Intrinsic Innovations is a global community.  We are a global network that is dedicated to helping businesses cross borders.  We realize that no single organization can do it all - this is why we continue to expand our network of trusted partners.  We continuously hold regular discussions with our partners to understand how we can best serve our founders and their companies.

 
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Our Story

After observing the many challenges and costs associated with expanding a business into new markets, we realized the importance of having trusted connections off-shore for establishing a cross-border business.

Intrinsic Innovations was launched as a way to facilitate global connections.  We focus on creating and fostering cross-border connections to create a pathway for businesses from Canada to other countries, and from around the world to Canada, all seamlessly.  With our partners, Intrinsic Innovations offers insights into local requirements and expectations for business operations, intellectual property, human resources, legal and regulatory requirements between the two countries, as more importantly, the sometimes-subtle differences in business culture and etiquette.

 

Meet the Team

 
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Andrew Sanden, (BSc(Eng), MBA)

CEO/Co-Founder

 

Andrew is CEO/Co-Founder of Intrinsic Innovations and Intrinsic Venture Capital. He is passionate about technology and innovation, enabling the success of entrepreneurs, and seeking ways to grow the economies of Calgary, Alberta and Canada. His expertise includes the startup ecosystem, the energy sector, the defense communications sector, venture capital, and small-cap private equity.  Andrew is a vocal advocate for economic immigration, serving as an active member of NACO’s SUV review panels, and a member of CVCA’s international committee.

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Alec Wang, (BCom, BEcon)

VP Development/Co-Founder

 

Alec is Co-Founder and VP Development at Intrinsic Innovations; Co-Founder of Intrinsic Venture Capital, Co-Founder and VP of Intrinsic Investments; and, CEO and Co-Founder of Click Dishes; notably, Alec founded Nomi, which exited in 2019 to DoorDash. Alec is passionate about international business development and giving back to the community.

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Uliana Yildirim, (MSc, PhD)

Director of Community Engagement

 

Uliana is Director of Community Engagement at Intrinsic Innovations. She has extensive work experience in the energy sector in Canada and internationally, both in academia and the industry in the areas of R&D, new technology, consulting, business development, marketing and sales. She also has several professional awards for the contribution to the industry and building professional community.

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Wanda Palmer, (CAAP)

Community Engagement Associate

 

Wanda is the Community Engagement Associate at Intrinsic. Wanda is a marketing professional with over 20 years of experience. She has extensive experience developing new data marketing, research and analytics tools. Wanda has also worked in community investment and community building roles which she is very passionate about.

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Heather Herring, (BSc, MBA)

Executive in Residence and Chief Advisor

 

Heather is the Executive in Residence and Chief Advisor – Ecosystem at Intrinsic Innovations. Her varied career has included serving as the Executive in Residence with Zone Startups Calgary and Foresight, and extensive work in academia, private and public sector companies with a focus on cleantech.

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Mark Salked, (MBA)

Executive in Residence and Chief Advisor

 

Mark is the Executive in Residence and Chief Advisor – Industry at Intrinsic Innovations, VP of Business Development at AW Rentals and Past President and CEO of Petroleum Services Association of Canada. Mark has over 25 years of industry experience, is a member of the University of Calgary’s Chancellor’s Circle and Senator and a member of the Dean's Advisory Council at SAIT.

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