Celebrating Innovation Accelerators

Thursday, October 14, 2021
1:00 PM
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Keynote Speaker:The Honourable Ravi Kahlon
Minister of Jobs
Economic Recovery and Innovation
Province of British Columbia
Schedule:Online Program 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. PT

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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.

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

The Honourable Ravi Kahlon
Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation
Province of British Columbia

Panel 1

Drivers of Innovation

In less than a year, many Greater Vancouver companies have realized billion-dollar valuations. This panel will feature some of these drivers of innovation to celebrate and discuss the factors that drive their success.


 Julie Angus  Murray McCutcheon  Andrew McLeod George Kondopulos

Julie Angus, CEO and Co-Founder, Open Ocean Robotics
Murray McCutcheon, VP Corporate Development, AbCellera
Andrew McLeod, CEO, Certn
Moderator: George Kondopulos, Partner and Greater Vancouver Area Industry Leader, Technology, Media and Telecommunications, KPMG

Panel 2

BC Industry and Innovation

Greater Vancouver businesses are also leading innovation in established B.C. industries like forestry and mining. These core sectors continue to develop and apply innovative methods to improve their productivity, sustainability, and the quality they deliver to consumers while building competitiveness and driving prosperity in our province and region.


 Jessie Adcock  Dave Dinesen  Kalev Ruberg Armughan Ahmad

Jessie Adcock, Vice President, Digital, Finning International
Dave Dinesen, CEO, CubicFarm Systems Corp.
Kalev Ruberg, VP Future and Chief Innovation Officer, Teck Resources
Moderator: Armughan Ahmad, President & Managing Partner, Digital, KPMG

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