Celebrating Innovation Accelerators
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KPMG: B.C.'s tech sector continues to perform strongly and lead other Canadian industries. Moreover, the community has retained its uniquely creative and collaborative environment that attracts the innovators, entrepreneurs, and problem solvers needed to push the industry ahead. Read more in KPMG Canada’s The British Columbia Technology Report Card: Tackling the scale up challenge, published in collaboration with the BC Tech Association. This 2020 report gathers insights from industry executives, analyzing the economic impact of the sector across multiple dimensions, and provides an understanding of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the tech sector.
So much of the business conversation and focus during the pandemic has been on the incredible challenges faced by our SMEs, hospitality and restaurants. While this is true and noteworthy, the broader shifts in our economic base and the drive towards innovation has only accelerated in our region.
In less than a year, many Greater Vancouver companies have realized billion-dollar valuations. A few examples are Dapper Labs, Trulioo, Ocean Robotics, Cymax Group, Thinkific, AbCellera, Clio - Cloud-Based Legal Technology and Galvanize.
While we are a small market, Vancouver punches well above its weight in technology, innovation, cleantech, creative, and increasingly life sciences to name a few. This is big news. We need to celebrate it, build a cohesive narrative about the where we’ve come from but more importantly, where we are going and how to get there. We need to collectively unite and champion business to ensure Greater Vancouver is thriving and our region is the best place to live and work.
Join us for a conversation with the leaders of Vancouver’s Tech Accelerators as we discuss and celebrate their innovation.
The Honourable Ravi Kahlon
Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation
Province of British Columbia
Julie Angus, CEO and Co-Founder, Open Ocean Robotics
Murray McCutcheon, VP Corporate Development, AbCellera
Rizwan Somji, CEO, Cymax Group Technologies
Moderator: George Kondopulos, Partner and Greater Vancouver Area Industry Leader, Technology, Media and Telecommunications, KPMG
Additional panellists to be announced.