For the past 20 years, Lorena Forster has worked with early stage technology companies, entrepreneurs and inventors in various technology commercialization related positions, most notably in the energy and ICT industries. Through her company, Technology Venture Strategy, Lorena works with SMEs across Alberta helping them to develop strategies to access Alberta innovation eco-system resources and non-dilutive funding. She also contracts part time to the Kinetica Energy Technology Accelerator at Innovate Calgary as the Business Development, Northern Alberta representative. She was Strategic Partnerships Manager at TEC Edmonton for 5 years delivering non-dilutive funding advisory services to Alberta based start-up and early stage companies, inventors and entrepreneurs and, working closely with provincial and federal partners and collaborators to enhance TEC’s service offerings. She was Venture Manager for 9 years at the Alberta Research Council (now Alberta Innovates Technology Futures) and managed the Ministry of AE&T/ ARC Energy Intellectual Property Agreement which generated $9.5M in royalty revenue. Experienced in business operations in both the private and public sectors. COO of Alberta Women Entrepreneurs. Past board member of the Alberta Clean Technology Industry Association (ACTia) and past co-chair of the Edmonton Chapter of the Licensing Executive Society. Currently, she is an active volunteer mentor for both the University of Alberta VMS (Venture Mentoring Service) and Futurpreneur (formerly Canadian Youth Business Foundation) programs.
Having recently retired as an assurance partner with BDO Canada LLP., Stuart’s career as both a Scottish and Canadian Chartered Accountant also included being an Audit Partner with PwC in Calgary. His professional experience includes working with boards and management of private and public companies in the resource sector, industry, and private organizations. While most of his former clients were based in Calgary, his business travels included the USA, South America, SE Asia, Europe and the UK (where he was BDO Canada's liaison partner for a number of years). Retirement brings new opportunities for Stuart with the formation of Chalmers Advisory Inc. and as an advisor to Assure Corporate Solutions in Calgary (www.assurecorporate.com). Stuart’s role on the Advisory Group will bring financial governance and guidance to DSI.
With over 15 years of inflight experience and management, she will add tremendous value to our team as we move towards final design, utilization and application training for the transportation industry specifically.
Kelley is an accredited financial professional with 15+ years of corporate finance leadership, consulting, corporate development (corporate finance, strategic planning, research and financial analysis experience with, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures). 10+ years financial advisory experience in one of the leading chartered accounting practices.
Contact: KelleyS @ dakotasupplies.com
Chief Operating Officer, Founder
Senior leadership for Business Management Consulting and Project Management, Online Business and Travel Technology management with various Director level roles in Canada and Asia Pacific. Advocate of innovation and passionate for new ventures.
Contact: DebH @ dakotasupplies.com
20 years of Engineering management in the manufacturing industry. 15+ years in product development, including 3 years as Director of Product Development. 24 years of manufacturing experience in a variety of manufacturing industries from Oil and Gas to Telecommunications to Fuel Cells.
Contact: GarnerM @ dakotasupplies.com
Julien joins the DSI Advisory Board with an extensive background in aviation, airports and corporate strategy, Prior to his retirement, Julien held a senior executive roles with the Calgary Airport Authority for over 10 years, seeing it become one of Canada’s premiere operating airport authorities,. Prior to that he spent 2 years with the Montreal Airport authority after a long career with Air Canada, where his last position was Director for Corporate Strategy. Today he sits on several Charity Boards and travel extensively with his wife Glynis.
Peters career has included senior positions at Canadian Airlines and in Ottawa as Legal Counsel for the Canadian Transport Commission and Executive Assistant to two federal ministers of transport. Mr. Wallis is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and serves on the Board of the Calgary International Film Festival, Tourism Calgary, and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. He is Past Chairman of the Calgary Airport Authority, Past President of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, and Past Vice-Chair of the Calgary Homeless Foundation. He serves as Honorary Consul for Mongolia in Alberta. Peter Wallis was recently awarded an honorary life membership by the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC). He was born in Toronto, Ontario, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall and a Master of Laws from the University of London (England).
Tom retired from Petro-Canada in 2005, following 35 years in the Oil and Gas Industry, in a diverse range of management functions. At the time of his retirement, Tom was Manager of Supply Chain Management and Facilities Management for Petro-Canada with functional accountability for the company’s Global Supply Chain strategies. In that role he was also responsible for Global Travel services and brings to the table over 20 years senior management experience with Corporate Travel. Currently, Tom is actively involved with investment and wealth management on a private basis.
Gary resides in Edmonton, and is past President and Co Owner of Marlin Travel, which at the time was Canada’s largest independent travel management company with customers such as the Federal Government, CBC, Petro-Canada and Trans Canada Pipelines to name a few. He was also past chair of Global travel management. Gary hold both a CPA and CMA designations.
With 25 years experience in senior executive roles in both Operations and Business Development with Newalta and Clean Harbors, Harley will bring to our team, the critical focus on managing the enviromental requirements and commuciation to our key customers, as well as advising the group on overall strategy on this very sensitive manufacturing concern.
At Dakota Supplies Inc. cleaning tools for transportation companies is our business. Messes happen en-route! Better tools onboard means there is no touching the mess and your team can spend less time cleaning and more time serving customers while providing a cleaner safer environment for passengers.
President & CEO, Founder
Executive leadership for Logistics Management at 2 major Oil & Gas companies. Previously President at 2 major Canadian Global Travel Management companies. 30+ years of airline and travel industry. Numerous Board appointments including Calgary Airport Authority Advisory Board.
Contact: VaughanP @ dakotasupplies.com
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