Lessons from Leaders: Building the Bridge to Cross Border Success

Nov 23, 2023, 12:00 – 3:30 AM

Aura Calgary - Stage & Bar, 628 8 Avenue Southwest, Calgary, T2P 1G4

Leaders will share lessons learned on the journey to cross-border growth. In partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce West, hear from successful entrepreneurs that have done just that.

In-person event
Fireside Chat

About this event

A chance to network with peers and learn from leaders on how to innovate and successfully move businesses south of the border. 

From tech to traditional industries, moving to the US presents challenges and opportunities. Hear from eminent leaders who will share their personal journey in building businesses and how they successfully expanded into U.S markets - highlighting the strategies, personal and professional challenges, and potential opportunities. 

Network with business leaders and gain invaluable knowledge from those who've navigated this path successfully and equip your business with the tools for international success.


Dave M. Kennedy
President and CEO of SSI Artificial Lift
SSi Artificial Lift designs and manufactures the most innovative surface mounted Artificial Lift systems across the world. Winner of the 2018: Outstanding Commercial Achievement In Science And Technology, SSi brings innovative technology to the oil & gas industry.

Darcy Tuer
CEO of ZayZoon
ZayZoon brings financial wellness to the masses by offering hundreds of thousands easy access to their earned wages. To date, ZayZoon has raised $34.5 million USD in debt and equity for its Series B financing.

Elan Harper
Vice President of Strategy Corp and Board member of AmCham West
StrategyCorp is an award-winning team of trusted government affairs, communications, and management consulting advisory firm specializing in strategic advisory services, government relations, strategic communications, and management consulting.


From the beginning, Start Up Grind Calgary has endeavored to bring unique speakers to the stage to share their personal entrepreneurial journeys. It's easy to become an entrepreneur, it's hard to stay one. We know that community is a key component to keeping entrepreneurs on the track to success. For YYC Innovation Week, we are bringing Calgary leaders to the stage to share personal journeys on how innovating has helped their organizations grow, in Canada and beyond.

What’s Innovation Week all about?

Innovation Week brings the tech community – from the tech-curious, to seasoned entrepreneurs and investors – together in celebration of all that’s happening in Calgary right now. 

Check out what happened


  • Dave M. Kennedy

    SSi Artificial Lift

    President and CEO

  • Darcy Tuer



  • Elan Harper

    Strategy Corp

    Vice President



Thursday, November 23, 2023
12:00 AM – 3:30 AM UTC


  • Kelby Price

    XQ Msg

    Startup Grind Calgary Board Member

  • Jason Wang

    Bennett Jones LLP

    Startup Grind Calgary Board Member

  • Jason Byrne

    Jobs Alberta

    Startup Grind Calgary Board Member

  • Tara McLaughlin

    Paper Crane

    Chapter Director


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YYC Innovation Week

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American Chamber of Commerce West

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Vision & Light Media

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Aura Stage and Bar

Paper Crane logo

Paper Crane

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