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Brenda Beckedorf
Executive Director

Bio

Ms. Beckedorf started her career in technology with Graycon Group as Director of Business Development for Canada. She moved on to start her own company, Launch Strategic Group, in 2017 with a focus on supporting growth in technology companies through sales strategies. Ms. Beckedorf works closely with companies that focus on IoT Solutions across verticals such as mining, farming, and oil & gas to increase their markets, adding process and establishing new verticals. She has a vast array of vendor and partner connections that bring increased value to those who work with her.

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Victor Lee
Chairperson

Bio

CEO, CoreData

Victor is an Engineer turned technology entrepreneur with 25 years in applied computer technologies. He has successfully built companies in safety, commercial real estate, engineering automation, and is currently operating an advanced software development company focused on practical applications in artificial intelligence. Victor has extensive knowledge in emergency health services with projects for the provincial government of Alberta.

In industry, Victor applied computer advancements to oil & gas, mining, power generation, and the ISS Canada arm. Victor has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and is currently serving as a Director in two startups,  CEO of CoreData, Vice Chair of Alberta IOT, and Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder of LevellingUp.

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Laine Hotte
Secretary

Bio

Director of Development, Geoforce Canada

Mr. Hotte joined Geoforce Canada in 2020 as part of the acquisition of Trakopolis IoT Corp, where he previously served as Chief Technology Officer and continues to work with his team by leading the Geoforce Canada technology department focused on research and development, cross-company engineering initiatives and collaboration in the world of IoT/M2M focused on evolving visibility for customers using sensors and connectivity.    Prior to his time in the world of IoT, Laine worked for 15 years in software architecture and development for several large scale commerce integrations and business system applications across many different companies such as the American Heart Association, Cablevision Systems Corporation, US Homeland Security, Hyatt Hotels, and Verisign.

Working as a founding member and volunteer Director of the Alberta IoT Association (AIOT), Mr. Hotte works to fulfill the AIOT’s vision by promoting collaborative projects and membership engagement in a variety of topics related to his work with Trakopolis and the expanding association of technology driven companies.

Mr. Hotte holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computing Science from the University of Alberta.

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Steve Liang
Director

Bio

Founder & CTO, SensorUp

Dr. Steve Liang is a global influencer and change maker of Internet of Things. Steve is the founder and CTO of SensorUp, and an associate professor who holds an IoT research chair at the University of Calgary. Dr. Liang is chairing and the editor of several key IoT enabling standards in Open Geospatial Consortium and UN’s ITU-T. Dr. Steve Liang’s leading edge research and product development efforts are designed to unlock the full potential of the IoT by transforming heterogeneous “silo-ed” IoT systems into a homogeneous IoT system of systems. For example, Steve is the editor of the OGC SensorThings API, an IoT cloud API standard that has been widely implemented around the world for applications ranging from homeland security, logistics, smart cities to energy.

Steve is recognized as a thought leader, especially in IoT and geospatial technologies. Dr. Liang has published more than 60 research publications, and delivered more than 100 invited talks in more than ten countries around the world. Dr. Liang also received numerous pretisgeous awards, include Killam Emerging Research Leader Award, Calgary’s Top 40 under 40, the SSE Early Research Excellence Award, the SSE Research Excellence Award, University of Calgary’s Peak Scholar Award, and more. He served on the prestigious Council of Canadian Academies’ expert panel on Enabling Sustainability in an Interconnected World, Competing in a Global Innovation Economy: The Current State of R&D in Canada, and US Transportation Research Board’s report on Connected Airport and the Internet of Things.

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Wilson Howe
Director

Bio

President & CEO, Symroc Business and Project Management

The president and CEO of Symroc, Wilson Howe, is a highly skilled engineering and business management professional with a track record of success in developing and improving projects for industrial operations. Wilson has obtained significant industrial experience in Oil and Gas exploration, production, oilsands development, chemical/petrochemical and power industries. Wilson is a Professional Engineer registered with APEGA, a certified PMP and has received his MBA with the University of Alberta. Wilson is also an original founder and a board member of Alberta IOT association.

Matt Eskandar
Director

Bio

President, MR Control Systems International

As one of the original founders of Alberta IoT Association, Matt has been one of the key players to help the IoT Association to grow in Alberta and abroad. Currently, as a Director, Matt serves on the Alberta IoT board of directors.

Matt Eskandar is also the President of MR Control Systems International Inc. ( www.mrcsi.com ). Matt’s extensive experience in monitoring, control and automation projects worldwide has inspired him to develop a new generation of Monitoring and Control platform that merges Industrial IoT with SCADA Systems. This new platform has allowed MR Control Systems to provide software platform to help companies with their IT/OT convergence solutions.

In 2012, Matt also started the Southern Alberta IEEE Control Systems and Instrumentation joint chapters. As a key committee member, Matt has helped this chapter to grow its membership to over 1000 members and supporters in Southern Alberta.

Matt is an active member of IEEE, APEGA and APEGBC associations.

Tom Groenland

Tom Groenland
Director

Bio

CEO, mcThings

Tom Groenland is the CEO and founder of mcThings and founding member of the Alberta IoT association. He has been integral to bringing several IoT products to market including medical and consumer devices. mcThings has built an ultra-low power, enterprise grade IoT hardware platform designed to vastly lower the overall cost of ownership for IoT solutions. The system is being used in applications like livestock monitoring, construction, supply chain management and many others.

Alberta IoT Andy McGirr

Andy McGirr
Director

Bio

CEO, Aurora Wireless Networks

A graduate of Queen’s University. Andy’s career includes Bell Northern Research (Nortel) developing analog, digital and radio frequency hardware for digital transmission and exploratory wireless systems, including the first T1 transceiver on a chip. Andy joined NovAtel in 1987 and became manager of the Antennas & Propagation Group and then Technical Program Manager for RF data products. His groups produced several successful products as well as a host of research and development tools, patents and publications. In 1992 Andy co-founded Murandi Communications in 1992 – doing global wireless product development & associated research. Andy was a co-founder of Aurora Wireless Networks in 2014 – focussed on ultra energy efficient long range IoT wireless data applications. Andy is both a Director and CEO.

Advisors

Moise NDoh Alberta IoT Advisor

Dr. Moise Ndoh, P.Eng
Advisor

Bio

Industrial Technology Advisor, NRC-IRAP

Dr. Moïse Ndoh is employed by the National Research Council Canada, Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) as an Industrial Technology Advisor ((ITA) – supports ICT SME innovation in Alberta and in Canada by providing R&D technical and business advice, networking and financial assistance). His involvement has helped stimulate wealth and build
innovation capacity through the creation of new companies, jobs, new  technologies, services, as well as new and improved products.

The creation of the Alberta IoT Association was initiated and catalyzed by Dr. Moïse Ndoh in 2017. He noticed that many of his clients were small companies working on the Internet of Things (IoT). In order to give a huge opportunity to many companies and different organizations to collaborate on technology, marketing, commercialization, education, and to position Alberta
and Canada as the worldwide center of excellence for the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), other advanced and smart technologies, Moïse called a network meeting in his office with 10 of his clients and recommended that they should get together and collaborate to create the Alberta IoT Association.

Since 2017, Dr. Moïse Ndoh has continued to provide his advisory services to the Board of Directors of the Alberta IoT Association and to its IoT Center of Excellence. Moïse is also the Industrial Relation Chair of the IEEE IEMCON, Technical Program Committee (TPC) member of several IEEE conferences, Professional Engineer (P.Eng) licensed/registered with (APEGA), member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Association (CIM), and the Chair of the Cameroonian-Canadian Foundation.

Moïse was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Calgary, and Cape Breton University. He has published many scholarly papers and presented his research at international conferences and he speaks four languages (English, French, Greek and Bassa).

Drew McNaughton Alberta IoT Advisor

Drew McNaughton
Advisor

Bio

Consultant, ABMcN Consulting

Most recently Drew was the Executive Director for the Industrial Research Assistance Program, Prairies region, part of the National Research Council of Canada.  Drew has had extensive experience in the private sector as an executive in multiple roles with Nortel Networks, including Vice President, Networks and Computing and Vice President, Wireless Networks Information Systems. At Axia NetMedia Corporation, he was Chief Operating Officer, Chief Technology Officer, and President of Axia France. He also held several roles with Imperial Oil and as a consultant.

With a background in information technology and in growing new businesses, Drew has worked in several regions of Canada, the United States, and in France.

Drew has actively contributed to the Alberta innovation ecosystem as a board member or chair of several associations including Technology Alberta, where he was President, and the ICT Council of Alberta as a Director. He was also a Director and chaired WITEC (Wireless and Telecom Association of Alberta). Previously, he was a Director with Canterra Seeds and an advisor to Kanatek in Ottawa.  He recently became an Executive in Residence and a board advisor for the Foresight Accelerator, helping grow companies in the Cleantech sector.

Currently Drew is an independent consultant in the broadband community networking space working with clients in various parts of Canada.

Drew holds a Systems Design Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.

Alberta IoT Mark Bryant

Mark Bryant
Advisor

Bio

Chief Information Officer, PCL Constructions Inc.

As chief information officer, Mark is responsible for the strategic and innovative advancement of information technology (IT) within the PCL family of companies. Mark has over two decades of IT expertise, having served in the financial services, software, manufacturing, and AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) industries. Prior to joining PCL he led the technology operations at a century-old financial services firm and was CIO at a leading planning, engineering, and consulting firm.
Mark received his business administration accreditation from Sheridan College in Ontario and additional credentials related to e-commerce from the Ivey School of Business. Mark completed his CIO MBA at Boston University.

IoT Centre of Excellence

The IoT Centre of Excellence is a nonprofit organization that exists to nurture and accelerate the success of Alberta’s Internet of Things economy.
Our mission is to position Alberta as the world leader in Internet of Things and emerging technologies by recruiting new businesses and expertise that are focused on IoT technologies and to coordinate research & innovative projects that establish the Province of Alberta as a world leader in Internet of Things and related emerging technologies.

The IoT Centre of Excellence exists to recruit businesses & expertise, coordinate research & projects in the Province of Alberta. Our mission is to put Alberta as a world leader in the Internet of Things and emerging technologies.

Our success will be measured by IoT companies, startups, companies migrating to Alberta, research projects and the number of individuals employed in the IoT economy and economic impact and recognized in the list of Top IoT Cities(Provinces) in the World.

Centre of Excellence Stakeholders

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Brenda Beckedorf
Executive Director

Bio

Ms. Beckedorf started her career in technology with Graycon Group as Director of Business Development for Canada. She moved on to start her own company, Launch Strategic Group, in 2017 with a focus on supporting growth in technology companies through sales strategies. Ms. Beckedorf works closely with companies that focus on IoT Solutions across verticals such as mining, farming, and oil & gas to increase their markets, adding process and establishing new verticals. She has a vast array of vendor and partner connections that bring increased value to those who work with her.

Steven Young
Chair

Bio

CEO, Garnet Instruments

Steven Young, B.Ed., MBA, PMP is a strategic executive and organizational leader as the CEO of Garnet Instruments who has evolved the company from a product seller to a solutions provider.

A regular lecturer at the Alberta School of Business and instructor at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Steven also faces the other way in the class pursuing his PhD in Engineering focused on the implementation of IoT and other Industry 4.0 technologies.

As former Member of the Alberta Legislature where he served as the Chief Government Whip, Steven’s understanding across politics, government and business provides a unique perspective on how to navigate challenges, capture opportunities, and create an organization that delivers value to the customer.

Kevin Crowe

Kevin Crowe
Co-Chair

Bio

Executive Vice President, Strategy, Long View

Kevin Crowe, Executive Vice President, Strategy joined Long View in 2000. He led the Managed Services division from the startup phase to being recognized as the “#1 MSP in the world” by MSP Mentor and “one of the most innovative MSPs” by CDN Magazine. In 2010 Kevin led the development of Long View’s Cloud division and defined the go to market strategy. In 2014 Kevin took on the role of Vice President for Procurement Services.

Kevin is focused on leading innovation and is proficient in combining business offerings and emerging technologies in such critical areas as Cloud, Managed Services, AI, IoT, IT acquisition and outsourcing. Kevin comes from a technology background where he has worked with such operational standards as ITIL since 1998 and is a former CISSP professional, he also has his MBA. He is the  founder of Give A Mile a charity that provides flights for people to fly and be with their palliative or critically ill loved ones. Kevin enjoys participating n endurance events such as ultramarathon running and is supported by his wife Hannah and son Ayden.

Wilson Acton

Wilson Acton
Co-Chair

Bio

Chief Commercial Officer, Verge

Wilson is the Chief Commercial Officer at Verge. Wilson brings an extensive background in law and multi-generational experience in agriculture to the Verge team. As a transactional lawyer, Wilson assisted a wide range of businesses across a host of matters from seed capital raises to strategic acquisitions, including some of the largest and most complex M&A and corporate finance transactions in Canadian history.

Jesse Ferguson
Financial Advisor

Bio

Calgary CEO, National CFO/COO, Amplify Advisors

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Denise Baril

Denise Baril
Director of Fund Development

Bio

CEO, WSN Grants and Strategy for Business

Denise has been both an instructor, and business coach to hundreds of SME’s In Calgary through a government funded Self Employment program. Denise has been a visiting instructor to many faculties at SAIT on Extreme Networking. Denise is a business and grant strategist. She helps entrepreneurs scale up assessing gaps in business systems to grow. She supports them in planning and executing their expansion plans through grants and business resources. Key areas she targets in helping businesses scale up are: research and development, hiring, training, export, and expansion. She serves fast growth technology businesses in: healthcare, technology, marketing, construction, oil and gas, finance, advanced education, publishing, agriculture, telecommunications, transportation, green energy, and manufacturing.  She currently helps align clients to resource partners such as IRAP, Alberta Innovates, BDC, EDC, Alberta Trade, CED, Western Diversification, and Trade Commissioners around the world. She has also aligned her fast growth clients to collaborate in initiates resulting in 2 joint ventures so far in 2020 (including first nations partnerships). The Canadian clientele she works with are doing business or expanding into: USA, India, Netherlands, Vietnam, Singapore, Germany, France, UK, UAE, Qatar, Africa, Columbia, Peru, and Australia.

Denise has been involved as a busines partner in international healthcare and other export ventures, and has been on a variety of boards such as The International Executive Association, Doors Open YYC, Bow West Community Resource Centre, and currently serving on the board of The Gold Mind Project (grass roots venture to help unemployed Albertans transition to new sectors and opportunities).

Denise is a collaborator in community getting active over the years with nonprofit organizations and industry associations: Calgary Women in Energy, Inn From The Cold, Human Resources Institute of Alberta, Economic Development Association of Canada, Alberta Occupational Health Nurses Association, Enactus Canada, Faculty of Graduate Studies (University of Calgary), African Canadian Golfers Club, and the Calgary Stampede.

Denise speaks on business topics and grant strategy for industry associations such as: Calgary Construction Association, Mechanical Contractors Association, Calgary Real Estate for Women, Alberta International Development Office, International Executive Association, Young Leaders in Construction, SAIT Women in Trades and Technology, Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and Alberta IoT.

Justin Hantos

Justin Hantos
Director of Strategic Planning

Bio

Western Director, Operations (Canada), EllisDon Corporation

Justin is currently leading the team at EllisDon’s Energy & Digital Services Western Canadian division as the Director of Operations. Justin and his team are proven leaders in transforming complex buildings into intelligent, future-proof, and technologically advanced facilities within the modern built environment.

Justin has a vast amount of experience in working with teams building and operating commercial, institutional, research, and healthcare facilities. His expertise includes leading the design, procurement, installation, integration and commissioning of intelligent infrastructure including; converged building networks, VOIP systems, Access Control, CCTV, Digital Lighting, BAS, Power Metering, Electrical Systems, Nurse Call, Patient Wandering, Radio/DAS, use-case development and system integration.

Justin’s team is currently supporting projects in implementing IoT technologies in numerous commercial towers, shopping malls and hospital by leading all work related to integration and delivery of mechanical, electrical, security and IT systems.

His primary goal is to leverage his team’s experience in the area of intelligent buildings to push the boundaries of technology in the built environment while being intimately aware of pending trends, such as 5G. Furthermore, Justin strongly believes that leveraging technology and data is the key in improving the digital experience, sustainability and operations in buildings new and old.