Keynote Panellists, Wednesday May 4th and Thursday May 5th


Katy Warren is a fourth-year electrical engineering student at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In the category of Re-engineering, her team placed first at the Atlantic Engineering Competition this year, and went on to place second at the national round. She is also the season two winner of Canada’s Smartest Person, a CBC program focused on the value of multiple intelligences, and practices those multiple intelligences outside of the engineering world as an improv performer and a member of one of Newfoundland’s two roller derby teams.


angelina.pngAngelina Mehta is an Investment Manager with The Sentient Group, a private equity fund focused on natural resources, holds a degree in Mining Engineering and an MBA from McGill University in Montreal. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Pershimco Resources, a publicly listed company focused on a gold project in Panama and a member of the advisory board of McGill University’s mining engineering program. She is a founding member of Women in Mining (WIM) Montreal, and recently joined the WIM Canada Board. Angelina gained both mine site technical and corporate office financial experience with Rio Tinto’s subsidiary, Iron Ore Company of Canada. She worked in financial roles with BMO Financial Group in Toronto, and Lafarge and CN Railway in Montreal. She is also a member of CIM and a professional engineer registered in Quebec.


WendyWendy Cukier is the new President of Brock University, the first woman in the history of the university. She is a respected academic leader who has helped advance Canada’s innovation ecosystem promoting research, commercialization and social and economic change working with business, government and non-profits. She is a recognized scholar with 30 years of experience as a Professor of Information Technology Management.
Wendy is coauthor of the bestseller “Innovation Nation: From Java to Jurassic Park” and has more than 20 years of experience working with the hi-tech industry. In 1999, she founded the Diversity Institute, leading action oriented projects aimed at advancing underrepresented groups – women, racialized minorities and immigrants, Aboriginal people, people with disabilities and LGBT people. She serves as vice chair of Women’s College Hospital and on the Board of Directors of the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), NPower, the Canadian Science Policy Consortium and several hi-tech start-ups.



Nilufer Erdebil, P.Eng, MBA, PMP Nilufer is founder and CEO of Spring2 Innovation, a company specializing in increasing innovation in organizations. Nilufer has over 18 years of experience in innovation within various fields including telecommunications, application development, program management and IT management. Throughout her career she has always had a passion for technology, business, commercializing technology and navigating change. Having worked in a number of international organizations and lived on three continents, Nilufer has a global mindset.
Nilufer is a 2014 recipient of the Ottawa Forty Under 40 Award and a 2016
recipient of the WCT Leadership Award from Women in Communications and
Technology.  She is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science in
Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Queen’s University.

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