BTM TalentMash Alberta 2018 – Edmonton Speakers & Skills Sessions
Terry Song, Yardly
Terry Song is a serial entrepreneur with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Aircraft Manufacturing from Northwest University in China and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering Degree from University of Alberta. After working as an Engineer for over 4 years, Terry started his entrepreneurial journey in May 2013, when he co-owned a retail business. In September 2015, after seeing an opportunity to reinvent the outdated snow removal and lawn care industry, he and his former colleague, Sheldon Zhang, co-founded Yardly, aiming to create a seamless digital customer experience for the homeowners. Since its start 3 years ago, it has grown exponentially and expanded to 3 Canadian cities.
Catherine Vu, ProActive IT management
In 1997 Catherine Vu co-founded Pro-Active Computer Solutions, taking a risk as a women entrepreneur in a male-dominated sector. In 2003, Catherine bought out her partner, transforming the original company into Pro-Active IT Management Inc. The Pro-Active team continue to grow, building expertise on their quest for thought and action leadership in the information management industry.
Pro-Active IT is now a recognized force within the Alberta IT community, including participating in special Silicon Valley development projects. Building on a foundation of best-in-class practices, technical expertise and responsive customer service with integrity, Pro-Active IT has grown from humble roots into a thriving, customer-centric, Computer Solutions Company with customers across Alberta who are raving fans.
As an immigrant to Canada, Catherine believes in ‘paying it forward’ and is dedicated to giving back to her community. Her recent support includes Alberta Easter Seals, Winnifred Stewart Association, AB Cancer Foundation Bust a Move, and Suit Yourself, and just to name a few. Catherine’s philanthropic work raises tens of thousands of dollars annually in the community. Pro-Active IT is proud to sponsor and participate in numerous charitable events and campaigns throughout the year.
West Edmonton Business Association – Past President
Winnifred Stewart Association – Director
One of 22 founding mentors of U of A Venture Mentoring Services (UA VMS) program
Rick Dowell, Pontem Innovations
Rick is a proud alumnus of the University of Alberta and Professional Engineer with a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Business Administration from the U of A with a specialization in Technology Commercialization.
Rick has recently started a company called Pontem Innovations, which is focused on helping organizations use data to inform decision making. Prior to starting Pontem, Rick was the Vice President of Operations at Gateway Mechanical for 3.5 years and he also spent 5 years at EPCOR in different management roles including the Director of EPCOR Technologies, which is an unregulated business unit within EPCOR. In his career Rick has also spent time as a Facilities Engineer at ConocoPhillips Canada in Calgary and as a Project Engineer at Propak Systems in Airdrie.
Rick is involved in the community by sitting on the Finance and Audit Committee for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, is a member of the U of A Alumni council and previously was a board member for an environmental not-for-profit called Water Matters. Rick is married with 3 children and in his spare time he coaches both of his son’s minor hockey teams.
Kyle Dobson, Business Intelligence Lead, DevFacto
Kyle leads DevFacto’s Business Intelligence and Analytics practice, where he helps organizations create environments where they love to ask and answer questions. Kyle is a cross-discipline IT professional, having worked across a number of domains including information and technology strategy, governance, architectural design as well as the design and deployment of BI and analytic solutions. The DevFacto team assists clients in organizing and developing trust in their data, and how to apply BI and analytic techniques and technologies to innovate and transform their business.
Allan Thom ,Associate Partner, and Adriano Marini, Senior Consultant, EY
As the business technology landscape continues to evolve, organizations are being challenged to develop new, efficient ways of working. As organizations continue to change, so do the experiences of the people who work for them. Throughout the process of these changes, EY is helping organizations across the globe navigate the Transformative Age with their better-connected consultants.
Alan Thom is an Associate Partner from EY’s Edmonton office. Alan is one of the leaders of the Edmonton Advisory Services practice focusing on Performance Improvement, including the improvements brought on by emerging technologies such as Robotics Process Automation.
Alan is joined by Adriano Marini, a Senior Consultant also from EY’s Edmonton office. Adriano works in Technology Advisory which has exposed him to many of the emerging technologies impacting businesses as well as ideas of how they can be harnessed to build a better working world.
Together, Alan and Adriano will be exploring some of the emerging technologies driving the current Transformative Age as well as the evolution of the workplace we have begun to see as a result of these technologies.
Jessa Aco-Kuchmak, VP Growth & Strategy, Pontem
Jessa is the co-founder and Vice President of Pontem Innovations, an Alberta start-up focused on bridging companies to data innovation. A CPA and PMP candidate, with experience from PwC Canada, Gateway Mechanical and the World Bank’s International Development Association, Jessa has a diverse and non-traditional background.
This wide range of work from financial accounting, process evaluation and development, platform conversions and ERP management, to data analytics, have all contributed to her passion of helping subject matter experts make data driven decisions and technology investments that have clear ROI’s. A proud Alberta School of Business graduate, she is also the current Business Alumni Association (BAA) President and have been on the board for the past four years.