Catherine Warren is the CEO of Edmonton Unlimited, the innovation authority for Alberta’s capital city. A champion of enlightened and digital economies, Catherine has lived and worked in Canada, the US, UK and Europe. She has served as a C-suite executive in publicly-traded companies, academic institutions and government-business enterprises.
Most recently, as Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver Economic Commission, she led the team in attracting $3B in foreign direct investment to the region. As CEO for Canada’s Centre for Digital Media, Catherine led Vancouver’s vibrant arts, industry and education district through its last mile of urban revitalization.
In more than two decades as a tech and fan culture advisor, Catherine’s track-record includes financings, mergers and acquisitions and new distribution models for media rights holders, across television, film, music, video games and esports. Earlier in her career, she was the start-up COO of a broadcast software company that she and her partners took to the Nasdaq and grew to a $300m market cap.
Catherine has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, with a focus on climate change, and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York, where she did her original thesis work onsite at MIT covering the launch of its digital media lab. Catherine is currently Canada’s representative on the international Emmy nominating committee; and a board director of the World Summit Awards for digital innovation, a United Nations flagship program.