Our Team


Catherine Warren

Chief Executive Officer

Living and working in Canada, the US, UK and Europe, Warren has served as a C-suite executive for publicly-traded companies, academic institutions and government-business enterprises.

Most recently, as Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver Economic Commission, she led the team in attracting $3B in foreign direct investment to the region, with a portfolio including the Vancouver Film Commission, the world’s largest animation and visual effects sector, smart cities technologies such as AI, 5G and quantum computing and the green and impact economies.

In more than two decades as a tech advisor, Warren’s track-record includes mergers and acquisitions for digital distribution and digital IP, raising capital and liquidity events for tech companies, consulting to national media funds, hedge funds, crowdfunds and coaching executives on strategic growth and monetization. Earlier in her career, she was the start-up COO of a broadcast software company that she and her partners took to the Nasdaq and grew to a $300M market cap.

Warren has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, with a focus on climate change, and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York, where she did her original thesis work onsite at MIT covering the launch of its digital Media Lab.

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Kris Cotter, CPA, CMA

Director, Finance & Administration

Kris is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the Corporate services functions for the organization including Accounting and Finance, Human Resources, IT, and general administrative services, as well as providing strategic and business guidance to the organization. She oversees both an internal team and third-party partners to provide direction, vision, and overall accountability for their deliverables, and establishes innovative practices to improve the long-term and day-to-day value, quality, and effectiveness of business processes for the delivery of policies, programs, systems, and value-added services.

Kris is a mission-oriented, strategic leader with experience managing finance and operations in high-growth organizations and has spent the last several years providing CFO consulting services. She brings over 20 years of senior finance experience in both publicly traded and privately owned organizations spanning a diverse background of industries including private investment, specialized industrial services, industrial construction, and biotechnology. Her background includes extensive work in financial management and reporting, policy and procedure development, and IT management, and has had direct reporting responsibility of revenue volumes across North America from $2 million to $200 million. Kris completed her CPA (CMA) designation in 2002, and has volunteered extensively for the profession, first as an Evaluator in the Strategic Leadership Program for CMA Alberta, then with the CPA Western School of Business as an Evaluator for the Professional program. Kris is currently volunteering as a mentor in the CPA Alberta Professional Program.



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James Hampshire

Manager, Human Resources

James is responsible for enhancing the staff experience by linking HR goals to business outcomes. He plays a hands-on and strategic role in handling the day-to-day HR functions and implements programs and processes to develop a high-performance team culture to drive operational excellence.  As a trusted advisor and business-focused contributor within the organization, he liaises with a variety of stakeholders, including senior management and C-suite, to understand business needs and outcomes.

James is an organized and responsible professional who provides direction, oversight, and support to teams within challenging and dynamic work environments. He brings 9 years of Human Resource experience from various industries such as construction, industrial manufacturing, retail, and automotive.  He achieved his Bachelor of Science from UBCo and is a member of CPHR, as well as received “Crucial Conversation” training from Vitalsmarts.


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Norma Quaid

Interim Executive Assistant

Norma is an administrative guru who has worked in administrative services for over a decade, She has extensive experience as an Executive assistant and other senior administrative roles. She is currently the Interim Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer at Innovate Edmonton.

Norma is committed to providing quality Executive Support. Over the years she has provided Executive assistance to Senior Leadership teams in Oil and Gas, Non-profit organizations and in provincial government. Her background includes work in Calendar management, expense reports, creation of operational procedures and processes, benefits coordination, project support as well as Providing training and team leadership.

Norma is a certified commissioner for oaths for the province of Alberta. She holds a bachelor’s degree in General Studies with an Applied Sciences and Arts Designation. She also holds certifications in mental health and gender and diversity, and has volunteered with several community initiatives that cater to youth with addictions and mental health concerns.


Catherine Keill

Public Relations and Executive Advisor

Consultant - Keill & Company Inc.

Catherine Keill has more than 25 years of experience in strategic communications, public relations, government relations and policy development in private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.

Catherine has been at the helm of Keill & Company Inc. since 1999 and her client work spans across the strategic communications spectrum from speechwriting, to market lead for product launches, to change management and issue management, to government and media relations training. She has built Keill’s body of work based on her extensive experience.

Catherine is excited about the diversity of the work her clients bring to the Keill team, and she prides herself on her deep relationships she builds with clients through all her projects.


Chris Henderson

Stakeholder Engagement Advisor

Chris Henderson is Chief Strategist & a founding partner of Y Station Communications & Research. Having worked in strategic communications, planning, and stakeholder engagement & outreach in some form since 2004, Chris works with a talented team to connect and listen to diverse audiences in nearly every sector in Western Canada, with a focus on resolving complex challenges and building internal strategic capacity. Some of Chris’ recent work includes stakeholder engagement and authoring of Edmonton’s most recent 10 year cultural plan; connecting with Edmonton’s innovation community around its potential future directions; and the development of public engagement frameworks for new affordable housing initiatives.


Toby Lennox

Business Planning Strategic Advisor

Toby Lennox is providing strategic and business planning advice to Innovate Edmonton. Toby has a background in corporate law, strategic planning and was most recently the CEO of Toronto Global, the Toronto Region’s international investment attraction agency. Toby also recently received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada.

Innovate Edmonton Land Acknowledgement

Indigenous innovation has taken place on these lands, Amiskwaciwâskahikan/ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ, Edmonton since time immemorial. At Innovate Edmonton, we recognize, appreciate, and celebrate the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit innovators whose footsteps have marked these lands for generations. We respectfully acknowledge that we are situated on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of the Cree, Dene, Blackfoot, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, and Metis. We also encourage, support, and promote the resurgence of Indigenous knowledge and practices and are committed to empowering Indigenous innovation in the spirit of reconciliation.

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