What it Takes to Succeed as a Tech Entrepreneur

Join WESK in partnership with Innovation Saskatchewan to hear first-hand from local Saskatchewan female founders in tech. Moderated by Kari Harvey, our panelists will share their experiences, opinions, and ideas on what it takes to succeed in the ever-changing world of tech entrepreneurship. We hope you are able to join us for some engaging (virtual) conversation!


Moderated by:

Kari Harvey, CEO of Innovation Saskatchewan

As CEO of Innovation Saskatchewan, Kari Harvey is a leader in Saskatchewan’s Innovation Revolution.  With the increasingly important role that tech is playing in growing Saskatchewan’s economy, Kari is leading initiatives to encourage more public procurement of locally developed technology, to develop our labour force talent, and to encourage more women into careers in technology.

With over 25 years of government service prior to working with Innovation Saskatchewan, Kari is a values-based leader who understands the importance of building relationships to accomplish her goals. She is a champion of our province and has travelled internationally and throughout Canada to promote our world-class innovation and technology sector.  She was a key player in the launch of Saskatchewan’s first technology incubator, and her support of the industry through digital storytelling was nominated for a national Digital Transformation Award.

Kari’s entrepreneurial spirit guides her approach and the results are a testament to her passion for Saskatchewan’s technology industry.


Katherine Regnier, Founder and CEO of Coconut Software

In 2011, Katherine quit her job at 3-months pregnant to solely focus on Coconut. In addition to running her business, she is passionate about giving back to Canada and wants to help pave the way for future entrepreneurs. Katherine is a founding board member of Co.Labs, Saskatchewan’s first technology incubator and hosted the very first Prairie Investment Forum (PIF), which was a celebration of technology and investment in the Prairies.

A strong advocate for women in tech, she regularly speaks at events, and is happy to share her experience and learnings at events such as WomeninTech, TechTO, City Hall (Toronto), Women Entrepreneurs, and at the University of Washington.

As a shining star in the Canadian tech scene, Katherine was awarded the 2018 CIX Top 20 Innovative Companies, the 2018 Find-A-Way Raj Manek Award, as well as the 2018 Women Entrepreneur of the Year – Prairie Region. Her passion and commitment has inspired a community of future risk takers and she hopes to be a symbol for women in the technology and STEM fields. Ms. Regnier’s success has helped put Canada on the map with investors across North America.


Kristy Ehman, CEO of Hyon Software

Kristy is a three-time entrepreneur with one exit. Based in Saskatchewan with her husband and two young daughters, Kristy has lived the chaos of having used items to rid of and no time or expertise to sell them. She is actively involved in her community, has experienced tremendous value from WESK and is so thankful to have the opportunity to be on this panel.

Joanne Cunningham, Founder of Wave9 Technologies

As an experienced administrator and school division superintendent, Joanne worked on multiple projects to improve education policies and procedures, implement First Nations curriculum in schools, and establish collaborative relationships with First Nations leadership and communities. With communication as her core skill, she has helped to build Wave9 from a vision to a startup, ready to scale. Her insights into business and Saskatchewan communities has influenced Wave9 and contributed to the design and development of a solution that will positively impact the  environmental and economic challenges of the energy industry.


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