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Shift is a podcast by Alberta Innovates that's dedicated to interviewing and showing how Alberta innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers are leading the future of innovation. Alberta has many unsung heroes and many interesting and important technological advancements being made that will greatly impact our lives. These deserve a spotlight, and by listening to Shift people will get a sense of how Alberta innovation is leading the way.
 
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Cats are 10, 000 years less domesticated than dogs, so they don't always tell us the truth with their body language and sweet little purrs. Enter Sylvester ai, a Calgary-based company that unveiled Tably, a digital health platform designed to assess a cat's visual cues based on pictures you take of your cat. Tably's AI compares those photos with a …
 
Goodlawyer is an Alberta-based interactive, online service that provides legal solutions for startups. When company CEO and founder Brett Colvin was working at one of Canada's largest law firms as a corporate lawyer, he saw first hand every day that most people can't afford the legal help they need. The typical firm rates are simply out of reach, s…
 
We met with Dr. David Bressler while at Inventures on June 2, 2022. We spoke to him about his work converting lipids into hydrocarbons (biofuel), his role with Forge Hydrocarbons and about what an event like Inventures means for Alberta researchers and innovators. Learn more about Dr. Bressler's work. Bio Dr. David Bressler, Professor, Associate De…
 
Agriculture is in Robert Saik's blood. It began with his career on a mixed farm in Alberta, and he's since gone onto found and invest in many companies in the agricultural sector ranging from farming in Uganda, cattle, ag retail, fertilizer manufacturing, distribution, marketing, consulting, data, ag tech, robotics and now serves as CEO of AGvisorP…
 
We joined Cowboy Smithx backstage at Inventures 2022 just prior to his panel #T7NFT Building Community in the Arts: Utilizing Blockchain Technology to Boost the Creative Economies. The #T7NFT (Treaty 7 Non-Fungible Token) program is a project led by NexusVerseYYC, who Cowboy was onsite representing. Cowboy also took the opportunity to talk about th…
 
Inventures 2022 took place June 1 through 3 at the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Attended by over 3000 people, the event brought together investors, innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs for three days of deal making and demonstrating. Over seven thematic tracks and over 200 programs fleshing out everything from doing business wi…
 
There are so many questions about thyroid TSH levels today, specifically about its effect on general health. There are a lot of hypotheses on how to treat people with high or low TSH levels. This includes conventional medicine, weight loss, and the naturopathic ways to reverse the issue. Are we to always base the prognosis on charts? Can we still r…
 
As part of a special Shift series on Inventures 2022, we’re presenting an episode for each of the seven content tracks featured at this year’s event. This episode puts a spotlight on the track Navigating to Net-Zero and features an interview with Alison Thompson, CEO of Borealis Geothermal, Director at Kitselas Geothermal, and Chair of the Canadian…
 
As part of a special Shift series on Inventures 2022, we’re presenting an episode for each of the seven content tracks featured at this year’s event. This episode puts a spotlight on the track Taming Urban Jungles and features an interview with Ben Hildebrant, a principal investigator with SAIT’s Green Building Technologies Access Centre. Green Bui…
 
As a part of a special Shift series on Inventures 2022, we're presenting an episode for each of the seven content tracks featured at this year's event. This episode focuses on the track Gamechanging Health and features an interview with Julie Xu, Senior Product Manager at DrugBank. DrugBank is the world’s first intelligent and comprehensive drug kn…
 
As a part of a special Shift series on Inventures 2022, we're presenting an episode for each of the seven content tracks featured at this year's event. This episode puts a spotlight on the track Redefining Capitalism and features an interview with Ayo Aiyeleye, Director for Capital Access at Alberta Innovates, and Shelley Kuipers, Co-founder and CE…
 
As a part of a special Shift series on Inventures 2022, we're presenting an episode for each of the seven content tracks featured at this year's event. This episode focuses on the track Futurecasting Work and features an interview with Jackson McDonough, co-founder and CEO of Upwardly Careers. Upwardly is upping the recruiting game by matching high…
 
Stress is a big deal. It leads to everything you and I want to avoid - weight gain, fatigue, depression, chronic disease - all of it. We can’t avoid everything that causes stress but we can help our bodies become more resilient to it. That’s why I wanted to share my friend Doni Wilson with you. Dr. Wilson has been the other main naturopath writing …
 
As a part of a special Shift series on Inventures 2022, we're presenting an episode for each of the seven content tracks featured at this year's event. This episode highlights Mission-Critical Moonshots and features an interview with Cole Rosentreter, founder and CEO of Pegasus Imagery. Pegasus builds and deploys autonomous drones to provides aeria…
 
InnoTech Alberta recently received a $1.85 million grant from the Clean Resource Innovation Network. The grant, which was part of the network's reducing environmental footprint technology competition is being used to look at alternative technologies for well remediation, closure and to prevent methane leakage from abandoned well bores. Estimates su…
 
Can the brain repair itself? Can it regenerate after damage? Will there be a full recovery after a brain injury? I bring in a friend to talk about the latest advances in neuronal repair. In practice since 2001, Dr. Greg Eckel, co-founder of Nature’s Cure clinic in Portland where he shares what he calls "Sarieah's gifts" with the world, has focused …
 
What does the hydrogen market push look like for an entrepreneur? What about bridge technologies as we move to net zero? Is net zero even possible? Joining us today is Leland Oberst, President and CEO of Innovative Fuel Systems to give his thoughts on what the move to a hydrogen economy could look like for entrepreneurs. Innovative Fuel Systems (IF…
 
As a special Shift segment on Inventures, we're presenting an episode for each of the track being featured at this year's event. This episode is on Cultivating Agtech and features an interview with Adam Brown, Strategic Initiatives Lead at Wyvern Inc., and Edmonton-based space data company redesigning the satellite to enable a sustainable future fo…
 
Remember Ian Malcolm, Jeff Goldblum's character from Jurassic Park? He's a scientist interested in an esoteric branch of mathematics called chaos theory, the study of unpredictable behaviour in systems governed by deterministic laws. I'd like unpack that preceding paragraph into three points: Chaos theory is legit form of math. Jeff Golblum's chara…
 
On previous SHIFT conversations, we have learned that one of the major gaps to commercializing the hydrogen market is the lack of government policy. What is our current state and what should our elected officials consider when moving this promising industry along? Joining us today is Heather Campbell Executive Director of Clean Technology at Albert…
 
Summit Nanotech is developing technology to tackle the world's most daunting energy and environmental challenges. And Amanda has recently won the Women in Cleantech Challenge funded by NRCan. Join us as we catch up with Amanda and get her insights on clean technology. Bio Amanda Hall is a professional geophysicist and the CEO/Founder of Summit Nano…
 
On this episode we talk with Doug Holt and Simon Raby about a report Simon prepared for Alberta Innovates that identifies a scaleup gap in Alberta. Essentially, we're good at starting companies but not so good at growing them. Our discussion explores the scaleup gap and what those in the Alberta entrepreneurial ecosystem, like Alberta Innovates, ar…
 
The health benefits of protein are pretty clear. It helps the body build and repair tissues, allows metabolism to function well, and it also helps in maintaining proper pH and fluid balance. Animals, like cows, are a good source of protein. Many argue that if we care for our health and our environment, we should get rid of red meat such as beef but…
 
With a worldwide market estimated to be worth over $2.5 trillion a year by 2050, experts are looking to hydrogen as a huge opportunity for Alberta. It's going to require a coordinated approach from all three levels of government, however, to do it. In this episode we talk with David Van Den Assem from Alberta Innovates and Kirk Hamilton from C-FER …
 
Do you know someone who needs surgery? Surgery is the most challenging thing for our body to do and tapping our reserves. It is as challenging as an athlete getting ready for a Marathon. It requires preparation for both body and mind. Knowing that you need surgery can be frightening and intimidating at the same time because you will have many quest…
 
We all know what DNA is but what is eDNA? Described as another tool in the toolbox for wetland ecologists, we find out in this episode's conversation with Jenet Dooley from the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute and Brian Eaton from InnoTech Alberta's Environmental Impacts team, it's more than that. It's an emerging technology that at its mo…
 
Let’s talk about anxiety. At any given point in time, a person has a 30% chance of suffering from it. Some people are aware of it but they struggle to manage it while some others are not aware and it may be managing them, causing a lot of symptoms that they think are coming from other factors or making other conditions feel a lot worse. Between the…
 
There are so many questions about Vitamin D today especially in the media regarding its relevance to general health, thyroid health and how it is related to COVID. There are a lot of arguments as to how Vitamin D can be beneficial to humans, and the recent one is its contribution to fight COVID-19. I stumbled across one of Dr. Deva Boone’s articles…
 
Monique Fry, VP of Community Success for Calgary-based HelpSeeker, a technology business that provides access to community, health, and social services to over 38 million individuals who make Canada home, joins us for this episode. As a First Nations woman, Monique walks us through her experiences and the importance that HelpSeeker places on values…
 
Between the latest online fads and the crazy media headlines, it’s easier than ever to get confused about your health. If you want to make better decisions about your health today so you can feel better and live longer, you’ve come to the right place. Do you feel like your cravings are out of control? Are you worried that the sugar in carbs and fru…
 
Between the latest online fads and the crazy media headlines, it’s easier than ever to get confused about your health. If you want to make better decisions about your health today so you can feel better and live longer, you’ve come to the right place. Is adrenal fatigue a real thing? Is it the culprit behind some of your most frustrating chronic sy…
 
Shift interviews David Quail, serial entrepreneur, and Co-Founder and Technology Strategist of MEDO.ai. Established in 2018, MEDO was born from the idea that the combination of portable ultrasound with AI could make the 21st-century stethoscope, allowing users to peer into the human body and make important diagnoses accurately and reliably with the…
 
Between the latest online fads and the crazy media headlines, it’s easier than ever to get confused about your health. If you want to make better decisions about your health today so you can feel better and live longer, you’ve come to the right place. Do you try to avoid GMO foods in an effort to eat more healthfully? Are genetically engineered cro…
 
Between the latest online fads and the crazy media headlines, it’s easier than ever to get confused about your health. If you want to make better decisions about your health today so you can feel better and live longer, you’ve come to the right place. Intermittent fasting is one of the trendiest ways to lose weight these days, but is it really that…
 
"Is there anything Jana doesn't do?" is a refrain I found myself pondering as this interview was happening. A professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation - Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta, Jana is a medical researcher, an entrepreneur, and a novelist. On this episode we start by talking about her company True Angle Medical Techn…
 
Between the latest online fads and the crazy media headlines, it’s easier than ever to get confused about your health. If you want to make better decisions about your health today so you can feel better and live longer, you’ve come to the right place. It’s no secret that many women suffer extensively from the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause…
 
Last episode we spoke about how startups can establish a solid legal foundation as they get things rolling; In this episode we talk with Nigel Russell from CyberSecure Canada about online security and the steps you can take right now to not only protect your business, but your entire supply chain, online. CyberSecure Canada is the country's cyberse…
 
Starting a business can be fun and rewarding. It's also challenging and not for the faint of heart. There are many matters that need to be taken into account. And legal considerations are amongst those. As our guest on today's episode, Paul Barbeau, puts it, "startups tend to be really cost-sensitive. And they certainly don't want to retain a legal…
 
Between the latest online fads and the crazy media headlines, it’s easier more than ever to get confused about your health. If you want to make better decisions about your health so you can feel better and live longer, you’ve come to the right place. Would you believe that we don't know the cause of most back pain? You would think that it would be …
 
Between the latest online fads and the crazy media headlines, it’s easier than ever to get confused about your health. If you want to make better decisions about your health today so you can feel better and live longer, you’ve come to the right place. Humans eat meat. Right or wrong, the fact is that over 92% of individuals from most cultures aroun…
 
In this episode we talk with Fred Pels from Gaia Grow Corp, Usukuma Ekuere from Canna Stream Solutions, and Andre Sinclair from TruExtracts about their partnership around an innovation destined to shake up the hemp and cannabis industry. Bios Fred Pels, co-founder, president & director of Gaia Fred previously oversaw the establishment and expansion…
 
Prior to remediation, hazardous sites like tailings ponds require analysis, but they're perilous environments for people to go to take measurements. Robots, however, are immune to such perils. Edmonton-based Copperstone Technologies has created a series of autonomous robots that can traverse any terrain to perform site hazardous site investigations…
 
Between the latest online fads and the crazy media headlines, it’s easier more than ever to get confused about your health. If you want to make better decisions about your health so you can feel better and live longer, you’ve come to the right place. If you have thyroid disease, you are most likely to get heart disease. Hypothyroid causes weight ga…
 
Hemp has the potential to play a significant role in the future of Alberta's agriculture industry. Shift by Alberta Innovates interviews Jan Slaski of InnoTech Alberta and Aaron Barr, CEO of Canadian Rockies Hemp Corp. About Jan Slaski: Over the last 17 years, Jan Slaski has been leading research aimed at introduction and breeding of hemp varieties…
 
Between the latest online fads and the crazy media headlines, it’s easier more than ever to get confused about your health. If you want to make better decisions about your health so you can feel better and live longer, you’ve come to the right place. People talked about how they cut out Gluten and improve their thyroid functions, but there are stud…
 
Between the latest online fads and the crazy media headlines, it’s easier more than ever to get confused about your health. If you want to make better decisions about your health so you can feel better and live longer, you’ve come to the right place. Dairy foods may be the largest single contributor of Iodine, but it may still vary from different f…
 
Building a robust digital health ecosystem in Alberta needs health delivery partners willing to challenge the status quo in clinical care, and partners that are willing to take the risk of implementing new technologies and involve the patients in the process. In this episode we talk with Dr. Aly Nanji, CEO and founder of C-health, an Alberta-based …
 
Between the latest online fads and the crazy media headlines, it’s easier more than ever to get confused about your health. If you want to make better decisions about your health so you can feel better and live longer, you’ve come to the right place. It is clear that there are a lot of benefits we can get from seafood. It also belongs to the higher…
 
Between the latest online fads and the crazy media headlines, it’s easier more than ever to get confused about your health. If you want to make better decisions about your health so you can feel better and live longer, you’ve come to the right place. Sea Vegetables or “Seaweeds” are a big part of Asian diets. They are often considered generally hea…
 
Silicon is one of the most common elements on the planet. It's benign, relatively easy to work with and Edmonton-based Applied Quantum Materials has it mastered. In today's podcast we talk with company CEO David Antoniuk about a recent deal they signed with Alberta Health Services. The deal, which sees the company provide AHS's subsidiary Alberta P…
 
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