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.
Michael Wagner | Forest Hydrologist, Alberta Forestry, Parks and Tourism
Round Tables (Friday afternoon)
Michael Wagner is a Registered Professional forester and Forest Hydrologist with Alberta Forestry, Parks and Tourism. He has over 18 years of experience in research hydrology, forestry, and land and watershed management issues. The position he has with the Forestry Division is focused on developing policy and decision support tools related to sustainable forest management and cumulative effects for addressing water and watershed management issues across Alberta’s forested regions.
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.
Maxwell Shedd | Team Captain, University of Calgary Solar Car Team
Innovation Gallery (Saturday morning)
The University of Calgary Solar Car Team has the vision of leading the community in the pursuit of sustainable technology. To do so, our team members design, build and race practical solar cars that engage the community and encourage the growth of student leaders.
Throughout our 18 years of impact in the community, our team has aimed to educate younger generations, innovate within our Calgarian community, and inspire the automotive industry to push for the implementation of renewable energies within our daily lives.
Kim Sturgess | CEO, WaterSMART Solutions
Water Futures Panel (Friday 10:30-11:30)
Kim Sturgess is the founder and CEO of WaterSMART Solutions Ltd., a services organization committed to improving water management through better technologies and practices. She has led the development of collaborative watershed management models and systems over the last 15 years and has supported water management planning in industry and government.
In addition to serving on the boards of her own companies, she has served on the boards of the Alberta Chamber of Resources, Council of Canadian Academies, Alberta Water Council, Canadian Academy of Engineering, National Research Council, and the Alberta Economic Development Authority.
She has a degree in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University, an MBA from Western University, an Honorary Doctor of Science from Queen’s University and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary. She is a Member of the Order of Canada.