Sam Effah | Canada Games Gold Medalist, Right to Play Ambassador, Amazing Race Canada Finalist
As a native Albertan, Sam has speed. He represented Canada at 3 World Championships, 3 World University Games, 2 Commonwealth Games and was inducted into the 2021 Canada West Hall of Fame. Most recently, Sam was named co-Chef de Mission for the 2022.
As a volunteer, he’s an athlete ambassador with Right To Play and a past Classroom Champions mentor, where he focuses on using his platform to inspire the next generation of youth around the world.
In 2019 he was cast on The Amazing Race Canada Season 7 and placed second overall.
Outside of athletics and in-office work, Sam loves to speak. He leads a strong stage presence, developed over the course of a ten-year career as a seminar speaker, workshop facilitator, and motivational presenter.
Winona Lafreniere | Project Manager, Indian Resource Council
Future of Energy Panel (Friday 10:30-11:30)
Winona is Anishinaabe from Treaty 4 territory in Manitoba, currently living on Treaty 7 territory in Calgary, Alberta. She lives out her passion for the environment, lifelong learning, and humanity through storytelling, philanthropy, and Indigenous ‘Ways of Living and Being’. She is recognized for championing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of her role as Project Manager with the National Energy Business Centre of Excellence (Indian Resources Council) and her entrepreneurial pursuits as owner of Indigenous Innovative Solutions Inc.
Winona holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Sciences from the University of Manitoba, a Project Management Certificate from Simon Fraser University and is currently working on a number of national and international energy projects. Her vision for a greener planet continues with her work in Rwanda, Africa where she is empowering women and youth in the shaping of a more sustainable future.
She attributes her success to the strong connection she has with her culture which has led her to various partnerships with Ducks Unlimited, Project Forest, Clean Resource Innovative Network, Eco Canada, Rotary Club Calgary North and more recently as a Fellowship member with Energy Futures Lab.
Denise Beaven | Girls Talk Tech Co-Chair, Conocophillips Canada
Round Tables (Friday afternoon)
Denise Beaven has spent 40 years in the IT industry with 33 years at ConocoPhillips Canada. Girls Talk Tech’s goal is to help girls learn more about IT careers and feel confident they can succeed. Girls Talk Tech (GTT) was formalized in 2018 with the mission to educate, encourage and empower young women to embrace technology for the future.
Vlad Zatonski | Sr. Technology Development Engineer, Eavor
Round Tables (Friday afternoon)
Vlad Zatonski is a Professional Engineer, with 15+ years of experience in the energy industry, holding varied roles including: closed loop geothermal, thermal, unconventional, offshore and new ventures oil and gas roles. Vlad is passionate about risk and uncertainty analysis, data analytics, and application of engineering principles to solve complex problems.
Vlad holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering with a Petroleum minor and a Master’s in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary. Vlad is registered as a P.Eng with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geologists of Alberta (APEGA) and holds a membership with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
Fei Cheng | MSc student, Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta
Innovation Gallery (Saturday 11:15-12:15)
Fei completed her BSc in environmental engineering at the University of Alberta. Her research is related to the reuse of an industrial waste material (called bauxite residue produced from the alumina refinery industry) for wastewater treatment application (mainly oil sands process-affected water). Through her research, she wants to share the idea that all wastes are valuable products.
Department of Environmental Engineering - University of Alberta