Startup Grind Calgary is excited to partner with the Energy Disruptors conference for our June 26th event! You may remember the conference for hosting Richard Branson last year in Calgary. This year they have another stellar lineup including Malcom Galdwell- author of thought provoking bestsellers such as The Tipping Point, Outliers and Blink. This year's conference is taking place September 17th-18th.
▶ Fireside Chat with Dan Themig: One of the most successful energy entrepreneurs in Canada. As the Founder and CEO of Packers Plus Energy Services he created a billion dollar company by helping to revolutionize the oil and gas sector by creating some of the key technology which made horizontal drilling possible. Recently he co-founded Orong Consulting, a Calgary based tech startup focused on challenging and transforming energy worldwide! Hear about his life story, lessons learned and find out about what happens when you revolutionize an industry!
▶ Fireside Chat with Audrey Mascarenhas: An inspiring figure, she has created a wildly successful business by offering an environmentally friendly alternative to burning waste gas from industrial operations. As the President and CEO of Questor Technology she has scaled her operations from Calgary to the United States, Europe and Asia. Hear about her life story, lessons learned and find out about how you can make the world a better place with a profitable business!
▶ Feature Organization - Energy Disruptors Conference: It started with a conversation with Richard Branson and has turned into one of the must attend events in Calgary. Hear from Graeme Edge about how he created the Energy Disruptors Conference and what to expect at their event in September! Also, there may be some tickets given away for it at this Startup Grind Calgary event...
On June 26th Startup Grind Calgary will be hosting a special event in partnership with the Energy Disruptors conference to help promote their vision of "uniting the entire spectrum of the energy industry around the common goal of accelerating pragmatic and profitable solutions to the world's biggest energy challenges." As Graeme Edge, co-founder of the conference explains in their vision, this is "a time of exponential transformation is a time ripe with possibilities. One where combining sustainable energy with economic growth is possible. We believe leveraging exponential technologies will advance us along the path to solving global air pollution, meeting the increasing demand for energy and eliminating energy poverty. It will shift humanity into the age of abundance, but only if we work together."
As such we will be hosting three exciting energy founders who are or have made significant contributions to this vision. Join us to hear about how these founders created their companies and be inspired around how you can grow your company in this volatile time.
Packers Plus Energy Services
Founder and CEO
President and CEO
Energy Disruptors Conference
Co-Founder and Chief Instigator
One of the most successful energy entrepreneurs in Canada. As the Founder and CEO of Packers Plus Energy Services he created a billion dollar company by helping to revolutionize the oil and gas sector by creating some of the key technology which made horizontal drilling possible. Recently he co-founded Orong Consulting, a Calgary based tech startup focused on challenging and transforming energy worldwide!
An inspiring figure, she has created a wildly successful business by offering an environmentally friendly alternative to burning waste gas from industrial operations. As the President and CEO of Questor Technology she has scaled her operations from Calgary to the United States, Europe and Asia.
Originally from Scotland, Graeme Edge is an entrepreneur, super-connector, executive search expert, energy geek, motor racing enthusiast, and self-professed sports nut. Outside of his amateur squash career, and running after his young children, Graeme is the Co-founder and Chief Instigator of the annual Energy Disruptors: UNITE event series, and a Founding Partner of McLaren Dion Edge; an energy and tech executive search firm.
In his day job, Graeme works with many of the world's leading energy and technology companies helping them secure the best available leadership talent. In his 15-year search career, Graeme has interviewed over 10,000 energy and tech executives.
In May 2018, during the inaugural Energy Disruptors: UNITE event in Calgary, Sir Richard Branson praised Graeme and his Energy Disruptors co-founders for their "audacious entrepreneurial spirit" in creating a world class 1600-person future energy summit, taking it from a crazy idea to a world-class event in less than 18 months.
Startup Grind Calgary
Chapter Director, ChairmanSee Bio
Chad Ford is the founder of the Startup Grind Calgary Chapter. From his leadership, Calgary has become one of the most successful chapters of Startup Grind’s 600 cities around the world. He has interviewed some of Canada’s most prolific entrepreneurs including: W. Brett Wilson, Bruce Croxon, Manjit Minhas, Walker McKinley, Dan Themig, Nicolas Beique and Sandi Gilbert. He is a strong believer that successful entrepreneurship is the key to a vibrant economy and culture.
A prolific volunteer, in addition to his work with Startup Grind Calgary, he is also a Board Member of the Calgary Combative Sports Commission and mentor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology's Energy Asset Management program.
A passionate entrepreneur himself, Chad founded Sunexo Solutions, a software company which developed the industry leading IRIS software. IRIS has been used by over 500 energy, resource development and infrastructure projects across North America.
The primary focus of his career has been based around regulatory and stakeholder engagement for major projects. He has worked directly with many of the largest resource development, infrastructure and energy companies in North America by helping them improve their stakeholder engagement efforts with technology. Additionally, he has direct on-the-ground engagement experience including being the main company representative in an indigenous community for a contentious energy program in northern British Columbia for almost a year.
In recognition of his contributions to improving the energy industry in both his professional and volunteer work, he was awarded the Rising Stars award for 2019 from the Daily Oil Bulletin.
He is also a veteran of the Canadian Forces where he served in the infantry which included a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2006