Alberta Enterprise is managed by a team that has deep experience in venture capital and as private entrepreneurs in technology commercialization.

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Kristina Williams

President and Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining Alberta Enterprise, Kristina worked for several technology companies where her responsibilities spanned the spectrum of legal, regulatory, international and new business development, corporate strategic planning, intellectual property management, as well as marketing and sales. At Alberta Enterprise Kristina has lead several of the corporation’s investments. In 2014 she was named the President and CEO, and she now oversees the management of the Alberta Enterprise Fund. Kristina currently sits on several Limited Partnership Advisory Boards of Alberta Enterprise’s VC funds.  She is a member of the TEC Edmonton Board of Directors, she is an Associate with Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies, and she has been a member of the Edmonton Health City Steering Group where she led the finance working group. Kristina holds an MBA from the University of Alberta, a Master of Laws from the University of Uppsala, accreditation for the Venture Capital Executive Program from the University of California, Berkeley – Walter A. Haas School of Business, and an ICD.D from the ICD-Rotman Director Education Program.

Rebecca Giffen

Vice President Investments

Rebecca has over 20 years of experience in the Canadian venture capital industry. In addition to serving as Vice President Investments with Alberta Enterprise, she is the Executive Director of the Venture Capital Association of Alberta. Prior to joining Alberta Enterprise, Rebecca was Director of Fund Investments for BDC Venture Capital, where she was responsible for managing an extensive portfolio of Canadian venture capital and private equity fund investments. Rebecca has a strong background in portfolio management, conducting industry research, performing financial analysis and undertaking due diligence. Rebecca also spent several years as an Investment Analyst with BDC’s Information Technology group. She holds both MBA and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.

Paul Godman

Vice President Investments

Paul Godman has over 20 years of experience in corporate and venture capital finance, renewable energy, as well as leadership in corporate sustainability. Prior to joining Alberta Enterprise, Paul held roles managing EnCana’s Clean Energy Corporate Venture Fund, and Cenovus Energy’s Sustainability Team. He served with TransAlta hydro operations, worked in environmental consulting and was the Chair of the non-profit Alberta EcoTrust.  Paul holds an M.Sc. from the University of Calgary, a B.Sc. from the University of Waterloo, as well as various accreditations in finance and leadership.

Christiana Manzocco

Director of Industry Development & Investment Associate

Christiana’s career has spanned industries from fashion to energy, working chiefly as a management consultant helping large corporations to innovate and implement new technologies. Christiana led the development of an applied AI division within her organization and spearheaded global expansion initiatives in the UK and Europe, where she became engaged with London’s fintech and AI ecosystem.
Prior to joining Alberta Enterprise, Christiana was part of the inaugural Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies cohort and served as Ambassador and member of the Hunter Hub Executive Team Advisory Committee. She is a member of the C100 48 Hours in the Valley Selection Committee, the Rainforest Steering Committee and the Edmonton Health City Financing Innovation working group. She holds an MBA from the University of Calgary, and accreditation for the Venture Capital Executive Program from the University of California, Berkeley – Walter A. Haas School of Business. Christiana is pursuing a certificate of Business Excellence (COBE) from the University of California, Berkeley as well as ILPA Institute Level I and Level II accreditation from the University of Chicago Booth.

Carolina Rahikka

Operations Manager