HEATHER HERRING BASc Chem Eng, MBA
Heather Herring is a professional engineer and a proud alumna of the Haskayne School. She pinpoints the essential elements of the idea, the business, the challenge or the person and then uses her leadership, innovation, and management abilities to identify opportunities for excellence. She coaches client companies in business, communications and customer development. She is always the one to step up and apply her project management skills to ensure that the project is a success but her leadership shines brightest she concentrates on the intersection and cooperation, collaboration and competition to drive success for all parties.
Until recently she was Executive in Residence with Zone Startups Calgary. Previously, she worked in academia, private and public sector companies primarily with a focus on energy and sustainability. This spanned: securing research grants and VR and 3D printing research facilities for professors at the University of Calgary; focusing the R&D program, overseeing field pilots for new oil sands technologies, formulating the creation of COSIA at Total E&P Canada; and, exploring the emergence of the digital oil field while with Laricina. She is vice chair of Platform Calgary and past chair of Tecterra.
CLAIRE DIXON MEng, MA, MBA
Claire Dixon is COO of Neuraura, a medical device company that is unlocking the brain with novel microsensors. Prior to joining Neuraura Claire held a number of senior operational roles at the University of Calgary including Director of MBA Programs, Director of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and, most recently, Director of Operations of the Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies. She brings more than 20 years of business experience to this role including 15 years as a strategic consultant to technology- and capital- intensive industries. Claire’s key strengths include navigating technical complexity, strategy development and planning and financial and operational modelling. Claire brings world class academic credentials as she holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a MEng/MA (Cantab.) in Mechanical Engineering from Cambridge University.
SEAN OSIS BKIN, MSC, CAP
Data Science and Research Advisor
Mr. Osis holds a Master of Science in Biomechanics, and a Bachelor of Kinesiology, both from the University of Calgary. He is a Certified Analytics Professional, with over three years of certified practice. Previously, he has worked as an independent consultant, providing data management and analysis expertise to the academic community. He has also contributed to the publication of more than 50 academic papers and abstracts, and presented at international research conferences. Mr. Osis currently leads operations for Mosaic Data Science in Canada, performing project work, technical analysis and engaging with the local data community in Calgary.
CORY S. GOLDBERG BSc, MD, MASc, FRCS(C), FACS, MBA
Business Development Advisor
Dr. Cory S. Goldberg earned a Masters of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering while doing his Plastic Surgery residency at the University of Toronto where he is now an appointed Lecturer in both medicine and engineering faculties. Dr. Goldberg completed an executive MBA through Cornell and Queen’s schools of business. He has served as business development consultant for large pharmaceutical companies, including Valeant Canada, Galderma, and Johnson and Johnson. He has assisted several start-up biotech companies, including Tissue Regeneration Therapeutics, using stem cell technology, and Enhanced Plasmonic Imaging, which uses surface plasmon amplification.
ANDREW AMEY BComm, MSc
Finance and Strategy Advisor
Mr. Amey holds Master of Science and Master of Planning degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary. For nearly 15 years, Mr. Amey has provided financial planning & forecasting, economic analysis & strategic direction to clients across North America. He currently manages his own consulting practice, based in Seattle.
SUSAN MCLEAN BA, CFA, MSC
Susan is the Senior Director of Venture Advisory Services at MaRS, where she is responsible for operational effectiveness, client service orientation and the implementation of strategic priorities across the Venture Services team. Susan brings a wealth of experience in the innovation sector to her role, most recently with Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation/Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MRI/MEDEI) as Manager of Innovation Strategy and Programs for the Commercialization Branch. She was previously with Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), as Regional Director of Partnerships, and with TMX — leading their efforts in Cleantech Business Development and Strategic Initiatives. She is an active advocate of social finance and cleantech, and has held roles on the Advisory Board of SVX, at Corporate Knights and on the Board of Directors of the Access Community Capital Fund. Susan is currently on the Board of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund and is Toronto Chapter Chair of the Manning Innovation Awards. Her career began in finance and strategy roles, building on Susan’s McGill BA. She also earned a CFA and MSc in Economics from the University of London.
DAVID BOWDEN P. Eng., MBA
David studied industrial engineering at the University of Toronto and has an international MBA from the Rotman School of Management. He is a certified off-road motorcycle instructor and is comfortable working in Spanish and Italian. Together with his wife Anne and two children he has traveled and worked in more than 60 countries. David is a principal at the Osborne Group specializing in strategic growth management and has held executive roles as president of Sprint Canada Residential telecom, SVP at Direct Energy for commercial/residential and founding president of Empori.com. Prior management positions at Labatt, Canada Post, Bata Shoes and Warner Lambert included international postings in Europe, the US and Latin America. More recently, David has held interim executive roles for strategic business transformation at clients including Sears, CIM, IceGen and Cavet Technologies. An active community volunteer, David was a director and board chair of Habitat for Humanity Canada working with Habitat in Canada and overseas since 2002. He is a governor of the University of Toronto, a business advisor with MaRS Cleantech venture services and a director of the Bata Museum. In 2013, David completed the ICD (Institute for Corporate Directors) NFP Governance program.