch again."

"I wanted to send a note to thank you very much for the opportunity to present yesterday. We enjoyed the experience and also were able to resolve an issue."

"My company got funding."

Fine print:

We want to keep our events free. Tell us if you can't make it in to pitch, unjustified last minute cancellations and no-shows are subject to a charge of $20 as this prevents other teams from pitching.

For clarity, DiscoveryLab does not recommend advisors or investors, but can make introductions. Each person and company has the responsibility of obtaining legal advice and performing due diligence before signing contracts or taking investments.

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