Shift is a podcast by Alberta Innovates that's dedicated to interviewing and showing how Alberta innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers are leading the future of innovation. Alberta has many unsung heroes and many interesting and important technological advancements being made that will greatly impact our lives. These deserve a spotlight, and by listening to Shift people will get a sense of how Alberta innovation is leading the way.
The Innovation of Work with Dan Bruinooge of Servus Credit Union
A new generation of digital nomads is creating a ‘do anything from anywhere’ workplace shaped by technologies that erase distance and compress time. Which begs the question, how is work innovating?
Shift by Alberta Innovates talks to Dan Bruinooge, the Chief People & Corporate Services Officer at Servus Credit Union.
Dan oversees a broad portfolio including people and culture, diversity & inclusion, innovation, corporate effectiveness, fraud risk management, as well as the many corporate services functions such as procurement, properties, and regulatory compliance.
The 21st-Century Stethoscope: Portable Ultrasound Technology with MEDO.ai
Shift interviews David Quail, serial entrepreneur, and Co-Founder and Technology Strategist of MEDO.ai.
Established in 2018, MEDO was born from the idea that the combination of portable ultrasound with AI could make the 21st-century stethoscope, allowing users to peer into the human body and make important diagnoses accurately and reliably with the help of AI trained on thousands of previous cases.
Creativity, research and being an entrepreneur: our talk with Jana Rieger from True Angle Medical Technologies
"Is there anything Jana doesn't do?" is a refrain I found myself pondering as this interview was happening.
A professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation - Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta, Jana is a medical researcher, an entrepreneur, and a novelist.
On this episode we start by talking about her company True Angle Medical Technologies, Jana's journey from researcher to entrepreneur, and the help that she and her partners received as they grew. We bring in Alberta Innovates' technology development advisor Mike Riou, who's been working with Jana and True Angle, to discuss the role he played.
Along the way we tackle topics like the challenges of innovating in a health system that's, arguably, not built for speed; the need for system innovation, peer mentorship and celebrating the wins. We cap it off with a discussion around the importance of mental health amongst entrepreneurs and a brief foray into Jana's experience as a writer.
This really is a full episode you don't want to miss!
Jana's bio is coming soon!
Enhancing your cybersecurity to enhance and protect your business
Last episode we spoke about how startups can establish a solid legal foundation as they get things rolling; In this episode we talk with Nigel Russell from CyberSecure Canada about online security and the steps you can take right now to not only protect your business, but your entire supply chain, online.
CyberSecure Canada is the country's cybersecurity certification program for small and medium-sized organizations. Certification enhances your competitive advantage by letting your supply chain know you're a trusted business partner.
Laying the legal foundation when starting a business
Starting a business can be fun and rewarding. It's also challenging and not for the faint of heart. There are many matters that need to be taken into account. And legal considerations are amongst those. As our guest on today's episode, Paul Barbeau, puts it, "startups tend to be really cost-sensitive. And they certainly don't want to retain a legal firm that's going to engage in a real legal overkill. All that said though, there are some core principles that startups should really give some time to thinking through upfront and get some basic legal help when they go through that process and that'll lay the foundation for successful growth ."
So let's lay some foundation together. Welcome to Shift.
Paul Barbeau is a partner in the Calgary office of the Canadian law firm McMillan LLP. A significant part of his practice is focused on helping emerging companies from their initial organization to exit transactions. This includes:
• Early stage organization
• Founder and shareholder agreements
• Capital raising, including angel and venture capital financing, and securities law compliance
• Licensing arrangements and other strategic transactions
• Acquisitions, mergers and sales transactions
• Public offerings
He acts for clients in a range of industries, including technology, health-care, agritech, clean energy and natural resources. He has a law degree from the University of Toronto and an undergraduate degree in business from Brigham Young University.
Alberta Innovates doesn't recommend any particular firm when seeking legal advice when starting a business. Exercise due diligence and shop around for a lawyer that you feel is best for your circumstances.
The three Rs of the hemp (r)evolution
In this episode we talk with Fred Pels from Gaia Grow Corp, Usukuma Ekuere from Canna Stream Solutions, and Andre Sinclair from TruExtracts about their partnership around an innovation destined to shake up the hemp and cannabis industry.
Fred Pels, co-founder, president & director of Gaia
Fred previously oversaw the establishment and expansion of the Green Room as a leader in medical cannabis supply, industry best practices and education about the cannabis industry itself.
Usukuma Ekuere, co-founder of Canna Stream Solutions
Dr. Ekuere has a PhD in Plant Genetics and an MBA focused on Tech Commercialization.
Andre Sinclair, facilities operations manager at TruExtracts
Andre manages the set up, licensing and operations of their Calgary and Regina extraction and processing facilities for Hemp/CBD and Cannabis/THC products and derivatives.
Gaia Grow Corp
Gaia’s main business focus is farming Industrial Hemp for Medical Purposes on its owned land in Lamont County, AB and elsewhere.
Canna Stream has a patent pending on the chemical extraction and fractionation of Cannabinoids and monoterpenes from cannabis flower and biomass using a solvent system that is significantly more efficient than ethanol.
Created for high capacity extraction to meet global demand, TruExtracts is one of Western Canada’s largest cannabis and hemp processors.