leaders

amii-schuler

cameron schuler

executive director

Cameron's multi-faceted career, with roles as COO, CFO, President & CEO, has spanned industries including alternative energy, consumer goods, information technology, investment sales & trading, life sciences, manufacturing, medical devices and oil & gas.

Previously, Cameron was the Executive-in-Residence at TEC Edmonton, and he is Co-Founder & CEO of VibeDx Diagnostic Corp. He is also a member of the A100, a community of technology entrepreneurs working to support Alberta’s next generation of start-ups.

Cameron on LinkedIn | @CameronSchuler

amii-zaiane

osmar zaïane

scientific director

Having obtained his PhD in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University in 1999, Osmar joined the University of Alberta’s Department of Computing Science, eventually receiving McCalla and Killam Professorship Awards in recognition of his contributions to research, teaching and learning.

In addition to being a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), he has served in editorial positions for a number of scientific journals and helped to chair and organize several international conferences and workshops.

Osmar on LinkedIn | @OZaiane


staff

leslie acker

administrative coordinator

Leslie has been Amii’s administrative coordinator for 10 years, providing support and coordination for the Centre and its staff & programs. Formerly a vocational & educational counsellor for high school students, Leslie has always been passionate about academia and advanced education.

 

spencer murray

communications associate

Spencer joined Amii in 2016 to support the Institute's marketing and communications activities. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, he obtained a Diploma in Public Relations from MacEwan University. Spencer has previously worked in healthcare and the nonprofit sector.


management advisory board

 

bruce johnson (chair)

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, VISIO MEDIA INC. | EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, SAM (SOCIAL ASSET MANAGEMENT) | DIRECTOR, CAMPBELL SCIENTIFIC (CANADA) CORP.

Bruce, co-founder of the personal income tax software company WinTax (later Intuit Canada), brings to the MAB years of experience in top-level positions at a number of technology-based organizations. Currently, he maintains close relationships with members of Edmonton’s tech start-up community, providing support and mentorship to a variety of companies.

Visio Media Inc. | SAM (Social Asset Management) | Campbell Scientific (Canada) Corp.

Bruce on LinkedIn | @Bruce_Johnson

warren bergen

president, avac ltd.

Warren is passionate about entrepreneurship, having participated in a number of early-stage ventures and raised growth capital from a variety of sources. He has a wealth of experience investing in the technology sector and is now President of AVAC Ltd., which focuses on investments in early-stage agriculture technologies and agribusiness companies. Warren is also the author of Swagger & Sweat: A Start-up Capital Boot Camp.

AVAC, Ltd. | Swagger & Sweat: A Start-up Capital Boot Camp

Warren on LinkedIn | @WarrenBergen

thomas kennedy

founder & managing director, kensington capital partners, ltd.

As the founder and managing director of the investment firm Kensington Capital Partners, Thomas has decades of experience investing in private companies and equity funds. Thomas has previously held several operational and management positions, and he is active on the boards of a number of organizations. Thomas' philanthropic work focuses on education and healthcare.

Kensington Capital Partners, Ltd.

Thomas on LinkedIn

cam linke

FOUNDER & PARTNER, FLIGHTPATH VENTURES | CEO, TOUCH METRIC, INC.

Cam is a software entrepreneur and product manager, and as co-founder of Startup Edmonton, he is committed to growing Edmonton’s emerging creative and tech economy. Currently leading Touch Metric, an in-person survey software company, Cam has management and investment experience in a number of tech-based companies.

camlinke.com | Flightpath Ventures | Touch Metric Inc.

Cam on LinkedIn | @CamLinke

mario nascimento

PROFESSOR & DEPARTMENT CHAIR (COMPUTING SCIENCE), UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

Mario is Professor and Chair of the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta. His publications have received over 3,000 citations, and before joining the University of Alberta, Mario held research and faculty positions at a number of international universities. He has often served as committee member and co-chair of several workshops and symposia.

Mario @ UAlberta | Mario's Publications | Mario on Google Scholar

Mario on LinkedIn | @MarioNascimento

patrick m. pilarski

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA | CANADA RESEARCH CHAIR IN MACHINE INTELLIGENCE FOR REHABILITATION  | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, Amii | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, RLAI LAB | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, BLINC LAB

Patrick is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine. In addition to his roles as Principal Investigator at Amii and the Reinforcement Learning and Artificial Intelligence (RLAI) Laboratory, Patrick conducts research with the BLINC Lab (Bionic Limbs for Improved Natural Control), which specializes in advanced prosthetic systems.

Patrick @ UAlberta | Patrick's Publications | Patrick on Google Scholar | BLINC Lab | RLAI 

@PatrickPilarski

johnathan schaeffer

PROFESSOR & DEAN (SCIENCE), UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA | FOUNDER, ONLEA

Jonathan joined the Management Advisory Board as an extension of his role as Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta. A professor of computing science and founding member of AICML, Jonathan is best known for his work in artificial intelligence and games. Notably, Jonathan created the Checkers program Chinook, the first ever program to win a human world championship game.

Jonathan @ UAlberta | Jonathan's Publications | Jonathan on Google Scholar | Onlea

Jonathan on LinkedIn

shivon zilis

PARTNER, BLOOMBERG BETA | ADVISOR, OPENAI | ML7 FELLOW, CREATIVE DESTRUCTION LAB | CHARTER MEMBER, THE C100

Shivon is a partner and founding member at Bloomberg Beta, a venture capital fund investing in early-stage companies transforming the future of work. She focuses on machine intelligence technologies and is particularly passionate about helping founders who solve specific problems in industry and enterprise intelligence. Shivon is an ML7 Fellow at the Creative Destruction Lab and advisor to OpenAI.

shivonzilis.com | Bloomberg Beta | OpenAI | Creative Destruction Lab | The C100

Shivon on LinkedIn | @shivon

kirk rockwell (ex-officio)

DIRECTOR, CENTRES FOR RESEARCH AND COMMERCIALIZATION, ALBERTA INNOVATES – TECHNOLOGY FUTURES

As Director of the Centres for Research and Commercialization at Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures, Kirk works to transform the way research and commercial development happen in Alberta. Prior to his current role, Kirk worked in the environmental sector of Alberta’s oil & gas industry as both a private consultant and public policy maker.

Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures

Kirk on LinkedIn

cameron schuler (ex-officio)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Amii | PRESIDENT, CEO & CO-FOUNDER, VIBEDX DIAGNOSTIC CORP. | MEMBER, THE A100

In addition to his role as Executive Director of Amii, Cameron is Co-Founder & CEO at VibeDx Diagnostic Corp. and a member of the A100, a community of technology entrepreneurs working to support Alberta’s next generation of start-ups. Cameron’s multi-faceted career has spanned a number of management roles in a wide variety of industries.

VibeDx Diagnostic Corp. | The A100

Cameron on LinkedIn | @CameronSchuler

osmar zaïane (ex-officio)

SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR & PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, Amii | PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

Osmar is a Professor of Computing Science at the University of Alberta as well as the Scientific Director of Amii. He has served in editorial positions with several scientific journals and has helped organize international conferences and workshops across the world. Osmar has received both a McCalla and Killam Professorship Awards in recognition of his contributions to research, teaching and learning.

Osmar @ UAlberta | Osmar's Publications | Osmar on Google Scholar

Osmar on LinkedIn | @OZaiane