Oct 02, 2023 // 6:00- 8:00pm

Panel: Product Optimization vs. 0-1 Products

Product Calgary presents a panel discussion comparing the strategies behind product optimization vs. building a 0-1 product

Panel: Product Optimization vs. 0-1 Products

Product Calgary is proud to present our first panel of the season on Monday, October 2, 2023 at Neo Financial 200 8 Ave SW, suite 400.

Doors open at 6pm for networking & the panel is at 6:30pm. This is a member-only event. Please purchase a membership here prior to the event.

The event takes place at Neo's offices in the Hudson Bay building on 8th Avenue SW. Access the doors off of 7th Avenue along the c-train line and take elevators to the 4th floor.

A panel featuring product managers from Benevity, Neo Financial and Goodness Giveaway.

Sponsored by Neo Financial.

Join us to kick of this Product Calgary season as we talk about Product Optimization vs. 0-1 Products with Kelly, Mark and Peter!

Discover the art of fine-tuning existing products for maximum impact, and then buckle up for the wild ride of birthing brand-new, groundbreaking innovations. Our panel of industry rockstars will share their war stories, secret strategies, and epic wins in both arenas.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just getting started, this event promises to spark new ideas and perspectives for your product journey. Expect a dynamic conversation, some ‘aha’ moments, and plenty of inspiration. Secure your spot today, and let’s dive into the exhilarating world of product management together!

Presenting Panel

Mark Kovats, Community Builder and Co-Founder, Goodness Giveaway

"After more than 10,000 hours of Product Management experience, I still live for the same “why” that hooked me on day one; building products that connect us and make a real difference in the world. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with and build products for some of the worlds most iconic brands, the worlds top charities. Having reached millions of users and raising millions of dollars for charity, I am very grateful for the life path my heart has lead me down.

My “how” has been working with amazing folks to co-create new and exciting products that change the world. I believe that purpose is at the core of every great business and individual and I live to empower teams to create scalable platforms that can make a difference in the world.

My product philosophy is that building great products starts with building great teams; because we’re not just building products, we’re building people. I’m passionate about growing individuals, teams and products to make the world a better place.

I also completed a Marketing Diploma, a Business Degree, the Associate Product Management program, Scrum Product Owner and am constantly reading & learning about how to start, run and opperate business in 2023.

Outside of work, you’ll find me playing hockey, practicing yoga, meditation or hanging out with my German Shorthaired Pointer puppy, Bo (who is a bundle of energy!)."

Peter Zhang, Product Manager, Neo Financial

Advocate of the saying 'making something out of nothing'. Technology, finance, and venture capital enthusiast. Currently a Product Owner at Neo Financial. Previous experience includes B2B SaaS and a student-led national venture capital firm.

Kelly Tweddell, Senior Product Manager, Benevity

Kelly has been a Product Manager at Benevity for 4 years. Kelly is responsible for Benevity's mobile applications which make it easy for people to have an impact through giving and volunteering. In her time at Benevity she has also worked on search, content discovery and internal tools.

Vibhu Mahajan, Director of Communications and Marketing, Product Calgary (moderator)

Vibhu is a small-business owner who worked in the fintech industry for nearly a decade and finished off her career as Senior Product Manager at Carta. Her history includes tenures at local software companies Shareworks by Morgan Stanley, Benevity and P2 Energy Solutions specializing in building tax, regulatory and compliance solutions. Prior to that she worked for several years in oil and gas as a production and revenue accountant. This is Vibhu's 3rd year volunteering as the Director of Communications for Product Calgary.

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