Our Team

Building a diverse and collaborative work culture that supports and celebrates innovation at all levels.

Our Team

At Edmonton Unlimited, we welcome challenges and engage in purpose-driven work, aimed at positioning Edmonton as an inclusive global innovation capital. Rooted in equity, diversity, and inclusion, we are committed to supporting and celebrating innovation communities and problem solvers across all sectors, backgrounds, and stages. The Edmonton Unlimited team value experimentation, trial and error, and big leaps of faith to achieve Edmonton’s audacious goals, and we are here for you and your big ideas! 

Our Board

Edmonton Unlimited would like to thank and recognize the contributions and governance from our inaugural board. These business leaders set the foundation of our organization, approved our strategic and business plans, and determined the location of our future home, Edmonton’s newest innovation destination opening late 2022. Naseem Bashir, Ashlyn Bernier, Joanne Fedeyko, Aaryn Flynn, Farzad (Haider) Alvi, Shaheel Hooda, Nicole Janssen, Sheetal Mehta Walsh.

Innovation Growth Council

The Innovation Growth Council is a new council dedicated to exploring and connecting the diverse range of innovators in Edmonton. Innovation Growth Council members will be ambassadors and champions for innovation in all its forms in Edmonton. Advising the new CEO and Board of the recently established Innovate Edmonton, the job of the Innovation Growth Council will be to:

  • Explore, map and connect diverse innovators to Edmonton Unlimited to establish a more holistic innovation inventory in Edmonton.
  • Advise at IGC meetings on how to engage and incorporate innovators of all stripes into IE programming, and identify supports to unlock and build on their potential.
  • Work with Edmonton Unlimited to find creative ways to tell the stories of these innovative individuals and companies, their work and their sectors.

About The Council’s Work

Perhaps more than at any other time in Edmonton’s modern history, our city needs to truly value and capitalize on the diversity of our people and our economy and leverage the strength of this diversity – in sectors, in representation, and in approach – to support a post-pandemic recovery and to meet global challenges. Edmonton needs to dig deep and discover productive companies, sectors and communities, including prominent players and those that have been overlooked. We’ve gone through too much to leave people behind.

The innovation ecosystem has evolved rapidly in the last decade and we have a lot to build on – we have a great innovation tech community in Edmonton, driven by the hard work of people who took risks to create the city they wanted to see. Edmonton traditionally celebrates specific innovation strengths – especially in our formal start up and scale up infrastructure. But we don’t always hear from the innovative minds in all corners of our city. We can’t always benefit from those who don’t see support programs as the right fit nor find community networking events accessible. To not seek, engage and find ways to support these innovators is to leave growth on the table.

Duties

Over a two-year term, the members of the council will attend three meetings a year where they will brainstorm solutions and provide advice to the CEO and Board on growing Edmonton’s innovation ecosystem.

Between meetings, they will act as ambassadors for the growth of our innovation community and will do targeted outreach according to a work plan for each council member; as well as support other council members when the opportunity arises. Council members may also work with Edmonton Unlimited staff to guide the narratives of companies discovered across the outreach network.

Principles of the Innovation Growth Council

The members of the Innovation Growth Council:

  • Practice innovation in their profession.
  • Foster community, collaboration, and healthy competition.
  • Always think imaginatively and critically about what innovation should mean in Edmonton’s context.
  • Seek and find the existing untapped innovation potential across Edmonton.
  • Want to learn and exchange new perspectives on innovation, business, and organizing with a diverse group of council members.

Get Started

Reach out today for a free, 30-minute meeting to learn how we can help you with your idea, business and passion for innovating.

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