keynote #1: Midia shikh hassan


Manager, makerlaunch
June 25, 10:00 - 11:00am, ETLC Solarium

Midia has combined her drive to help others with a natural entrepreneurial mindset. She is the Manager of MakerLaunch program, a startup growth and scale-up program, at the University of Ottawa that provides engineering students and recent alumni with support to fast-track the commercialization of new technology and launch new technology startups. She is also a co-founder and CEO of Dextra, which uses 3D printing technology to provide prosthetics to amputees living in refugee camps and poverty zones. Midia was invited to Buckingham Palace to be awarded the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders Award by Queen Elizabeth II. She was also awarded the 2019 CBC Trailblazer award. Midia studied health sciences, biochemistry and chemical engineering from the University of Ottawa.

On May 1, Midia was recognized as a 2019 Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Award winner!

Access Midia’s PowerPoint Slides.

 keynote #2: Dr. Manisha Gupta

Assistant Professor, University of alberta
June 26, 9:30 - 10:30am, ETLC Solarium


Dr. Gupta joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Alberta in September 2014 as an Assistant Professor. She has over 15 years of research experience and obtained her PhD. in Electrical Engineering from Yale University in 2009 with a MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2002. She has been involved in different areas of research and development in academia, scientific labs and industry. She has conducted material growth and optimization, device design and fabrication for both electronic and optoelectronic applications, semiconductor fabrication and both material and electrical characterization, surface functionalization and developed device sensors for biosensing and optical sensors for solid content detection and label free cell detection. Her research group has been focusing on developing biosensors for different applications like pH, ion, glucose utilising 3D printed devices. In addition, her group also focuses on developing 2D semiconductor nanopores for detection of single molecules.

  keynote #3: François Cousineau

Project Manager, city of edmonton
June 27, 11:30 - 12:00am, ETLC Solarium

François is a Certified Engineering Techologist and is currently a Project Manager for the City of Edmonton, working for rehabilitation and energy retrofit planning. He holds a Civil Engineering Technology Diploma from College La Cité and a BTech in Construction Management from NAIT. In his personal life, he is passionate about developing his next home to have zero net-carbon throughout the life cycle of the materials and the building. François’ talk will explore his passion project: how he incorporates sustainability practices, engineering principles, and further innovates to create a home with the environment as a priority.


Founder/President and CEO, sMILEsONICA INC.
June 27, 6:00pm, FRED pHEASY cOMMONS, dice


Cristian has over 15 years of experience developing medical devices and microelectronic products, an MSc in Electrical Engineering (2007) from the University of Alberta, and a BSc in Microelectronics (2003) from the Polytechnics University of Bucharest, Romania. He is a registered Professional Engineer with APEGA, has authored or co-authored approximately fifteen scientific papers, and is the inventor on 8 issued patents and other pending patents. His passion to commercialize medical technologies led him to launch SmileSonica in 2008. Under his leadership, SmileSonica’s team developed its first product, the Aevo System, a class II medical device for accelerating orthodontic treatment. The Aevo System is currently commercially available in Canada, Europe, and Australia.