Idea Den Live Pitch Event

For Immediate Release – Edmonton – February 27, 2018 – The Idea Den event, where the top submissions to The Edmonton Project will be pitched live, is fast approaching on March 6th.


From an outdoor sauna to a food truck Ferris wheel, the top submissions to The Edmonton Project are being presented. Shortlisted ideas have received design, construction, and engineering support from local Edmonton experts to help polish their pitches to the Idea Den panelists and event attendees.


Due to the venue capacity, the general public will be unable to attend in person but the event will be live streamed on YouTube with the link accessible from The Idea Den panelists will make their final decision at the event, determining which idea will move on the next phase of the project where it will be brought to life.


The Idea Den panel is comprised of local city-building individuals:

  • Ayaz Bhanji – Senior Partner/Owner, REMAX Excellence & EPC Capital and President of the University of Alberta Alumni Association

  • Carrie Doll – Owner, Carrie Doll Consulting and former Television Journalist

  • Krista Ference – Board of Directors of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, Co-Chair of the Harvest Celebration Gala for the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, and former Professional Snowboarder

  • Ryan Jespersen – Radio Host of The Ryan Jespersen Show on 630/CHED

  • Cheryll Watson – Vice President, Urban Economy at Edmonton Economic Development Corporation


Top submissions being presented include:

  • Advent Festival – Georgina Atkin

  • #OneEdmonton – Slavo Cech

  • Gondola Over the North Saskatchewan – Gary & Amber Poliquin

  • Winter River Pavilions – Matthew Roper

  • Container City – Gene Dub

  • YEG Globe – Cody Mathiesen & Kayla Bradford Sinasac

  • The Inner City – Carla Wilson & Elyse Chatterton

  • The Food Truck Ferris Wheel – Matt Schuurman & Megan Dart

  • River Valley Saunas – Emma Sanborn, Alex Hindle, Kari Bazian & Ranon Soans

Founding Partner Jeffery Hansen-Carlson from EllisDon said, “It will be exciting to watch the pitches and see all the hard work and passion that has gone into these submissions. I can’t wait to find out which idea will be moving forward into implementation.”


For more information, please contact:

Alyson Hodson, President and CEO

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Launching at the end of August 2017, The Edmonton Project put out a call for entries to Edmontonians to submit their ideas for a permanent place of attraction in Edmonton. It will be up to the Idea Den panel to determine which idea will be brought to life.


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