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Fast Growth 50 Program

The Fast Growth 50 is Alberta Venture’s definitive list of the fast growing companies in Alberta and forms the annual cover story of our January issue. Fast Growth 50 companies are thriving businesses that have experienced significant growth in revenue, assets, capital expenditures and employees over a three-year period. Produced by Alberta Venture magazine with the assistance of KPMG, this program is one of the most recognized business rankings in the province.

Check out this year’s list

Event Details

February 23, 2017
The Westin Calgary

Conference: 11:30 am – 4:45 pm
Awards Reception: 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Online registration is closed. Click here to be notified about next year’s program

PLEASE NOTE: Registrations will be accepted at the door if space is available.

Accommodations: Special room rates are available through the Westin Calgary. Please call 1-888-627-8417 and mention Fast Growth 50 Room Block

Questions? Call 1-866-227-4276 ext. 244 or email

Program Schedule

Submission Launch: July 4, 2016
Fast Track Your Application Deadline: August 30, 2016
Submission Deadline Extended: October 5, 2016
List-Makers Notified: October 2016
List Released in Print and Online: January 1, 2017

Submissions are now closed. Click here to be notified about next year’s program

Questions? Call 1-866-227-4276 ext. 243 or email

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in sponsoring The Fast Growth 50 program, please contact Sue Timanson at 1-866-227-4276 ext. 251 or email

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On behalf of Alberta Venture, our program partner KPMG Enterprise, and sponsors Acrodex, Authorized Reseller of Microsoft Surface; ATB Business; Scott Builders; and Strategic Group — congratulations to all the companies that made the Fast Growth 50 list!

Alberta Venture would also like to thank the sponsors and everyone who attended the conference and awards for their support in making the event a success. Your generous contributions make it possible for us to recognize and celebrate the achievements of Alberta’s fastest growing companies.

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2017 Event

February 23
The Westin Calgary

Conference: 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
Awards Reception: 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Keynote Lunch Only: $125+GST
Conference & Awards: $375+GST
Awards Reception Only: $75+GST

Kirstine Stewart, former managing director and head of Twitter Canada, VP Media at Twitter US, and now best-selling author of Our Turn will be speaking about “Innovation: Beyond the Buzzword” as the luncheon keynote. PLUS we have four super charged sessions, a highly engaging conversation café and our popular panel of Fast Growth list-makers. Following the conference, join us for a networking reception and awards presentation of Alberta’s 2017 Fast Growth 50 list.

Conference Topics:

Session Group 1 (choose one)
Talking to the Digital Crowd: The perils and potential of social media for businesses presented by Ernest Barbaric, Digital Marketing Strategist
Here Comes the Upswing: Now is the time to prepare for an economic resurgence presented by Megan Babienko, KPMG Enterprise Partner

Session Group 2 (choose one)
Looking for the Money: How to identify, attract and benefit from external investors presented by Martin Pelletier, Portfolio Manager, OCIO and co-founder of TriVest Wealth Counsel Ltd.
Borderless Business: Which markets offer the most promise for budding exporters – and how do you access them? presented by Rob Luini, Account Manager, Export Development Canada

Aldo Zanoni, CEO – Riva International, #1 on the 2017 Fast Growth 50 list
Wendy Coombs, Owner – Momentum Health, #3 on the 2017 Fast Growth 50 list
Alina Martin, President – Danatec (Yardstick Software), #11 on the 2017 Fast Growth 50 list
Dave Kelly, CEO – SkyFire Energy, #29 on the 2017 Fast Growth 50 list

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Keynote Speakers

Kirstine Stewart, former managing director and head of Twitter Canada, VP Media at Twitter US

2017 Keynote Speech:

Innovation: Beyond the Buzzword

Kirstine is the Chief Strategy Officer for Diply, a content platform with over 1 billion monthly views and 34 million monthly unique U.S. visitors. Until fall 2016, Kirstine was the Vice-President of Media at Twitter, overseeing North American media partnerships across all verticals, including television, sports, gaming, news and music. She previously served as Managing Director for Twitter Canada, leading Canadian operations as well as advertising business and partnerships. Prior to joining Twitter in May 2013, Kirstine was the Executive Vice-President of CBC’s English services, CBC/Radio-Canada, where she oversaw the network’s English-language radio, television and digital programming and operations. Earlier, she was Senior Vice-President of programming for Alliance Atlantis, overseeing HGTV, Food Network, National Geographic, BBC Canada and others.

Kirstine earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, and is a graduate of the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as the Transition to Leadership Program Young Global Voices at the Oxford Saïd Business School. She is also an alumna of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, an integral part of the World Economic Forum. Most recently, Kirstine was named to Maclean’s list of the most powerful Canadians (just two places behind Justin Trudeau), to Toronto Life’s list of the most influential Torontonians and to Canadian Business’s 2015 list of the top 50 most powerful business people in Canada. She sits on the board of and is a member of the DMZ Advisory Council at Ryerson University. She is also author of the bestselling business book Our Turn. She’s @kirstinestewart on Twitter.

Ashif Mawji, President, Trust Science

2016 Keynote Speech:

Failure + Failure + Adapt = Success
Ashif built a very successful enterprise contract management software company that was ranked #1 globally and had customers in about 180 countries. His entrepreneurial career started when he was 12 (although he actually started conducting commerce when he was even younger). He is also an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and has been awarded several medals including the Queen’s Golden and Silver Jubilee amongst others. Ashif is also an active member and on the executive of YPO-WPO and a Henry Crown Fellow. Ashif has also received an EY Entrepreneur of the Year award and been named Canada’s Top 40 under 40.

Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-founder, BioWare and Founder & CEO, Threshold Impact

2015 Keynote Speech:
The Best Practices in Entrepreneurial Leadership
Dr. Muzyka will share his insight and build on the lessons he has learned in his two decades as co-founder and CEO of BioWare and in his angel investing and entrepreneurial mentorship work at ThresholdImpact.

Originally trained as a medical doctor, Dr. Ray Muzyka co-founded BioWare, a video game development studio focusing on story and character, in the early 1990s. He practiced Emergency/Family Medicine for two years full time, with medicine transitioning to part-time over the following eight years as he focused on his role as BioWare’s CEO. BioWare was acquired by Electronic Arts in 2007 and Ray took on the role of General Manager of EA’s BioWare division, which grew over the next five years to span eight locations worldwide with 2000 employees (1400 full time).

He retired from video games in October 2012, with his third ‘career chapter’ at ThresholdImpact focused on sustainable, profitable impact investing, mentoring and angel investing in information technology, new media and medical innovations with social entrepreneurs. He is an active angel investor and entrepreneurial mentor.

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Scott Larson, CEO, UrtheCast

2014 Keynote Speaker:

Mr. Larson’s career bridges technology and finance in both entrepreneurial and investment banking roles. He has directly advised over 75 companies on their corporate finance strategies assisting them through the capital raising process; from structuring, facilitating, and ultimately closing. He helped start one of the original online financial portals, launched in 1995, and then spent the next five years directly involved in online portal development and online asset management.

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Cory Janssen, President of Galt Capital Inc.

2013 Keynote Speech:
How to Build Value in your Company

He is the former co-founder of, a financial education site that provided content and tools to help educate individual investors. From its founding in 1999, Investopedia became one of the most popular financial sites on the Web, attracting over 3.5 million visitors per month at the time of its sale to Forbes Media in 2007. During that time Investopedia made the Alberta Venture Fastest Growing Companies list a number of times, coming in at #2 in both 2005 and 2006, and #5 in 2007.

Through Janalta Interactive, Cory is in startup mode again, but taking a similar online business model to a variety of industries and is the publisher of,,,, and He is also a director at Brace Tool Inc, a private oilfield tools company.

Cory is on the board of the Edmonton chapter of Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO). He currently chairs the EO Accelerator, a program aimed at helping emerging entrepreneurs grow their business.


Listen to the Fast Growth 50 podcast with KPMG's Dan Adams

The key takeaway from February’s Fast Growth 50 Conference & Awards in Calgary came down to one word: Optimism.

Despite the turn in oil prices and the effect that has on business in a resource-dependent market like Alberta, many companies on our list spoke with a measured optimism about the cyclical nature of doing business in the province.

Listen below as KPMG Enterprise’s Dan Adams, who led the conference’s panel discussion, speaks to Alberta Venture about the resiliency of the province’s economy.

Awards Video