Business Conference • October 18, 2022

Preliminary Schedule. Conference program subject to change without notice. 

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Registration and Coffee

8:30 am - 8:40 am

Opening Remarks

8:40 am - 9:00 am

Opening Keynote Address

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Living the Alberta Advantage, presented by Rocky View County

Rocky View County has become a center for logistics in Western Canada. In the Balzac area, north of Calgary, has also become a world-class destination for retail, entertainment and regional tourism.


Join us for a fireside chat with two of the mostly influential and successful business leaders in Rocky View County. Learn about how Rocky View County implemented critical elements for attracting investment.  And learn how landowners, developers and brokers became the driving force for growth in Rocky View and the Calgary Region. Rediscover the Alberta Advantage in our Province’s fastest growing commercial and industrial hot-bed: Rocky View County.


Panel Members:

David Kalinchuk, Economic Development Manager, Rocky View County 

Adrian Munro, President, Highfield Investment Group Inc.

James Moller, General Manager, Alberta & Manitoba Region, Retail, CrossIron Mills, Ivanhoe Cambridge

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Lessons Learned in Developing Food Supply Chain Resilience, presented by the Alberta Food Supply Chain Working Group

A fundamental need and expectation of Albertans is a safe, accessible, and affordable food supply. The food supply chain is a large, complex system; therefore, disruption at any point including consumer actions, impacts the food supply.  One of the top priorities of the provincial government throughout the COVID-19 pandemic response, the flooding events in BC December 2021 and the border blockades of early 2022 has been maintaining our food supply and export markets.  In the face of extraordinary circumstances collaborative and coordinated efforts were needed in responding to food supply chain impacts, providing food security, and ensuring farmers, agri-businesses and food processors could continue to operate safely, distribute food products, and survive these most challenging economic times. Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development initiated and led a Food Supply Chain Working Group to ensure alignment of policy, programs and response activities in Alberta through information sharing, resource sharing, issues management, and coordinated stakeholder engagement. Many lessons were learned that will contribute to food supply chain resilience in the future.


Panel Members:

Leah Sheffield, Executive Director, Food Safety Branch, Agriculture and Forestry, Government of Alberta

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Featured Speaker

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Keynote Luncheon, presented by Dematic

Economic Drivers for Warehouse Automation and Micro-fulfillment Solutions

As we look ahead to predictions of continued disruption across a slowly recovering labor market, businesses are embracing automation at points across their operation to not just remain competitive but to keep their doors open. We’ve all witnessed the acceleration of e-commerce growth, while the companies who have thrived have innovated, automated, and integrated new technology into the ecosystem of their supply chain & retail operations. Micro-Fulfillment technology empowers businesses with high throughput requirements to maximize space and achieve profitability with e-commerce orders. Thus advancing their omnichannel distribution strategy to give customers what they want, when they want it, where they want it. Join this session to learn how economic trends in retail and manufacturing have pushed the need for Micro-Fulfillment solutions across industries.



Alex Dale, Global Solution Consultant, Dematic

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Networking Break

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

ESG is Becoming an Essential Element in Supply Change. Are You Ready?

The emphasis on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) metrics is continuing to increase across all industries and geographical regions. With the increasing pressure from investors, employees, governments, and society to provide disclosure and public commitments covering all aspects of ESG, companies will need to work collaboratively with their Supply Chain. At the same time, companies must prepare for and comply with changing regulations in response to ESG and demonstrate delivery against stated targets to minimize their impact on the environment while making positive contributions to diversity and inclusion. Supply chain leaders have both a great challenge and opportunity to make a difference. There is an increased need for companies to embed ESG as part of their supplier risk management and vendor risk assessment processes. The expert panel comprising of industry, supply chain and consulting will discuss the challenges ahead and share their background and experiences on how to move the needle on this very critical component of their business.


Amit Bhargava, Founder, Enviroapps


Panel Members:

Marie Jurcevic, Sustainability Lead, ARC Resources

Kait Dinunzio, Senior Partner and Chief Change Officer, Helios Consulting

Curtis Friesen, Plant Manager, ChampionX


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Adding Value to Your Business by Incorporating Social Procurement into Your Supply Chain


Tim Coldwell, President, Chandos Construction

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Networking Break

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Featured Speaker

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Networking Reception