Iggy Domagalski, B.Comm.

Fundraising Chair,
Kids Cancer Care Foundation

Over the last 10 years Iggy Domagalski has led the transformation of Tundra from a small instrumentation distributor to an innovative $140-million industrial equipment integrator with seven divisions, that was named as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, and is the 7th fastest growing company in Canada in the Profit 500 annual listing. He has led the purchase and amalgamation of four private companies, and has built divisions from scratch, including Tundra University, an internal leadership and training program. His ability to build exceptional management teams with a culture of growth, innovation and philanthropy, has led to Tundra being recognized as ‘Employer of the Year’ by numerous industry associations, and named an ‘Imagine’ company for outstanding community support.

Prior to Tundra, Iggy started his career in Corporate Finance at Investors Group and Richardson GMP in Winnipeg, and later became President of Western Industrial Enterprises, an air compressor distributor in Vancouver.

Iggy is passionate about supporting his community and has served on the boards of the Learning Disabilities Association and the International Society of Automation. He currently serves on the board of the Kids Cancer Care Foundation, and is their Fundraising Chair responsible for $5 million in annual fundraising. He regularly speaks about innovation and has been recognized as one of Oilweek’s Rising Stars, Alberta Oil’s New Energy Leaders, and Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40.

Iggy holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the Asper School of Business, where he was class President and Valedictorian. There is also an award in his name at the Asper School that was created by his students, which has been given away annually since 2004. He lives in Calgary with his wife and twin daughters, and in his spare time enjoys running, reading, and playing music.

Issam Dairanieh, Ph. D.

Chief Executive Officer,
CO2 Sciences, Inc.

Dr. Issam Dairanieh is the Chief Executive Officer of CO2 Sciences, Inc. He has over 30 years of experience in the strategic development of clean energy technology in both the corporate and academic sectors. His work has been essential in shaping the next generation of corporate venture capital strategies in alternative energy.

As the former managing director of BP Ventures, Dr. Dairanieh led BP’s corporate venture capital team by managing a $250 million portfolio and identifying investment areas of strategic importance to the energy industry. He focused on developing game-changing technologies for energy applications while serving as a board member for the International Center for Advanced Materials and the Centre of Excellence, Digital Applications, and as the co-director of the BP Technology Acceleration Center in Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Dairanieh has been an integral part of the alternative energy and clean technology movement since 2006. Prior to working at BP in 1998, Dr. Dairanieh was a chemical engineering professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Applied Science University in Amman, Jordan. Global Corporate Venturing ranked Dr. Dairanieh in its Power-list 100 among the Top 25 Corporate Venture Capital Leaders (out of 1200), globally, in both 2013 and 2014.

James Szarko

President & CEO,
Botaneco®, Inc.

James Szarko, President & CEO of Botaneco®, Inc. has more than 20 years of progressively responsible experience leading companies focused on proprietary technology towards commercialization and growth. James has led these companies through start-up, survival, turnaround, growth modes, as well as failure. After finishing his management studies at the University of Lethbridge, James earned his CPA designation joining the ranks at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and soon thereafter an international management posting in a developing market.

Outside of the office you will find James competing in endurance sports, coaching fellow young entrepreneurs, testing out a new fitness training regime, or enjoying quality time with his wife and two girls.

If you asked James what book an up-and-coming entrepreneur should read, at the top of the list you would find Grit by Angela Duckworth.


Jane Halford, B.Comm.

Executive in Residence,
TEC Edmonton


Jane Halford joined TEC Edmonton in 2013 after serving as CEO of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta and its charitable organization, the Chartered Accountants Education Foundation. As an Executive in Residence, Jane is the key contact for TEC Edmonton’s relationship with the Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA). Previously, Jane was also a Senior Manager at Grant Thornton LLP.

Jane holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Alberta and belongs to the Institute of Corporate Directors, Financial Executives International, and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta. Jane currently serves on several corporate, public sector and charitable boards. She has been honoured as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture and a Global Television Woman of Vision.

Jeff Reading


 Innovation Partnerships, 


Jeff is part of ATCO’s Innovation Team; whose role is to provide strategic leadership and direction to ATCO’s internal and external efforts to engage the new energy world.  

Jeff has more than 35 years’ experience in the environmental field.  He has worked in environmental and outdoor education with the North York Board of Education, Calgary Board of Education and provincially through the Alberta Teacher’s Association. Provided leadership to government with the City of Calgary’s Ecological Footprint Program and the Government of Alberta.  Jeff has also been active in the not-for profit sector as VP, Social Enterprise at Climate Change Central (C3) and VP, Innovation and Business Development at Carbon Management Canada (CMC). He has also supported the build out of more than 20 energy and clean tech start-ups.

In addition, Jeff teaches at the University of Calgary; is the Chair for the Green Learning Canada Foundation (GLCF), co-founder and Board member of the Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE), an advisor with Carbon Talks Canada, a co-founding Board member with the Alberta Clean Tech Industry Alliance (ACTia) and sits of the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation Grant Review Committee. 

When Jeff is not working, he enjoys international travel and wilderness adventures with his family.