Hosted by:


tickets email

Navigating the Alberta Innovation Ecosystem


National, provincial and local resources are available to innovators from research support to education to funding sources. Knowing how to access these programs is key to commercializing your innovation with the greatest efficiency and impact. Learn how TEC Edmonton, Innovate Calgary and other Alberta organizations are making a positive difference in the lives of innovators and the success of their businesses.



Executive Vice-President, Business Development,
TEC Edmonton


Dr. Yatscoff has spent the last six years at TEC Edmonton initially as an Alberta Heritage Foundation Medical Research Executive in Residence and more recently as Executive Vice-President of Business Development. He is responsible for a team that works with over 80 companies on an annual basis. He has over ten years experience as a Biotech Executive in publically traded companies. He is a seasoned director on both public and private company Boards and actively participated on several Advisory Boards and Committees both Industry and Academic related. He was part of the team that raised over $200M in equity financing for a Biotech company. He provides guidance and mentorship to local start-up companies on technology commercialization, business planning, presentations, investor relations and financing. He is actively involved with assisting start-up companies to secure financing. He currently holds more than 20 patents. He is an accomplished Academic with almost twenty years spent in increasing roles in several Canadian Universities, having attained the status of Full Professor. He is an active and involved community member, fully supporting key groups, participating in Board responsibility and fundraising for causes






Vice President, Investment & Market Development

As Vice President of Investment and Market Development Mr. Kutarna brings a variety of experiences and skills including; involvement in a family investment fund, served as a Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Deputy Minister of Social Services, and president of an economic development crown corporation. Mr Kutarna has been a business consultant, executive coach, and the chair of two TEC Groups in Calgary and has also supported a number of private and public boards.
Mr. Kutarna's educational background includes; a degree in Economics from the University of Saskatchewan, post graduate work at the University of Regina, and a certification in Destination Marketing from a joint Purdue University/University of Calgary program. He has taken the Canadian Securities Course and the Exempt Market Course and numerous other seminars and courses.
His role is also responsible for Alberta Deal Generator (ADG) one of Canada's most active angel groups.  They find accredited investors who are interested in adding technology deals to their portfolio and brings them well screened deals that represent early and mid-stage technology businesses seeking capital. The entire division is passionate about working with entrepreneurs and investors – and attempts to bring recognition, government policy modifications, and strong search skills (business development) to find the right deals to create a strong innovation experience in Alberta. Mr Kutarna particularly enjoys mentoring and helping others achieve business success.




View Larger Map

Located in the heart of downtown Edmonton, the Shaw Conference Centre overlooks the beautiful North Saskatchewan River Valley, the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America. Shaw is the premier Edmonton conference venue, with a location that provides access to over 2,000 downtown hotel rooms plus shopping, entertainment, dining and transportation.

The Shaw Conference Centre hosts approximately 650 Edmonton events each year, attracting over half a million visitors.

The Shaw Conference Centre is a partner in FRESH, an innovative program that supports conference and meeting planners in creating unique Edmonton experiences that are environmentally, socially and economically responsible.

For more information on the Shaw Conference Centre, please click here.



Lowering the world’s greenhouse gas emissions is not an easy task, but with the right minds in the right place, it can be done.

Held in Edmonton, Alta., the Zero 2014 Conference will address the goal of lowering our carbon impact by bringing together policy and clean-technology leaders from around the world. This three day conference will also feature presentations from the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation Grand Challenge Round 1 Finalists.

CCEMC: A Global Responsibility


Join us today by viewing our livestream at 1:30pm.


You are here: Home Program Keynotes 2014 Program Navigating the Alberta Innovation Ecosystem