B.Sc.ME, P.Eng., PMP
Years of seeing people struggle with inexperience and isolation caused by our technology-saturated culture sparked Mike’s passion for changing the world one person at a time. After successfully leading teams of 100+ people, executing projects worth $250M+, leading several organizational mergers, Mike left behind his career in oil & gas executive-level management to pursue his vision to restore an ethos of people-helping-people.
A life-long student of leadership best practices, Mike is known as a leader who is empowering, effective, engaged, and possessing the highest integrity. He’s worked hard to earn the title of Alberta’s Strongest Man on numerous occasions and was 2016 Western Canada’s Strongest Natural Man. Mike has grown into a tenacious and visionary entrepreneur who believes the path to growth, to mastery of great skills, is never more successful than when journeying alongside a seasoned traveller. Life is better with #PeopleHelpingPeople.
B.Sc.EE, B.Sc.CS, P.Eng.
Victor is an Engineer turned technology entrepreneur with 25 years in applied computer technologies. He has successfully built companies in safety, commercial real estate, engineering automation, and is currently operating an advanced software development company focused on practical applications in artificial intelligence.
Victor has extensive knowledge in emergency health services and elderly complex care with projects for the provincial government of Alberta. In industry, Victor applied computer advancements to oil & gas, mining, power generation, and the ISS Canada arm. Victor has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and is currently serving as a Director in two startups as CEO of CoreData; Vice Chair of Alberta IOT, and Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder of LevellingUp.
Julie is a professional artist, instructor, and business owner with innate skills in branding, marketing, and messaging. She has worked with a variety of charitable and non-profit organizations, creating and leading many grassroots teams over the past 20 years. She also had the unique opportunity to spend over a decade establishing and growing a new church in inner city Calgary.
Julie has a degree in Nursing and a passion for serving the less fortunate. Her belief that each of us has the responsibility (and privilege) to give a hand-up to those around us is at the heart of LevellingUp. She is pleased to ensure it is knit into the company’s very DNA. Julie serves as Chief Messaging Officer and Co-Founder of LevellingUp.
Darcy Tuer, Co-founder and CEO of ZayZoon, and previous president and Co-founder of Spira Data Corp. for 11 years. Darcy founded his first software company, Halo Networks in 2000 while studying electrical engineering at the University of Alberta. Darcy serves as Past- Chair on the board of the Missing Children’s Society of Canada and has been a Director since 2011.
Heather Herring is a professional engineer and a proud alumna of the Haskayne School. She pinpoints the essential elements of the idea, the business, the challenge or the person and then uses her leadership, innovation, and management abilities to identify opportunities for excellence. She coaches client companies in business, communications and customer development. She is always the one to step up and apply her project management skills to ensure that the project is a success but her leadership shines brightest she concentrates on the intersection and cooperation, collaboration and competition to drive success for all parties.
Until recently she was Executive in Residence with Zone Startups Calgary. Previously, she worked in academia, private and public sector companies primarily with a focus on energy and sustainability. This spanned: securing research grants and VR and 3D printing research facilities for professors at the University of Calgary; focusing the R&D program, overseeing field pilots for new oil sands technologies, formulating the creation of COSIA at Total E&P Canada; and, exploring the emergence of the digital oil field while with Laricina. She is vice chair of Platform Calgary and past chair of Tecterra.
A senior executive with high levels of personal accountability and an extensive track record of solid execution, strong judgement and the ability to deliver results in a business and operational environment focused on continuous improvement. Skilled General Counsel with 20+ years of corporate legal experience. Strategic legal and business counsel to Board of Directors, CEO, Executive and business units on all legal, corporate governance and compliance matters in a public company setting. A leader with the authenticity, integrity and humility to develop and articulate business strategy and the skills and character to encourage and motivate others to perform at their best.
Background includes a deep and diverse experience in legal and corporate governance, human resources and organizational development, and customer and stakeholder relations.