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Lisa Baiton - ASC Connect

Lisa Baiton
President & CEO, CAPP

Lisa Baiton was appointed the sixth chief executive of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), the voice of Canada’s upstream oil and natural gas industry, effective May 2, 2022.

Over the course of her 33-year global career, Lisa served an 11-year tenure on the Global Leadership Team of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments), one of the 10 largest retirement funds in the world. An expert in geopolitical, political and regulatory risks and market access, Lisa led CPP Investments’ global public affairs and advocacy activities across 50+ countries, initially as Vice President, Government & Stakeholder Relations (2010-2012), and then as Managing Director & Head of Global Public Affairs (2013-2021).

From 2004 to 2010, Lisa was Vice President & Practice Lead, Government Relations for Environics Communications, a North American public affairs firm. There, she provided executive-level counsel to highly regulated large multinational corporate clients across a broad range of sectors of the economy. She also worked for one of Canada's largest industry associations, the Canadian Bankers Association, and has held critical leadership roles in three Canadian governments (Saskatchewan, Ontario and federal) with oversight for the development and implementation of cornerstone legislative and regulatory priorities.

Lisa has a solid understanding of the oil and gas industry from her roles as an institutional investor and policy-maker and from being born and raised in Swift Current, Saskatchewan to parents who owned a small oilfield trucking, heavy equipment and earthwork construction company.

Lisa holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan, an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University) and Schulich School of Business (York University), and has an Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) certification from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto).

Nicole Janssen - ASC Connect

Nicole Janssen,
Co-founder and Co-CEO, AltaML

Nicole Janssen is the co‐founder and co‐CEO of AltaML, a Canadian artificial intelligence scale-up that designs and implements applied AI solutions for businesses. In her role, Nicole is responsible for overseeing the growth of AltaML’s business, which spans multiple sectors including agriculture, financial services, health and energy.

Nicole is actively involved in helping Canadian business leaders understand the importance of ethical AI, and has been recognized by the Responsible AI Institute for this work.

Prior to AltaML, Nicole co‐founded Janalta Interactive Inc., an online media company, as well as Stratus Holdings Inc., a private real estate investment firm.

Nicole is active in her local community and currently serves as a Director at Innovate Edmonton as well as Mitacs. She holds a B.Comm. in international business from the University of Alberta. In 2021, Nicole was selected as the recipient of the Emerging Entrepreneur Award by Alberta Women Entrepreneurs. She is currently a member of the Forbes Technology Council.

Adam Legge - ASC Connect

Adam Legge
President, Business Council of Alberta
Define the Decade At a Glance

Adam is the President of the Business Council of Alberta. He has worked with the founders since Day 1 of the organization to create something new and unique—an organization of business leaders advocating for shared prosperity and a better life for Albertans.

Adam has spent over two decades building and leading high-performance teams and organizations in business, public policy, and economic development. He is a life-long student of economics and history and believes strongly in the ability of a team to create something remarkable.

He was the 18th President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber where he transformed a struggling organization into a national and international award-winning entity. He was previously a Director at the Haskayne School of Business, and Vice President and Chief Economist at Calgary Economic Development. He is the author of Making Remarkable.

Adam serves on the boards of the Calgary Counselling Centre and Vibrant Communities Calgary and sits on the boards of several Calgary-based private companies.

Terry Rock - ASC Connect

Terry Rock
President & CEO, Platform Calgary

Dr. Terry Rock is President & CEO of Platform Calgary, an organization focused on driving growth and velocity in Calgary’s tech and innovation ecosystem. Platform works with over 100 partners to advance startup founders, investors, tech talent and corporate innovators in the new Platform Innovation Centre in Calgary's East Village.

Terry’s previous experience has covered a wide variety of contexts and industries. He has been Executive Director of the Alberta Small Brewers Association and founding CEO of Calgary Arts Development Authority. He worked on civic partnerships at The City of Calgary and was an assistant professor in strategy at the University of Calgary.

Terry has contributed to the community through volunteering on the TELUS Calgary Community Board and the boards of Sled Island Music & Arts Festival, Hillhurst United Church, Calgary Cultural Capital 2012, the 2008 and 2016 Calgary-hosted Juno Awards, and was on the founding board of cSPACE Projects. He was Chair of the AIESEC Canada board where he had been President in the early 90’s.

Terry holds a PhD in Management with a focus on strategic management, entrepreneurship and innovation from Texas Tech University, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing (with Distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan.

Evan Siddall - ASC Connect

Evan Siddall

Evan Siddall joined AIMCo as Chief Executive Officer in July 2021. Previously, Evan served as President & CEO of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Under his leadership, CMHC transformed itself into a client-centered, innovative, impactful organization. Evan’s three decade career in finance also includes stints with leading investment banking firms in Toronto and New York and two years as a senior executive with Irving Oil Limited.

Evan has a B.A. in Management Economics from the University of Guelph, a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and has completed Harvard Business School’s Presidents Program in Leadership.

He co-founded Growling Beaver Brevet, the largest single day fundraiser for Parkinson’s in Canada, which has raised nearly $2 million in five years. Evan is a dedicated cyclist, skier and a voracious reader. He has two adult children.