Monday, January 18

7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Registration check-in / Badge pickup

8:45 am - 9:15 am


9:15 am - 9:30 am

Opening Keynote

Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia

BC's Technology Strategy

9:30 am - 10:15 am

Creating technology that empowers others

T.K. Rengarajan, Corporate Vice President, Technology & Research, Microsoft

Forty years ago, Microsoft set out to democratize technology with the vision of placing a computer in every home.  Today, we are in the midst of a technological revolution marked by the emergence of cloud computing and increasingly mobile, personal computing.  This session will explore how the cloud is transforming business models and how new forms of personal computing are erasing the divide between our physical and digital worlds.  It will also touch on how Microsoft's development teams in Vancouver are contributing to this exciting transformation.

10:15 am - 10:45 am


10:45 am - 11:30 am

The Lean Startup

Eric Ries, Author, The Lean Startup

Most new businesses fail. But most of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach to business that's being adopted around the world. It is changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, the Lean Startup approach relies on "validated learning", rapid scientific experimentation, and a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress and learn what customers really want.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Why BC?

Moderator: Bill Tam, CEO, BCTIA. Panelists: Honourable Amrik Virk, Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services; Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training; Igor Faletski, CEO, Mobify; Warren Roy, CEO, Global Relay; Erkan Akyuz, President, McKesson Imaging & Workflow Solutions; Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

International companies, startups and large investors are choosing BC to build their operations. What is drawing them and what next?

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


1:30 pm - 1:55 pm

Breakout 1 – How to build a lasting tech company

Brian Wong, CEO, Kiip

Five years ago at the age of 19, Brian Wong founded Kiip. Since then, his company was named as one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the world by Fast Company and has raised over 24 million dollars in venture capital. In this session, Wong will discuss the secrets of building a lasting company, why a successful team is key and how to seek out top talent, and the lessons he's learned since entering into the AdTech world.

1:55 pm - 2:20 pm

Breakout 1 – Scaling up talent

Agata Zasada, Director of Talent Operations, Hootsuite

Agata will share how she’s worked at three Vancouver based organizations which scaled fast. From Olympic Broadcasting Services Vancouver, to lululemon athletica, and now landing at Hootsuite, she’s been part of teams which had to support organizations through transformations & high growth. You will receive actionable resources on where to double down your bets in Talent in your organization

Breakout 2 – Procurement

Moderator: Shauna Turner, Chief Innovation Officer, Providence Healthcare & Executive Vice President, Providence Health Care Research Institute. Panelists: Christopher Baird, Senior Director, Build in Canada Innovation Program; Michael Van Keulen, Procurement Director, Lululemon Athletica Inc.; John Jacobson, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Technology, Innovation & Citizens' Services

There is a fundamental shift occurring in procurement.  Both the public and private sector recognize the need for new ways to make it easier for companies of all sizes to do business with them. This panel discussion will explore procurement transformation, value generation, strategic sourcing and how people, process and technology are evolving to make it all happen.

2:20 pm - 3:00 pm

Breakout 1 – Inside the Vortex of Change: How to survive and thrive in the eye of the digital storm

Graham Palmer, Country Manager, Intel Canada

Global, technological and economic forces are reshaping the lives of every citizen on the planet. Innovation, adaptation, speed and the right skills are paramount to the success of companies, workers and students. In this session we'll share our observations on a few of the global trends disrupting the market, we'll examine what's behind them, the impact to businesses and how some of the more progressive organizations are approaching a world where transformation has switched from "nice to have" to "have to do with velocity" by adopting digitalization strategy, integration of advanced technologies such as IoT, Big Data and Cloud.

Breakout 2 – Capitalizing opportunities for BC

Moderator: Honourable Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services. Panelists: Jill Earthy, Chief Growth Officer, Frontfundr; Amy Rae, Principal, Vanedge Capital; Denis Silva, Associate, Gowlings; Minh Le, Market Manager, Silicon Valley Bank for Washington and Western Canada

Access to capital is essential for helping BC companies to grow. With various forms of capital available, this panel will share insights on the options available for companies at different stages of development including venture capital, angel investments, debt financing and the latest crowdfunding exemption.

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm


3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Innovation Showcase

Nevil Knupp, Vice President for Cloud, IBM Canada; BC-based companies from all industries using or inventing tech

Rapid Fire pitches by pre-selected BC companies representing each of the regions.  The audience will use mobile voting to determine the winner

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Science, Technology and Invention: Strategies to create the future

Ray Kurzweil, Author, Inventor, Futurist

The democratization of innovation is a turbulent process with rapid creation, violent destruction, many winners and many losers. Despite the apparent chaos, we can discern predictable patterns. The pace of innovation itself is doubling every decade. The overall price-performance and capacity of every form of information technology grows exponentially, generally doubling in a year or less. As information technology achieves each new level of price-performance and capacity, new applications become feasible and existing business models lose their viability. Another implication is that the tools of disruptive change have been democratized. A couple of students created Google on their thousand dollar laptops. A few years later, a couple of undergraduates created Facebook with tools that everyone has. The rate of change is now so rapid that even three to five year business plans need to consider that every level of an industry will undergo major changes during that period. It's not just the devices we carry around that are influenced by these exponential changes. Health and medicine is now an information technology with the collection of the human genome, the means of changing genes in a mature individual, and the ability to design interventions on computers and to test them on biological simulators. Even energy will be transformed as we apply nanotechnology to the design of solar panels and energy storage devices. The means to change the world is in everyone's hands.

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Open Cocktail Reception (Sponsored)

Please note that Agenda and Speakers subject to change.