Dr. Shawna Pandya is a citizen-scientist astronaut candidate with Project PoSSUM, physician, speaker, martial artist, advanced diver, skydiver and pilot-in-training. She holds degrees in neuroscience, space, entrepreneurship and medicine, and is currently completing a fellowship in Wilderness Medicine.
In 2015, Dr. Pandya completed Scientist-Astronaut Candidate training with Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) and was part of the first crew to test a commercial spacesuit in zero-gravity; her work with Project PoSSUM and Final Frontier Design was captured in the CBC Documentary, “W eAreCanada. ” She has continued to test commercial spacesuits with Project PoSSUM’s annual microgravity parabolic flight campaigns, and has completed over 100 parabolas in microgravity to date. Dr. Pandya is also the lead instructor for ProjectPoSSUM’sEVA102:SpaceandWildernessMedicine course. As part of Project PoSSUM, she also completed hypobaric hypoxia training, centrifuge studies, aerobatic flight, basic and advanced emergency spacecraft egress and sea survival training, and high altitude noctilucent cloud research. Dr. Pandya also completed a 2-week tour at the Mars Desert Research Station analog in Utah as the Crew Health and Safety Officer.
In her spare time, Dr. Pandya practices Taekwondo (as a second-degree black belt) and Muay Thai. She is currently working towards her private pilot’s license and holds her accelerated free fall solo skydiving license and numerous SCUBA diving certifications. Dr. Pandya also sings and plays the piano.
Keynote Speaker: Saher Ghattas
Saher Ghattas, CEO Flawless Inbound
Saher is the Co-Founder and CEO of Flawless Inbound, one of the fastest-growing B2B Sales and Marketing agencies in Canada focused on helping Canadian sales and marketing leaders with new playbooks to help them achieve their organizational annual revenue goals.
Saher has been working with mid-to-large technology, VARMSP, SaaS and manufacturing companies for nearly 20 years. As one of the co-founders of Flawless Inbound, he has helped more than 80 organizations successfully grow their potential – and increase their bottom line.
Saher’s focus is on providing in-depth expertise in sales and marketing to business-to-business companies with sophisticated, niche products and services. He has worked with organizations from $3-$25 million, from sales enablement to inbound marketing to account-based marketing divisions of large corporations to working closely with growth leaders, vice presidents and C-suite officers. He has provided strategy and leadership guidelines to C-suite and their Director level to clients in more than 10 industries including manufacturing, technology, VAR/MSP, SaaS, engineering, financial services, telecommunications and professional services.
Saher speaks frequently on B2B Sales & Marketing strategy at industry associations, economic development groups including BCTech,TEC-Alberta,ATBX, ChannelNext, Cisco and Microsoft events, Inbound and Marketing Events. He was also part of Forbes Agency council, and has been featured in Edmonton Business Magazine, and short-listed for the 2019 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. He is also the author of Journey to the Summit : Why Some B2B Organizations Can Achieve Exponential Growth While Others Are Still Struggling, a deep dive non-fluff blueprint for any B2B organization who is serious about their growth in the next 12-18 months.