AccelerateAB announces keynote speakers, VIP list

AccelerateAB conference

Taking place in Calgary April 28th and 29th, AccelerateAB hopes to bring together over 400 people to network and hear keynote presentations from some of Alberta’s fastest growing startups. As the event approaches, organizers have announced this year’s lineup of conference speakers and VIPs.

Lane Merrifield and Jamie Clarke will keynote the second day of AccelerateAB. Merrifield is the co-founder of Club Penguin, one of the largest digital brands for children, eventually acquired by Disney for $350 million. Clarke is the CEO and co-founder of Live Out There, a Canadian e-commerce company focused on outdoor gear and equipment, recently recognized as one of Canada’s 50 fastest growing companies.

AccelerateAB will also feature a host of VIPs, including: Nigel Beck, VP Corporate Development, Business Development and Strategy, IBM; Derek Ball, CEO and Co-Founder, atVenu; Steve Wandler, Co-Founder, Freshgrade; Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder, Bioware; Mark McLeod, CFO& Chief Corporate Development Officer, FreshBooks.com; Bill Karamouzis, CEO, TeachMe Inc.; Stephen King, Former CMO, Intuit; Mike Heffring, VP Corporate Development, Expion; David Edmonds, Industry Committee Chair, Accelerate Fund; Brad Johns, Partner, Yaletown Venture Partners; Dan Park, VP Canada, Azure; Kevin Swan, Partner, iNovia; Gregg Oldring, Founder, Mailout Interactive inc.

More information about AccelerateAB can be found here. Those looking to submit applications for the day one roundtable sessions should remember that they’re due March 20th.

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.