Moderators

Rahim Sajan

Lead Moderator

@RahimSajan

Rahim Sajan is an educator, entrepreneur and curator. He is currently a teacher at Discovering Choices High School, within the Calgary Board of Education. He co-founded TEDxCalgary in 2010 and currently serves as its Curator. He also founded and leads the Resourceful Human Project and co-founded Mapleshares, a small startup that focuses on producing investment vehicles. Rahim also serves as an advisor and speaker coach for the Dean's Talks at the Cumming School of Medicine. 

 

A veteran educator, he specializes in architecting learning ecosystems that prepare people for an increasingly volatile, uncertain, and complex world. The Resourceful Human Project prepares youth and organizations for just such a world. His involvement within the K-12 School System, Dean's Talks, TEDxCalgary, and TED stems from his quest to create world-class multidisciplinary learning spaces, empower people and find solutions that respond to the complex needs of our time and place in history.  

 

Rahim has worked as a volunteer educator with youth in Kenya and with a youth empowerment project that spanned five cities and towns within Tanzania. He has worked as a Learning Leader within the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement, as a teacher in a remote First Nation's community in Northern Alberta, and also within the Calgary Young Offenders Centre. 

 

As a professional speaker Rahim has delivered keynote addresses to diverse audiences, including the Calgary City Teachers Convention, the Alberta Association of Medical Students, The Alberta Correctional Conference to the Distinguished Alumni address at the University of Calgary Alumni Conference, amongst others. He was honoured to serve as the distinguished alumnus at the 2015 convocation for Education Graduates at the University of Calgary. 

 

Rahim is passionate about Canada. He fell in love with this country in the middle of Saskatchewan whilst riding his Motorcycle coast to coast soon after he became a teacher. He is passionate about the land, institutions and people that make up this pluralistic country. He believes the good fortune of his family started the day they immigrated to Canada in 1993 from Tanzania.

 

Rahim holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary, and is a graduate of Leadership Calgary. 

Derek Hassay

Pitch Competition Moderator

Dr. Hassay holds a BBA (University of New Brunswick Fredericton), MBA (McMaster University), and a Ph.D. (University of Manitoba) and has been teaching at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary since 2000. Derek’s teaching and research interests exist at the intersection of Marketing and Entrepreneurship with an emphasis on the practical application of theory. An award-winning educator, Dr. Hassay is a sought after speaker on issues related to sales, marketing strategy and entrepreneurial thinking.

 

Derek helped establish the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Haskayne School of Business and is actively involved in the design and delivery of a variety of instructional, research and community engagement initiatives related to Entrepreneurial Thinking – a strategic focus for both the Haskayne School of Business and the University of Calgary.

 

Dr. Hassay is also the founder of Selling Smiles 101 an experiential learning project that simultaneously teaches sales and sales management skills to undergraduate students while raising money for children’s charities. This particular program has brought together Derek’s three passions: teaching, entrepreneurship and charity work. In seven short years this program has raised over $250,000 for the Alberta / NWT Chapter of Children’s Wish Foundation and supported the wishes of 15 children. The Selling Smiles program has received awards from a number of organizations including the American Marketing Association and Government of Alberta for its innovative approach to experiential learning.

Finally, Derek has a long association with the Direct Selling industry in Canada as a board member, adviser and guest speaker to a number of U.S. and Canadian firms. He has been honoured to receive both the Ivan P. Phelan and Circle of Distinction awards, as well as, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee medal for his efforts on behalf of the micro-entrepreneurs involved in the direct selling industry.

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