Smith Business Club & Queen's Venture Network - Calgary's Innovative Future

Calgary's Innovative Future: An Emerging Energy
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Join Smith Business Club and Queen’s Venture Network Calgary for a special fireside chat as Rob Bennett EMBA’18, EVP Head of CX Transformation, ATB Financial sits down with Mary Moran, President and CEO, Calgary Economic Development to discuss some of the strategies to attract entrepreneurs and new business to the city and the retention initiatives that will have everyone be part of the energy.

Uncertainty, threat, and disruption loom daily and with the rapid pace of modernization and digitization companies are having to become more agile, flexible, and adapt to the speed of change. 

Calgary is rising to this challenge – there is a change in energy within the community.  A determined focus on diversification and a need for more dynamic, innovative and entrepreneurial companies that will make the city an economic force and a catalyst for today’s trailblazers. It is about finding the perfect balance between attracting new industries to the city while retaining and supporting the long-time industries to adapt to a new environment.

Mary Moran, President and CEO Calgary Economic Development

Mary initially joined Calgary Economic Development as the Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Research in 2010. She brought extensive leadership experience in the development of strategy, marketing, stakeholder relations, and fund development with leading companies including TELUS, Delta Hotels, Canadian Airlines and WARDAIR.

Mary became President and CEO of Calgary Economic Development in 2015. Under her leadership there has been greater focus on Calgary’s competitiveness in the new economy; including the areas of talent development, innovation, placemaking, and the business environment.

Mary earned an MBA from Royal Roads University. She is active in the Calgary community and serves as a director for the Calgary Petroleum Club, O’Brien Institute for Public Health and is the Chair of Sport Calgary. She is a past Chair of Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta.

Rob Bennett, EMBA'18, Head of Customer Experience, Payments, and Banking Operations Transformation

As the head of product management teams in the fast-paced Customer Experience (CX), Payments, and Credit Card Divisions within ATB Transformation as well as enterprise banking operations and end to end process, Rob Bennett describes his current role as one of the most challenging and inspiring opportunities of his career.

With more than 25 years of industry experience, including executive experience with two Canadian banks, Rob most recently led ATB’s largest portfolio as Executive Vice President, Retail Financial Services. In that role, Rob worked to help transformed the team-member experience and evolved the culture of Retail Banking significantly. Other recent accomplishments for Rob include leading the creation of ATB’s Private Banking and Group Financial Services divisions. In his words, developing ATB’s owner managed branch network, evolution of asset finance and ATB’s securitization strategy are other notable initiatives that he’s proud of.

Rob attributes his success to his constant focus on leadership capability and human capital innovation, to drive impressive results and sustainable balance sheet strength. Today, the team that Rob leads is a catalyst to creating ATB’s ‘human x machine’ environment. Not only does his team work to help define the future of work, but his objectives include rapid adoption of robotics and process automation. His team is also responsible for key initiatives like, mobile, web, product development, payments, and the company's credit card business.

In the community Rob has made important contributions to United Way Campaign Cabinets in various communities and has led ATB’s United Way fundraising campaign for several years. Rob regularly invests time and resources into various industry groups and has been a member of the board of directors for the University of Alberta School of Retail since 2015 and is alumnus of the Governor General of Canada Leadership Conference. Today, Rob is the Executive Sponsor of ATB’s LGBTQ+ Network which has provided has him with a unique opportunity to support this important community and to grow himself as an advocate.

Rob holds a major in Law from the Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton University, and an MBA from Smith School of Business at Queen's University where he remains Class President.


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319 5 Ave SW
Calgary, AB




Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Event Contacts

Kate Ewing
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