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Ed Straw
VP, Strategic Business Solutions

Session Presenter: Managing Your Growth


Ed Straw

He leads the Business Centre of Expertise and the Specialized Financing Team.  His job is to develop and implement unique new products or solutions to enhance his customers’ chance for success.

He hasn’t always been a banker.  In fact, he spent 13 years as a Naval Officer before deciding it was to time to change career paths.  He has a BA in Economics from the University of Manitoba and completed his MBA in Enterprise Development at the University of Calgary, where he learned how instrumental the entrepreneurial spirit is to the success of companies in Alberta..

His career in business banking began at CIBC, where he spent 4 years in Commercial banking before moving to BDC as the Vice President for Southern Alberta.  He then moved to BDC’s head office in Montreal where he held a number of senior management roles including VP, Corporate Financing and VP, Enterprise Risk Management.   After working with a private turnaround fund, he came back to banking in Calgary.

He believes that it is his responsibility to help Alberta companies grow and become globally competitive in order to ensure the future success of our province and our country for his children and future generations.

Dr. Darryl Moore
Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Session Presenter:  Selling Your Idea to Your Team

mooreDr. Darryl Moore

Dr. Darryl Moore’s career extends from Fortune 500 companies to Canadian SME’s and over several continents over the past 15 years. Currently Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Executrade, and sessional Professor at MacEwan University, Darryl holds a Doctorate in Organisational Leadership with a focus on leadership innovation and change.

With roles in New Product Development, Geographic Expansion and Corporate Strategy, Darryl’s experience in ideation and team buy-in runs deep. This experience coupled with Darryl‘s ability to ground himself in theory, action, and leadership provides a foundation for enjoyable learning and engaging practices to guide you when selling your idea to your team.

Michael Ganley
Alberta Venture
Master of Ceremony

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Michael Ganley

Michael Ganley has had a varied career that has included stops as a teacher, a lawyer and a journalist. He graduated from Dalhousie Law School and practiced law for six years, at firms in Toronto and Halifax, before making the personally gratifying but financially unsound decision to switch to journalism. Prior to joining Venture Publishing as the editor of Alberta Venture in May 2011, Michael spent six years as an editor at Up Here Publishing in Yellowknife, NWT.

He appears regularly on CTV’s current affairs program, Alberta Primetime, and was named Alberta’s magazine editor of the year in 2013. He lives in Edmonton with his wife and three children.

Tony Edwards
Partner, Intellectual Property Law
Field Law

Session Presenter: Protecting Your Assets

Tony Edwards

Tony practices exclusively in intellectual property law. A registered Canadian and U.S. patent and trade-mark agent, and intellectual property lawyer with more than 23 years experience, he has guided many clients systematically and successfully through the protection process from idea to registration, to enforcement of the appropriate protection, whether patent, trademark, copyright, industrial design or trade secret.

Prior to pursuing his legal training, he obtained a degree in Aeronautic and Astronautic Engineering at the University of Washington, and thereafter served for more than four years in the Canadian Air Force, developing and testing experimental aircraft systems. Tony’s science and engineering background gives him a technical and practical appreciation of the patent needs of his clients, whether it’s related to mechanical or fluid applications, robotics or software products.

Tony has provided intellectual property assistance to a diverse portfolio of clients including protecting robotics in sawmills and ballistic body armour, protecting clients from the pirating of video signals for pay-per-view wrestling, and protecting industrial designs and artwork and, for example, art galleries’ rights in acquisition of artwork, to name just a few. He earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia, is a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, and is a registered professional engineer (Alberta and British Columbia).