presented by edmonton global

Our future starts here

Sept. 28, 2022 @ 5:30 pm
Edmonton Convention Centre

SAVE THE DATE – On September 28, join leaders in our region as we come together for the inaugural forward/slash Economic Summit.

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Convene. Inspire. Emerge.

forward/slash will bring our region together to unite behind a powerful vision for our economic future. Transformative change requires collective action. When we move forward together, we can define our region’s economic success.

forward/slash is an opportunity to have meaningful dialogue with decision makers from across the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. Attend to learn about our region’s  strengths and the incredible advancements happening across our diverse sectors.

Discover:
  • Where we can work together to support investment attraction, retention and expansion
  • What regional initiatives are taking place that will strengthen and diversify our region’s economic capacity
  • How regional strengths aligned with global trends are positioning the Edmonton Metropolitan Region as an attractive location for business investment
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Summit Spotlights

The summit will feature local food and beverage offerings and live entertainment. The program will include networking opportunities, interactive displays, panel discussions, and sector spotlights centred around our region’s strengths in:

AI and Tech
AI and Tech
Health and Life Science
Health and Life Science
Food and Agriculture
Food and Agriculture
Hydrogen
Hydrogen
Global Logistics
Global Logistics
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AI and Tech
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Food and Agriculture
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Health and Life Science
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Global Logistics
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Hydrogen

We look forward to hosting our region as we convene our community to inspire what’s possible and work together to transform and grow the economy of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.

speakers

Introducing our inaugural host

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Meet Shawn Kanungo

Shawn Kanungo is a globally recognized innovation strategist. He previously spent 12 years at Deloitte working closely with leaders to better plan for the opportunities associated with disruptive innovation. His mandate at the firm was to help corporate executives to better understand and plan for the opportunities and threats associated with disruptive innovation.

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Kanungo is a practitioner who has worked with hundreds of organizations on their journey to digital transformation. He has been on the ground floor leading complex projects incorporating artificial intelligence, robotic process automation, cloud technologies, behavioural economics, human-centered design, and film. Kanungo is a Partner with Queen & Rook, where he advises leading organizations and executives on disruptive trends, and invests in early-stage ventures.

Kanungo’s work and interviews have been featured in The Globe & Mail, The Guardian, CBC, and CTV. He has been recognized in Avenue Magazine's “Top 40 Under 40” and Inc's 100 Most Innovative Leaders. In 2021, he was named in Forbes as the “Best Virtual Keynote Speaker I’ve Ever Seen”. His content on innovation has also garnered millions of views, respectively across LinkedIn, TikTok, YouTube & Facebook. 

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forward/slash Event Schedule

September 28, 2022
17:30
23:00

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17:30 - 19:15 DINNER RECEPTION & SHOWCASE EXHIBITS

The evening will begin with a dinner reception, networking and interactive displays highlighting high growth sectors for the Edmonton region including: AI & Tech, Health & Life Sciences, Food & Agriculture, Hydrogen & Global Logistics. Dinner will be served as standing reception style

‍19:15 - 21:45 FORMAL PROGRAM

‍The formal stage program will include future-focused sector spotlights, panel discussions and presentations. Light snacks (charcuterie and desserts) will be served during the formal program.

‍21:45 - 23:00 CLOSING RECEPTION

‍Networking and activation space will reopen, with live entertainment featuring local band, Melafrique. Light treats will be served.

steering committee

Thank you to our steering committee that, as a group, have shaped and driven this event forward.

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City of Edmonton
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City of Leduc
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City of Spruce Grove
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City of St. Albert
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Concordia University of Edmonton
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Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
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Edmonton International Airport
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Explore Edmonton
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Fort Saskatchewan
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Gibbons
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Health Cities
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Innovate Edmonton
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Leduc County
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MacEwan University
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Morinville
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NAIT
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Norquest
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Northern Alberta Business Incubator
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Parkland County
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REALTORS® Association of Edmonton
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Rainmaker Global Market Access
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