Keynote Speakers

We have an outstanding group of keynotes from a who’s who in the international tech space. And they won’t just present and go home. At the presentations you’ll learn what they’re looking for and then they’ll be available for one-on-one meetings with you during the three days.

This is among the rarest of opportunities to get some facetime with the people who could help springboard your idea or product to market.

Please contact Rosy Amlani, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), if you would like to arrange a time to meet at the event.


David A. Martin David Martin - SMART Technologies Inc

Mr. David Martin is the co-founder and executive chairman of SMART Technologies Inc. He has helped develop the company as the leading provider of technology products for education as well as the company that delivers the widest range of interactive display and collaborative products for the corporate and government markets.

Mr. Martin has a BSc in applied mathematics and has received numerous awards including the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance Award for Leadership in Advanced Technology (2004), the Alberta Centennial Medal for High-Tech Innovation (2005), and the TeleSpan Pace Award (2006), which recognizes his work in the teleconferencing industry. He has also been acknowledged by the British Education Suppliers Association with the Outstanding Achievement Award (2007), for his contribution to education as the named inventor of the interactive whiteboard.

Mr. Martin was the Chair of the Alberta Value-Added and Technology Commercialization Task Force and has served as a member of the expert panel on Canada's Role on International Science and Technology. 

SMART is a public company (NASDAQ: SMT, TSE: SMA) headquartered in Calgary with customers in over 175 countries. SMART has received the Canada Export Achievement Award (2004) and many other honours throughout its 24-year history.


Makoto Ibuka - Sony Makoto Ibuka Masaru Ibuka

Makoto Ibuka, son of Masaru Ibuka founder of Sony will discuss the creation and key business issues in the formation of Sony, his father’s vision on the use of technology and the future. "Mr. Ibuka has been at the heart of Sony's philosophy.  He has sowed the seeds of deep conviction that our products must bring joy and fun to users.  Mr. Ibuka always asked himself what was at the core of 'making things,' and thought in broad terms of how these products could enhance people's lives and cultures." --Nobuyuki Idei, former Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer of Sony. Makoto Ibuka is a physicist and worked at Sony for many years before retiring in 2005.

Sony is the ultimate entertainment experience. Providing incredible content and hardware to enjoy, Sony is the entertainment industry's most powerful and dynamic entertainment force. By pairing Sony's incredible technological capabilities with unparalleled content and creativity in all areas of content and entertainment, Sony has been able to capture the imagination and hearts of consumers worldwide.This revolutionary marrying of technology and content is a striking example of Sony's power to bring true-to-life, compelling experiences that are not easily duplicated.


Markku Hirvonen - VTI TechnologiesMarkku Hirvonen

Mr. Markku Hirvonen, President and CEO of VTI Technologies Oy, a leading 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.
Mr. Hirvonen joined VTI in 2007 from the position of General Manager of Customer Support Service Business at Nokia Networks. He has broad experience of managing various responsibility areas in international high-tech business and IT industry, 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.


Dr Waguih Ishak - Corning IncDr Waguih Ishak

Dr Waguih Ishak, Division Vice President, Corning, Inc. Corning is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences.  Dr Ishak will present materials, micro and nano structure technologies for the digital society of the 21st Century.

Dr Ishak joined Corning in 2007 as the Division VP and Director of the Corning West Technology Center. Waguih manages a team of scientists to develop applications for Corning's glass and fiber technologies and to conduct state-of-the-art research in the areas of microstructures and nanotechnology. Prior to Corning, he had 30 years of R&D technical and management positions and executive positions at Avago, Agilent Labs, and Hewlett-Packard Laboratories.


Alexei A. Andreev - Harris & HarrisAlexei A. Andreev

Alexei A. Andreev is Executive Vice President & Managing Director of Harris & Harris. Harris & Harris Group has been investing in companies with proprietary technology since 1983. For most of their history, they were a very small firm that invested in and helped develop early stage businesses, particularly ones founded on proprietary intellectual property. They have grown significantly and are connected to many large corporations strategic investments. Dr Andreev is an expert on nanotechnology and material science investment opportunities. Dr Andreev was previously with Draper Fisher Jurvetson and TLcom Capital Partners, a London-based venture capital fund backed by Morgan Stanley, prior to that he was with Renaissance Capital Group/Sputnik Funds in Russia.



Dr Thomas Grandke - Siemens Corporate Dr. Thomas Grandke

Dr. Thomas Grandke,Vice President, Siemens Corporate Technology. A long-time leader of research and engineering efforts at Siemens, Dr. Grandke serves as  global Head of Siemens Corporate Technology's Materials , Hardware Design and Manufacturing Technologies Cluster  , where he guides  Siemens' work  on microsystems and nanotechnology, among other technologies. Dr. Grandke also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton, N.J., and held key positions in the Medical Engineering Group's Magnetic Resonance division. He is deputy chairman of the Board of the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), and a member of the Industrial Advisory Board of the UC Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC).



Dr Sergio Kapusta - Royal Dutch ShellDr Sergio Kapusta

Sergio Kapusta currently is Chief Scientist for Royal Dutch Shell and General Manager of Physics & Materials Research at Shell International E&P, Inc., based in Houston, where he oversees research and development in the areas of materials, corrosion, asset integrity, reliability, energy efficiency, and physical methods of analysis.  Shell is one of the leading innovative companies testing, developing and piloting micro and nano technologies for applications in exploration and efficient recovery, as well as the use of nano technology for new materials and catalysts for production, micro systems for global seismic sensors and inertial products for directional drilling.
Sergio has been employed with Shell Oil Company for more than 25 years. During this time, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in Research, Engineering and Operations, in all major segments of the oil and gas business: production, transportation, and processing. His areas of expertise include materials, corrosion, asset integrity, reliability, and energy efficiency. He has also consulted with major oil and gas companies all over the world in topics of corrosion, risk assessment, and materials selection.


Dr. Péter Krüger - Bayer Dr Péter Krüger

Dr. Péter Krüger heads the Bayer “Working Group Nanotechnology” with the responsibility for the global coordination of nanotechnology activities in all Bayer Subgroups. In addition to that he is the Head of the German Innovation Alliance Carbon Nanotubes (CNT). Bayer Material Science is a global market leader in high performance and innovative materials that improve the quality of life. These include coatings, adhesives, sealants, insulating materials, polycarbonates and polyurethanes which are used in the car, construction, IT, appliance, furniture, sports and leisure industries. The Innovation Alliance CNT is consisting of 90 partners from industry and academia organized in 27 interlinked projects to develop technologies and applications for CNT based products in the field of energy/environment, mobility, light weight construction and electronics.
During Dr Krüger's 18 years with Bayer he held several positions in R&D, starting as a research scientist for polymer physics of thermoplastics within the Physics Unit of the former Central Research. He now has responsibility for the entire Polymer Physics Department within the Central Research and also in Bayer Polymers. In addition he is currently also the Head of the Physics Department within the Business Unit Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties of Bayer Material Science AG. Since the beginning of 2008 he has taken over the leadership of the project cluster “Innovation Alliance CNT”, funded partly by the German government.


Travis Earles - Lockheed MartinTravis Earles

Travis Earles, Executive for Lockheed Martin Corporate Engineering & Technology, leading and coordinating Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology Initiatives across the corporation. Lockheed Martin is a global leader in security products worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Travis served as Assistant Director for Nanotechnology in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he joined in 2007.  He co-chaired the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee for Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET), overseeing interagency coordination of the $1.8 billion National Nanotechnology Initiative and reaching out to the science and technology community across academia, government, and industry to foster resp onsible development of nanotechnology.  At the National Cancer Institute prior to serving at the White House, Earles played a central role planning and implementing the five-year, $144 million Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer launched in 2005 (and extended in 2010), which has generated nearly a dozen technology platforms in clinical trials for diagnostic and/or therapeutic applications. 


Gary Smith - Alberta Newsprint CompanyGary Smith

Gary Smith, Technical Director, Alberta Newsprint Company (ANC), a joint venture of The Stern Group (Whitecourt Newsprint Company Limited Partnership) and West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. ANC is a leading manufacturer of premium newsprint products and as a Canadian pulp and paper company focused on energy efficiency, lower emmissions and highly effecient production processes. Gary has been with ANC for over 21 years and a leading proponent of new technologies and innovation in the forestry industry in Alberta. ANC has adopted new innovative technology to promote production, quality, and environmental performance. With the spread of the Mountain Pine Beetle in western Canada, ANC has installed sensors and control systems for mechanical pulp refining and bleaching, these are some of the many issues and solutions facing the industry.


John Webb - Maple Leaf Foods IncJohn Webb

John Webb is Director of Emerging Science at Maple Leaf Foods Inc., Canada’s largest food processor. Maple Leaf Foods is a leading consumer packaged food company, headquartered in Toronto with operations across Canada and in the United States, United Kingdom, Asia and Mexico. In this role John provides scientific support across the bakery, livestock, meat and meals business.  He joined the vertical coordination group at Maple Leaf in 2002, and was part of a team that developed DNA traceability for pork. At Maple Leaf, innovation is a key focus and launching around 100 or more new products a year in a constant effort to revitalize product categories and create new ones.

Previously John was executive director responsible for an international program of genetic improvement with the Cotswold Pig Development Company Ltd based in UK.  Before that he was responsible for the genetic research program in pigs at the former AFRC Animal Breeding Research Organization in Edinburgh, Scotland (later the Roslin Institute).


Dr. Thomas Staehrfeldt - BASF CorporationThomas Staehrfeldt

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and agricultural products to oil and gas. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role as a reliable partner in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF’s Paper Chemicals division offers process chemicals to optimize costs and increase machine efficiency, functional chemicals to lend specific properties to paper, and finishing chemicals to improve the appearance and performance characteristics of printed paper and board. With this comprehensive portfolio, BASF is the leading supplier of paper chemicals worldwide.

Nanotechnology is one of the key technologies of the 21st century and offers innovation potentials for almost all sectors of industry. For BASF, nanotechnology is an important field of activity in research and development. The number of our nanotechnology improved products will increase greatly in future. We use nanotechnology not for technology's sake but only if it can help create new products or products with improved properties for our customers. Moreover Nanotechnology offers solutions to global challenges such as climate protection.

Thomas Staehrfeldt joined the global leadership team of BASF’s Paper Chemicals division in August 2009 and leads the global paper chemicals development unit. After earning his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1994, Dr. Staehrfeldt assumed various global leadership positions in antioxidant and light stabilizer research at Hoechst AG and in paint and coating development at Ciba AG.

Other industry keynotes to be announced.