• 7:00 am

    Join us for some morning fitful networking!

  • 7:30 am


8:30 am to 10:30 am


Opening Remarks.

Honourable Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services

Fuelling Tech and Innovation in B.C.

Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Government of Canada

Innovation for a Better Canada.

Beth Smith, General Manager, IBM Watson Platform

Welcome to the world of Watson: Digital Innovation in the Cognitive Era.

BC's Innovation Network: Where Collaboration is More Than Lip Service.

Put away your buzzword bingo. This session focuses on what really needs to happen to bring industry and post-secondary together and innovate. As Premier Christy Clark’s Special Advisor of the Innovation Network, UBC President Professor Santa Ono will lead a panel of industry leaders in an open and frank conversation about what’s necessary to succeed and what’s blocking progress.

  • Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education

  • Don Mattrick, Industry Chair & Co-Chair, #BCTECH Summit & Premier's Technology Council (Zynga, Microsoft, EA)

  • Santa Ono, President, Vice-Chancellor & Professor, University of British Columbia

  • Kathy Kinloch, President, British Columbia Institute of Technology

  • Bill Tam, President & CEO, BC Tech Association

9:00 am to 10:30 am

2.10 #BCTECH Summit Investment Showcase: Opening Session.

Government Welcome.

  • Honourable Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy

Investing in BC Technologies: The #BCTECH Fund.

Multiplying Success: Why Investing in Women-Led Businesses IS Smart Business.

Investors. Founders. Consumers. Bread-winners. There’s never been a better time to be a woman in business. A frank and open discussion about the rise of female-driven businesses and the opportunities, hurdles and glory. This session peeks under the cover of the statistics around women-led companies consistently outperforming less gender diverse competitors – up to three times better. We will delve into both why and how you can be part of this success.

  • 10:30 am

    Coffee Break
    Marketplace, Future Realities, Startup Square, Research Row and Technology Showcase Open


10:45 am to 12:30 pm


Issues around change and evolution are fundamental in our shifting global marketplace. This stream will look at the realities we face and how we are addressing them.


The Unconscious Bias: Finding, Nurturing and Keeping the Best Talent.

Creating awareness about unconscious bias and countering its effects are essential. It goes beyond gender and age; it can include names, height and weight, marital and parental status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, educational background and perceived class, as a start. This session deep dives into how we recognize, move forward and ultimately past these biases from hiring to creating the diverse and inclusive workplaces we strive to be a part of.

Come Grow With Us. Choosing to Live and Work in BC.

Eyes are on B.C.'s tech sector and its fast-growing reach into the global economy. What factors contribute to creating a welcoming environment to attract tech talent, businesses, and investment?

  • Greg D'Avignon, President & CEO, Business Council of British Columbia

  • David Manicom, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

  • Susan Martyn, Senior Lawyer, PwC LLP

  • Rob Mingay, Assistant Deputy Minister, Workforce Development and Immigration, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Development and Ministry Responsible for Labour & Executive Director, Premier's LNG Working Group , Province of British Columbia

  • Kirsten Sutton, Vice-President and Managing Director, SAP Labs Canada & Global Head, SAP Jam Engineering , SAP

10:45 am to 12:30 pm


Partnerships and Creating Value through the Supply Chain, Talent Pool and Customer Experience.


Digital Transformation: Microsoft.

Digital Transformation: UBM.

A real life example of delivering double digit returns on investment (ROI) through aligning technology with people & processes and tapping into the BC talent pool.

Digital Transformation: YVR.

  • Lynette DuJohn, Vice-President, Information Technology & Chief Digital Officer, Vancouver Airport Authority

Digital Transformations Through AI.

10:45 am to 12:30 pm


You are scaling your business and trying to keep your head above water. These four sessions will build your toolkit for the issues you face NOW.

Lessons from a Serial Entrepreneur.

In this fast-paced deep-dive, serial entrepreneur Shannon Susko will provide an action plan to successful process-building and optimal tools for scaling up your business.

Captivology: The Science Behind Marketing and the Role Your Data Plays.

It’s all about the data. To be a data-driven business, you need to understand your target market and then reach them. Don’t miss this crash course from two leaders in their fields.

  • Ben Parr, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer & Author of Captivology: The Science of Capturing People's Attention, Octane AI

  • Kelsey Breakey , Co-Founder , Makers Consulting Group

  • 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm

    LUNCH in the Marketplace


1:15 pm to 3:15 pm


You are scaling your business and trying to keep your head above water - these four sessions will build your toolkit for the issues you face NOW.

Said the Whale. Selling to the Big Fish.

Scaling up, going global and getting your second customer - these are all real-life needs for any growing company. Action plans and required attitudes and aptitudes will be presented.

  • Brooke Hayes, Executive Director, Procurement Transformation, Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services

  • Greg Malpass, CEO, Traction on Demand

The Entrepreneur's Financing Journey: Tap into the Right Money.

A look at the different funding options, opportunities and the hazards to be avoided.

  • Christine Bergeron, Vice-President Impact Investing, Wealth Management & Community Real Estate, Vancity

  • Rosanne Horner, Director, Growth & Transition Capital, BDC Capital

  • Allen Lau, CEO & Co-Founder, Wattpad

  • Maria Pacella, Senior Vice-President, Private Equity, PenderFund Capital Management

1:15 pm to 3:15 pm


Food is at the core of our social fabric and we need our food systems to be efficient, productive, sustainable and safe from seed to market. Technology is rapidly altering our ability to manage agriculture and this session will look at the broad spectrum of challenges, opportunities and successes being driven in BC.


  • Rickey Yada, Dean of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia

Why Agritech?

Dave Smardon, President & CEO of Bioenterprise Corporation, will highlight the trends and global demands driving agri-technology innovation and the impact that innovative technologies will have on the future of agriculture.

Making Clean Food Affordable.

Connecting Consumers to Their Food.

Sustainable agriculture in a world of consumer expectations.

Proof is in the Pond Scum. Genomics as the Key to Early Detection of Avian Influenza.

  • Michelle Coombe, Veterinarian & Graduate Student, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

Transformational Agriculture.

Future of Food: Perspectives on the Role of Agriculture in the Bio-Economy.

  • Warren Mabee, Canada Research Chair in Renewable Energy Development and Implementation, Queen's University

Agritech Innovation Challenge Awards.

1:15 pm to 3:15 pm


From prevention and detection to diagnosis and treatment, precision health guided by genomics and technology is forever changing life as we know it. Innovation is shaping our future continuum of care and here we explore the possibilities.

The Future of LifeSciences BC.

Vision of the Industry. How Precision Medicine is Changing Lives Now with Life Changing Stories.

  • Marco Marra, Canada Research Chair in Genome Science & Director, Genome Science Centre, University of British Columbia & BC Cancer Agency

What Does the Hospital of the Future Look Like? A BC Perspective.

  • Paul Landry, Senior Vice-President, Redevelopment & Chief Project Officer, St. Paul's Redevelopment Project, Providence Health Care

A Person Centred Health Home: The Foundation of Healthcare Transformation

What happens when clinicians step up to comprehensive relationship-based care, empowered by tools to manage data and communicate effectively with patients and the care team? This move to a patient centred health model happens when those in family and community medicine wake up every morning and ask, “with data, how will my team improve the health of my community today?”

  • Paul Grundy, Chief Medical Officer and Director, Healthcare Transformation, IBM Corporation

Innovating Healthcare: You've Done It! Now, How Are You Taking Your Solutions Global?

  • Peter Payne, President & CEO, Innovation Boulevard

  • Jason Crawford, Vice-President, Scientific Operation, The Centre for Drug Research and Development

  • Andre Marziali, Director & Professor, Engineering Physics, University of British Columbia

  • Terry Thomas, Chief Scientific Officer, STEMCELL Technologies

  • Rhonda Wideman, Senior Manager, External Research and Development & Alliances, Zymeworks Inc.

Value Through Partnerships.

Merck is a global healthcare leader with a diversified portfolio of medicines, vaccines and animal health products. Merck has several partnerships with BC companies to develop innovative science and support improved health outcomes for patients and health system efficiency and sustainability. This session focuses on a partnership with Ayogo a Vancouver based digital therapeutics company which uses games to improve patient compliance; knowledge and behaviour change to impact patient wellness. This discussion will focus on how in today’s increasingly interconnected world, partnerships and investments is the lifeblood that BC companies need to grow and compete. Key ingredients in a partnership will be discussed that result in the goal of mutual success, economic opportunities and disruptive change to the health system for decades to come.

Closing Remarks.

1:15 pm to 3:15 pm

2.7 CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES. Sponsored by Vancity.

Our world requires sustainable solutions NOW to meet challenges with managing energy, waste, water, systemic environmental management, transportation and more. This requires a global mindset with local action backed up by technology and underscored with innovation - a space where the possibilities are limitless and solutions are being built.


  • Mike Matsuo, Vice-President, Community Business & Investment, Vancity

Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation.

  • Deb Frodl, Global Executive Director, Ecomagination, General Electric

Fusing Ideas: The Role of Collaboration in Clean Energy Development.

  • George Rubin, Vice-President, Business Development, General Fusion

Ones to Watch - 5 Minute Presentations.

Rising stars of BC's cleantech scene. What are they doing? How are they doing it? How are they impacting our environment and our economy?

Pulling Cleantech Innovation Into the Market.

Innovation clusters have a proven track record of getting good ideas more quickly into the marketplace. How can partnerships help us create them in BC?

  • Sarah Lubik, Director of Entrepreneurship, Simon Fraser University

  • Sarah Applebaum, Director, Pangaea Spark, Pangaea Ventures

  • Benjamin Britton, Co-founder & CEO, Ionomr

  • Elicia Maine, Academic Director, Science and Technology Commercialization, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University

  • Mike Matsuo, Vice-President, Community Business & Investment, Vancity

  • Walter Mérida, Director, Clean Energy Research Centre, University of British Columbia

How Can YOU Help Us Create the Next Gen of Innovation and Tools?

2.8 TECH Talks.

Share your story of technology and innovation in an energetic 7 minute presentation.

10:30 AM - Where in the World is Our #BCTECH?

Do you have life-changing technology made in BC and deployed globally? Come and tell us what you are developing and how it is changing the world in a snappy presentation of 6 minutes or less. Format: 6-8 minute presentations.

11:30 AM - Game of Drones.

This fast-paced session will look at the MANY ways drones are being used in industry and across all sectors. By invitation or submission.

  • Robert Atwood, Co-founder & CEO, Hummingbird Drones

  • John Church, Regional Innovation Chair in Cattle Industry Sustainability , Thompson Rivers University

  • Alexander Harmsen, CEO & Co-founder, Iris Automation

  • Dean Polvi, Operations & Project Manager, High Angle UAV

  • Philip Reece, Founder, President & CEO, InDro Robotics Inc.

  • Arek Sredzki, Software Lead, UBC Sailbot, University of British Columbia

  • Afzal Suleman, Professor & Canada Research Chair in Aerospace Systems, University of Victoria

12:30 PM - BGood: Creating a Company with Social Impact.

Are you a company starting out and wanting to include social impacts from your business OR are you wanting to invest in companies with strong ethical, sustainable policies - Social Impact is happening - how can you be part of it? Lunch will be available in this session.

1:30 PM - We 3D Printed THIS!

  • John Biehler, Founder, Cactus Studios

  • Keith Doyle, Assistant Professor Industry Design, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

  • Amber Hayes, MIDAS Project Director, Kootenay Association for Science & Technology

  • Tamer Mohamed, Co-founder, President & CEO, Aspect Biosystems

  • Eugene Suyu, Founder & CEO, Tinkerine Studios

2:30 PM - Research in Action, Part 2.

5:00 PM - TECH is Everywhere.

Fast-growing BC companies and their reach into global markets. Refreshments provided.

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

2.9 Closing Plenary

Opening Remarks.

  • Sophie Lui, Anchor, Global BC

  • Don Mattrick, Industry Chair & Co-Chair, #BCTECH Summit & Premier's Technology Council (Zynga, Microsoft, EA)

Project Wearable Runway.

Market Transformations in an Age of Digital Disruption.

In today’s innovation economy, technology is causing fundamental shifts in the way businesses operate and deliver outcomes for their customers. This means technology companies must think differently about the way they serve customers and provide value. Charlie Wade, SVP of Products and Solutions at Rogers, will speak to these emerging trends and share examples of industry and business transformation in the face of today’s rapidly changing technology landscape.

  • Charlie Wade, Senior Vice-President, Products & Solutions , Rogers Communications

Captivating Our Attention: Lessons from Tech's Great Innovators.

Technology's great innovators captivate our attention. From Nikola Tesla to Elon Musk, the world looks to these greats for ideas and inspiration. In the Summit's closing keynote, Captivology author, Octane AI founder, and former Mashable editor Ben Parr discusses the lessons he's learned from his time with technology's top execs - Sheryl Sandberg, Jeff Weiner, Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, and more. He pairs these lessons with his Captivology research for a unique look into the minds of the masters.

  • Ben Parr, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer & Author of Captivology: The Science of Capturing People's Attention, Octane AI

Closing Remarks.


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