4:00 PM16:00

Networking Event: Business Development - Whose job is that anyway?


Business development is important to the growth of all companies, but what exactly is it? Is business development a role, or part of everyone’s job in the company? How do you know what resources should be dedicated to business development?

Come join our panel discuss how they implement business development successfully in their companies.  There will be networking opportunities and a chance to tour our space.



Damarys Zampini, President and CDO of Sustainable Strategy Solutions Ltd..

Damarys Zampini is a 20+ year Oil and Gas Professional, with a solid background in strategic growth, from hunt through to close, opening new markets, growing organic business, commercial negotiations.  Zampini has a holistic view and significant global network, and uses an “unconventional” people-first approach to sustainable business development. She also has experience in large, complex, global supply chain operations, focused around lean processes while eliminating waste.  

Since 2014, she has successfully worked with businesses to grow and “move the needle” by attaining larger footprint, identifying key partnerships, merger and/or acquisition opportunities, greater market share in properly identified growth regions, with a metrics-oriented delivery. Her passion for eliminating waste in the process is a key foundation for effective implementation.

Michelle Riccetto, Business Development Manager of Empower Me.

Michelle serves as the Business Development Manager for Empower Me Alberta. She’s worked in some form of business development, outreach, and/or marketing and communications for a variety of organizations including learning technology, energy commodities, non-profits, and currently an energy conservation social enterprise. Michelle’s hometown is Calgary, but she studied and worked in the USA for nearly ten years earning a Bachelor Degree from the University of Texas, and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

Trish Josephs, Founder of Echo Business Development Solutions Ltd.

Trish Josephs is a visionary thinker, master connector and an individual that builds and executes on corporate strategy with tremendous success. She is extremely skilled in strategic business development, marketing and branding, government relations and building strong ecosystem connections and teams with passion and energy. Her experience as an executive in health care ( Medical cannabis, Biotechnology, Diagnostic Imaging,) and integral part of the strategic executive team in oil and gas and digital technologies have allowed her to develop depth and expertise in multiple sectors.
Trish is passionate about technology, innovation, education, mentorship and giving back to the Calgary community. She mentors new tech start ups, has participated as a pitch coach with the Creative Destruction Labs, is a founding member of the Alberta Blockchain Consortium, sits as a board member of YYChain, Youth Unlimited Calgary and the Ukrainian Canadian Professional Business Club and is a long time member of the Dean's Circle at the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. She is also a volunteer with the Calgary Stampede focusing her efforts as past vice chair of the Indian Events Committee and most recently with the launch of the Indian Relay Races.

Robyn Bews , Vice President Of Business Development at Calgary Economic Development

Robyn was the founder of the national WORKshift program that supports organizations to understand and implement the future-of-work strategies. She is also the author Workshift: Future-Proof Your Organization for the 21st Century. 

Since exiting WORKshift, some of her recent projects have included the Amazon HQ2 bid, a Calgary-Silicon Valley strategy, working on the digitization of the energy sector and developing a cannabis strategy for Calgary.

A native Calgarian, Robyn has been a member of the Calgary Economic team since 2009. She leads an amazing team of professionals who are passionate about making Calgary the best place on earth to live. 


Are you an entrepreneur looking to connect with like-minded professionals in Calgary? If so, this networking event is perfect for you! You will have the opportunity to meet many entrepreneurial professionals as well as listen and interact during our panel discussion with other professionals, business owners and consultants.


Filming and Photography may take place, please read our Notice for Filming and Photography for further information.

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