We had an amazing time hosting our GSEA finals on November 12th, 2020! Our four finalists presented their business pitches to our judges, and the winner won $1000 and the opportunity to virtually pitch to Bruce Coxburn. The winner of the Canadian competition will move on to our global awards in Washington.


Congratulations to our winner, Julia St. Amand! Learn more about Julia:

What is the name of your company? Retinalogik

What year was your company founded? The research started in 2018,  and the company was officially founded in 2020.

What is the core purpose of your company? Our social enterprise is built on the vision of affordable, precise, and accessible vision testing for all.

What is the core product/solution your company provides? A software solution that enables care providers to use virtual reality goggles and portable retinal cameras to perform routine vision tests, embedded with machine learning to also flag risk of conditions in their early stages.

What is your website? https://www.retinalogik.com/

Tell us about your business and how you’re changing the world for the better: Our focus is to remove barriers to vision screening, especially for rural areas in developed and developing countries to prevent avoidable blindness, and using machine learning to identify patients at risk to catch their conditions earlier

What future plans do you have for your business? Our social enterprise has aligned our five-year goals with the UN SDGs to boldly make our mark:

  • #17 – Partnerships for Goals – Deliver our solution with NGOs to enhance screening of 2 million people experiencing barriers to vision care in Canada and outside of Canada
  • #3 – Good health and Well Being – Become a respected Catalyst and Technical Leader for world-class digital applications for optical health/wellness
  • #9 – Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure – First – To-Market Global Leader for low-cost Vision Assessment Using Advanced VR Technology and AI for Developing and Developed Countries



Learn  more about our judges: 

Leslie Kraatz 

Leslie Kraatz was born and raised in Calgary and is the third-generation owner of Federal Metals Inc. She is responsible for a variety of activities ranging from macro-level strategic direction to daily management of operations. Leslie is also a founding partner of CRO Software solutions, which is a business management solution that utilizes advanced cloud-based technology, providing interactive, user-friendly dispatching, customer, fleet, and asset management solution. She is responsible for brand design, venture financing, and high-level decision making for the enterprise. Leslie is an executive director for Thirsty Naturals which is an innovative line of gender-neutral natural body care products targeting the tween and teen market.

Jessica Lortie

Jessica Lortie is the Marketing lead within CBRE’s Advisory & Transaction Services group based in Calgary, Alberta. Since joining CBRE in 2018, Jessica has led the organizational blueprint, improved team collateral output, and championed improving CBRE’s marketing strategy.

Jessica is part of a team of six industry professionals combining over 42 years of experience providing world-class customer service, specialty and commercial real estate solutions.   In the last 14 years, the team has completed over 1,200 lease transactions totaling over 5.0 Million square feet, sold over $300 million in corporate and investment properties, and participated in numerous portfolio analysis, rationalization and cost reduction assignments for its corporate clients across Canada and the US.

Prior to joining CBRE, Jessica obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary, with a concentration in Marketing. Jessica also spent a semester studying abroad at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.

Aaron Swanson

Aaron is currently a partner at Diamond Willow Advisory, a Calgary based finance firm that specializes in securing debt capital for small to medium-sized businesses. Prior to joining Diamond Willow, Aaron spent nearly 15 years in the capital markets industry as a top-ranked equity research analyst where he analyzed and valued public equities. Deep down Aaron knew he would come back to his entrepreneurial roots as he is always quick to remind people that he put himself through university with an owned and operated landscaping company.


Big thank you to EO Member Angela Chuy and her company, Wonton King for sponsoring the lunches for the event!

Thank you to UNA for creating the gift baskets.


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