Launch | Kick Off QVN Calgary

Igniting the New Fuel
Incredible talent and tremendous spirit give Calgary the strong foundation needed for an interconnected entrepreneurial ecosystem.

On October 24, Smith School of Business and Queen’s Venture Network are launching QVN Calgary – designed to inspire innovation, collaboration and idea generation in the province.

You’re invited to help us kick off the network and welcome members of Calgary’s entrepreneurial community.


  • October 24
  • 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Trolley5 Brew Pub
    728 17 Ave SW Calgary
  • Complimentary


4:30pm Doors Open
Registration begins
5:00pm Welcome Remarks
Elspeth Murray, Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship and Associate Dean, MBA Programs & Greeting from the Government of Alberta
5:05pm QVN Calgary
Introduction to QVN Calgary Leadership Group (Sarah Clark – Chair, QVN Calgary)
5:15pm Keynote Speaker
A fireside chat with Canadian Olympian Jessica Zelinka. In addition to being a current Queen's MMIE candidate, Jessica is a decorated track and field star, twice representing Canada at the Olympic Games, proud winner of Pan Am Gold, and twice a Silver Medallist at the Commonwealth Games.
5:45pm Q&A
Open mic for questions and answers with Elspeth Murray and Jessica Zelinka
5:55pm Closing Remarks
Elspeth Murray


Elspeth Murray
Associate Dean, MBA Programs

Dr. Murray is a Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship and New Ventures at Smith School of Business. Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug early in her career, Dr. Murray went on to create and institute many new venture-related activities at Smith School of Business, including a New Venture concentration within the Full-time MBA Program and several internal Business Plan competitions designed to provide funds for entrepreneurs intending to launch new ventures.

JP Shearer
Associate Director, Queen's Centre for Business Venturing

JP Shearer is Associate Director of the Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing (QCBV) at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Creating a vision to be a global leader in educating and accelerating the success of entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and innovators, JP works closely with the Associate Dean to develop and execute on the overall strategic direction, planning, and budgeting towards the success of QCBV.