Starting Your Journey to Bridge the “Valley of Death!”
Wednesday, May 23 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
ATB Entrepreneur Centre, Edmonton
From Idea to Concept, Prototype to Production.
Are you an entrepreneur that has a great product or new business idea? You’ve prepared your
business plan and prepared for that next step?
Do you know that you could leverage your investment and get help to be successful in taking
your idea to commercialization? Partnering with the Concierge service might be for you.
Concierge is a Government of Canada program that provides a single access point where small
and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can find high-quality, timely advice to help them innovate
and accelerate their growth. Developed, implemented and operated by the National Research
Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) in collaboration with
federal and provincial partners, Concierge improves innovation and economic opportunities for
SMEs by helping them navigate the available innovation resources and support programs. By
combining online, phone and in-person services, it addresses the individual needs of SME
The key to the service is that it offers customized guidance from a team of expert advisors,
located across Canada. Innovation Advisors are industry experts with extensive networks that
provide clients with high-quality referrals and searches that yield tailored information and
Innovation Advisors provide one-on- one assistance and use their wealth of industry experience
and depth of knowledge to help guide clients to the most appropriate innovation programs and
services available. Innovation Advisors have extensive networks and expertise, as well as
knowledge about a range of industrial sectors for clients to benefit from.
The entire service is intended to provide clients with simple, facilitated access to the most
relevant information and services to reach their desired objectives and tap into their potential.
About your facilitators:
Originally from Durban, South Africa, Darryl settled with his family in Edmonton over twenty years ago. Since then, he’s enjoyed a career that’s touched on many facets of manufacturing. He has a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and is a Journeyman Machinist with Red Seal and Blue Seal certifications. He’s done manual and CNC machining with a wide variety of equipment, and launched lean thinking within a large international oilfield equipment manufacturer.
In 2011, he started Catchball Consulting, specializing in lean manufacturing and productivity improvement. Later that year, he bought Karma Machining and Manufacturing, a full-service contract manufacturer helping innovators realize their dreams, from prototype to production. Since then, he and his partner have since grown the business three-fold, with no end in sight. Darryl and his wife enjoy all that the West has to offer, including camping, photography, motorcycling, and marine aquaria.
Ron Matheson, B.Sc., M.Sc., has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, medical device,
diagnostic, and life sciences industries; initially in executive management roles within multi-national
companies (Mallinckrodt and Schering AG), and then in several start-up companies (SynChem Research, Meros Polymers, and OncoMetabolics) as Co-Founder and CEO.
He has significant experience in intellectual property management and licensing negotiation and agreements, as Business Unit Manager, Medical and Life Sciences, at UTI Inc. (University of Calgary) and as Executive-in- Residence at TEC Edmonton (University of Alberta). Fund-raising for start-up companies from public and private sources has also been a significant activity over the past 18 years.
Ron is currently an Advisor, Concierge Service, NRC-IRAP, providing guidance and recommendations to
innovative SMEs in the Prairie Region (AB, SK & MB).