Virtual Innovation Fair

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to the UCalgary Virtual Innovation Fair to learn how innovators in our community are tackling and solving key problems in society.

Learn about the innovation community and connect with resources from across campus in an interactive and informative half-day virtual event via Zoom. Attendees will network with innovation leaders from across campus, and learn how engaging with innovation can transform your academic career from members of our community. Discover how you can become a part of this growing community during the upcoming academic year.

  • Students: Discover curricular and co-curricular opportunities to apply knowledge and develop new skills. Learn how engaging with innovation can transform your academic career and clarify career aspirations.
  • Aspiring entrepreneurs: Learn what supports are available to develop your idea.
  • Faculty, Postdocs, and Researchers: Learn how campus organizations can help with research commercialization.

Thank you for joining us!

Keynote and Intro Remarks

Get inspired by a special keynote speaker followed by an introduction to the UCalgary Innovation Ecosystem by Keri Damen of the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking.

Panel Discussion

Tune in to the Energizing Entrepreneurial Talent panel featuring three local innovators.

Virtual Tables

Learn about the innovation supports available to you and ask questions at virtual tables hosted in 20 minute increments.

Introduction Speakers

Ed McCauley

Ed McCauley

President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Calgary

An internationally-recognized scholar and researcher, Dr. McCauley has established a distinguished career developing innovative, interdisciplinary research centres, partnerships and projects. Throughout his time at the University of Calgary, Dr. McCauley has been actively involved in research collaborations and academic administration as a part of his deep commitment to the community.

Keri Damen

Keri Damen

Executive Director, Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking

Keri Damen is an avid thinker and speaker about the new work of world and how everyone from students to leaders can use entrepreneurial thinking to survive and thrive in a rapidly changing world. At the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, she is dedicated to creating the next generation of entrepreneurial thinkers who will inspire and drive social impact and economic growth and diversification for Calgary, Alberta and Canada.

Our Panel

Hear from three community innovators during a panel discussion:

Tyson Bilton

Tyson Bilton

Co-Founder, Calgary Social Value Fund

Tyson is a fourth year student at UCalgary completing a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree in finance with a Certificate in Sustainability Studies. He is a founding member of the Calgary Social Value Fund, mobilizing community capital to invest in local social enterprises, and is the Co-Chair for the Sustainable Development Goals Alliance.

Pierre Wijdenes

Pierre Wijdenes

CEO & Co-Founder, Neuraura

Pierre co-founded Neuraura with his colleague Dr. Colin Dalton after completing his Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary, Canada.  He is passionate about translating deep tech and research into clinical practice that provides tangible and measurable outcomes for patients and the healthcare system.  

Dr. Kristina Rinker

Kristina Rinker

Professor, CSO and Co-Founder, Syantra

Dr. Rinker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering (Schulich School of Engineering) and Department of Physiology and Pharmacology (Cumming School of Medicine). Her research is highly collaborative locally and internationally, and is actively involved in technology development and commercialization through university spin‐off companies and industrial and governmental partnerships in the areas of cardiovascular and cancer detection and treatment.

Steven Larter

Moderator: Stephen Larter

Associate Vice-President Research-Innovation

Steve Larter is a Canada Research Chair and professor of petroleum geology at UCalgary in the Department of Geosciences. Professor Larter is cofounder of numerous technology startup companies, including Gushor Inc. (now part of Schlumberger), and currently advises several university-based student, postdoctoral, and faculty startups.

Explore more innovation supports here.

Virtual Tables

Learn about the available innovation and entrepreneurship supports, clubs and programs and ask questions at virtual tables hosted by:

Created with a generous gift from the Hunter Family Foundation in 2017, the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking is an interdisciplinary hub for activities that support entrepreneurial student experiences, enable faculty to lead in innovation, and connect a growing community of innovative thinkers and founders. The Hunter Hub contributes directly to the University of Calgary’s strategic vision to be Canada’s most entrepreneurial university through innovation activities such as experiential learning initiatives and entrepreneurship courses, competitions, events and programs. Learn more and sign up for our newsletter.

Talk to us about: Extra-curricular Opportunities, Funding Supports

Innovate Calgary is the innovation transfer and business incubator centre for the University of Calgary. As part of the Office of the Vice-President (Research) portfolio, and as a member of the UCalgary innovation ecosystem, they work closely with researchers, faculty, and students to help bridge the gap between discovery and creating economic and societal impact. They do this by going beyond traditional technology transfer services to include focused startup support programs and services for research-intensive companies.  

For over 30 years, Innovate Calgary has supported UCalgary’s innovation-driven community. They work alongside the university to create new initiatives to transition discovery to the market.

Their knowledge transfer and commercialization services include, but are not limited to:

  • Intellectual Property Management
  • Licensing or Company Formation
  • Technology/Innovation Marketing
  • Supporting Research Partnerships
  • Startup Programs and Services

Talk to us about: Funding Supports, Research Commercialization, Extra-curricular Opportunities 

The College of Discovery, Creativity and Innovation provides leadership in implementing UCalgary’s vision in advancing experiential learning and undergraduate research for all students across campus. The CDCI develops and supports opportunities for undergraduate research experiences through sustainable and evidence-based programs and initiatives, such as the non-curricular Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE), which offers summer research studentships, and an exciting new for-credit course called Research on Global Challenges.  The CDCI also establishes partnerships with academic and non-academic units to help amplify opportunities in undergraduate research

Talk to us about: Curricular Opportunities, Extra-curricular Opportunities

IMPACT is a program for new ventures in the life sciences or biomedical industries who seek to commercialize their health-related inventions, conduct clinical trials, and secure regulatory approval. IMPACT facilitates the process of navigating the local research environment to ensure timely and smooth start-up, execution, and completion of clinical trials required to license and sell new medical devices, software, or pharmaceuticals in various domestic and international markets. Partnering with our team will result in a much faster and simplified research experience on the challenging path to commercialization of a medical device, drug, or other life science-based product.

Talk to us about: Research Commercialization

iGEM is the world's largest synthetic biology competition, where teams across the globe create a project aimed to solve real-world problems using synthetic biology and engineering principles. The iGEM Calgary team has an impressive history at the competition and even placed second at the 2019 competition amongst over 200 teams.

iGEM projects are multi-faceted and have many different components for students to work on; therefore, our members include undergraduate students from all years and backgrounds. Our wet lab members include students from various disciplines in biological sciences, neuroscience, and health sciences, while our dry lab members include students from computer science, statistics and math, business, and engineering. 

The team is entirely student-led, with most of the work being completed full-time over the summer months where all members are paid with a research stipend. Additionally, we offer 500-level course credit for the training and work students complete in the fall and winter semesters.

Talk to us about: Student Initiatives and Clubs

Innovate Calgary is the innovation transfer and business incubator centre for the University of Calgary. Innovate Calgary also manages the programming for the Life Sciences Innovation Hub that offers access to infrastructure, equipment, expertise, and startup support services for life science-based companies.

Talk to us about: Research Commercialization

Learn entrepreneurial thinking at the same time as pursuing your undergraduate major -- the Embedded Certificate in Entrepreneurial Thinking invites undergraduates to take courses that increase your knowledge and help you pursue your dreams. Whether your interests are in technology, health & wellness, the arts, or anything else, the certificate will give you the tools to plan your own career and find ways to pursue your passion. The program includes lots of opportunities for hands-on learning, competitions, and special events.

Talk to us about: Curricular Opportunities

Creative Destruction Lab is a nine-month program based out of the Haskayne School of Business using a unique acceleration model to support early-stage science and technology ventures. The program is best suited to technical founders interested in or just begun to move towards commercialization of their research and/or projects.

The program is based in mentorship, bringing together the most experienced people from the business community to offer business judgment to support the acceleration of the business. In addition, each founder will receive support from second-year MBA students who work closely with the team.

Talk to us about: Funding Supports, Research Commercialization

The Hunter Centre strives to support students in their quest to develop the skills to recognize opportunities, embrace challenges and extend Calgary’s entrepreneurial “can-do” spirit while also providing them the foundations critical to starting a business on innovative initiative. We support the Faculty at Haskayne in their efforts to continuously improve the quality and innovativeness of the entrepreneurship and innovation curriculum. The Hunter Centre also brings in world class speakers to deliver engaging presentations on leading innovation and entrepreneurship topics.

Talk to us about: Curricular Opportunities, Extra-curricular Opportunities

The W21C Research and Innovation Centre conducts health systems research to make care better for our communities. Our interdisciplinary team can support University of Calgary students, staff, and faculty with evidence, feedback, and validation services.

Talk to us about: Research Commercialization, Research Services

Enactus Calgary is the University of Calgary chapter of Enactus, a global non-profit composed of 72,000 students across the world who are using the power of entrepreneurial action to enact positive change. By using business knowledge and an educational approach in developing projects, Enactus Calgary’s programs foster entrepreneurial development, economic and environmental sustainability, and youth empowerment through financial literacy education in Calgary and surrounding communities.

Talk to us about: Student Initiatives and Clubs

The Trico Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Centre was established through the generous support of Wayne and Eleanor Chiu’s family foundation, the Trico Charitable Foundation. This new centre will build social enterprise education, support curriculum development and fuel teaching excellence. As there is growing recognition of the possibilities offered by social enterprises, Haskayne graduate students will have the unique opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a growing movement to do well by doing good.

We believe we can educate the next generation of social entrepreneurs, research what makes social enterprises successful and that the Trico Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Centre can play a role in helping Calgary become a hub for social entrepreneurship.

Talk to us about: Curricular Opportunities, Extra-curricular Opportunities