BEST CONFERENCE 2019

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BEST CONFERENCE PROGRAM 2020

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BEST CONFERENCE 2020

EDU HOST

Holly Ransom

Globally renowned keynote speaker, disruption strategist, and advocate for social and economic inclusion.   When she isn't interviewing world leaders, Holly’s focus is on collaborative policy design and development to balance economic and commercial interests with social and ethical ramifications.

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Malcolm Gladwell

Author of five New York Times bestsellers, co-founder of Pushkin Industries, an audio content company that produces Revisionist History, which reconsiders things both overlooked and misunderstood. Gladwell has been included in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list and touted as one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers.

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Dr. Jennifer Holmgren

Chief Executive Officer of LanzaTech.  Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector including a proven track record in the development and commercialization of fuels and chemicals technologies.  2018 recipient of the AIChE Fuels & Petrochemicals Division Award as well as the Biofuels Digest Global Bioenergy Leadership Award.

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Sir Ken

Robinson

A New York Times bestselling author, he led national and international projects on creative and cultural education across the world, unlocking and igniting the creative energy of people and organisations. Sir Ken was the most watched speaker in TED’s history, with his 2006 talk ‘Do Schools Kill Creativity?’ being viewed online over 60 million times and seen by an estimated 380 million people in 160 countries.   named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s ‘Principal Voices’; acclaimed by Fast Company magazine as one of ‘the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation’ and ranked in the Thinkers50 list of the world’s top business thinkers. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts.

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Michael

Pawlyn

A thought leader in regenerative design and the circular economy. He has lectured internationally and, in 2011, became one of only a small handful of architects to have a talk posted on TED.com which has since had over 1.8 million views. His book Biomimicry in Architecture has been the publisher’s best-selling title.

Prior to setting up the company Michael Pawlyn worked with Grimshaw for ten years and was central to the team that radically re-invented horticultural architecture for the Eden Project. He was responsible for leading the design of the Warm Temperate and Humid Tropics Biomes and the subsequent phases.

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Dr. Vivienne Ming

Theoretical neuroscientist and artificial intelligence expert. She was named as one of the BBC 100 Women in 2017, and as one of the Financial Times' "LGBT leaders and allies today".  She co-founded the think tank Socos, which consults on artificial intelligence, neuroscience and education reform. She demonstrated that the metrics used in hiring have little influence in workplace success. She worked with Accenture on how they could train staff to be more creative.

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THE HIVE

A physical representation of industry and co-operation, The Hive is where Disruptors naturally swarm together and unite with trailblazing brands.  Nobody is smarter than everybody - The Hive is an energizing and creative space for all. 

The Big Four Roadhouse

Calgary, Alberta

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BAR 1912 - VIP & SPEAKER LOUNGE

A relaxed and comfortable hang-out spot for Disruptors, sponsors, and speakers to connect.  VIP guests have the opportunity to dive deeper into the onstage content in intimate VIP breakout sessions hosted by our world-class speakers, then continue the conversation in the speakeasy-style bar. 

The Big Four Roadhouse

Calgary, Alberta

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