Women Entrepreneurs is proud to present “Tech Women of SK,” a panel discussion featuring women business owners who are embracing technology and opening the door for advancement and growth in our province. This year’s panel will include:
Moderated by: Stephanie Yong The Wilson Centre
Stephanie Yong, Director of the Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurship, a hub for innovation and creative thinking at the University of Saskatchewan. Originally from Saskatoon, Stephanie has both a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and an MBA from the University of Saskatchewan. Stephanie has used her experience as a business strategist, an entrepreneur and a university lecturer to build her own networks, stimulate awareness and recognition of the current entrepreneurial trends, and develop experiential programs to further enhance the entrepreneurship agenda. She has grown her skills to focus specifically on ideation and human-centered design thinking and how this can translate into new innovation and opportunities. Stephanie is committed to supporting the innovation and growth in the entrepreneurial sector of the economy.
Heather Abbey ShopIndig.com
Heather Abbey is a mother from Little Pine First Nation, currently residing in Saskatoon, and the Founder & CEO of ShopIndig Canada Inc. Abbey placed in eleven business competitions to earn the capital to create her startup – including first place at the 2016 Wilson Centre Pitch Party. She is the recipient of the 2016 Startup Canada National Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year Award and numerous other accolades, and has been invited to Vancouver, Las Vegas, Istanbul, Beijing, Kansas City, Edmonton and Ottawa for entrepreneurial opportunities. ShopIndig.ca is an e-commerce website where Indigenous Artisans can post their authentically made goods online, and sell to a global audience. The e-commerce platform operates on a subscription model, and is designed for single parents, Elders, and those facing barriers in the selling of their goods. ShopIndig is the only Aboriginal business to be accepted into the 2015 MaRS Discovery District “Impact8” Accelerator Program, and has been selected for international travel to Europe and Africa in summer 2017.
Jackie Martin, B.Sc., M.A. Viking Innovations Ltd.
Jackie is the cofounder and Vice President of Viking Innovations Ltd. Based out of Saskatoon, SK, Viking manufactures and sells the Dalmatian - a kitchen fire prevention system for your home. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of household fires. The Dalmatian automatically disconnects power to the range and counter plugs if the smoke alarm is activated. It is always working in the background and will turn off the stove in case you forget. The Dalmatian is CSA certified and can be installed in any home, new or old. Nothing could be more important than protecting your loved ones and your home.
Ticia Starkes-Heward Apex Cells International
Ticia Starkes-Heward, President & CEO of Apex Cells International Inc., is a native Saskatchewan "prairie girl" born and raised in the Qu'Appelle Valley. Her passion for an innovative lifestyle and entrepreneurship stems from her continuous desire to help people LIVE BETTER! both mentally and physically. As an energetic aficionado of innovation, she loves motivating people to pursue better health, wealth and happiness. She has created a start-up company which is on the move thanks to the help of her long-time friend, Barbara Hepburn who is the co-developer of the wearable nano-technology product company which operates as a private venture in Canada.
Wes Jickling, Innovation Saskatchewan
Wes Jickling joined Innovation Saskatchewan in June 2016 as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Innovation Saskatchewan, Jickling held senior roles in corporate, government and international organizations. Most recently, Jickling was Director, Marketing and Corporate Services at global potash exporter Canpotex since October 2014. He worked in the Saskatchewan provincial government from 2009 to 2014 including as Associate Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, with responsibility for the Saskatchewan government’s federal-provincial relations, trade policy, international relations, protocol, and francophone affairs. Jickling also worked for five years internationally with the United Nations, with postings in Brazil, Swaziland, Ukraine and Sudan.
Jickling holds a Master of International Relations degree from Aalborg University (Denmark) and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Calgary (Canada). He was co-captain of the University of Calgary men’s basketball team
Jickling was born and raised in Estevan, Saskatchewan. He and his wife Shelley have three young children.