Increasingly, every company is a technology company, no matter what product or service it provides. Successful business ecosystems are moving past antiquated paradigms which create silos between "tech" and "traditional" industries. On October 24th we are honoured to host entrepreneurs which are creating innovative solutions to traditional industries that Albertans and Calgarians have long excelled in. Helping us build off our existing competitive advantages to compete globally.
Feature Speaker and AgTech Entrepreneur: Remi Schmaltz
Remi Schmaltz comes from a family which has been involved in the Agricultural Industry for over 100 years. Today, Remi is the CEO and President of Decisive Farming, a multi-million dollar AgTech company which provide growers with precision agriculture, crop marketing and data management services.
Decisive Farming’s patented flagship product, Optimize RX, uses soil analysis and GIS mapping to help farmers efficiently seed and fertilize their crops, maximizing yield and return on investment.
The company’s cloud-based software app, My Farm Manager, connects key service providers, sensors and data, helping users manage and optimize their entire farming operation.
With on-farm data provided in near real-time, growers can capitalize on opportunities to farm more efficiently, while providing upstream traceability reporting and improving environmental, social and economic sustainability.
Feature Startup Making Pipelines Safer: Ingu Solutions (John van Pol)
John van Pol is the Co-Founder & CEO at Ingu Solutions. John moved to Calgary from the Netherlands to build off his work in advanced sensing technologies (which he acquired while completing his PhD in Nuclear Physics) with Ingu Solutions. Their technology is focused on making pipelines safer, is an in-line screening tool for small diameter and unpiggable pipelines. Piper identify risks that threaten pipeline performance and safety with zero-downtime. In layman terms, they have created a golf ball sized sensor into a pipeline to check for any risks and they do it for a fraction of the price of traditional methods - making it more affordable for companies to better protect their pipelines' integrity.
Feature Organization: PwC (Joon Chan)
PwC is focused on supporting Calgary’s emerging entrepreneurs and recognize that their businesses often are challenged with getting the right advice as they scale. Joon will chat about how PwC supports early stage startups as they grow at our event on October 24th!
Joon Chan is a partner in the Audit and Assurance Group of PwC Calgary and leads the Alberta emerging company services practice which focuses on working with start up technology clients.
Join us for cocktails/snacks, community and these exciting premier fireside chats.
A proven Ag-Business leader with a true entrepreneurial passion. Experienced in driving meaningful revenue and value in agriculture, raising capital, structuring strategic partnerships, and building businesses.
A Family Dedicated to Advancing Agriculture
The Schmaltz Family has been involved in Ag Business for over 100 years and 4 generations; always leading agriculture to the next level of efficiency and profitability. It all started with the Schmaltz's farming in the late 1800's in the Beiseker area (Alberta). The farm soon evolved into selling short line farm equipment and then Remi's great grand father expanded into a Ford and Massey Harrison farm equipment dealership called Beiseker Motors. Remi's, grand father Felix joined Beiseker Motors and soon found the next innovation on the farm; fertilizer. That side business grew quickly and Felix soon opened Beiseker Agri Services, an Ag-Retail. In the 70's, Remi's father Bruce took over the business and expanded it to 4 locations (sold in 2012 to CHS Inc after growing revenue to over $30MM). Today, Remi is leading the charge in next era of agriculture, the digital farm.
Entrepreneur with a 20+ year career in science and technology. Passion for new and unprecedented ideas. Started working on advanced sensing technologies during his PhD in Nuclear Physics and is currently applying his sensing and data analytics expertise to the oil & gas sector.
Joon is a partner in the Audit and Assurance Group of PwC Calgary. He has more than 11 years of experience providing audit and assurance services to a diverse client mix. Joon leads the Alberta emerging company services practice which focuses on working with start up technology clients.
Joon was seconded to PwC San Jose from 2004-2005 working with technology companies and venture capital funds.
In the fall of 2009, he was one of the Canadian representatives in PwC’s global leadership program called Genesis Park. Creating close personal relationships across global borders is a key enabler for collaboration. To that end, the purpose of Genesis Park is to help PwC leaders develop global networks in order enhance service delivery to our clients.
Joon is passionate about working with his clients and does whatever he can to help them grow and succeed.