Alberta’s World-Class Data and Analytics Experts Take Centre Stage at AccelerateAB

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AccelerateAB 2019’s Speaker Lineup to Showcase Data’s Extensive Reach Across Industries

Calgary, Canada – AccelerateAB, Alberta’s flagship technology conference, is pleased to announce the 2019 program focused on Data: Alberta’s New Energy. On April 15 – 16, 2019, at the TELUS Convention Centre in Calgary, world-class data and analytics experts from a variety of industries will share their views and experiences on the impact of data.

“With the recent announcement of a $100M investment to help grow artificial intelligence-focused companies in Alberta, the theme of this year’s AccelerateAB conference is a timely showcase for the vast depth of data — particularly AI — expertise in the province,” says Cynthia van Sundert, Executive Director of The A100, the organization that powers AccelerateAB.

This year’s opening keynote speaker is an industry authority based right here in Alberta: Timothy Caulfield. Caulfield is best known for his data-driven work on the ethical impact of medical research and public influence. He is a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta, and Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy.

The closing keynote will be delivered by Pavel Abdur-Rahman, Partner and Head of Data Science at IBM. Abdur-Rahman leads IBM’s AI & Advanced Analytics Consulting Practice in Canada. His keynote, entitled “When Watson Meets ‘Q’,” will cover the global mainstream adoption of Watson industry solutions and IBM Q, the world’s first commercial quantum system now starting to break out of IBM’s R&D labs.

In addition to the comprehensive programming at AccelerateAB, this year’s event features a new component: AccelerateAB’s Women in Tech Summit. Taking place on Monday, April 15, 2019, the Women in Tech Summit is a deep dive into the challenges faced by women in the sector, as well as the successes of Alberta’s outstanding female entrepreneurs. The outstanding lineup of presenters at AccelerateAB Women in Tech includes keynote speaker Carol Leaman, President & CEO of Axonify, and Andrea Stairs, General Manager of eBay Canada & Latin America.

AccelerateAB’s 2019 panels, including the ever popular ‘Eff-Ups’ panel, will feature many more experts – local, national, and global – who will discuss how they are using data and how data is impacting their work. The titles of the panels are:

  • Keynote Speakers Ask Me Anything ‘AMA’: Moderated Open Mic for Audience Questions
  • Analytics Across Industries: It’s All About Data
  • Data: Looking at the Future
  • Entrepreneur Eff-Up Stories

Tickets are on sale now for AccelerateAB 2019 and AccelerateAB Women in Tech. For more information about The A100 please visit and for AccelerateAB visit


Cynthia van Sundert
Executive Director, The A100
cynthia at thea100 dot org
+1 403 690 9339

Meghan Somers
meghan at theagencyinc dot ca
+1 587 899 0615

About AccelerateAB:
AccelerateAB is the province’s flagship technology conference that celebrates the best of Alberta’s technology scene. It is an annual conference that brings together leaders, investors, influencers and supporters of Alberta’s technology ecosystem, with the goal of leveraging the success of the next generation of technology entrepreneurs across the province.

The event is backed by high-profile and successful leaders in the industry and is powered by The A100, a member-driven group of Alberta’s most noteworthy technology entrepreneurs.