Alberta Growth Forum

When: Jeudi 15 Juin 2017, 15h00

Where: Calgary Telus Convention Centre, Calgary, AB

Alberta Growth Forum

Calgary Telus Convention Centre, Calgary

June 15, 2017

3 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Registration starting at 2:30 p.m.)

The Public Policy Forum (PPF) will be returning to Calgary on June 15 to host the first Alberta Growth Forum, as well as our annual Western Dinner. The Alberta Growth Forum will explore ideas to propel Alberta’s economy through innovation, transformation and diversification. This is our first provincial growth forum, following on successful national Growth Summits, most recently on April 20 in Toronto. By convening leading thinkers, practitioners and policymakers, the PPF will help identify how Alberta can build on its natural advantages to ensure an economy that works for generations to come. 

Our Keynote Speakers:


Lessons from Texas,

Vision for Alberta


Laura Kilcrease

CEO, Alberta Innovates


Innovation Isn't a Place, It's a State of Mind: Introduction to Alberta Rainforest

Brad Zumwalt

President, Zinc Ventures


Our Panelists:

Breanne Everett

CEO, Orpyx, Governor General’s Innovation Award 2016 recipient

Dawn Farrell

President and Chief Executive Officer, TransAlta Corporation

Lorraine Mitchelmore

President and CEO, Field Upgrading, Public Policy Forum Fellow 

Mary Moran

President & CEO, Calgary Economic Development


Elizabeth Cannon

President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Calgary





2:30 – 3:00 p.m.


3:00 – 3:05 p.m.

Welcome to the Alberta Growth Forum – Objectives of the PPF

Edward Greenspon, President & CEO, Public Policy Forum

3:05 – 3:25 p.m.

Innovative diversification: lessons from Texas, vision for Alberta

Speaker: Laura J. Kilcrease, Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates

With Judy Fairburn, Executive Vice President, Safety and Chief Digital Officer, Cenovus, and Board Chair, Alberta Innovates

3:25 – 3:50 p.m.

Innovation isn’t a place. It’s a state of mind. Introduction to the Alberta Rainforest

Speaker: Brad Zumwalt, President, Zinc Ventures

With Martha Hall Findlay, President and CEO, Canada West Foundation

3:45 – 4:55 p.m.

Innovation, Transformation & Diversification


  • Breanne Everett, CEO, Orpyx, Governor General’s Innovation Award 2016 recipient
  • Dawn Farrell, President and Chief Executive Officer, TransAlta Corporation
  • Lorraine Mitchelmore, President and CEO, Field Upgrading, Public Policy Forum Fellow
  • Mary Moran, President & CEO, Calgary Economic Development 


  • Elizabeth Cannon, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Calgary

4:55 – 5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Julie Cafley, Senior Vice-President, Policy and Partnerships

Following the inaugural Alberta Growth Forum, the PPF will convene the annual Western Dinner to present the Peter Lougheed Awards for Leadership in Public Policy. The awards recognize distinguished citizens of Western Canada who have made outstanding contributions to the quality of public policy in their province, region and country. Please join us at the Western Dinner to celebrate these leaders and continue the conversation about growing Alberta.

We look forward to seeing you in Calgary.

For more details on #WesternDinner17, visit our website.  

Thank you to our sponsors: