Chief Catalyst for SAIT’s School for Advanced Digital Technology
If you’re inspired by digital disruption, you know at the core of Calgary’s growing tech ecosystem is Jim Gibson — a connector and catalyst.
Passionate, infinitely curious and a serial entrepreneur, Gibson believes he’s been preparing for the role of Chief Catalyst at SAIT’s new School for Advanced Digital Technology his entire career. Maybe it’s because he’s spent three decades anticipating, adapting and advancing technology trends and challenges.
Cutting to the chase and credentials, Gibson co-founded Rainforest Alberta in 2016 to advance innovation in Alberta. Most recently, he co-founded Thin Air Labs, which funds early-stage, entrepreneur-led technology ventures and networks. In addition to remaining a partner with Thin Air Labs, Gibson is a board member and advisor to Alberta Innovates, The A100, Mikata Health, Beakerhead and Venture Mentoring Services of Alberta.
With a Management Consultant designation (CMC) along with an MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies and Finance and a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Computer Science, Gibson also understands the business side of innovation and technology advances. Outlined in his recently published and thought-provoking book, Tip of the Spear: Our Species and Technology at a Crossroads, Gibson examines the challenges and the opportunities ahead.
“With my recent work, I have come to appreciate that some of the best technologies, innovations and breakthroughs will come from places in our global economy where we least expect.”
Recorded: November 26, 2020
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It appears everyone has something to contribute to the conversation about all things digital — and at SAIT, we are no different. With $38M in funding for SAIT’s new School for Advanced Digital Technology and a master strategic vision — New World New Thinking — we are putting our fiscal and strategic “shoulder to the wheel” as we build what’s next for individuals, companies and the city of Calgary. Together, we will embark on a journey to transform learning and skills for the digital era.
Join Jim Gibson, the lead and Chief Catalyst of the School for Advanced Digital Technology, as he outlines the foundations and strategies for what he believes are the keys to success in helping to reshape individual learners, corporate strategies and the economic diversification of one of Canada’s most entrepreneurial cities.