Entrepreneur, Innovator, Connector
Entrepreneur, Innovator, Connector
Koleya Karringten is a technology entrepreneur known for her role in founding Absolute Combustion International Inc. (ACI), one of Alberta’s most innovative cleantech companies. In her role as the Executive Director of Canadian Blockchain Consortium, she gained notoriety for helping to enhance and share the opportunities within blockchain and cryptocurrency.
Her journey toward entrepreneurship, advocacy and leadership in technology innovation began at a young age while growing up in Vancouver, Canada. Raised in a family where business, inventiveness, critical thinking, and finance were imbedded in the fabric of daily life, her curious and creative nature was fostered in a supportive home environment. Koleya’s biggest influence and champion was her father, Darsell Karringten.
ABSOLUTE COMBUSTION INTERNATIONAL
After a decade-long process, Koleya and her father were able to transform their business idea and opportunity from a piece of paper to reality with ACI, which has grown to become one of Alberta’s most innovative cleantech companies. ACI is setting new industry standards for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving fuel efficiency and enhancing safety in industrial heating.
CANADIAN BLOCKCHAIN CONSORTIUM
The Canadian Blockchain Consortium is the province’s main ecosystem organization for the exciting and fast-growing blockchain technology industry. Always keenly interested in exploring the cutting edge of technological developments, under her leadership the Canadian Blockchain Consortium hosts numerous high-profile events, engages with industry and government, and takes an active role in promoting blockchain applications as a key solution to some of the country’s biggest economic challenges.
CANADIAN BLOCKCHAIN ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN
Koleya went on to expand her advocacy and business development work by co-founding the Canadian Blockchain Association for Women, where she advocates for women in this emerging industry and engages in industry partnerships and social good projects.
ALBERTA WOMEN ENTREPENEURS
Board Director/ 2020 Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year
Koleya also serves on board of Alberta Women Entrepreneurs, an organization that provides tools and resources to help women succeed in starting or growing a business.
In 2020, she won both the Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Alberta Women Entrepreneurs for her work in developing ground-breaking cleantech solutions with Absolute Combustion International, as well as Edmonton Global : Woman of Vision award for her entrepreneurship, vision and innovation in Alberta’s business sector.
As a leading figure in business and innovation, Koleya is well-known for her powerful speeches at corporate and advocacy events. Drawing from her extensive experience in business and entrepreneurship, Koleya is able to provide training on overcoming challenges, identifying blind spots, task prioritization and accountability.
Her leadership skills have earned her notoriety with a number of publications, including Alberta Venture, Oil and Gas Magazine, Energy Now, Community Now, Skies Magazine, various local and national news outlets print and online editions.
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There are rare people who have an intuitive ability to bring the right people together at the right time, and Koleya is truly among them. The connections she makes between industry, government and ecosystem leaders add tremendous value in building a stronger, more prosperous technology ecosystem. It’s inspiring how much she genuinely cares and wants to help people succeed through her philanthropy and volunteer work.Matthew BurgoynePartner, McLeod Law
With her passion for doing good and insights into our country’s biggest challenges, Koleya is a powerful force for change. The work she’s done in building bridges between communities, uniting industry leaders and promoting real-world solutions to problems makes her a leader that people can stand behind. Through projects like the Glenrose Foundation’s cryptocurrency donations and metaverse promotion, she is helping cutting-edge technologies have a big social impact.Mark KorthuisCEO, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation
Koleya is one of Canada’s top pioneers in blockchain for social change, and her work at the Canadian Blockchain Consortium has helped countless people understand how this emerging technology can benefit diverse communities. Using terms and metaphors everyone can understand, she has a way of explaining the technology that really makes it resonate.Danielle SmithCandidate, UCP Leadership
Women and girls need inspiring mentors to look up to – someone who’s used their hidden resources of drive and determination to overcome obstacles and achieve their highest goals. Koleya is exactly that person for so many people. Her passionate advocacy for women and other groups in the technology industry and her amazing personal history make her a riveting speaker and storyteller.Janine MoirNational Assurance Lead, Deloitte Canada
Koleya is an inspirational entrepreneur whose energy is contagiously motivating those around her to explore opportunities and question the norm. She’s a great role model for all business leaders, men and women alike. Her strong work ethic and ability to get things done quickly, coupled with her honesty and compassion make her an excellent Business Leader.Steve MaybeeVice President of Operations / Infrastructure, Edmonton International Airport
Koleya Karringten is a bright young woman with a purpose in life to inspire others every day. Her innate ability to communicate with others provides a platform for them to express themselves and know they have been heard. Her success in life is taking on projects and enjoying their completion and the willingness to empower others along the journey. Her audiences appreciate her spirit and honesty – skills they can adapt to achieve confidence and success!Lamae Saunders
Koleya is most likely one of the most effective business professionals to work with that I've ever experienced in my life. She is a broadminded business woman with exceptional compassion, dedication and leadership skills. She is result driven and works tirelessly to achieve her goals.Dave Bradley
Koleya Karringten is an entrepreneurial visionary. Persistent in her quest to make the world a better place, she spends her time creating solutions for the industry that make things more efficient, cost-effective and precisely more environmentally friendly.Tina OliveroCEO, Oil and Gas Magazine
Koleya is one of the smartest people I have ever had the pleasure to work with. She has a very strong work ethic and unparalleled analytic and problem-solving abilities. The ease in which she builds interpersonal relations with others is remarkable.Milena RadakovicCEO, Nexus Exhibits
Koleya is a person who has profound knowledge and great abilities of advanced business solutions. Koleya leads by example and many people at Absolute Combustion find her enthusiasm and dedication both inspiring and motivating. Anytime she is given really challenging tasks, she will get them done quickly and effectively.Tania SpearsPresident, Spears Bookkeeping
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