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Business STEM and You

Join MentorUP for a MentorU series event where we will discuss how your business skills intersect the STEM field.

For this MentorU series event, we will discuss the importance of Business acumen in the field of STEM and how it brings value to an organization. Panelists will discuss their own experiences including the challenges and successes they’ve faced as STEM graduates, as well as the importance of developing strong skills in today’s increasingly competitive workplace.



Peter J. Bognar, BA, ED, CET

Peter started his career in manufacturing as a laboratory technician in a foundry where he advanced to Quality Control Superintendent. After leaving this post he advanced into sales engineer with the largest steel foundry system in the world, Midland-Ross Corporation during these early years he gained degrees at York University in Business Administration and Metallurgy at McMaster University. The bulk of his career from there involved senior management of factories and turn arounds of same. He had an extensive career in voluntary work having established a Bursary and serving on numerous boards as director and president. Currently he has joined the Financial Services Industry with Primerica Financial Services as District Leader.

Debra Greig, BSc, MBA

As an entrepreneur and corporate manager for nearly four decades, Debra Greig brings a wealth of entrepreneurial and business expertise to her endeavors. She holds a BSc in Computer Science and an MBA, both from the University of Alberta.  

Debra began her professional career as a retail manager, a job that would not have spanned twenty years had it not brought her much joy and given her invaluable business experience. In 2000, armed with the knowledge and confidence she had gained, she launched her first technology company. ShirWin Knowledge & Learning Systems fused educational methods with gaming technologies to create simulated learning environments for post-secondary students in a number of professional domains. It was important work but it is in her latest entrepreneurial endeavor that Debra feels she is finally able to marry the experience and knowledge of her life. TransforMana uses a variety of software and face-to-face techniques to strengthen and improve the business knowledge for the leaders of small technology-based companies. Debra is a champion of life-long learning and has a passion for creating professional education experiences; a passion that provided the basis for both of her businesses and that fuels the purpose for her evolving professional life.

Daniel Salamon, BSc, MBA

Daniel’s work experience started while he was completing his Computer Engineering degree at the University of Alberta. To pay for his tuition as an International Student, he took multiple jobs working as a Research Assistant in micro and nano-fabrication. After graduation, Daniel worked for 7 years for the National Institute of Nanotechnology (NINT) as an electron microscopy lab manager. During his time at NINT, Daniel pursued a part time MBA degree specialised in technology commercialization. Since, he has been an active part of the innovation ecosystem in Edmonton, working with companies and research groups to advance their technology to market. He served as a judge at the TEC Edmonton Venture Prize competition several times. Daniel currently works in the Program Investment group at the Alberta Cancer Foundation, where his focus is on funding and oversight of research and clinical projects with a high potential for impact for Albertans facing cancer.

Alisha Lewis, BTech, MLT, MLA

Alisha is a three-time Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) graduate with several years of experience within Laboratory Medicine. She started as a Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) performing phlebotomy and then earned her Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) diploma working in the Chemistry and Hematology department at a large hospital in Edmonton.

With front line experience, she completed her Bachelor of Technology Management (BTech) and supply chain courses and currently works at Alberta Health Services in the role of a Contract Coordinator for Laboratory Services.

Earlier Event: January 25
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