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Growing prosperity in Alberta's agriculture, food and forestry sectors
Impact Innovation 2014

AI Bio's annual public outreach speaker session  

Our complimentary public Impact Innovation 2014 session was held in Edmonton on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Guests included: staff from the four Alberta Innovates corporations, grad students, research performers, private industry, producer organizations, industry associations, funding agencies, government departments, and other stakeholders. They were entertained and informed about the science and innovation we're doing. They also attended to:

* Learn more about Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions.
* Make connections with others in Alberta's research and innovation system.
* Meet our speakers and hear their stories.

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Zeidler Hall at the Citadel Theatre
9828 101A Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T5J 3C6
(780) 425-1820

 

Program  (See video, story summary and photos of whole program)

 8:30 a.m. to  9:00 a.m.      Coffee, juice, muffins in Zeidler Hall Lobby                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
 9:00 a.m. to  9:05 a.m. Welcome Remarks (See video)
DR. STAN BLADE
Chief Executive Officer
Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions
                                                                        
 9:05 a.m. to  9:15 a.m. Emcee Remarks
MR. JAY INGRAM
Writer / Broadcaster  
                                   
 9:15 a.m.
                
to  9:30 a.m. "Changing Biology One Cookie at a Time" (See powerpoint and video)
DR. RAYLENE REIMER

Professor, Faculties of Kinesiology and Medicine
University of Calgary

 9:30 a.m. to  9:45 a.m.  "Sustainable Beef" (See powerpoint and video)
DR. JOHN BASARAB 
Research Scientist, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
Adjunct Professor, Universities of Alberta and Manitoba

 9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

 "The Madness of Prion Disease: How a Twisted Protein Can Kill
Your Brain" (See powerpoint and video)
DR. VALERIE SIM
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases
University of Alberta

10:00 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. 

Audience Q&A with speakers (See video)

10:10 a.m.
               
to  10:30 a.m.
                 
Coffee Break 
10:30 a.m.
         
to  10:45 a.m.
           

   

  

"Biodiversity Conservation in a Rapidly Changing World" (See powerpoint and video)
DR. SCOTT NIELSEN
Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
Alberta Biodiversity Conservation Chair 
University of Alberta
 
10:45 a.m.  to 11:00 a.m. "Innovation in Automotive Biocomposites" (See powerpoint and video)
MR. WILLIAM HARNEY
Executive Director, Research and Development
Magna Exteriors and Interiors 

11:00 a.m.  to 11:10 a.m.  Audience Q&A with speakers (see video)

11:10 a.m.  to 11:30 a.m. Emcee Q&A with Board Members from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (see video)
DR. JACQUELINE SHAN, Founder, Afinity Life Sciences Inc. (See powerpoint and video)
DR. NEIL CASHMAN, Chief Scientific Officer, Amorfix Life Sciences Ltd. (See powerpoint and video)


11:30 a.m.  to   1:00 p.m. Reception in Shoctor Lobby

  1:00 p.m.     Conclusion

 

Speakers (in program order): 

StanBlade-photo DR. STAN BLADE
Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

WELCOME REMARKS

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Stan Blade previously served as Executive Director of the Alberta Agricultural Research Institute (in the Government of Alberta's former Ministry of Advanced Education and Technology) and as the Deputy Director General (Research) for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. His expertise has been recognized through his invitations to participate in initiatives and reviews conducted by the European Union, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, Harvard Business School and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.   He has published more than 80 research articles, ten book chapters and more than 140 conference abstracts, and has edited four books. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta. Dr. Blade currently serves as an appointed Trustee of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation.

   

JayIngram-photo MR. JAY INGRAM
Writer / Broadcaster 

EMCEE                   
 
BIOGRAPHY:
Jay Ingram has worked in almost every mass medium. He helped design and launch "Daily Planet," the hour-long prime-time science program on Discovery Channel, which he hosted for 16 years. He also hosted CBC's "Quirks and Quarks" for 12 years and two CBC radio documentary series as well as freelancer for CBC's "Morningside". He was contributing editor to Owl magazine for five years. He wrote a weekly science column in The Toronto Star for 12 years, and currently writes a column for Canadian Wildlife. He is now involved in producing TV stories for Discovery Channel, writing and giving talks (some with a rock band) and has new specials in development for Science Channel. Jay also currently serves as Program Chair for the Banff Centre Science Communications Program. He has written twelve books, and received numerous accolades and awards for his outstanding contributions to the popularization of science. He has received five honorary degrees including one from the University of Alberta and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2009. He is also a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Alberta.

 

 RayleneReimer

DR. RAYLENE REIMER
Professor, Faculties of Kinesiology and Medicine, University of Calgary

PRESENTATION:
Changing Biology One Cookie at a Time

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Reimer is a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She holds a joint appointment in the Faculty of Medicine and is a Registered Dietitian. She obtained her PhD in Nutrition & Metabolism at the University of Alberta and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Nestle Research Centre in Switzerland. Dr. Reimer's research focuses on the role of diet in regulating energy intake and gut microbiota in the context of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Dr. Reimer has developed animal models to study how diet during pregnancy and early postnatal life influences appetite hormone production and ultimately obesity risk. Her studies have identified unique dietary fibre sources as potentially valuable nutritional components in managing body weight. Translating findings from animal models to human clinical studies is a key way in which Dr. Reimer spans bench to bedside discovery and application. Her ongoing clinical trials help take evidence-based findings into application. She was honored in 2012 with the Centrum New Scientist Award for Outstanding Research by the Canadian Nutrition Society.

 JohnBasarab

DR. JOHN BASARAB 
Research Scientist, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
Adjunct Professor, Universities of Alberta and Manitoba

PRESENTATION:
Sustainable Beef

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. John Basarab is a senior research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, adjunct professor at the Universities of Alberta and Manitoba. He also provides beef cattle management and breeding expertise to the Livestock Gentec executive team. His current areas of work include improving feed efficiency and carcass quality, delivering genomic and production technologies to the beef industry, and greenhouse gas mitigation in beef cattle. Work completed has included the development of one of the largest genotype-phenotype data bases for beef cattle (Phenomic Gap data base) in Canada that will be used for large-scale genetic marker discovery, validation and global collaborations. John also assists in the strengthening of relationships among governments, colleges, industry groups and the University of Alberta in order to speed the adoption of genomic technologies. As senior research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, John has more than 30 years of experience in beef cattle production and management and is co-located at the Lacombe Research Centre. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific and extension articles and is the winner of the 2010 Canadian Animal Industries Award in extension and public service.

 ValerieSim

DR. VALERIE SIM
Assistant Professor, Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases 
University of Alberta

PRESENTATION:
The madness of prion disease: how a twisted protein can kill your brain

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Valerie Sim is an assistant professor, neurologist and clinician scientist at the Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases at the University of Alberta. After completing her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Calgary, and her neurology residency at the University of Ottawa, she pursued an AHMFR-funded post-doctoral fellowship in prion disease research at Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH, in Montana. Her appointment to the University of Alberta in 2009 was supported by an Alberta Prion Recruitment Grant from the Alberta Prion Research Institute (APRI; AI BioSolutions) in addition to an AHFMR Clinical Investigator Award (AI HealthSolutions). Dr. Sim currently has several APRI-funded projects to study prion disease. She grows prion-infected brain slices in a dish to study how the specific shape of a prion can affect the disease and to find treatments that might cure it.

 ScottNielsen

DR. SCOTT NIELSEN
Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
Alberta Biodiversity Conservation Chair 
University of Alberta

PRESENTATION:
Biodiversity Conservation in a Rapidly Changing World

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Scott Nielsen is an associate professor of conservation biology and the Alberta Biodiversity Conservation Chair in the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta.  Scott holds a BSc and MSc degree in Biology and Natural Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD degree in Ecology from the University of Alberta.  His research focuses on the ecology and conservation of threatened species and biodiversity with the goals of understanding the processes affecting their distribution and dynamics in order to prioritize conservation and the sustainable management of our environment.

 WillHarney

MR. WILLIAM HARNEY
Executive Director, Research and Development
Magna Exteriors and Interiors 

PRESENTATION:
Innovation in Automotive Biocomposites

BIOGRAPHY:
As Executive Director of Research and Development for Magna Exteriors and Interiors, an operating unit of Magna International, William Harney is responsible for advanced product and process development as well as emerging technologies. Will provides leadership for company-wide research and development activities, applying innovative thought and processes to support the company's strategy. He directs and coordinates global R&D efforts to enhance current offerings and to develop new products and processes, ensuring that Magna is in a position to provide a better product for a better price in the area of exterior and interior automotive technologies. Will commenced his career with Magna after receiving his Mechanical Engineering Technology diploma from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in 1984, and has more than 25 years' experience with the Magna family of companies. He has served in various technical and managerial roles in the USA and Canada, including product design, continuous improvement, operations, engineering and development. During his professional tenure, Will has been awarded several patents and applications. He has also served as a member of committees and boards such as DXNET Incorporated and Input Technologies Incorporated, and he has been affiliated with the Canadian Lightweight Materials Research Initiative. Currently, Will sits on the Board of Directors of the Stronach Centre for Innovation as well as the Ontario Bio-Auto Council, NRC National Bio-Products Steering Committee (NBP-2) and is a member of the AUT021 Research Management Committee.

 

 NeilCashman

DR. NEIL CASHMAN
Professor of Medicine
University of British Columbia

Q&A with Board Member from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Neil Cashman is a neurologist-neuroscientist working in neurodegeneration and neuroimmunology.  His special areas of work are the amyloid encephalopathies such as the prion illnesses and Alzheimer's disease, and motor neuron diseases, particularly amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In July 2005, he was appointed Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Neurodegeneration and Protein Misfolding Diseases. He is Scientific Director to PrioNet Canada, a Network of Centres of Excellence focused on basic and applied research in the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. He is Founder and Scientific Advisor to Caprion Pharmaceuticals, a Montreal biotechnology company since 1998 (now Thallion).  Since 2005, he is also Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Amorfix Life Sciences.  He developed these two companies to commercialize his research on diagnostics and therapeutics of neurodegenerative diseases. Special honors received over the decade include his tenure of the Diener Chair of Neurodegenerative Diseases at University of Toronto's Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases, the Jonas Salk Prize for "a lifetime of outstanding contributions to basic biomedical research," his Tier 1 Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, and his election to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

 

 Jacquelineshan

DR. JACQUELINE SHAN
Founder
Afinity Life Sciences Inc.

Q&A with Board Member from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Shan is the founder of Afinity Life Sciences Inc., a company that researches, develops and brings to market natural-based therapeutics that help support healthy and active lifestyles. Previously, she was the Chief Scientific Officer of Afexa Life Sciences Incorporated (formerly CV Technologies Inc.), a leader in discovering, developing and commercializing evidence-based national therapeutics, originally a spin-off company from the University of Alberta in 1992. Under her leadership, Afexa successfully transitioned from being a research technology company to a fully commercialized company with annual revenues nearing $50 million by establishing Cold-FX as the #1 brand in Canada in the cold and flu category. She also established a portfolio of technology platforms and product pipelines for the company and developed extensive in-house research collaboration programs with national and international academic, clinical and industrial research and development organizations. She sits on a number of boards including Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, BioAlberta and ChemBioPrint Asia.

 


 

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Contact

Marie Cusack, Communications Director
Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions
Phone: 780-638-4060
Email: marie.cusack[at]albertainnovates.ca


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