Board of Directors
Executive Director, Alberta IoT
Ms. Beckedorf started her career in technology with Graycon Group as Director of Business Development for Canada. She moved on to start her own company, Launch Strategic Group, in 2017 with a focus on supporting growth in technology companies through sales strategies. Ms. Beckedorf works closely with companies that focus on IoT Solutions across verticals such as mining, farming, and oil & gas to increase their markets, adding process and establishing new verticals. She has a vast array of vendor and partner connections that bring increased value to those who work with her.
Mark Scantlebury, BASc., P.Eng
CEO, Extreme Telematics Corp.
Mark has a Bachelors of Applied Science in Electronic Systems Engineering and over 15 years of experience in electronic product design and manufacturing. He is currently the President and CEO of Extreme Telematics Corp, a technology company that designs electronic controls and sensors for the oilfield.
He has worked to improve plunger lift reliability, safety, and optimization which has resulted in 4 submitted patents. He lives in Calgary with his wife and four kids, and enjoys movies, travel, and outdoor activities such as hiking and biking.
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 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, CEO of CoreData, Vice Chair of Alberta IOT, and Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder of LevellingUp.
CTO, Trakopolis IoT Corp.
Mr. Hotte serves as Chief Technology officer for Trakopolis IoT Corp (TSX:TRAK), a publicly held software company currently processing millions of messages each day from a wide variety of IoT devices worldwide. He is responsible for leading the Trakopolis research and development team, where he examines the short and long-term needs of the organization and utilizes his team to help Trakopolis reach its objectives for engineering initiatives and collaboration. IoT is about business transformation, creating opportunities that will revolutionize operations, especially where you need to keep track of people and assets that are constantly in motion. Linking people, machines and buildings is driving efficiency and innovation, raising customer expectations.
Working as a founding member and volunteer Director of the Alberta IoT Association (AIOT), Mr. Hotte works to fulfill the AIOT’s vision by promoting collaborative projects and membership engagement in a variety of topics related to his work with Trakopolis and the expanding association of technology driven companies.
Mr. Hotte holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computing Science from the University of Alberta.
Founder & CTO, SensorUp
Dr. Steve Liang is a global influencer and change maker of Internet of Things. Steve is the founder and CTO of SensorUp, and an associate professor who holds an IoT research chair at the University of Calgary. Dr. Liang is chairing and the editor of several key IoT enabling standards in Open Geospatial Consortium and UN’s ITU-T. Dr. Steve Liang’s leading edge research and product development efforts are designed to unlock the full potential of the IoT by transforming heterogeneous “silo-ed” IoT systems into a homogeneous IoT system of systems. For example, Steve is the editor of the OGC SensorThings API, an IoT cloud API standard that has been widely implemented around the world for applications ranging from homeland security, logistics, smart cities to energy.
Steve is recognized as a thought leader, especially in IoT and geospatial technologies. Dr. Liang has published more than 60 research publications, and delivered more than 100 invited talks in more than ten countries around the world. Dr. Liang also received numerous pretisgeous awards, include Killam Emerging Research Leader Award, Calgary’s Top 40 under 40, the SSE Early Research Excellence Award, the SSE Research Excellence Award, University of Calgary’s Peak Scholar Award, and more. He served on the prestigious Council of Canadian Academies’ expert panel on Enabling Sustainability in an Interconnected World, Competing in a Global Innovation Economy: The Current State of R&D in Canada, and US Transportation Research Board’s report on Connected Airport and the Internet of Things.
President & CEO, Symroc Business and Project Management
The president and CEO of Symroc, Wilson Howe, is a highly skilled engineering and business management professional with a track record of success in developing and improving projects for industrial operations. Wilson has obtained significant industrial experience in Oil and Gas exploration, production, oilsands development, chemical/petrochemical and power industries. Wilson is a Professional Engineer registered with APEGA, a certified PMP and has received his MBA with the University of Alberta. Wilson is also an original founder and a board member of Alberta IOT association.
President, MR Control Systems International
As one of the original founders of Alberta IoT Association, Matt has been one of the key players to help the IoT Association to grow in Alberta and abroad. Currently, as a Director, Matt serves on the Alberta IoT board of directors.
Matt Eskandar is also the President of MR Control Systems International Inc. ( www.mrcsi.com ). Matt’s extensive experience in monitoring, control and automation projects worldwide has inspired him to develop a new generation of Monitoring and Control platform that merges Industrial IoT with SCADA Systems. This new platform has allowed MR Control Systems to provide software platform to help companies with their IT/OT convergence solutions.
In 2012, Matt also started the Southern Alberta IEEE Control Systems and Instrumentation joint chapters. As a key committee member, Matt has helped this chapter to grow its membership to over 1000 members and supporters in Southern Alberta.
Matt is an active member of IEEE, APEGA and APEGBC associations.
Tom Groenland is the CEO and founder of mcThings and founding member of the Alberta IoT association. He has been integral to bringing several IoT products to market including medical and consumer devices. mcThings has built an ultra-low power, enterprise grade IoT hardware platform designed to vastly lower the overall cost of ownership for IoT solutions. The system is being used in applications like livestock monitoring, construction, supply chain management and many others.