Rising Above in Stormy Waters: Growing Companies to New Levels in 2020 (In Person and Virtual)

Oct 28, 2020, 11:30 PM – Oct 29, 2020, 3:00 AM


JUNCTION – FOOD . STAGE . BAR, 628 8TH AVE SW, Calgary, T2P 1G4

On October 28th, join us for either an intimate dinner or a virtual event with breakout rooms between speakers! Featuring two of Calgary's most striking entrepreneurs: Kevin Kerr and Saawan Logan! Both of their companies have experienced extraordinary growth in 2020 by pursuing innovative solutions with a global focus.

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About this event

On October 28th, join us for either an intimate dinner or a virtual event with breakout rooms between speakers! Featuring two of Calgary's most striking entrepreneurs: Kevin Kerr and Saawan Logan! Both of their companies have experienced extraordinary growth in 2020 by pursuing innovative solutions with a global focus.

Feature Speaker: Kevin Kerr

We are honoured to feature Kevin Kerr. He has expertise in company leadership honed over the past 20 years, from the ground-level up, with proven skills and success in new-venture start-ups, developing and commercializing innovative products in both the oil and gas and mining sectors. Additional experience with expansion of manufacturing, sales and service operations into the United States, Mexico and Australia.

With over 25 years of manufacturing, service and sales experience both domestically and internationally Kevin’s fingerprints can be found all over the globe throughout a vast array of industries. The founder of The Highwood Group, he is focused on developing top tier, innovative products and services, providing sorely needed equipment solutions.

Prior to Highwood, Kevin founded 3 separate start-up companies, growing each to the point of sale to private equity firms. In his last role with Rangeland Industrial Service, Kevin started with a workforce of 2 in Southern Alberta and grew it to over 120 staff across 3 Canadian divisions including a subsidiary in the U.S.A. before its acquisition.

As the founder and former CEO and President of Rangeland Drilling Automation, he has successfully launched and commercialized several new innovative machines for the oil and gas industry. While at Rangeland he oversaw the growth from an initial complement of two staff to more than 120 people across three Canadian and one US division (industrial manufacturing, rentals and oilfield equipment design and assembly), generating $20 million+ in annual revenues in less than six years of operation, and positioning the manufacturing and rental divisions for acquisition. He has a strong network of industry and manufacturing contacts in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Australia.

Feature Startup: Saawan Logan

Saawan Logan, an investor, entrepreneur, and co-founder will be speaking about her latest venture, North Water Canada. Saawan is a proud immigrant to Canada and shares a strong entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for sustainability. She adventured internationally over the years, and while her love for the globe runs deep, her love for Canada and its limitless possibilities runs deeper. Throughout her travels, Saawan gained an elevated appreciation for the clean and pristine spring water of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. She founded a company to share this distinctly refreshing water in a plastic-alternative bottle, with the rest of the world.

Ticket Purchases: In-person

Tickets for the in-person event may only be purchased by table for this event. Dinner and drinks will be served during the event from the phenomenal staff at Junction. If a table is purchased on behalf of an organization, the logo and company name will be featured on our website. Please note, a three course dinner is included for each person. See below for details.

Ticket Purchases: Virtual

To watch virtually, make sure you register so you will be sent the login details! Between each speaker, there will be virtual breakout rooms for attendees to network and discuss the event. Click here to see an example of what a breakout room experience is like.

COVID-19 Reminder

If you are feeling ill, please stay home. Specific COVID-19 protocols will be in place for this event. We look forward to seeing you, but remember to socially distant, wash your hands, and wear your mask.

In-Person Meal Options

Course 1

Kale and BC Beets Salad
(cabernet vinaigrette, macedonian feta, crisp apple, granola crunch)


Roasted Mushroom Soup
(brandied cream, black truffle drizzles)

Course 2

Char-Grilled Alberta Beef Sirloin
(garlic whipped potato, market vegetables, truffled beef jus)


Pan-Roasted Atlantic Salmon
(lemongrass corn broth, cilantro coconut rice, frizzy asian vegetables)


Vegetarian Risotto
(market veg, tomato salsa, herbs, parmesan)

Course 3

Assortment of Desserts
(chocolate dipped strawberries, cheese cake squares, berries)

Rethink Networking WHY NOW?

Our dream is to support entrepreneurs in our local community.

At no other time do we have more uncertainty. As business owners ourselves, we find it difficult to navigate the new landscape and are also looking for answers. One of the best ways for business owners to grow their business is to meet like-minded individuals and gain insight.

We are inviting some of the world’s top entrepreneurs to inspire you – and have a little fun along the way.



We take the health and safety of our attendees very seriously. Please consult the list of rules & regulations:

Rules and Regulations


2. We adhere strictly to the AHS guidelines set out for restaurants and events.

3. All attendees at a single table should be from the same household or cohort/pod up to a maximum of 6 attendees.

4. Food must be purchased through our online system prior to the event. Servers at the event will deliver your meal to your table for you to enjoy.

5. You must order drinks through one of the servers, access to the bar will be restricted.

6. If you need to leave your table, you must wear a mask as per AHS guidelines.

7. According to AHS guidelines, the total experience should not exceed 2 hours. We ask you to leave the site safely and quickly with the help of the staff.

Measures to keep our guests safe

We will be following the AHS guidelines for restaurants and events. Please review them here (link) prior to attending. Any guest not adhering to the guidelines will be asked to leave the premises.

Each table at the venue will have masks and hand sanitizer available

Can we pick a table?

Ushers will take you to your table at the time of the event

Can I buy tickets at the door?

No. All tickets need to be pre-purchased.

Can we bring snacks?

Please support Junction by purchasing your meal and drinks at the event. Drinks can be purchased at the event but access to the bar will be restricted.

Can I stay at Junction after the event?

In order to properly clean the restaurant, we ask the attendees leave in an orderly manner after the event.

Can we purchase food and beverages on site?

Food will be based on the above menu and servers will take orders (including drinks) at the event from your table. 

What if I need to leave my table?

Unless at your table, masks are mandatory while inside the building. We ask that you use washrooms as you need to avoid line ups and congestion before and after each speaker.

Can I leave at any time?

We would love for you to stay for the entire experience, but you can leave at any time.

I have friends arriving later. Can I reserve a table next to them?

Every table is first-come, first serve, and you will be placed by an usher. If you wish to have tables next to one-another, we recommend you arrive around the same time.

Ticket Terms and Conditions

Your use of this ticket constitutes an acknowledgement of your willingness to appear in photographs and videos taken in public areas of the venue, releases Start Up Grind Calgary, and all affiliates, from liability resulting from the use of such photographs or videos and grants The Start Up Grind Calgary, and all affiliates, the unrestricted right to produce, reproduce, publish, broadcast, communicate, distribute, adapt and otherwise use or reuse photographs and videos, without further compensation. Bearer of this ticket voluntarily assumes all risks and damages incidental to visiting the venue for which the ticket is issued.

Refund Policy

NO REFUNDS ARE GIVEN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. In the event that you cannot make the event, your ticket will be re-routed to the next event.


CARE ABOUT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF YOUR ATTENDEES: The health and safety of our attendees is our number 1 priority. We strictly adhere to all guidelines and expect our attendees, volunteers, speakers and entertainers to do the same.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SPECIFIC THINGS YOU HAVE DONE? Refer to our above Rules & Regulations for a full list of the guidelines we have put in place to keep our attendees safe.

WHY ARE YOU HOLDING A LIVE EVENT? Our dream is to support entrepreneurs in our local community. One of the best ways for owners to grow their business is to meet and hear from like-minded individuals and gain insight.

WHY NOT DO IT VIRTUALLY? Studies show that business owners retain and engage more highly at live events and we believe that, safely and respectfully, we can start to get business owners personally reconnecting with their wider community. For those that would rather be at home, we are broadcasting the event.

WHAT ABOUT ONLINE NETWORKING EVENTS OR LINKEDIN? Virtual engagement is extremely effective in a one-on-one setting, but in a group, it is very difficult to make meaningful connections. Of course, we encourage all our attendees to leverage online platforms and tune into our event online should they rather stay at home.

WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMEONE GETS SICK? We have a rapid-response plan in place if someone falls ill at our event and will cooperate on any contact tracing for all attendees, volunteers, speakers and entertainers.

Check out what happened


  • Kevin Kerr

    Highwood Global

    Founder and CEO

  • Saawan Logan

    North Water Canada





October 28 – 29, 2020
11:30 PM – 3:00 AM UTC


In-person doors open and meals ordered
In-person and Virtual event starts
Feature Startup: Saawan Logan
Feature Speaker: Bobbie Racette
Event Wraps up


  • Chad Ford

    and Startup Grind Calgary Chapter co-Director

    Director, Founder Institute Western Canada

  • Tara McLaughlin

    Startup Grind Calgary

    Chapter co-Director

  • Stefan Chiasson

    Startup Grind Calgary

    Chapter co-Director

  • Kelby Price

    Startup Grind Calgary

    Chapter co-Director

  • Jason Wang

    Startup Grind Calgary

    Chapter co-Director


  • 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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Founder Institute

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Symbol Syndication

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Royal Bank of Canada

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