Alberta Innovation Advisory Council

Passionate expatriates supporting the advancement of Innovation and Technology for the Province of Alberta.

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About the AIA Council

Founded in 2017 by Silicon Valley Canadian Expatriates, the AIA Council is an informal group providing support for the advancement of Technology and Innovation in the province of Alberta, Canada. Our mandate includes:

Ecosystem Development

Provide advocacy to organizations fostering technology and innovation ecosystem development

Network Access

Assist in fostering connections for Albertans to our collective Silicon Valley network


High-level assistance to businesses and organizations on matters of innovation

Alberta at a glance

A province in Western Canada, Alberta has a thriving economy, educated population and some of the best living conditions in the world.

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  • 4 million people with two major urban centers: Calgary and Edmonton.
  • Diverse economic sectors including biomedical, energy, finance, green / clean tech, agritech and tourism.
  • Leads as Canada‚Äôs most entrepreneurial province with 18.2% of all businesses less than 3 years old and 36% of all businesses are independently owned.
  • One of the most competitive business tax environments in North America and the highest labour productivity levels in the country.


The AIA Council members are a diverse team of experienced Entrepreneurs and Innovators residing in California's Silicon Valley.

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Joanne Fedeyko
Co-chair and Founder
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Daniel Ellis
Co-chair and Founder
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Kiersten Stead
Managing Partner, DCVC Bio
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Randy Marsden
Special Projects Manager, Apple
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Andrew Hessel
Distinguished Research Scientist, Autodesk
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Derek Ball
CEO and co-founder, atVenu
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Lloyed Lobo
Cofounder, Boast Capital and
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Suzanne Scott
VP/GM of Home, Specialty Rooms, Walmart eCommerce
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Cathy Han
Founder and CEO, 42 Technologies
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Scott Montgomerie
Founder and CEO/CTO, Scope AR
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Sam Ali
Strategic Partnerships and Ventures, Denka USA
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Micheal Colombo
CMO, Cloudwords
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Kevin Swan
VP Corporate Development, Solium
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Bindi Karia
Innovation Expert + Advisor, Super Connector
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Daryn Edgar
Technology Executive, Corporate Entrepreneur, Angel Investor
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Scott Wierstra
Product Management, Wireless Software Solutions - Cisco Meraki
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Rob Leclerc, PhD
AgFunder Cofounder and Forbes Contributor
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Nitin Chopra
VC / Partner, Shasta Ventures
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