Christine Murray, Ph.D

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Director of Agricultural Technologies

Alberta Innovates

Dr. Christine Murray is a Co-chair of SPARK 2017 and has brought her experience, knowledge and networks from her work as the Director of Agricultural Technologies, at Alberta Innovates, Bio Sector to the shared AI and ERA vision for the conference. She completed her Ph.D. in the Dept. of Horticulture, University of Guelph and came to Alberta as a research scientist with Alberta Agriculture.  She went on to lead agricultural research as Director of the Crop Diversification Centre (CDC) South in Brooks and then CDC North in Edmonton.  She joined Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions in 2010 and then became part of the consolidated Alberta Innovates in 2016.  Her work focuses on development and innovation of new, advanced products and technologies from biomass feedstocks.  

Craig Stenhouse, M.Sc.

Manager, Technology Development, 

As Manager, Technology Development, Craig Stenhouse is responsible for representing Cenovus at Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), an alliance of oil sands producers focused on accelerating the pace of improvement in environmental performance through collaborative action and innovation. The guiding principle for COSIA is that all members will have greater success by collaborating on environmental innovation than through our individual efforts. As Chair of COSIA’s Shareholder Steering Committee, Craig works with COSIA’s Chief Executive and other member companies to develop and guide the long term, strategic oversight of COSIA.

Craig joined Cenovus’ predecessor company in 2006 in the field of Corporate Responsibility, where he created and implemented Cenovus’ Corporate Responsibility policy and external reporting, engaged with stakeholders, and advanced ethical business practices. His career over the past 15 years has focused on advancing the environmental and socio-economic performance of extractive industry companies. He has also developed executive training programs to address the role of business with respect to human rights.

Craig has provided strategic advice to a number of international companies, including Nexen, Canadian Natural Resources, Talisman Energy, Encana Corporation, ConocoPhillips Canada, Cameco, Marks & Spencer, Premier Oil, De Beers Diamond Trading Company, DHL and British American Tobacco. Craig holds a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Dan Chapman

Corporate Expert in Emerging Renewable Energy Technologies, 

Dan Chapman is focused on bringing energy storage solutions to Alberta through his efforts with NRStor, a leading energy storage project developer. In addition to Alberta advocacy and business development efforts, he is currently managing microgrid projects combining renewables and storage to decrease diesel-fired generation in remote northern communities.

While working for TransAlta, Dan was regarded as their corporate expert in emerging renewable energy technologies, and has served as a panelist for sessions covering energy storage and new technologies at IPPSA, Alberta Power Symposium, and Carbon Management Canada conferences. He advised senior management regarding disruptive technologies and drove initiatives leading to TransAlta's entrance into solar via a 21 MW portfolio acquisition. He originated, and managed development of the 10 MW Alberta wind-sited Tesla battery project, winning $11 million of CCEMC funding toward the initiative. While employed at ENMAX, Dan gained experience with hydroelectric and wind plant operations and project management.

Dan has become increasingly involved in Calgary's innovation community through Innovate Calgary's Greentech Mentor program and will continue to work with government and community stakeholders to assess and promote energy storage solutions.



Dan Madlung, B.Sc.

DanMadlungWebPresident and CEO

BioComposites Group Inc.

Mr. Dan Madlung graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry degree from the University of British Columbia in 1979.

For the following 25 years, Dan gained valuable experience in the forest industry.  This included work in Western Canada and Internationally and executive positions with major companies.

In 2006, Dan pursued his passion as a full-time Entrepreneur.  He owns several businesses focused on utilizing and adding value to fibre.  Wood fibres were the initial focus but this has expanded to agricultural and synthetic fibres.

Dan and his wife Brenda currently own BioComposites Group Inc.(BCG). BCG has commercialized its non-woven products and is a leader in the development of the hemp value chain.

Dan Wicklum, Ph.D.

Dan Wicklum WebChief Executive,

Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA)

Dan Wicklum is the Chief Executive of COSIA (Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance). Prior to joining COSIA, Dan occupied various senior positions for Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada including Director General of Wildlife and Landscape Science and Director General of Water Science and Technology.  He was a Senior Policy Advisor to the Canadian Federal Minister of Natural Resources and the Government House Leader, and he launched and was the Executive Director of The Canadian Forest Innovation Council.

Dan has a Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology (University of Montana, 1998). After completing his graduate education, Dan took a faculty position as a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Montana. Dan sits on the Member Council of Sustainable Development Technology Canada.  Dan’s initial career was as a linebacker in the CFL, playing with both the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1988) and the Calgary Stampeders (1989-91).