Ashlyn Bernier’s first love was science, and she spent a decade pursuing it at the University of Alberta, collecting a BSc and a PhD. Her affections then switched to business and entrepreneurship, and after completing an MBA she spent several years growing the University of Alberta Venture Mentoring Service. She was then swept off her feet by the startup life, and has since worked in Operational roles in several tech startups. She is currently COO at SAM Inc., which utilizes artificial intelligence to detect emergency and disruptive events based on social media chatter. In her spare time she loves to cook for friends and family, check out new restaurants, and ride her bike in the river valley.