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Building What's Next.

It isn't just a slogan

It’s how we start every conversation. It’s how we identify the future-fit ventures we work with. It’s how we partner with Founders to accelerate and de-risk the innovation process and create meaningful impact and return on investment.  And it’s how we accelerate the transition to a regenerative economy that prioritizes social and environmental goals as much as fiscal ones. That is why Thin Air Labs was created. 

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Our model


Thin Air Labs is an ecosystem studio that invests in very early stage innovation through its venture arm, helps ventures succeed through its impact services team and helps nurture the innovation ecosystem through its involvement and influence with community builders and critical ecosystem partners.

Our beliefs


Founders First

Founders are uniquely capable of 
influencing the success of their business. We partner with them on their journey.


Support Early to Reduce Risk

Active participation helps de-risk & accelerate the growth of ventures.


Human Impact = Greater ROI + IOI

Return and impact on investment is driven by the size of the impact on humans.


Three experienced entrepreneurs...


James Lochrie

Co-founder of the global fintech startup Wave, entrepreneur, investor, ideator and volunteer focused on creating new solutions to big problems.

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Jim Gibson


Published author, entrepreneur, founder, venture financier, board member and community builder re-imagining new ways of generating value.​

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Greg Hart, Design Partner

Greg Hart


Ideas architect, people-first designer, lifetime entrepreneur, systems thinker, agile master planner with a future-forward intuition.

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...and a team of unlike minds

Rick Bird, Chief Operating Officer

Rick Bird
Chief Operating Officer

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Bob Thomes, Leader Effectiveness Lead
Crystal Phillips, Health Lead

Crystal Phillips
Health Lead

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Mitchell Gillespie, Chief Growth Officer

Mitchell Gillespie
Chief Growth Officer

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Leah Sarich, Head of Story
Andrew Browne, Business Development Lead

Bob Tomes
Leader Effectiveness Lead

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Leah Sarich
Head of Story

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Andrew Browne
Business Development

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Katie Greene, Funding Catalyst

Katie Greene
Funding Catalyst

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James Grant, Marketing Lead

James Grant
Marketing Lead

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Kristina Komarek
Funding Catalyst

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Ben Hilborn, Funding Catalyst

Ben Hilborn
Funding Catalyst

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Rosemary Sanchez, Software Development Lead

Rosemary Sanchez
Software Dev. Lead

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MK Lee, Software Developer

MK Kim
Software Developer

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William Lee, Software Developer

William Lee
Software Developer

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Katie Underwood
Software Developer

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This uncharacteristic team enables us to take a bold approach to ecosystem venture building in Alberta and beyond.