Calgary Technologies Inc. rebrands to Platform Calgary

On March 4, 2019 Calgary Technologies Inc. will begin rebranding to Platform Calgary. As Platform Calgary, our focus will remain on supporting Calgary's innovation-driven companies by providing access to space, programming and advocacy, while also championing the vision for the new Platform Innovation Centre's design, activity, and culture. Our name change comes at the heels of our recent announcement as the new operator of the Platform Innovation Centre opening in East Village in the fall of 2020.

Why Platform Calgary?

There is a need to make innovation more accessible and visible to our community and this rebrand aligns with the City of Calgary's 10-Year Economic Strategy. Platform started with the idea of transforming Calgary into a global innovation hub. As Platform Calgary, we are turning that idea into action. Through this work the next wave of shared prosperity is being generated in our city, transforming local businesses into international success stories. By working together, we can make Calgary a global hub for startups and innovation.

It is about elevating innovation, and Platform Calgary is the next phase and evolution of Calgary Technologies Inc.

What's next?

March 4, 2019 marks our first official day of business as Platform Calgary. Over the next few months, you will see our materials transitioning over to our new name and brand. Our long-term priority is to put a focus on innovation in the heart of downtown Calgary. On March 4, 2019, we are opening Platform Beta at the Hillier Block in East Village. This historic 5,300-sq-ft building will serve as our interim downtown facility while the Platform Innovation Centre is being built.

We will continue to operate and provide services out of the Alastair Ross Technology Centre and The Inc.

Save the date for May 15, 2019: Annual Report to Community, Demo Day and Strategy Launch in the new Central Library. The event will showcase our Junction program graduates and will be the public launch event for our new Platform Calgary identity and strategic plan.

Have a question?

Contact us at communications@calgarytechnologies.com


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    Steven McIlvenna ensures early stage entrepreneurs receive timely coaching, mentoring, and effective programming to support their professional and business development. During his engineering career, Steve served as a Product Development Leader for startup QuestAir as part of a joint venture between Ballard Technologies and Daimler AG. Prior to this he served as a New Product Introduction Engineer for Western Star Trucks - Daimler AG. He also served as a Project Leader for Haworth where he was responsible for developing and delivering the new Enclose advanced product line designed for sustainable buildings. A passionate entrepreneur and innovator, Steve founded a company that offers product designs via open innovation channels to Proctor & Gamble and other consumer brand companies. Steve holds a Mechanical Engineering Honors Degree from Queens University, and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design & Business from the University of Calgary. Steve has been awarded The Practice of Coaching badge by the Roy Group for successfully completing coach training. This badge is awarded to leaders interested in tools for positioning others to amplify performance, learning and engagement.


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    As Executive Advisor, Kevin works closely with the Entrepreneur & Enterprise Development as well as directly with entrepreneurs in technology startups - helping and guiding them develop towards their intended goals. Kevin brings a wealth of business experience to the team. With more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience, Kevin has focused on experience design, branding, retail sales, marketing, and innovative web-based software. He has successfully led creative and development teams to win multiple awards. Previously, Kevin co-founded and was CEO of Enthrill, a Calgary-based ebook distribution company whose joint venture with Walmart saw the launch of an innovative ebook gift card program across Canada. Kevin has been awarded The Practice of Coaching badge by the Roy Group for successfully completing coach training. This badge is awarded to leaders interested in tools for positioning others to amplify performance, learning and engagement.



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    As Executive Advisor, Elena works closely with technology startup entrepreneurs. Elena is also Vice President of Strategic Partnership at Cortex Business Solutions where she is responsible for developing and securing strategic partnerships with companies and industry associations that complement and enable the sale of the Cortex platform. She was also fundamental in the acquisition of Caledonia Solutions, an oil and gas software company. Elena has 15 years’ experience in sales, enterprise business development, and consulting supply chain, operations, and regulatory compliance. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Windsor. She is also a member of A100 and a mentor with Technovation.




    David coaches and mentors early stage entrepreneurs, leveraging his technical and industry background to help them advance their opportunities. David has over 10 years’ experience in sales, product development and design, and has worked in industries ranging from air compressors, optical disc manufacturing, optical and wireless networking. While at Nortel, he supported and engineered telecommunications networks for major carriers and corporations around the world. Previously, David worked in project management for an oil and gas EPCM. He was also responsible for the assessment and prioritization of in-situ projects for a major client. David holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Calgary. David has been awarded The Practice of Coaching badge by the Roy Group for successfully completing coach training. This badge is awarded to leaders interested in tools for positioning others to amplify performance, learning and engagement.




    Saadia works as an advisor for the Entrepreneur & Enterprise Development team, and provides early stage entrepreneurs with coaching and mentoring, leveraging her startup and business background to help them advance their opportunities. Prior to working in entrepreneurship and startups, Saadia spent five years in asset management, working at small boutique firms in both Vancouver and Halifax. Saadia entered the startup world in business development and quickly expanded her experience to include sales, marketing, customer service, and expansion strategy. Saadia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Dalhousie University.



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    As Programs Specialist, Madeline is key in the planning and execution of the organization's entrepreneur development programming. She finds joy in the satisfaction that stems from conceptualizing and executing events, such as a fundraiser for The Maple Tree Foundation which raised over $5,000 to support communities in the Philippines. Previously, Madeline assisted the oil sands contracts department at Nexen Inc. with database management and interface requirements. Madeline holds an Applied Business degree in Small Business and Entrepreneurship with a New Venture Major from Mount Royal University. Along with being a health enthusiast who has a passion for business innovation, Madeline is also a certified yoga instructor and has experience running her own startup, previously owning and operating her own business, Posers Yoga. Madeline has been awarded The Practice of Coaching badge by the Roy Group for successfully completing coach training. This badge is awarded to leaders interested in tools for positioning others to amplify performance, learning and engagement.


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