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Monday, September 16

10:00am PDT

Grammarly presents 'Calculated Risks: How Grammarly went from a niche product to a Global brand'
Max Lytvyn, a Grammarly co-founder and its current Head of Revenue, talks about how Grammarly went from a niche product to a global brand, describing calculated risks you can take to realize the potential of your business.

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Max Lytvyn

Co-Founder & Head of Revenue, Grammarly
Max is a co-founder at Grammarly. As the Head of Revenue, Max is focused on identifying and expanding new market opportunities for Grammarly’s product portfolio.Prior to Grammarly, Max co-founded MyDropBox, a plagiarism-detection company, and then served as the Director of Product... Read More →

Monday September 16, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Spaces Gastown 151 West Hastings Street, Lower Level

12:00pm PDT

DataTrue presents 'Selling to Enterprise Customers: A Startup Guide'
As a startup, it can be a challenge to sell to large enterprise customers. From RFPs, to procurement and legal - it's a whole new world from small startups. Join JP Cheung, Head of Sales at DataTrue, along with others to talk about the tips and tricks (from experience) on how to sell to large customers.

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JP Cheung

Head of Sales, DataTrue
JP Cheung, head of sales at DataTrue, has been in technology sales for 10+ years across different industries such as BI (business intelligence), audit, automation, and digital marketing. Outside of work, JP is a devoted husband and father, and a dog lover who loves spending time outdoors... Read More →
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Maria Osipova

Head of Marketing, Traction Guest
Maria is a Revenue Marketer with a 15-year, successful track record in driving predictable and sustainable sales growth in technology and software organizations. Specializing in the development of lead-to-revenue strategies, Maria drives demand generation programs for enterprise sales... Read More →
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Monica McMahen

Director of Marketing, Optigo Networks
Monica McMahen is the Director of Marketing at Optigo Networks. She has a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from UBC, and has spent the last 6 years running marketing departments at 2 different startups, selling to consumers, educational institutions, corporations and enterprises... Read More →
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Denny Hollick

Growth & Product Marketing, ATB Financial
Working with new technologies and creating innovative products is something Denny loves doing. A full-stack marketer, developer, entrepreneur, and product strategist with a keen ability to help companies find their best path to growth and help build user-centric products that solve... Read More →
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Kasey Bayne

Head of Marketing, DataTrue
Passionate about marketing, tech, and helping businesses grow, Kasey is an experienced marketing leader and Head of Marketing at DataTrue.With over a decade of marketing experience, Kasey has spent time building marketing and sales channels at FreshBooks, Olark Live Chat, and other... Read More →

Monday September 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Hervana Coworking Collective 506 - 595 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2T5

4:00pm PDT

Dudoc Vancouver and Walas Innovation presents 'Startups for Cities: Sustainable Impact'
“With more than 39 percent of B.C. residents owning their own company or running a side hustle, British Columbia is the most entrepreneurial province in Canada—"

Vancouver Start-ups make our cities more sustainable and innovative. Discover inspirational stories from 3 local innovators in sustainable urban development. We’ll have a panel of three delegates that give their opinion on the start-up scene in the City. Learn more about start-ups being healthy for the social, economical, and environmental well-being of our cities. Learn from experts about the intangible consequences of fast exit strategies and explore together if there is such thing as ‘too many start-ups in a city’.

Hosted at Dudoc Vancouver, a Walas Innovation Centre. Sustainable Urban Development I Access to Innovations | European Practices | Platform for Dialogue. Join our events and community. Proud member of World of Walas.

Monday September 16, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Dudoc Vancouver 1489 Frances Street, V5L1Z1
Tuesday, September 17

10:00am PDT

Spark to Substance presents 'Humanizing Wicked Business Problems for StartUp CEOs, Business & Technology Leaders'
Harness the power of creativity and innovation for solving complex wicked business problems. Get your creative confidence to get your board, investors, executives and teams aligned not only on the problem but working creatively, analytically and collaboratively to solve them.

In this workshop, we have demystified the art of problem solving that is deeply human centered. Borrowing fundamentals from first principles, behavioral science, strategy, systems thinking and product management, learn the tools to solve problems from product development, innovation, building differentiation, rebuilding business models, market expansion, customer retention among others. Learn the superpowers that enables startups to progress from launch phase to growth and then to hyper growth!

This workshop will introduce this in a highly immersive and interactive format so that you can start applying these tools right away. And yes, we get asked a lot but the answer is a big NO – You do not need to be a designer to learn and apply human centered design in your life and work.

What you will learn:
- Core fundamentals
- Examples
- Audience Activities
- Framework and Toolkits

Who is this workshop for:
Startup CEOs, leaders in companies who desire to reignite innovation in their teams. This workshop builds on existing skills and amplifies them with superpowers for solving your wicked business problems in a creative and fun way.

Why Attend Now?

We can think of a few reasons:

1. You have a hunch of an untapped problem in the market and solving it could make a huge difference. You want to validate and build on that as quickly as possible

2. You want to grow - both bookings and control your leaky bucket. You need to get it right as this hinges on upcoming funding rounds and team morale

3. You want to reimagine your existing offering and humanize the experience, brand and business model so that it is memorable and sustainable

4. You have a product or service that you have taken to market, now is the time you are thinking of growing with scale. You need to operationalize product management and growth

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Bosky Mukherjee

CEO/Founder, Spark to Substance
Bosky Mukherjee is a multifaceted Product & Growth Leader in the areas of productleadership, growth and scaling businesses. She deeply understands what it takes toestablish a great product management and growth teams. A practitioner and anadvocate for humanizing collaboration, creativity... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Login Radius #800 - 815 West Hastings Street, V6C 1B4

12:00pm PDT

Hervana Coworking Collective presents 'Leveraging the Power Community For Your Startup '
Increase awareness, expand your sphere of influence and create a brand that people love and trust.

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Rob Balasabas

Social Media & Community Manager, Thinkific
Rob Balasabas is the Social Media & Community Manager at Thinkific. He manages the daily curation of Thinkific’s message on social media. You’ll also find him engaging with their private online community of over 15,000 (and growing) online course creators inside the “Thinkific... Read More →
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Sophie Bujold

Founder and Chief Strategist, Cliqueworthy
Green tea latte addict. Book nerd. Mixed media artist. As the Founder and Chief Strategist of Cliqueworthy, Sophie’s the powerhouse and connection-creator that links our clients to their audiences. Beyond holding a BA in Communications with a specialization in Public Relations... Read More →
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Ysobel Biron

Co-founder, IN. Communications Inc.
Yzobel Biron's mission is to empower women, creators, and youth through community building initiatives. She is the co-founder of IN. Communications Inc., a communications agency whose mission is to create social impact through relationship building. She's an advocate of empowering... Read More →
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Amneet Athwal

Founder, EmpowHer
Amneet Athwal is a young entrepreneur who utilizes her skillset for the purposes of marketing lifestyle and businesses of varying sizes. Amneet explores new companies and their best version of themselves by marketing them in her style choices. She consults with small businesses to... Read More →
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Tamara Hombrebueno

Community Manager and Customer Champion, Thinkific
Tamara is a Community Manager and Customer Champion at Thinkific, where she empowers a global community of educators who teach online. With a growing community of over 16,000 educators, she works with a team to build engagement, encourage sharing, and to instill a culture of learning... Read More →
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Meredith Garritsen

Founder, Hervana Coworking Collective
Meredith is the founder of Hervana coworking collective, a platform for women to connect, share knowledge, and grow their businesses and leadership skills. Utilizing this platform women work on (not in) their business, and build leadership skills to propel them in their careers. Through... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Hervana Coworking Collective 506 - 595 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2T5

12:00pm PDT

Playficient presents 'Beyond the Ping Pong Table: Creating A More Playful Framework For The Workplace'
The last decade has seen a rise in playful workplaces, from ping pong tables, dogs in the office, playstations, napping pods, and bean bag chairs. Yet, employee engagement rates haven't budged. Shouldn't creating a more playful workplace have changed this? The issue is that organizations are typically catering to one type of play, and just copy what other organizations are doing. In this interactive session, we will discuss what organizations get wrong about creating playful workplaces, the eight play personalities, and how your organization can use the eight play personalities to create a more playful framework in the workplace that looks beyond the ping pong table.

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Paul Lopushinsky

2018, Playficient
Paul Lopushinsky (Law-puh-shin-ski) has worked in the Product Management and User Experience Design space since 2012. Paul is experienced with using the design thinking process to identify user needs and pain points, along with the user onboarding experience. He has seen time and... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
TTT Studios TTT Office and KPMG Ignition Centre, 1250 - 777 Dunsmuir Street, V6E 3Z3

4:00pm PDT

Tamwood Careers presents 'Blue Ocean Strategy: Unlocking New Customer Markets For Startups'
Join Startup Vancouver Community Leader and Blue Ocean Strategy workshop practitioner Colin Weston as he shares startup case studies that show how you can create new customer value rather than compete over saturated market space in order to make the competition irrelevant.

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Colin Weston

Co-Founder and Partner REVIVER Sport Entertainment, Host of the ModGold Podcast, Startup Vancouver Community Leader
Colin juggles several entrepreneurial balls at once, combining his love for design, architecture, innovative sport experiences, podcast storytelling and community building.As a partner at REVIVER Sport Entertainment, he works to unlock new customer markets by bringing together the... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Tamwood Careers 200-889 W Pender St Vancouver, BC V6C 1M2

4:00pm PDT

Tanessa Shears Coaching presents 'Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself'
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: Go From Disorganized & Overwhelmed to Highly Productive, Confident & Successful with Self Coaching

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Tanessa Shears

Founder, Tanessa Shears Coaching
Tanessa Shears is an experienced life and weight coach who specializes in helping high achieving career women drop both the mental weight and the physical weight. With over 10 years of showing clients exactly how to create confidence and transformation in their lives, she gets her... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Spaces Gastown 151 West Hastings Street, Lower Level

6:00pm PDT

Groundswell presents 'Radical Women in Business'
Featuring women influencing national startup ecosystem, including impact investor, and feminist social entrepreneurs. Panel includes women of diverse cultural backgrounds. Themes: What does it mean to get paid as a woman? What does it mean to hold power as a woman? What challenges and advantages do women have in building a new social economy? Five unique voices share stories of doing business while female.

6:00pm - 7:30pm: Panel Discussion
7:30pm - 9:00pm: Potluck

Yes, it's a potluck! Stay after the panel to eat together and get deeper into conversation with the panelists and a wicked community of socially minded changemakers.

Accessibility & Getting Here:

Groundswell is wheelchair accessible, with elevator access to the 4th floor of the Sun Wah building from the lobby. Washrooms are gender neutral and wheelchair accessible.

From the lobby, take the elevator up to the 4th floor and head down the hallway to your right. Do not take the escalator up from the lobby unless you like figuring out mazes!

The Sun Wah parking garage is locked at 7 pm so if you are driving, please find street parking.

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Marissa Wright

Advisor, Groundswell
Marissa is a business leader and advisor with 35 years experience primarily with technology-based businesses, with the last 17 years in a Vice-President/General Manager, and received her MBA from SFU in 2013. Marissa is a founder of three companies, and has helped several other entrepreneurs... Read More →
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Vidya Crawley

Mentor, Groundswell
Combining human-centred design, lean startup and empathy-based marketing, Vidya is a sought-after advisor for social purpose businesses bringing new products, services and innovations to market. With 15 years of global experience as both intrapreneur and entrepreneur, she coaches... Read More →
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Elena Yugai

Director of Development, Groundswell
Elena is a cultural historian who turned to social entrepreneurship and impact investing to directly affect the social change she believes in. Elena is an advocate for women-led and women-serving businesses, especially immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs. Explore educator, Director... Read More →
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Catherine Ludgate

Advisor, Groundswell
Catherine is a dedicated co-operator transforming complex tools into accessible and relevant ones for the social benefit sector in service of social change. She has a talent for translating complex tools available to government and for-profits (financial services, legal tools, communication... Read More →
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Paola Qualizza

Managing Director, Groundswell
Paola brings authenticity to radical movements and projects in the local economy. As Managing Director of Groundswell, she orchestrates the building of a vibrant social ecosystems that liberates people to pursue their creative ventures and livelihoods.

Tuesday September 17, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm PDT
Groundswell Clubhouse 268 Keefer Street, Unit 421, Vancouver, BC, V6A 1X5

6:00pm PDT

Miller Thomson presents 'Building Inclusive Cultures'
Before Google, Facebook, and Uber were sued for gender discrimination, they were startups with a great idea and passionate people.  How can startups attract and retain diverse talent, market to a broad audience, and not (accidentally) marginalize potential investors?  Instead of correcting costly blindspots down the road, startups can build a collaborative, inclusive culture from the beginning.  Founders are often so focused on the product that organizational culture becomes not only a tertiary concern, but an overwhelmingly complex topic.  In addition, increasing inclusion will only improve overall potential for a greater audience and a greater capacity to increase exposure to your brand, culture and services/products.  Experts in tech, startups, organizational culture discuss your concerns (yes, your actual concerns because this is an interactive session!) in a pub quiz and give tips on how to address them.  We will be discussing:

  • Creating a strong inclusive culture that attracts diverse applicants and is receptive to course corrections
  • Marketing strategies that showcase your organization’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Raising money for underrepresented entrepreneurs
  • Reaching international (greater!) audiences

Don’t end up in the annals of discrimination history; do culture well from the start to launch your organization to greater heights.

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Dr. I-Chant A. Chiang

Vice-President, Sea to Sky Alliance for Education
Dr. I-Chant A. Chiang is a cognitive psychologist, with a focus on language and culture.  She is a sought-after speaker and consultant and has published on topics ranging from political psychology to student motivation to innovation and risk-taking.  A passionate educator and educational... Read More →
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Jennifer Berdahl

Professor, Sociology, University of British Columbia
Jennifer Berdahl (PhD, Social Psychology) is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on the social psychology of gender and power at work, with emphasis on the relationship between organizational culture and sexual harassment... Read More →
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Vivian Chan

COO, Eyexpo Technology
Vivian Chan is a technology executive who has been involved in launch, monetization, sales and marketing for 3 waves of disruptive technology: Big Data; Cloud ; and now AR/VR. She has over 18 years of experience working with companies of all sizes from startups to taking mid-sized... Read More →
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Ashley Mitchell

Partner, Miller Thomson LLP
Ashley Mitchell is a partner at Miller Thomson LLP and practices in the areas of employment, human rights and privacy law.  Ashley acts for and advises provincially and federally regulated employers on a broad range of workplace matters including wrongful dismissals, terminations... Read More →
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Patrick Pennefather

Assistant Professor, Film & Theatre, University of British Columbia
Keywords to describe Patrick Pennefather: disruptor, 'professor', composer, clown, sound designer, researcher, facilitator, writer, hybrid, CDM, UBC, adaptive
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Ellie Rubin

Advisor, Thinkwire
Ellie Rubin is a bestselling business author, entrepreneur and business advisor, with a background in journalism and international speaking.  Ellie began her entrepreneurial journey as the President & Co-founder of Bulldog Software - a Digital Media Asset Management Platform with... Read More →
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Loretta Todd

Filmmaker & Producer
Loretta Todd is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker, producer, writer and show runner. Her family is Cree/Metis from northern Alberta, Canada. Her work encompasses documentaries, television, webseries, Apps and now she has directed, produced and co-wrote her first... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm PDT
Miller Thomson 725 Granville St Suite 400, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1G5
Wednesday, September 18

4:00pm PDT

Tamwood Careers presents 'Revenue Model Forecasting: Going Beyond The "Three Scenario Model"'
Part of the entrepreneurial journey is facing risks. When developing our financial projections, we often default to the typical three scenarios approach – worst, baseline and best case scenarios – to help us plan for those unexpected catastrophic fires.

Come join us for an interactive session where we will map out the pros and cons of the three scenarios approach and explore a modern alternative that will help us navigate more clearly around the unknowns. We will dive into some existing tools, together with our spreadsheet models, to step through how this technique can hash out the “what if” scenarios.

To wrap up, we will see how we can take advantage of this technique to better our confidence when reaching
out for funding.

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Luiz Persechini

Co-founder, Sherwa
Luiz Persechini is the Co-founder of Sherwa online, a start-up that is changing the way gamersget connected. Luiz has worked for 15 years with large multinationals in different capacities untilhe finally heard his entrepreneurial call about a year ago.He has a Bachelor in Economics... Read More →

Wednesday September 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Tamwood Careers 200-889 W Pender St Vancouver, BC V6C 1M2

6:00pm PDT

RED Academy presents 'Zero Waste Startups'
The City of Vancouver has a long-term vision for the city to achieve the goal of zero waste by 2040. Is going zero waste possible, and can startups make a difference?

With this overarching goal on everyone's minds, we're putting our heads together to discuss the changing face of sustainability in startups. Topics of discussion include what are the challenges around being a startup that helps people be zero-waste, or being a startup that wants to be zero waste? And at the end of the day, can startups really make a difference? We'll also be talking about the City of Vancouver's plan towards 2040, which includes policies and actions to help stimulate, support, and allow Vancouver to become a zero waste community. What role can startups play in helping this city achieve its clean green dreams?

Join us on September 18th for an interactive discussion on zero waste startups, and how it might affect us as consumers in the long run. We'll be welcoming a handful of speakers to share their expertise, and opening discussion up to the audience to share their experience!


5:45pm - 6pm: Doors open, registration

6pm - 6:20pm: Refreshments and mingling. Grab a snack, grab a seat and make yourself at home

6:20pm - 7pm (approx): Panel session; questions and input from the audience are welcome - think of yourselves as bonus panelists!

7pm - 7:20pm - Additional Q&A and room to wrap up the panel discussion

7:20pm - 7:30pm: Social time; grab a drink and carry on the conversations with the people around you

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Tara Lamond

Partner, Small Business Advisor
My Name is Tara Lamond, as a Small Business Advisor I partner with small business owners and solopreneurs to achieve their dreams and influence them to think differently when it comes to creating positive impact in our local economy through meaningful conversations. By doing this... Read More →
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Tiffany Yang

Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator, Green Chair
Tiffany joined Green Chair as a volunteer when she was in highschool. She saw the importance of GCR at events and festivals, which inspired her to recruit her friends, family and strangers to volunteer, creating an Amazing-Planet-Caring-Family. She revived her high-school Green Team... Read More →
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Harvinder Aujala

Director of Policy & Communications, Recycling Council of BC
Harvinder Aujala is the Director of Policy & Communications with the Recycling Council of BC (RCBC), and has been focusing on waste reduction for over 15 years. Harvinder is responsible for the management and delivery of RCBC’s programs and services, including the province-wide... Read More →
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Veronika Bylicki

Co-Founder/Co-Director, CityHive
Veronika is an engagement innovator, community builder and sustainability strategist. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of CityHive, a not-for-profit on a mission to transform the way that young people are engaged in civic processes, in particular planning and decision making... Read More →

Wednesday September 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm PDT
RED Academy 200 - 1490 W Broadway, V6H 4E8
Thursday, September 19

8:30am PDT

Innovate BC presents 'A Conversation with B.C.’s Innovation Leaders'
Join three of B.C.’s top innovation leaders for a candid and engaging discussion. The panelists will discuss their career paths from private sector executives to three of the most influential leaders in B.C.’s tech industry. We’ll also get their input on the current state of our provincial tech sector and what we need to do to become the next major global tech hub.

Raghwa Gopal, President + CEO of Innovate BC
Jill Tipping, CEO of BC Tech Association
Jeanette Jackson, CEO of Foresight Cleantech Accelerator

08:30 – 09:00: Registration
09:00 – 09:45: Panel discussion
09:45 – 11:00: Networking

The Salon Pommard Ballroom at the Sutton Place Hotel. You can directly enter the ballroom from the outside of the hotel, through the door next to the Sutton Place Wine Merchant.

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Raghwa Gopal

President + CEO, Innovate BC
A serial entrepreneur who has extensive experience starting, growing and selling numerous businesses, Gopal joined Innovate BC from Accelerate Okanagan (AO), where he was Chief Executive Officer. At AO, Gopal was instrumental in the creation and management of successful programs for... Read More →
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Jill Tipping

CEO, BC Tech Association
Jill Tipping is a passionate advocate for the tech industry—having spent most of her career working with, and for tech companies, she is no stranger to the challenges and needs of the sector. As BC Tech’s President and CEO, she is determined to make BC a top ten startup ecosystem... Read More →
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Jeanette Jackson

CEO, Foresight Cleantech Accelerator
Jeanette is an experienced CEO, entrepreneur and business strategist with broad-based experience in technology, business development, marketing and operations. Jeanette held the position of founding CEO of Light-Based Technologies where she successfully raised millions in funding... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 8:30am - 11:00am PDT
Sutton Place Hotel 845 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 2K6

8:30am PDT

ACETECH presents 'Tech Routes to Market Options & Economics'
This ACETECH hosted workshop normally runs for $250 per attendee, but some complimentary spots have opened up for #VSW2019 pass holders. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please register here using code VSW2019. If you have registered, but are no longer able to attend, please email events@acetechbc.ca to let them know to open your spot up for someone else.


Start-ups, emerging and growth companies:
In Tech startups, emerging and growth companies RTM strategy impacts all of the functional areas in the Tech organization. From the CEO and the Board, to the functional heads of Finance, R&D, Product Development, Sales, Marketing and HR high-performance RTM strategy impact them all. The Tech RTM workshop is designed for Board, CEO, and CEO direct reports in emerging Tech companies.

Mature tech companies:
In more mature Tech companies the course meets the current and future needs of Marketing, Sales, Channel and Business Development strategists and tacticians. This group would include product marketers, channel marketers, channel developers and channel managers.


This workshop examines six key foundational aspects of any tech routes to market strategy:
- Fundamental routes to market economics
- The variety of routes to market options and when to use them
- The direct routes to market option and its variants
- Indirect channel options both single and multi-tier
- Required channel organization resources
- Strategic questions and issues to resolve

Channelcorp Partners Bruce and Margaret Stuart will deliver the session.
Bruce Stuart and Margaret Stuart created Channelcorp in 1989. This independent Vancouver based firm is a leading global RTM and channel consultancy and strategy education firm specializing in consulting with and educating management teams of innovative, entrepreneurial and high-performance software, hardware and telecommunications firms. Channelcorp has delivered consulting and executive education assignments “on the ground” in 25 countries in NA, SA, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, including Japan and China. The firm has published 13 books, and in excess of 500 articles on RTM strategy and execution in the global technology industry and educated thousands of tech industry executives around the world.

Thursday September 19, 2019 8:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Venture Labs 11th Floor - 555 W Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 4N6

10:00am PDT

Hervana presents 'Breaking Stereotypes: Women Who Lead | Mastermind Workshop'
Interactive mastermind session focused on channeling your leadership voice with Guest Expert, Humaira Ahmed, Founder of Locelle.
About this Event
Gender stereotypes kill a woman’s self-confidence and the best way to break stereotypes is to speak up and take action.

Hervana, Locelle, MyCEO and Women in Tech World are partnering to host a mastermind session where you will get to share your ideas and experiences, learn how to harness your leadership voice amongst gender stereotypes in the work place and be supported by successful women and peers.

Join us in this casual mastermind workshop where the main goal is to get women together, learn from each other and inspire you to make bold moves to accelerate your career or business.

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Betty Hasker

Co-Founder & Business Coach, MyCeo
Betty is a career executive with core competencies in business development and strategy across a broad range of industries. Creative and self-directed, Betty is skilled in analyzing opportunities and developing, implementing, and achieving both short-term and long-term strategic... Read More →
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Glorie Averbach

Co-Founder & Business Coach, MyCEO
Glorie is an expert in building small businesses in the technology sector. An energetic people person with Emotional Intelligence, she is an accomplished team leader, speaker, coach and mentor. She is passionate about creating collaborative, open environments where innovation can... Read More →
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Humaira Ahmed

Founder, Locelle
Humaira Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of Locelle - a matchmaking platform to connect and engage women in the workplaces for support and mentorship. As a Pakistani born Canadian entrepreneur, Humaira is passionate about diversity in our Startup ecosystem as well as in traditionally... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Hervana Coworking Collective 506 - 595 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2T5

10:00am PDT

Tanessa Shears Coaching presents The Entrepreneur’s Ultimate Guide to Saving Time & Cash for Eating REAL FOOD on a Budget
The Entrepreneur’s Ultimate Guide to Saving Time & Cash for Eating REAL FOOD on a Budget - The System I Used to Cut my Food Bill in Half, Save Time & Start Eating Healthy Again

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Tanessa Shears

Founder, Tanessa Shears Coaching
Tanessa Shears is an experienced life and weight coach who specializes in helping high achieving career women drop both the mental weight and the physical weight. With over 10 years of showing clients exactly how to create confidence and transformation in their lives, she gets her... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Spaces Gastown 151 West Hastings Street, Lower Level

12:00pm PDT

CanWeedine Productions presents 'Mapping out a Cannabis Startup for Women and Minorities'
Its almost 11 months into the legalization of Cannabis and the opportunity to get on the Green Rush is viable for entrepreneurs to explore. So where does one start? There are so many avenues from growing to retail to e-commerce of ancillary products/services and or being a service provider or educator. But it's not as straight forward as other industries. There are rules and compliance issues that still lay in the grey on top of regular challenges of any startup.  What does this mean for women and minorities that are entering the industry successfully? To address these areas is to bring in insights from leading industry advocates who are paving the way for prospects to pursue Cannabis as a business. Each Panelist brings a specific perspective of what the success will look like for entrepreneurs who want to enter this industry and will explore the social issues/challenges as well as the business mindset required.

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Cindy Tran

Producer, CanWeedine
As a production company, we are focused on curating content from the female perspective on the topic of cannabis education. Our events are designed to be informative, inclusive as well as highly stylized and entertaining.Our Vision"Empowering her weed with wellness education through... Read More →
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Emily Leung

Founder, Ohai Collective
Emily Leung is the founder of Ohai Collective, a Canadian cannabis lifestyle and accessories brand, and partners with other cannabis companies as a marketing consultant. Her professional career and experience stems from agencies, professional sports, and CPG. Ohai was created by combining... Read More →
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Andrea Dobbs

Co-Founder & Brand Manager, Village Bloomery
With an educational background in Design and Display, Andrea has worked most of her life in retail, with a focus on design and management. Throughout her career, Andrea has had the pleasure of working for forward-thinking retailers like IKEA, The Body Shop, and Womyns Ware. Andrea... Read More →
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Barinder Rasode

Founder, Grow Tech Labs
Home grown social influencer Barinder Rasode’s quintessential advocacy for Canadian values is nationally renowned. Her leadership, mastery of complex subjects, and innovation guide a plethora of issues that impact the everyday life of Canadians Barinder is the CEO of Grow Tech... Read More →
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Karli Fahlman

Community Manager, Tantalus Labs
Karli is the Community Manager of Tantalus Labs. She has spent her career as a Brand and Marketing Strategist, partnering alongside multiple notable brands and companies with a documented record of success.In addition to acting as the Marketing Manager for four years at Western Canada’s... Read More →
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Susan Chapelle

Director of Government Relations, Pasha Brands
Susan Chapelle has been both a patient and an advocate for the cannabis industry for over 10 years. As a city councilor, Susan advocated for and put forward policy to reflect recent legalization, and to help those small businesses involved in the growth and dispensing of cannabis... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Hervana Coworking Collective 506 - 595 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2T5

2:00pm PDT

Digital Due Diligence Solutions presents 'Building Data Driven Organizations'
With the largest tech companies investing billions on data infrastructure and data-driven start-ups innovating faster than many established businesses, sound decision making is paramount. Leaders can no longer rely solely on reporting tools, analytics platforms and a few skilled experts to determine the fate of the business. Today’s thriving businesses are implementing integrated operations that freely exchange critical data in real time across the entire organization. This requires the adoption of a data driven company-wide culture. A culture where everyone is asking the question - “What is the business problem we want data to solve?”

This educational panel discussion will address the exponential impact of building a data driven organization for business survival with data analytics at the forefront.

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Njeri Watkins

Co-chair, Digital Analytics Association
Njeri Watkins is a catalytic leader bringing together the data analytics community to help Vancouver startups and business leaders build data-driven organizations and grow the digital technology sector in BC. In addition to her roles as Data Analyst | Digital Intelligence Consultant... Read More →
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Felim Donnelly

Founder & Principal, CitySmarts
Felim Donnelly is the Founder and Principal of CitySmarts, a company dedicated to the mission of building data-driven local governments. Applying the insights of the rapidly-developing data sector to the mechanisms of government is a unique challenge that Felim believes requires vision... Read More →
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Ashish Anand

Founder & CEO, Chasm
Ashish is the Founder & CEO of Chasm, a customer intelligence company working with some of the largest retail brands in North America. Ashish is also an experienced technology executive, having held senior roles at numerous high growth tech companies, including Wishpond, Terramera... Read More →
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Ryan Smith

Founder & CEO, FTSY
Ryan Smith is Founder & CEO of FTSY ('footsy'), an AI platform for fitting people to products like shoes. He has a 15-year background in enterprise Customer Relationship Management as well as Business Intelligence programs. He holds a degree in Science (Physics) from the University... Read More →
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Steve Kim

Event Organiser, VANTEC Angel Network
Steve’s been in VANTEC Angel Network for 8 years and seen many startups come and go. His background is in molecular genetics so he’s into statics and understands the power of data. Steve supports the community in finding more meaningful ways for angel investors and startup founders... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
UBC Robson 800 Robson Street, V6Z 3B7 Room 1900

4:00pm PDT

The Language of Culture presents 'Harnessing Cultural Diversity for Business Success'
'Diversity' is becoming a big thing in business these days. Gender diversity, racial diversity, LGBTQ diversity, etc. But one area that is too often glossed over is Cultural Diversity. While many companies see the value of having different cultures in their company, they fail to provide adequate training to promote actual understanding of the cultural differences; and too often, what training is done relies on cultural stereotypes ("Chinese are like this" and "Germans are like this") which are all too often inaccurate, and only contribute to misunderstanding and confusion. This 90 minute presentation will show you an entirely new perspective on not only understanding cultural differences, but also eliminating culture-based stereotypes and biases, and empowering your teams to harness their Cultural Diversity to make your business far more successful!

Our sincerest gratitude to Thinkific (thinkific.com) for not only sponsoring this event by providing a great venue, but also assisting with organizing and publicizing the event!

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John Lombard

The Language of Culture
John Lombard has lived and worked in China for 25 years, during which time he started three successful businesses, and consulted for numerous multinationals including Siemens, P&G, Lenovo, Maersk, and more. Based on his experience and knowledge of Chinese culture, he was selected... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Thinkific 400-369 Terminal Ave, V6A4C4

6:00pm PDT

Jalapeño Employee Engagement presents 'How to Make a Workplace People Want to Work At'
As giant tech companies move into Vancouver, local companies face an increasingly competitive market for talent. Merging ideas from marketing and employee engagement, Jalapeño will discuss how to make top talent want to work at your company. Everyone is familiar with the idea of a marketplace brand but not so much the idea of the workplace brand. Today the burden of business is not competition or profit, but the scarcity of resources, human resources. Everyone is invited to share their diverse experience in this interactive discussion on employer branding.

Learn more at www.jalapeno.app

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Luc Briedé-Cooper

Marketing and Business Development Specialist, Jalapeño Employee Engagement
Luc is the Marketing and Business Development Specialist at Jalapeño. After his BSc. in Physics from the University of British Columbia, he joined Jalapeño. He's since grown Jalapeño's digital and event marketing efforts through his eye for detail, creativity and strategic planning... Read More →
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Gabriela Freitas

Employee Engagement Consultant and Researcher, Jalapeño Employee Engagement
Gabriela Freitas is an Employee Engagement Consultant and Researcher at Jalapeno Employee Engagement, where she helps organizations reach their full potential, working closely with employees to maximize employee engagement. Passionate about people and organizational development, Gabriela... Read More →
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Hernan Ochoa

Researcher and Consultant, Jalapeño Employee Engagement
Hernan is a researcher and consultant at Jalapeno Employee Engagement where he helps companies, especially small to mid-sized, reach their full potential by maximizing employee engagement. Using research-based action, he works hard to align employees’ core motivators to the company’s... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm PDT
Tamwood Careers 200-889 W Pender St Vancouver, BC V6C 1M2
Friday, September 20

8:00am PDT

RBC presents 'Business Networking Expo Event'
As your community RBC, our purpose is to help our clients thrive and communities prosper. We would like to know more about your business, and how we can help you to succeed. As one of our valued business clients, we are inviting you to our annual Business Networking Expo event.

This is an exclusive networking opportunity, to meet and greet with other local businesses. Representatives from ADP, Small Business BC, Granted, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, Futurpreneur, IEC-BC, RBC Group Advantage, Moneris, RBC Small Business, Yaletown BIA, TEC Canada and WorkBC will be joining us and will detail how they can be a valuable resource in your business success.

*This is a free event. A VSW pass is not required to enter. Please email Maninder.Sahota@RBC.com to register

Location: RBC Homer and Nelson Branch 
996 Homer St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2W7

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Robert Monteverde

Senior Manager, Strategex
Robert Monteverde, CPA, CA, is a Senior Manager at Strategex CPA’s, a local accounting firm in downtown Vancouver. Rob provides U.S. and Canadian tax services for a variety of industries ranging from small to large corporations, high net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs and start-up... Read More →
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Gary Webb

Business Advisor, Small Business BC
Gary has been a part of Small Business BC for over twenty years. Currently, as a Business Advisor, he advises clients on all aspects of business start-up including registration, licencing, sales tax registration, workers compensation coverage, business insurance and industry specific... Read More →
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Stephanie Sang

CEO/Founder, Granted Consulting
Stephanie, a true Vancouverite, vowed never to be an entrepreneur, though she comes from four generations of business owners. Stephanie holds a degree in international marketing, and worked in various industries including tourism and technology, before establishing herself in a VP... Read More →
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Farzad Shirali

District Manager, ADP Canada
Farzad Shirali is a District Manager with ADP Canada for just over a year. Farzad has an extensive background in sales, technology, and leverages these experiences to help and support small business clients of RBC in B.C.
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Mina Haghighi

Business Development Manager, Futurpreneur
Experienced Business Development Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit sector. Skilled in Financial services, Relationship Management, Business Planning, Start-up financing, and Partnership Development. Entrepreneurial minded with a mission to support start... Read More →
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Melodie Gingras

Mentor Program Manager, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs
With a B.A. in Communications and MBA in Business Management, Melodie is passionate about helping women entrepreneurs take their business to the next level. As the Mentor Program Manager for FWE, she’s able to achieve that goal by connecting them with experienced business leaders... Read More →
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Sangeeta Subramanian

Senior Manager, Workplace Development, Immigrant Employment Council of BC
Sangeeta brings to her role 20 years of professional experience in the not-for-profit sector in Canada as well as Asia. This encompasses strategic planning, facilitation, cultural intelligence training, policy development, partnership development, program design and coordination... Read More →
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Chrysabelle Tan

Relationship Manager, Moneris
Chrys Tan is a Relationship Manager with Moneris for just over a year. She has a background in sales and marketing, and lends her support to Moneris’ partner financial institutions in BC.”
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Dawn Torroba

Group Associate, RBC Group Advantage
Dawn consults with businesses across B.C. to establish employee attraction, loyalty & retention programs to provide financial wellness in the workplace.She is an accredited retirement plans specialist with a background in marketing communications, business development and was a small... Read More →
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Rohit Sukhija

Business Account Manager, RBC Small Business
Having grown up in a family of entrepreneurs, Rohit has been exposed to businesses all his life. In his current role, Rohit gets to serve an advisory role working with small to mid sizes companies. He helps businesses better understand their Cash Management while helping them access... Read More →
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Dorris Orr

TEC Small Business Chair, TEC Canada
Doris utilizes her financial and leadership skills as a change catalyst. She is recognized for her passion for people development and her strong financial expertise having both corporate and small business experience. Throughout her life, she has inspired people — whether colleagues... Read More →
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Puja Raniga

Employment Placement Specialist, WorkBC
Puja is the Employment Placement Specialist at the WorkBC Centre location in Vancouver, responsible for employer outreach and facilitation between WorkBC and the employer, accommodating to employer needs and introducing the services that WorkBC offers to employers.
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Annette O'Shea

Executive Director, Yaletown
As the Executive Director of a business organization responding to over 800 members, Annette describes herself as a “chaos navigator”. This dynamic business leader has 25 years of success working with small business in Canada and abroad. Marketing strategist, event producer and... Read More →
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Leila Jahani

Branch Manager, Vancouver, RBC Royal Bank
Experienced Business Leader with a demonstrated history in the retail, financial services industry & talent management. As a leader of 3 branches in Vancouver Downtown, I am privileged and fortunate in working with high performing teams  to help our clients thrive and the communities... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am PDT
RBC Homer and Nelson Branch 996 Homer St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2W7

10:00am PDT

Prototype Thinking presents 'Learn 10x Faster'
Learn how to solve product/market fit problems 10x faster and cheaper in this hands-on workshop. Using a method originally born at GoogleX, we’ll show you how to answer key uncertainties prior to development by using ultra-fast prototypes and simulation-based testing.

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Olivia Wong

Co-Founder & Partner, Prototype Thinking Labs
Olivia Wong is a Co-founder & Partner at Prototype Thinking Labs, a unique agency that is reinventing product design & innovation to be as user-friendly to companies as we expect our own creations to be for consumers. Prototype Thinking Labs teaches teams to test 10x more ideas with... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
eUBC UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, V6Z 3B7 Room 1900

12:00pm PDT

Prototype Thinking presents 'User Testing and Recruiting for Startup Founders'
This event will consist of two sessions:

12-12.40pm: User Testing
Learn how to run unbiased tests using world-class techniques from Prototype Thinking Labs. In this crash course, we'll show you the right & wrong ways to conduct a user test.

12.50-1.30: User Recruiting
How do I find my target user? What if they're hard to reach? How do I convince users to test with me if I can't compensate them? Get all of your biggest questions about user recruiting answered in this group coaching session led by Olivia Wong, co-founder of Prototype Thinking Labs.

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Olivia Wong

Co-Founder & Partner, Prototype Thinking Labs
Olivia Wong is a Co-founder & Partner at Prototype Thinking Labs, a unique agency that is reinventing product design & innovation to be as user-friendly to companies as we expect our own creations to be for consumers. Prototype Thinking Labs teaches teams to test 10x more ideas with... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
eUBC UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, V6Z 3B7 Room 1900

2:00pm PDT

C2CAN presents 'China Canada Innovation Summit Keynote & Panel #1: Innovating our way to the future'
China Canada Cleantech Innovation Centre, in collaboration with China’s Ministry of Science & Technology, is developing the first Canada China Innovation & Investment Summit that will promote cross-border collaboration in science and technology. A key objective of the event is to demonstrate that Vancouver can act as the Canadian leader with respect to innovation collaborations and relations with China.

Topics of discussion:
  • Development of future technology such as 5G, AI
  • Role of the government: Bringing technology in Canada (Programs and assistance for startups)
  • How to build the sustainable partnership using technology
  • Issues regarding intellectual property

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Stewart Beck

President and CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Stewart Beck is the President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Prior to joining APF Canada, Mr. Beck served as the Canadian High Commissioner to the Republic of India with concurrent accreditation to the Kingdom of Bhutan and to Nepal. He joined Canada's Department... Read More →
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Alan Winter

B.C. Innovation Commissioner, BC Provincial Government
Alan Winter was appointed British Columbia’s first Innovation Commissioner in February 2018. He has a breadth of experience at senior levels in the technology sector and in government, including such roles as the president and CEO of Genome B.C. from 2001 to 2016.He was the founding... Read More →
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Wei Shao

Partner & National Leader for China Practice, Dentons LLP
Wei Shao is the National Practice Group Co-Leader for China and specializes in international business transactions focusing on China. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and project financing, cross-border counseling, and general corporate and commercial... Read More →
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Catherine Warren

Catherine Warren is the Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), serving Canada’s fastest-growing, low-carbon economy, contributing to a metro region with an annual GDP of $138B and building upon a global brand valued at $32B. VEC is the economic development... Read More →
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Joan Elangovan

Executive Director, Asia Pacific Centre, VEC
Joan Elangovan is the founding Director of the Asia Pacific Centre at the Vancouver Economic Commission, dedicated to strengthening business and cultural ties with the Asia Pacific Region. She works closely with investors, entrepreneurs and governments locally and internationally... Read More →
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Virginia Balcom

Executive In-Residence, SFU Venture Labs
Virginia Balcom brings broad and deep marketing experience to SFU VentureLabs. For more than 20 years, Virginia has been introducing new products to enterprise customers and consumers. A strong collaborator and leader, she’s led marketing teams in many sectors, including retail... Read More →
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Dr. Joanne Curry

Vice-President, External Relations, Simon Fraser University
Joanne Curry has made a career of advancing the cause of higher education locally, provincially, and nationally and connecting the university with business and community. Her leadership in establishing SFU’s Surrey campus and helping to create SFU’s new vision of the engaged university... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
SFU Venture Labs 1200-555 West Hastings, V6B 4N6

2:00pm PDT

Startup League and LOI present 'Building Curiosity & Empathy for Innovation'
Jack Ma reminded us at the World Economic Forum last year that "everything we teach should be different from machines." To prepare for a future of automation and artificial intelligence, we must continue to do the things that make us uniquely human. Today, we live in a world where Google has all of the answers and it is our responsibility to ask the right questions -- questions that stem from curiosity and empathy. The ability to understand a problem will profoundly influence our capacity to solve it. Before we can innovate, we must first ask the necessary questions: who cares and why? Join is for QUP: A workshop on building curiosity and empathy. Over the course of an hour, we'll use play and competition to explore how these critical skills can be learned and developed in your office, classroom, or home.

Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
RED Academy 200 - 1490 W Broadway, V6H 4E8

4:00pm PDT

C2CAN presents 'China Canada Innovation Summit Panel #2: Best practice in investment and cross-border collaboration'
China Canada Cleantech Innovation Centre, in collaboration with China’s Ministry of Science & Technology, is developing the first Canada China Innovation & Investment Summit that will promote cross-border collaboration in science and technology. A key objective of the event is to demonstrate that Vancouver can act as the Canadian leader with respect to innovation collaborations and relations with China.

Topics of discussion:
  • How startups achieve commercialization and eventually exit
  • Complementary advantages of China’s VC ecosystem
  • Canadian technology companies doing business in China 

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William Li

President, C2Can
Mr. William Li, President of China Canada Cleantech Innovation Centre (CCCIC) & Managing Partner of China Canada Commercialization Acceleration Network (C2CAN) received an EMBA degree from Tsinghua University and a joint MBA degree from University of Southern California, Los Angeles-Tongji... Read More →
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Neil Clegg

Senior Vice President, Lipont Caus Capital
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Neil has more than 40 years of experience spanning the public and private sectors and the Canadian Army. Following a career as a diplomat and platinum mining executive, Neil joined Lipont Caus Capital as the Senior Vice President in September 2018.Neil... Read More →
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Victor Lesau

CEO/Co-founder, CuePath Innovation
Victor Lesau has more than 15 years of experience developing innovative solutions in digital health, network communications, wireless and semiconductor industries. Victor co-founded CuePath Innovation (Techstars'17) and led it from the early proof of concept and fundraising to building... Read More →
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Johnny Chen

General Manager, i-Lab
Mr. Johnny Chen is General Manager of Shanghai INESA Sparkle Enterprise Management Co., Ltd (i-Lab) with full responsibility of operation of Entrepreneurial and Innovation Service for Startup. Before i-Lab Johnny was Deputy GM of Cloud Computing and big data Division of INESA Intelligent... Read More →
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Aminta Xiong

Director, Pagoda Investment
Aminta Xiong is Managing Director at Pagoda Investment. Ms. Xiong has more than 10 years private equity and venture capital investment experience in both China and overseas mainly covering technology and consumer sectors.Pagoda Investment is a private equity firm specializing in growth... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
SFU Venture Labs 1200-555 West Hastings, V6B 4N6