Hunter Centre Speaker Series

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (HCEI)

The Hunter Centre Speaker Series is an ongoing series of interactive dialogues showcasing Calgary’s entrepreneurial leadership.  The series provides students, faculty and alumni, and the Calgary business community the opportunity to expand their networks, address real-life entrepreneurial challenges, learn from the personal experiences of business innovators and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit in Calgary.

2020-2021 Speaker Events


Past Speaker Events

Opportunities for Entrepreneurs in the New USMCA Trade Agreement Featuring USA Ambassador to Canada, Kelly Craft

Signed October 1st 2018, the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was negotiated to replace NAFTA. Many Canadian entrepreneurs want more insight as to what this trade agreement could mean for their venture.

This latest Wayne Henuset Entrepreneurship Speaker Series featured a conversation between Ambassador Craft and Mr. Henuset about:

  • Some of the key content within the USMCA and how it differs from NAFTA
  • Advice to entrepreneurs for potential upcoming opportunities

Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Energy Sector Featuring Pat Carlson

Where does Calgary's energy sector go from here?

Serial energy entrepreneur Pat Carlson discussed the nature of Entrepreneurial Leadership, and how it can be applied to approach difficult challenges in the energy industry relating to performance, stakeholder relations, and sustainability. As Pat says, all business is about innovation.

TechTalks: Tales from the Tech Sector

What does it take to grow a technology based startup from initial concept to acquisition?

As Calgary continues down the road to economic recovery, technology and innovation are taking centre stage and driving growth in our city. Leading-edge tech entrepreneurs and community leaders, Mark Blackwell and Alice Reimer, shared their experiences, learnings and advice for navigating the world of tech startups.

Exploring Healthcare Innovation through Entrepreneurship

Leading-edge Calgary medical entrepreneurs, Breanne Everett and Ken Moore, took the audience through their unique entrepreneurial journeys of pairing medical expertise with sharp business acumen.

At this Wayne Henuset Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, the audience got a view of the entrepreneurial world through the lens of two passionate individuals who have dedicated their careers to creating innovative solutions to real-world problems faced by the medical field, to improve the lives of others.

Lessons from Chip Wilson: UCalgary Alumnus, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Business Leader

This special invite-only “fireside chat” featured Chip Wilson, one of the University of Calgary’s most accomplished alumni. 

Chip Wilson, BA (Econ)'80, best known as the founder of lululemon athletica, returned to the campus for a special Wayne Henuset Entrepreneurship Speaker Series event. Chip shared stories of his leadership journey and his thoughts on entrepreneurship and education today.

The conversation with Chip was moderated by Jim Dewald, dean of the Haskayne School of Business and author of Achieving Longevity: How Great Firms Prosper Through Entrepreneurial Thinking.

Unstoppable Ideas with Jeremy Gutsche

Why do some ideas succeed while others fail? What does it take to create a project, product, or process that could actually change the world?

University of Calgary alum, award-winning entrepreneur and the brilliant mind behind, Jeremy Gutsche presented ideas behind is best-selling book, Better and Faster at this latest Wayne Henuset Entrepreneurship Speaker Series.

Jeremy’s engaging, humorous, and educational lessons are drawn from the untold tales of reclusive billionaires, and ordinary people who achieved the unthinkable by simply seeing the opportunities that others overlooked. He shared how to see patterns and clues that will lead you to become a better innovator and changemaker.

Entrepreneurship in Unexpected Areas featuring Michal J. Sofia, PhD

Biotechnology has rapidly emerged as an area of innovation where billions of dollars are invested every year into new medical research alone. But how does groundbreaking research go on to become world-changing medication and treatments? Michael J. Sofia, PhD, joined us for an engaging conversation about his unique journey as a scientist turned entrepreneur who transformed a breakthrough hepatitis C treatment into entrepreneurial success.

Insights from a Dragon featuring W. Brett Wilson 

W. Brett Wilson is a legend in the city of Calgary who has had a diverse career from building entrepreneurial roots in Calgary to becoming a ‘fan favourite’ across the nation on CBC’s Dragon’s Den. This up-close and personal conversation with Brett gave us an exclusive look at his challenges and successes in building various businesses, and the real business that took place behind the Dragon’s Den camera. 

Turn up the Heat on your Ambition featuring N. Murray Edwards

From business student to prominent investor and NHL deal-maker, Murray Edwards is a true pillar of the Calgary business community. We learned how this accomplished entrepreneur channelled his creativity and entrepreneurial thinking into success as heard through stories about startups, growth, change and competition. 

As president and CEO of Imaginea Energy Corp., her fifth company over the past 15 years, Suzanne West is building a new kind of energy company that values all three of Planet, People and Profits – to discover a better way of developing our resources while creating “AND” solutions with new possibilities of doing business for good.

A recipient of Canada’s Top 40 under 40, Michelle Scarborough has over 20 years of experience in the startup field leading several clean energy and technology companies. She currently serves as the Chairman of the National Angel Organization of Canada.

R. Scott Hutcheson is a recognized leader who belongs to the World Presidents’ Organization. His accomplishments have led him to be named one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people by Alberta Venture magazine.

A recipient of the Enterprising Women of the Year Award and named a Business Leader of Tomorrow by Business In Calgary magazine, Lori Bacon leads Swimco, the business her family grew from a small home-based mail order business, as its Owner and President.

Take Off with WestJet Founder, Clive Beddoe

A founding shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of WestJet, Clive Beddoe has been instrumental in making WestJet one of the most successful airlines in recent aviation history. As former CEO and President, he transformed WestJet into one of Calgary’s most talked about, award winning companies.