Alumni Speakers Bureau

Do you need a speaker who has an inspiring story of innovation and success in science or technology?

Welcome to ACCELERATE & CONNECT: ASTech Alumni Speakers Bureau.

Our goal is simple: to connect our ASTech alumni (Finalists and Winners of an ASTech Award) and the broader community interested in science, technology and innovation. Invite our alumni to share their story of success to help inspire the next generation of innovation in Alberta.

The ASTech Foundation shines a spotlight on incredible examples of innovation that often fly under the radar. We will gladly introduce you to any of our speakers and we’ll leave it up to you to sort out the details. This is a free service.

For more info or to contact a speaker, please email info@astech.ca or call the office at 403-220-9130.

Search for Speakers near you:

Dr. Mark Boyce

  • Dr. Mark Boyce
  • Organization: Professor of Ecology and ACA Chair in Fisheries & Wildlife, University of Alberta
  • ASTech Awards: 2014 Science
  • Area of Expertise: Science
  • Presentation Topics:
    1. Canada’s Energy Policy: the Urgent Need for Science
    2. Managing Moose by Citizen Science (moose survey app)
    3. Trophy Hunting in Alberta?
  • Geographic Areas:

    Throughout Alberta
    Outside Alberta

  • Location: Edmonton, AB
  • Short Bio:

    I am a wildlife biologist with keen interest in conservation. My research in mostly in Alberta with recent projects on grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, elk, moose and sage grouse.

Allan Chegus

  • Allan Chegus
  • Organization: Stream Systems Ltd.
  • ASTech Awards: Stream Systems Ltd., Winner, 2016 Startup
  • Area of Expertise: Emerging Operating Technology / Advanced Simulation
  • Presentation Topics:
    1. Emerging Trends in Operating Technology, Software and Simulation
    2. System and Network Thinking
    3. Innovation Bridging Several Sectors
  • Geographic Areas:

    Throughout Alberta

  • Location: Calgary, AB
  • Short Bio:

    I imagine a world where industry is optimized, where large capital projects operate perfectly after they are built; where cross-functional teams collaborate seamlessly because they see each other’s point of view; and where assets and industrial systems are fully utilized. In this world, money, energy, time and the environment are saved. I’ve spent my career in industry, and I know how difficult it is to make optimal decisions in environments with multiple dynamic variables interacting. That’s why I’ve been driven to create software that makes decision making for industry easy.

Dr. Zhangxing (John) Chen

  • Zhangxing (John) Chen
  • Organization: Professor, NSERC/AIEES/Foundation CMG & AITF Chairs, University of Calgary
  • ASTech Awards: Chen, Dr. Zhangxing (John), Winner, 2012 Technology Chen, Dr. Zhangxing (John), Honouree, 2010 Science
  • Area of Expertise: Applied Technology
  • Presentation Topics:

    Studies of Hybrid Steam-Solvent Processes for Oil Recovery
    Studies of Unconventional Oil and Gas Reservoirs
    Modelling and Simulation of Unconventional Oil and as Reservoirs

  • Geographic Areas:

    Throughout Alberta
    Outside Alberta

  • Location: Calgary, AB
  • Short Bio:

    Dr. Chen has made a career of shaking up the modern oil and gas industry with his innovative concepts, particularly in petroleum reservoir engineering and simulation. His inventions – and his acumen in commercializing them – are dramatically improving efficiencies in oil and gas recovery processes.

    Dr. Chen is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary and holds two research Chair awards: the NSERC/AIEES (AERI)/Foundation CMG Senior Research Chair in Reservoir Simulation and the AITF Industrial Chair in Reservoir Modelling. He is the most advanced researcher in reservoir modelling and simulation in Canada and is a global leader in the field. He was recognized by Oilsands Review (February 2009) as one of the three most prominent researchers in reservoir simulation in the world.

    Dr. Chen is building fundamental theories about enhancing oil and gas recovery, both economically and environmentally, and developing innovative models and algorithms to enhance understanding of the physics and chemistry of reservoirs.

    The state-of-the-art reservoir simulation toolkits Dr. Chen has created allow for multiple parallel runs, faster computation, and rigorous optimization. The novel techniques he has developed are faster and have greater accuracy than what had been available. His great advancements in simulation have improved workflow including risk and uncertainty analysis and, in turn, have provided significant savings in capital costs for all of the involved Alberta oil companies.

    Dr. Chen has published 353 peer-reviewed manuscripts, written five acclaimed textbooks and edited seven high-quality popular books. His research has been extremely well received and employed not only by his peers in academia but also by industry. His work has been cited over 4,000 times by others. Dr. Chen has received 30 prestigious awards and honours.

Dr. Jonathan Curtis

  • Dr. Jonathan Curtis
  • Organization: Lipid Chemistry Group, University of Alberta
  • ASTech Awards: Lipid Chemistry Group, Winner, 2015 Applied Technology
  • Area of Expertise: Science
  • Presentation Topics:
  • Geographic Areas:
    Edmonton area
  • Location: Edmonton, AB