Conference Info

Conference Speakers

Dr. Glen L. Sumner

Professional Speaker

A born and raised Calgarian, Dr. Sumner went on to pursue an honors Bachelors of Science (BSc (Hons.)) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, which he followed with a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree shortly thereafter in 1990, also at Queen’s. While at Queen’s, Dr. Sumner played on the varsity football team as a wide receiver while pursuing his degrees. His subsequent training includes an Internal Medicine training program at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, followed by a Cardiology Fellowship, Echocardiography Imaging Fellowship, and a Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing Fellowship, all at McMaster university. He is also currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Health Economics (MSc.) from the London School of Economics. Dr. Sumner is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary and Libin Cardiovascular Institute, as well as the President of the Section of Cardiology within the Alberta Medical Association. Dr. Sumner is excited to be bringing insights to his career and education to the audience at Zenith.

Manpreet Deol

Student Speaker

Manpreet is in her third year of studying Mechanical Engineering with a Biomedical Specialization at the University of Calgary. She chose Engineering because she sees it as an avenue to solidifying strong problem solving abilities and a critical-thinking mindset. With a passion for traveling, Manpreet has visited 30 countries and can speak 5 languages. With these experiences, she believes that a globalized approach to learning and healthcare is important to developing empathetic leaders in the community. Manpreet also enjoys playing basketball, speed skating, and is a self-proclaimed chocoholic.


Reforming Education on Drugs (RED)

Reforming Education on Drugs is a University of Calgary Students Union club that aims to establish within students a foundational understanding of the biological mechanisms involved in illicit drug use and substance abuse. Through the use of interactive in-class presentations and demonstrations, RED provides individuals with the ability to engage and think critically with these topics, all the while developing a love for science learning. RED is excited about bringing their experience to Zenith and inspiring students to think outside the box on this topic.


Thought you were leaving Kahoot in your classroom? Think again! Prove your knowledge of the health sciences while picking up a few new tricks along the way.

University and Scholarship Applications

Feeling like you need to be able to launch a rocket, converse with aliens, and then publish all of that in Nature to go to university? What about scholarships? Project Pulse's Andrew Thompson has created a lunchtime workshop that will redefine success to be inclusive of you and not just your achievements. Andrew is excited to have the opportunity to be sharing his experiences and insight with the audience, and hopes to make a profound impact on the futures of those in attendance.


University and Professional Panels

A yearly staple of Project Pulse, we are excited to announce the return of our university and professional panels for the Zenith conference! These panels give students key insights into the developments of academia and the professional world, serving to both inspire and inform. Check the panels sub-page for the full list of panelists!

Opportunity Fair

The Opportunity Fair is another returning favourite to the Zenith Conference. This meet-and-greet will allow students to become aware of the non-profit organizations (NPOs) that invest in their communities and learn about how they can make a difference by getting involved.

More conference details will be added soon. Check back frequently for updates!