Press Release: Cathy Han, founder and brain behind 42 Technologies, to deliver keynote at Alberta’s premier technology conference

Alberta startups learn how to build a company in Canada and ‘The Valley’ at AccelerateAB 2017

February 23, 2017

Calgary, Canada – AccelerateAB is pleased to announce, along with sponsor Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, the final keynote speaker for AccelerateAB 2017: Cathy Han, CEO & co-founder of 42 Technologies.

“We’re excited to have Cathy speak at AccelerateAB,” says Cynthia van Sundert, Executive Director of The A100 and the organizing group behind AccelerateAB. “As a young female entrepreneur who has experience with both big global brands and the startup space, she is a great example and role model for our future entrepreneurs and our ecosystem in Alberta. This is what AccelerateAB is all about – ‘the entrepreneurs conference!’.”

Cathy Han has seen much success as a young entrepreneur. Her company 42 Technologies is a Y Combinator backed data analytics company that uses data mining and statistical analysis to help retailers grow revenue and optimize assortment. Prior to 42, Cathy worked at Procter & Gamble on growth strategy and data analytics, focusing on the billion-dollar brand Olay.

“There are very persistent and particular false perceptions about startups, and you don’t learn the truth until you start working in (or on) one,” says Han. “Through building 42 Technologies, I have learned that you need to challenge yourself, challenge an industry, and be disruptive. It’s important to me to give back and bring this knowledge and experience to the Alberta ecosystem. Events that invest in and promote innovation, like AccelerateAB, create opportunities and are crucial to taking Alberta’s technology industry to the next level.”

AccelerateAB creates collisions between local startups, key mentors, investors and partners across the province. The conference takes place on April 19th, 2017 in Calgary at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park.

For tickets to the conference, and more information about AccelerateAB, please visit


Cynthia van Sundert
Executive Director, The A100
cynthia at thea100 dot org
+1 403 690 9339

Meghan Somers
meghan at theagencyinc dot ca
+1 587 899 0615

About AccelerateAB:
AccelerateAB is the province’s annual flagship technology event that brings together key leaders, investors, influencers and supporters of Alberta’s fast-growing startup community, with the goal of leveraging the success of the next generation of technology entrepreneurs across the province. Backed by some of the most high-profile and successful leaders in the industry and spearheaded by The A100, AccelerateAB is one of the best connected events in the province. | @AccelerateAB

Schedule: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Stampede Park BMO Centre

  • 8:30 – Conference Registration & Networking
  • 9:15 – Opening Keynote: Aspen Properties presents: Alexander Manu “Starting from Scratch: The Future as a Choice”
  • 10:00 – Networking Break
  • 10:30 – Breakout Sessions
  • 11:15 – Startup Pitches
  • 12:15 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – Afternoon Keynote: Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP presents: Cathy Han, CEO & Co-Founder of 42 Technologies
  • 2:15 – Startup Pitches
  • 3:15 – Networking Break
  • 4:35 – Panel: Startup Eff-Ups
  • 3:45 – Workshops & Panels
  • 5:15 – Closing Keynote: BDC presents: Bruce Croxon “Guiding Principles for Entrepreneurial Success in an Uber Disruptive Age”
  • 6:00 – Community Reception

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