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Good but Now Great! Startup Founders Panel with Startup Edmonton


Allan Waine
Startup Edmonton, Program Facilitator

Allan loves journeying with people as they take their business idea from dream to launch and beyond. Life is the most rewarding when he can walk alongside you supporting your goals and drive for success and significance. He brings experience in not-for-profit and cross-cultural educational leadership. You will connect with Allan through workshops he facilitates and sitting down with him in a coaching session as helps you overcome challenges and figure out your next steps. From Asia to Africa to Canada, give him a workshop and watch the group become determined to learn and work together with great enthusiasm.

When Allan is not coaching basketball with his son, you will find him playing on his touch football team or volunteer teaching Citizenship classes preparing immigrants to make Canada their permanent home or supporting an NGO in Africa.

Tristan Ham
Startup Edmonton, Program Facilitator

I am a Program Facilitator at Startup Edmonton, supporting those amazing founders in realizing their businesses and providing essential connections. I have been facilitating for more than 12 years, specializing in complex frameworks from many different industries. I'm fired up to part of this event and hope to expand my network of Edmontonian entrepreneurs!

Allie Knull
ResumeFree™, Founder & CEO

The digital girl with the analog watch. Out to disrupt the hiring scene with data and metrics. She/Her Settler on amiskwaciwâskahikan ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ

Kate Popiel
What's the Deal?, CEO

Kate is the CEO and Co-President for What’s the Deal. Kate has become a noteworthy leader in the Edmonton Women’s Entrepreneurship space. She was nominated for Top Women Entrepreneur of the Year, featured on Slice TV, and has established herself well in the YEG Hospitality scene. Kate holds a Fashion Business Diploma from Humber College with Honours with Distinction in 2014. Kate has led an impressive career in the Hospitality Industry with over 15 years of experience from waitress up to the position of General Manager. Prior to her Co-Founding the company with her brother Leo, Kate’s love for the local restaurant scene was her heart and soul. It put her through school and inspired her to give back and better serve the local restaurant community. 


Through her commitment to the role of CEO, she has combined her many years of hands-on expertise coupled with her business education on her quest for innovation and to uplift the industry. 

Jeffrey Franc
Stat59, CEO

Jeffrey Franc is a Professor of Emergency Medicine, Disaster Medicine Specialist, Statistician, and Software Developer. He is the CEO and Founder of STAT59. STAT59 is a mobile-friendly enterprise, B2B, and B2C SAAS platform that enables researchers of all abilities to produce high-quality results quickly, and for a fraction of the cost of traditional workflow. It's like QuickTax for statistics.


Talking to Startup founders who are bringing innovation to industries that have seen little to no change. How can we make __________ "way" better? Lessons learned on the journey that will apply to every industry. 

Featuring innovation in recruitment, research and hospitality.

Panelists include:

  • Jeffrey Franc, CEO & Founder of Stat59
  • Allie Knull, CEO & Founder of ResumeFree
  • Kate Popiel, CEO & Co-President of What's the Deal?

Thank you to DrugBank for sponsoring the Entrepreneurship track as part of Edmonton Startup Week.

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Attendees (50)

Allan Waine
Allan Waine
Startup Edmonton, Program Facilitator
Noah Fast
Noah Fast
Economic Development Winnipeg, Business Development Officer
Barbara McKenzie
Barbara McKenzie
Innovate Edmonton, Director, Strategic and Operational Growth
Maggie Barton Baird
Maggie Barton Baird
MB & Company, Principal
Harvest Builders
Harvest Builders
Harvest Builders
Anna Knight
Anna Knight
Startup Edmonton, Program Coordinator
Christian Idicula
Christian Idicula
KASTx Ventures, Director, Operations
Cory Sellar
Cory Sellar
Innovate Edmonton, Marketing & Communications Specialist
Daniel Saraolu
Daniel Saraolu
Canadian Entrepreneurs, founder and CEO
Aatif Baskanderi
Aatif Baskanderi
The Northpine Foundation, CEO
Luke Statt
Luke Statt
Innovate Edmonton
Katrina Ingram
Katrina Ingram
Ethically Aligned AI, Founder and CEO
Rehana Ghazyani
Rehana Ghazyani
First Wisdom Designs
Jean Bruce Koua
Jean Bruce Koua
Elev, VP Finance
Seanna Baxter
Seanna Baxter
Innovate Edmonton, General Admin
Sam Hassar
Sam Hassar
Hassar Consulting Group Inc., Founder & CEO
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