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What is the roadmap for successful innovation?

Moving from one idea to a community of ideas.

Join us for the last Haskayne Hour of the season with Elizabeth Cannon, President of the University of Calgary and Tom Jenkins, Chair of OpenText Corporation for a discussion about the role of post-secondary institutions, business and government in driving innovation. This talk will explore how tech epicentres like Silicon Valley and the Waterloo Corridor developed, as well as critical factors for communities to build thriving innovation ecosystems of their own. 

Date : April 5, 2017


  • Elizabeth Cannon, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Calgary
  • Tom Jenkins, Chair of OpenText Corporation in Waterloo, Ontario

About the speakers:

Elizabeth Cannon is the eighth President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calgary. An expert in geomatics engineering, Dr. Cannon has led research at the forefront of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) since 1984 and she has commercialized technology to over 200 agencies worldwide. Currently she serves as Co-Chair of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable, strengthening cooperation between employers and educators.

Tom Jenkins is Chair of OpenText Corporation in Waterloo, Ontario. He is the Co-Founder of Communitech and serves as the Chair at the National Research Council of Canada and the Ontario Global 100, and is also Co-Chair of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable. Jenkins has pioneered many of the technologies commonly used today in data architecture to increase productivity and governance. He has recently co-authored of the book, Ingenious, a history of innovation in Canada.

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Shareholder activism: Are you next?

Activist investors have been increasing the frequency of their action and the size of their targets in recent years. In this Haskayne Hour, Hal Kvisle, former Chief Executive Officer of Talisman Energy and Michael Robinson, Associate Professor, Finance at the Haskayne School of Business will address the activities and impact of these activists, the strategic actions which management and boards should consider when engaging with them and what the future holds for this type of investor.

Date: February 28, 2017


  • Hal Kvisle, former Chief Executive Officer, Talisman Energy
  • Michael Robinson, Associate Professor, Finance, Haskayne School of Business

About the speakers:

Harold (Hal) Kvisle has served as a leader in the oil and gas, utilities and power generation industries for more than 35 years. He currently serves as board chair of ARC Resources Ltd, and was chief executive officer of Talisman Energy from 2012 to 2015. Throughout his distinguished career as chief executive officer of TransCanada Corporation, founder and president of Fletcher Challenge Energy Canada and numerous roles within Dome Petroleum Limited, Kvisle has been known for his attention to detail, persistence, outstanding vision and leadership.

Michael Robinson is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Haskayne School of Business and teaches investments, portfolio management and corporate governance. Robinson has served as a member of the Board of Directors for a number of private and public Canadian companies, as well as the Board of the Calgary CFA Society, the Board of Governors of the Glenbow Museum, the Board of Governors of the Certified General Accountants of Alberta, and on the APEX Supplementary Pension Board. Robinson currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Calgary Portfolio Management Trust.  

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What makes an innovative city? Is Calgary close?

Calgary has reached a turning point. A place beyond just the usual ups and downs of the commodity cycle. A place where there is a considerable split between the optimists - things will bounce back - and the pessimists - things are on the decline. Neither path is inevitable or fully determined by external forces. Calgary has the potential to be an innovative city, however, it will depend in large measure on the actions the city and its people take.

Join Mary Moran, President and CEO of Calgary Economic Development and Kevin McQuillan, Deputy Provost of the University of Calgary, for an insightful and engaging conversation about our great city, the key factors in cities that have experienced both resurgence and decline as well as the importance of innovation as the path forward.

Date: January 25, 2017


  • Mary Moran, President and CEO, Calgary Economic Development
  • Kevin McQuillan, Deputy Provost, University of Calgary

About the speakers:  

Mary Moran became President and CEO of Calgary Economic Development in 2015 and under her leadership there has been greater focus on the broader sense of prosperity for businesses and individuals to build a more economically diverse and vibrant community. Mary has extensive leadership experience in the development of strategy, marketing and stakeholder relations campaigns with leading companies including TELUS, Delta Hotels, Canadian Airlines and WARDAIR.

Kevin McQuillan is Deputy Provost of the University of Calgary and throughout his career has held key leadership roles during times of significant change, most notably as chair of the transition committee that led the merger of four faculties into the Faculty of Arts. This role eventually led to his appointment as the first dean of the new Faculty of Arts. Kevin has also had a distinguished career in academia and his research focuses on historical patterns of population change, the role of religion in demographic behaviour and the changing role of the modern family in societies.

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The broken IPO market: What are the financing options?

Join Michael Lang and Ari Pandes for an engaging conversation about the state of Canada's IPO market and what that means for companies looking to raise capital. The discussion will present relevant statistics and their implications as well as further insights into alternative forms of financing for growth-oriented companies.

Whether you are an entrepreneur, investor, policymaker or other capital market participant, this Haskayne Hour is for you. 

Date: December 1, 2016


  • Michael Lang, Chairman, Stonebridge Merchant Capital Corp.
  • Ari Pandes, Assistant Professor, Finance, Haskayne School of Business

About the speakers: 

Michael Lang is Chairman of StoneBridge Merchant Capital Corp. Previously, Lang served as Vice-Chairman and CFO of Beau Canada Exploration Ltd., a company he co-founded in 1988 and sold in 1999 as a TSX 300 company. He is currently Vice Chairman of AgJunction, a company providing GPS products to the agricultural industry, and has been a director and investor in over a dozen public and private companies including Creative Door Services Ltd. and Brews Supply Ltd.

Ari Pandes is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Haskayne School of Business where he teaches at the graduate and senior undergraduate levels. His research interests focus primarily on issues in empirical corporate finance and entrepreneurial finance and has been published in various finance and entrepreneurship journals and books. Pandes has also received several research grants, his research has won numerous awards and has been featured in various media outlets. 

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Uberization at work?

Kicking off the first Haskayne Hour of the season, Ramit Kar and Peter Sherer discuss Uber’s sharing platform as it applies to future employment opportunities and a shift to a gig economy.
How will sharing platforms grow Alberta's economy?

Date: October 19, 2016


  • Ramit Kar, General Manager – Alberta, Uber
  • Peter Sherer, Associate Professor, Strategy and Organizations, Haskayne School of Business

About the speakers:

Ramit Kar is General Manager – Alberta for Uber, a technology company that is reinventing urban transportation and the way people and things move. Prior to joining Uber, Kar was a Senior Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company, consultant with Canada’s largest Venture Capital firms and an investor and operator for several start-ups.

Peter Sherer is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Organizations at the Haskayne School of Business with a research interest in strategic human resource management, organizational theory, business strategy and research methods. Sherer has received six teaching awards during his career at Haskayne and was recognized as one of the top MBA professors in Canada.


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Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Mon, 09/12/2016 - 3:58pm

Inside the crisis bubble: Keys to survival

All organizations will face a crisis at some point. Surviving a crisis and mitigating the impact depend on planning, execution and post-crisis reflection.

In this session we will look inside the crisis bubble – where decisions need to be made quickly and consequences may be dire. Drawing on lessons learned by ENMAX during the 2013 Alberta flood and other Calgary electricity system events in 2014, we will explore best practices for managing crises and keys to helping organizations get through a crisis with their reputation intact.


  • Anne Kleffner
  • Gianna Manes

Date: October 13, 2015


The Alberta Healthcare system: On the incremental road to mediocrity?

The 2015 Commonwealth Fund report revealed that Canada, in comparison to peer nations with high-performing healthcare systems, lags in overall quality of care - ranking 10th out of 11 nations.  The Report of the Panel on Healthcare Innovation argued that Canada neither scales nor spreads its innovations.

In this session we will review successful trials in other healthcare systems, identify where innovations could lead to more efficient programs and explore the need for calculated risk taking to ensure new ideas are adopted.

"It is time to get innovative. Time to change the way we have been thinking and how we have been doing things. It is time to work collaboratively to make the system more responsive to the needs of Canadians. The time is now."
— The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, Canada


  • Dr. Chris Eagle
  • Dr. Jack Mintz

Date: November 17, 2015


Adventures in city-building

Picture yourself in the stands. The smell of hotdogs and popcorn fills the air. The energy is electric. Your heart pounds, your ears fill with thunderous screams and you leap from your seat as your team wins the big game!

The last time you watched your favourite team, did you think about the emotional ties developed between a group of strangers in a shared space, or how people from different walks of life come together as one to root for the home team? The next Haskayne Hour explores how professional sports teams are critical to building world-class cities and a sense of civic pride.


  • Ken King
  • Jyoti Gondek

Date: January 27, 2016


Effective governance: More than just checking the boxes

Have you ever wondered about the inner workings of a board? Have you ever questioned how you can enhance your own board's effectiveness?

Whether you currently serve on a board, own shares in a corporation or mutual fund, or contribute to the Canada Pension Plan, this Haskayne Hour is for you!

Join Ian A. Bourne, Chairman of Ballard Power and Michael Robinson, Associate Professor of Finance at the Haskayne School of Business for a thought-provoking conversation about effective boards, the role of boards in modern society, and recent developments in corporate governance.


  • Ian A. Bourne
  • Michael Robinson

Date: March 9, 2016


What are you going to do about it?

The economic environment has shifted, creating real challenges but also unique opportunities.

In this last Haskayne Hour of the season, Jim Gray and Jim Dewald, both known for their tenacity and outside-of-the-box thinking, pair up to discuss finding opportunities in tough times and the barriers that all too often stall or kill new entrepreneurial initiatives. In the end, the question is, what are you going to do about it?


  • Jim Gray
  • Jim Dewald

Date: April 7, 2016



Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Mon, 09/12/2016 - 3:45pm

The dark side of leadership

Be careful of the charismatic, dynamic and alluring leader. The underlying characteristics that got this leader into the boardroom and that charm you both at work and at fancy dinner parties, might just lead to the destruction of your company.

Together, we will explore the dark side of leadership and discover that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

About the speakers:

Justin Weinhardt is an Assistant Professor of Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics at the Haskayne School of Business. His research focuses on understanding how motivation and decision-making change over time using dynamic models with the goal of offering a simple, formal model of human behaviour applied to work.

Mac Van Wielingen, Chairman of ARC Resources Ltd., Founder and Director of ARC Financial, Chairman of Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), and Co-founder and Chair of the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business, is a leading entrepreneur and one of Canada's top financial experts in the energy sector.

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Following the money: wealth and corruption

Following the money is an excellent way to understand a business or to investigate a crime. The transfer of money from one place to another could simply be a crime if it happens in the wrong way. Even if money travels through legitimate channels, there is still a worry that too much has ended up in some places and too little in others. With the majority of the world's wealth now in the hands of a few and increasing financial scandals, does money corrupt? Find out more with David G. Dick, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Fellow in the Haskayne School of Business's Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business and Deborah Yedlin, Calgary Herald Business columnist and CBC Radio business commentator.

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Sticky costs: good or bad?

You know what variable and fixed costs are but do you know what sticky costs are?

It is typically assumed that costs change proportionately with sales or that costs are fixed or variable with respect to changes in volume. Sticky costs defy these fundamental assumptions. They increase as activity rises but do not decrease when activity falls.

Where do we find sticky costs? Are they good or bad? What do they mean for the oil and gas industry? How do you control them?

Mark Anderson, one of Canada's leading sticky costs researchers and oil and gas executive Sherri Brillon, share their knowledge and insights into sticky costs and how you can make them work for you.

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Petroleum and pâté: other nations' efforts to influence Canadian crude production

We are at a turning point. Alberta’s oil industry is subject to increasing scrutiny from its foreign trading partners through lifecycle fuel standards and environmental assessments of energy infrastructure. However, policymakers and courts have not yet reached consensus on whether these regulations are legal or wise.

In this presentation James Coleman explored why Canadian voices have entered some of the policy debates but have shied away from the legal debates and what impression this leaves in US courts. Brenda Kenny responded with industry perspectives on the importance of policy, balanced regulatory frameworks and clear decision making.

Inspiring the entrepreneurial mindset

To remain competitive in today's evolving marketplace, companies must think and act like entrepreneurs. Traditionally entrepreneurial thinking, a mindset that fosters value-driven innovation, was believed to be something one was born with. The truth is, entrepreneurial thinking can be taught. 

This presentation explores how businesses, organizations and individuals can develop entrepreneurial thinking to solve economic, cultural and social challenges.

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Power, risk and decision-making

Power influences the decisions we make, from day-to-day personal choices to larger, more strategic risks in business. This presentation looks at the relationship between power and risk-taking, and what it means to decision-making and management practice.

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Competing in the world of omnichannel retailing

Mobile technology is changing consumer behaviour as advances continue to blur the line between the physical and online. With information available at our fingertips, businesses must make changes to meet consumer demands and expectations. Now more than ever, it is apparent that the future is the omnichannel.

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Read Competiting in the Age of Omnichannel RetailingMIT Sloan Management Review

Overcoming barriers to innovation

Dean Jim Dewald delivers his research on overcoming barriers to innovation; oil-and-gas entrepreneur Suzanne West speaks to how innovation plays out in her business. Learn how cutting-edge leaders are clearing the hurdles and staying ahead of the curve.

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