A proud Albertan technology entrepreneur, advocate, and leader, Koleya Karringten has a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities of product commercialization, ecosystem building, and fostering inclusion in the technology industry. As the co-founder and CEO of Absolute Combustion, she has spent over a decade successfully designing and developing ground-breaking cleantech solutions for multiple industry sectors, including aerospace and Oil & Gas. She is a driving force in Canada’s blockchain technology industry as the Executive Director of the Canadian Blockchain Consortium (CBC) and co-founder/board member of the Canadian Blockchain Association for Women (CBAW). In her leadership role at the CBC, she has merged her passions for technology and social good to bring together blockchain companies, corporate leaders and the government to build the country’s largest blockchain ecosystem organization. An influential public speaker, writer, and community volunteer, Koleya strongly believes that uniting diverse voices behind a common goal is the path to creating a fairer, more sustainable and prosperous nation. Koleya also shares her passion for supporting women in STEM through her volunteer role as the Calgary Chapter lead for Women’s Entrepreneurship Organization, and as the Vice Chair of Elevate Aviation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the education and training of women to have technical careers in aviation.
In this episode, Koleya gives us stunning insight on her life before she found her calling, her tenacity when faced with unimaginable circumstances, carrying on her late father's invention and company, and so much more. She is an absolute force with an incredible story to tell, and a journey that's just beginning.
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