Economic Transformation – Governance of Startups and Private Equity Financed Businesses

Continuing with this year’s theme of Economic Transformation, we invite you to attend a moderated session on the best practices in governance for startups and private equity financed businesses. Our expert panel will represent the perspectives of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, investors and government innovation agencies.
Alberta businesses are rapidly evolving from the traditional resource model to a greater involvement with innovation and technology in various sectors. We will explore how organizations can best use advisors and board of directors to support their startup and privately held businesses through fit-for-purpose oversight.
This moderated discussion will probe the following issues:
  • How do boards encourage innovation and the rapid evolution of businesses?
  • How are boards helpful to young companies, without becoming too much like management or too compliance focused? 
  • What is different or unique about the board’s accountabilities in start-ups and privately-owned businesses?
  • How does an early focus on best practices in governance support start-ups and private equity financed businesses in attracting angel investors and venture capital?
Judy Fairburn is an experienced Board Director, Chair and C-suite executive with a passion for innovation and enabling Alberta’s economic resurgence. She has extensive governance and strategy experience and currently sits on corporate, entrepreneurial, crown and public policy boards. She is also a Fellow of the Creative Destruction Lab and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Ms. Fairburn is a respected business leader with portfolio management, P&L, technology and venture experience, most recently as Chief Digital Officer and EVP Business Innovation. She is also Past Board Chair of Alberta Innovates and co-founded Evok Innovations, a unique entrepreneurial/industry venture fund.
Brad Johns is a partner at Yaletown Partners, a leading investor in companies that enable the application of data and technologies to digitally transform traditional industries, create operational efficiencies and reduce the impact of climate change. Brad has over 25 years of private equity, venture capital, business development and manufacturing experience to the firm. Earlier in his career, Brad was an executive at global communications-giant, Nortel, providing leadership in manufacturing and product management in Canada and the UK.
Patrick Lor is a managing partner of Panache Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm that will invest in over 140 Canadian start-ups in the next 3 years. He is also a partner at 500 Startups Canada. He co-founded iStockphoto and Dissolve and was head of Fotolia North America. Patrick is also an active angel investor and LP in several venture capital fund including iNovia Capital, Version One Ventures and Garage Ventures. He is an advisor and mentor at several technology incubator programs and is a charter member of and
Kristina Williams is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Alberta Enterprise Corporation (AEC). AEC promotes the development of Alberta’s venture capital industry by investing in VC funds that finance technology companies. Kristina oversees the management of the Alberta Enterprise Fund and its 16 venture capital fund investments with assets under management of $1.4B and more than 200 technology companies. Prior to joining AEC, Kristina worked for several technology companies in roles spanning legal, regulatory, international and new business development, corporate strategic planning, intellectual property and marketing and sales. She is a member of the TEC Edmonton Board of Directors.


February 25, 2019

Registration: 11:30 a.m.
Session Start: 11:45 a.m.
Hot lunch served

Location | Lieu:

Devonian Room
Calgary Petroleum Club
319 5 Avenue SW

CEUs | CFCs:


Price | Prix :

Member: $60.00 + tax
Non-member: $90.00 +tax

Organizer | Organisateur:

Calgary Chapter

Contact | Contacter:

Shirley Yule
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