As a Toronto boy living in Vancouver, I often struggle with an internal tug of war. One side of me wants to try Quinoa and go for bike rides along the Stanley Park Seawall, and the other side of me always envisioned this more Mad Men, high-pressure/high-stakes scenario type of guy. And after living in beautiful British Columbia for almost two years now, I’ve come to the realization that there’s a lot more to being a desirable city besides scenic viewpoints. As a millennial with insufficient funds for a unicorn frap, it’s difficult to ignore the opportunities that megacities have to offer.
Amy Rae is a Principal at Vanedge Capital and is focused on investing in SaaS businesses and Digital Media technologies. Prior to joining Vanedge, Amy was a Vice President with Ziplocal (USA) where she was responsible for the development of their local search apps and new product rollout. Prior to that, she held the position of... Continue Reading →
Lisa Shields is the Founder of Hyperwallet Systems Inc. Lisa guided Hyperwallet from a technology startup to the leading international payments processor for business to consumer mass payouts. Prior to founding Hyperwallet, Lisa managed payments acceptance and risk management technology teams for high-volume online merchants. She holds Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Engineering from MIT and was a... Continue Reading →
Boris Wertz is one of the top tech early stage investors in North America. He’s the founding partner of Version One Ventures and is also a board partner with Andreessen Horowitz. Before making the jump to venture capital, Boris was the Chief Operating Officer of AbeBooks.com which was ultimately acquired by Amazon in 2008. Check... Continue Reading →
Hussein Hallak is the General Manager and Head Mentor at Launch Academy which is one of Western Canada’s leading incubator and accelerator. Since 2012, they’ve had more than 500 startups incubated, over $100 million dollars raised, and over 1000 entrepreneurs mentored and trained. Outside of Launch Academy, Hussein is an Executive Director at The Indus... Continue Reading →
Blair Simonite is a technology industry executive with over 30 years of operational and financial management experience building growth foundations for firms ranging from tech startups to multinationals. He is the Program Director for Entrepreneurship at UBC (e@UBC) and is an instructor at the UBC Sauder School of Business within the Entrepreneurship and Innovation track.... Continue Reading →
Sean Burke is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at a Vancouver-based FinTech startup called FrontFundr. The company strives to make it easier for early-stage ventures to raise money by giving them access to the sources of capital, the investors. Prior to joining FrontFundr, Sean was at Pricewaterhousecoopers for five years he won numerous awards before... Continue Reading →
If you’re a fan of pizza in Canada then Lewis may have had a hand in it, as he was instrumental in expanding Domino’s Pizza in the 1990s across Canada in a big way. Now, Lewis Gelmon is looking to do the same thing with Johnny Rockets! Lewis is the President and CEO of JR... Continue Reading →
Director of Creative Destruction Lab - West on the program's $1 billion milestone and what the team looks for in innovative science-based startups!
Melissa Kwan is the Co-Founder and CEO @ Spacio, a Vancouver-based tech startup that is disrupting the real estate market with a simple and easy-to-use solution for automating visitor registration. The company has a number of established clients in the space including the Corcoran Group, Sutton Group, and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties. Check out... Continue Reading →