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Lessons from Leaders: Building the Bridge to Cross Border Success

Lessons from Leaders: Building the Bridge to Cross Border Success

  • November 22, 2023
  • 5:00 pm
    8:30 pm
  • Aura Calgary – Stage & Bar

Hosted By: Startup grind Calgary @ Aura Calgary – Stage & Bar

A chance to network with peers and learn from leaders on how to innovate and successfully move businesses south of the border.

From tech to traditional industries, moving to the US presents challenges and opportunities. Hear from eminent leaders who will share their personal journey in building businesses and how they successfully expanded into U.S markets – highlighting the strategies, personal and professional challenges, and potential opportunities.

Network with business leaders and gain invaluable knowledge from those who’ve navigated this path successfully and equip your business with the tools for international success.


Dave M. Kennedy
President and CEO of SSI Artificial Lift
SSi Artificial Lift designs and manufactures the most innovative surface mounted Artificial Lift systems across the world. Winner of the 2018: Outstanding Commercial Achievement In Science And Technology, SSi brings innovative technology to the oil & gas industry.

Darcy Tuer
CEO of ZayZoon
ZayZoon brings financial wellness to the masses by offering hundreds of thousands easy access to their earned wages. To date, ZayZoon has raised $34.5 million USD in debt and equity for its Series B financing.

Elan Harper
Vice President of Strategy Corp and Board member of AmCham West
StrategyCorp is an award-winning team of trusted government affairs, communications, and management consulting advisory firm specializing in strategic advisory services, government relations, strategic communications, and management consulting.

From the beginning, Start Up Grind Calgary has endeavored to bring unique speakers to the stage to share their personal entrepreneurial journeys. It’s easy to become an entrepreneur, it’s hard to stay one. We know that community is a key component to keeping entrepreneurs on the track to success. For YYC Innovation Week, we are bringing Calgary leaders to the stage to share personal journeys on how innovation has helped their organizations grow, in Canada and beyond.

Register here!


  • Date: November 22, 2023
  • Time: 5:00 – 8:30 PM
  • Location: Aura Calgary – Stage & Bar
  • Cost: $22.00 + GST
  • Website: Event page


Event Address:

628 8 Avenue Southwest, Calgary, Alberta T2P 1G4

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