01 WhyAttend

Why Attend?

In technology, mergers and acquisitions are a regular occurrence and can be a path to growth. Every tech company needs to be "Exit Ready". Learn from the biggest exit success stories, the multiple exit stories, and connect with the players that made them happen.

TechExit.io is the go-to event for technology industry players who want to understand the ins and outs of selling – or buying – technology companies.  This event is not just for tech companies looking to exit in the near term – it is about being “exit ready” from day one.  You’ll understand what you need in place to be able to act intelligently to pursue a tech exit, to react to unsolicited in-bound acquisition interest, and to be able to move quickly should consolidation start happening in your industry.  Be strategic – having an exit strategy is integral to your long-term plan.

You will hear from Founders and their C-teams, VCs, Angel Investors and advisors from Legal, Tax and Investment Banking. You will learn directly from those that have achieved successful exits and the advisors who specialize in M&A for technology companies.  TechExit.io is the first conference of its kind in Canada – we’re focused solely on exit strategies for technology companies.  

Who should attend TechExit.io?

  • Founders of technology companies and their C-Team
  • Board members and advisors to tech companies
  • Angels and VCs
  • Investment Bankers, Lawyers, Accountants and Tax advisors
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TechExit.io is brought to you by the founders of SAAS NORTH and The Business Transitions forum, Cube Business Media Inc. Cube is a boutique conference and exposition company, founded to generate connections, build content & create communities. We create physical hubs where large groups of like-minded individuals can gather face-to-face.

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Where is TechExit.io taking place?

TechExit.io will be taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre East,  1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3 on April 10, 2019.

When will TechExit.io happen?

TechExit.io 2019 will be a full day conference and networking event happening on April 10, 2019.

How do I get to TechExit.io?

The Vancouver Convention Centre is conveniently located beside the Cruise Ship Terminal and Waterfront Station, close to many local attractions. See stay tuned for great deals from our Travel Partners.

 

I’m interested in sponsoring, how do I get more information?

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I’m interested in speaking, where do I apply?

Send us an email with your proposed topic and title.

Do you have media passes?

Absolutely! Send us an email to info@techexit.io and we can arrange for the next steps.

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Would I be able to refund my ticket?

We understand that life throws us surprises sometimes, so we can help you out with that! Simply email us at info@techexit.io with your ticket information and we can help you issue a refund of 75% of your fees.

Would I be able to transfer my ticket to someone else?

Yes, we can help you with that! Please email us at info@techexit.io with the new attendee’s name, email, title and company and we’ll take care of the rest.

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Kiki Anadu

KIKI ANADU

Vice President
— PwC

Kiki Anadu is a Vice-President in PwC’s valuations practice under the firm’s Deals Group. Kiki is a Chartered Business Valuator with over 9 years of experience in providing business valuation and advisory services with a focus on early stage companies and technology investments.

Kiki recently spent 3.5 years advising companies in London, UK on business and intangibles valuations with a particular focus on Technology and Media. While in London, Kiki provided advice to early stage technology businesses through various accelerators including Startupbootcamp and Seedcamp, educating founders looking to fundraise on how to assess the value of their early stage business and helping them understand the impact of various strategies on the value of their early stage businesses.

Prior to London, Kiki spent 5.5 years in Toronto providing valuation advice for a variety of purposes such as independent valuations, corporate reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting, business modelling, tax and estate planning and shareholder transactions.

Teague Collins

TEAGUE COLLINS

Senior Vice President
— Cascadia Capital

Teague Collins is a Senior Vice President at Cascadia Capital in the firm’s Technology practice. He has over 11 years of investment banking and capital markets experience, executing a variety of M&A and financing transactions for public and private companies across the equity and debt spectrum.

Teague joined Cascadia from Goldman Sachs where he was a part of the Investment Banking Financing Group.  Teague was responsible for originating and executing alternative debt and equity transactions for healthcare, consumer, and technology clients. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Teague was with Morgan Stanley in the Global Investment Banking and Capital Markets group where he executed debt and equity financings, as well as M&A transactions for life sciences and technology clients.

Prior to his investment banking career, Teague served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy and completed two Middle East deployments. Teague has a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy.

Christian Cotichini

CHRISTIAN COTICHINI

CEO
— HeroX (exited Absolute Software)

With over 20 years of experience leading startup and high growth technology companies, Christian Cotichini is an active angel investor and mentor to startup entrepreneurs. In the mid-1990s, Christian founded Absolute Software, a leader in computer security and asset management. After going public, Absolute continues to grow and has diversified into a solution for organizations to manage the massive proliferation of Internet devices.

Christian then went on to found MAKE Technologies, a platform for the transformation and modernization of its clients’ legacy and mission-critical software systems. While remaining on the Board of MAKE, Christian left day-to-day activities to join co-founder Shannon Susko on a new startup, Subserveo. A SaaS company, Subserveo targeted the post-2008 compliance and regulatory challenges faced by the banking sector. Subserveo was acquired by DST Systems in 2011. MAKE was then also sold to Dell Computers in 2012.

In 2013, Christian joined HeroX as co-founder and CEO. He is also focused on angel/seed financing, hands-on entrepreneurship, mentoring, M&A, and anti-consulting to startups and emerging disruptive companies.

Marc Drouin

MARC DROUIN

Regional Director, Technologies Group
— BDC
Paul Geyer

PAUL GEYER

CEO
— Discovery Parks and Nimbus Synergies (exited Mitroflow)

Paul Geyer, a successful Medtech Entrepreneur, is an experienced Board member and Angel Investor. Over the past 25 years Paul founded and led three companies through their growth phase, in one case to a successful exit and in the other case to growth as a public company with numerous acquisitions. Two companies have grown to be anchor medical device companies in the Vancouver area, employing more than 350 people, while the third company is just commercializing its technology.

In 1991 he founded Mitroflow, a tissue heart valve company. Paul grew the company from 9 employees to more than 125 employees. In 1999 Paul sold Mitroflow for more than $50 mil. Paul’s leadership resulted in Mitroflow growing to more than 200 employees, making it one of the largest medical devices companies in the Vancouver area.

In 2001 Paul started Medical Ventures (Neovasc), a new specialty vascular device company where he is currently Chairman of the Board. Mr. Geyer held the position of CEO at Neovasc until June 2008 and was responsible for raising over $40 million in Equity financing and growing the company’s product portfolio through internal development and the acquisition of 3 other companies.

In 2008 Paul focused on assisting Entrepreneurs to build successful businesses, as a mentor or Board member. He also focused on building the local community through his involvement as a Board member of BCTECH industry association, along with a number of non-profit community-based organizations. Paul is actively engaged as a Philanthropist, on the Board of Social Venture Partners Vancouver, involved with Science World, Entrepreneurship at UBC, Project Somos Children’s Village and other organizations.

Paul is currently the CEO of Discovery Parks and Nimbus Synergies, an innovative investment program that will invest Discovery Parks’ assets in growing BC companies that focus on the intersection between health, life sciences, and technology.

Desmond Griffin

DESMOND GRIFFIN

CEO/Co-Founder
— Glance Technologies (exited Verrus)

Desmond is the co-founder and CEO of Glance Technologies, a publicly traded company that owns and operates Glance Pay, a streamlined payment system that revolutionizes how smartphone users choose where to dine, order goods and services, make payments, access digital receipts, redeem digital deals, earn great rewards & interact with merchants. Desmond co-founded PayByPhone (formerly Verrus Mobile Technologies) and was its CEO from inception through to a successful exit, during which time PayByPhone went from a concept to a platform processing tens of millions of mobile payments annually for millions of consumers in over 100 cities around the world. Desmond is an active advisor to early stage technology companies. He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Michael Hagerman

MICHAEL HAGERMAN

CEO
— DirectorsEdge Inc (Exited PayByPhone, Subserveo, MAKE Technologies) 

Michael Hagerman is the CEO of DirectorsEdge Inc. After careers in travel, financial services, Michael Hagerman entered the tech world as an angel investor in 2001. He served as an advisor to PayByPhone (exit in 2010), Cofounder/Executive Chairman of Subserveo (exit in 2011) and Executive Chairman and Interim CEO at MAKE Technologies (exit in 2012). Earlier in his career, he participated in the sale of Deak International to Thomas Cook and Goepel McDermid to Raymond James — in each case, he learned a lot about the art and science of receiving a premium price for a company.

Brent Holliday

BRENT HOLLIDAY

Founder & CEO
— Garibaldi Capital Advisors

Brent has been in the technology finance industry for 24 years and is the co-founder and CEO of Canada’s first technology-focused boutique M&A advisory firm, Garibaldi Capital Advisors. Founded in 2013, Garibaldi helps private technology companies across Canada grow by planning and executing on their capital strategy needs and assisting them through M&A transactions. With offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Saint John, Garibaldi has completed 18 transactions in 4 years across Canada.

Brent spent five years prior to founding Garibaldi doing technology transactions for Capital West Partners in Vancouver. Before that, Brent was a technology focused venture capitalist, raising over $40 million with two other partners in 1999 to invest in 15 early stage companies. In the Internet 1.0 days of the mid-90’s Brent helped found an Internet Software company, later known as Maximizer Technologies and worked for BDC’s venture capital group before founding his own fund.

He has an MBA from the University of British Columbia and an Honours Bachelor of Science from Western University in his original hometown of London, Ontario.

Diane Horton

DIANE HORTON

VP Corporate Development
— Tequity Inc.

Diane brings 20+ years in the Technology sector at both large multi-national organizations and small start-up companies, helping to drive strategy and growth in a variety of roles in Finance, Sales, Marketing, and Business Systems Consulting. In her role at Tequity, Diane advises Software and IT company shareholders and executives on strategic M&A engagements that will best meet their unique objectives.  Diane studied at the University of Western Ontario and the Certified General Accountants Association, and is a designated Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) and Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA).

Richard Hungerford

RICHARD HUNGERFORD

VP, Business and Corporate Development
— Hootsuite

Richard is VP Corporate Development at Hootsuite where he oversees Acquisitions and Partnerships. He’s worked on multiple partnership deals, M&A transactions and integrations while at Hootsuite. Prior to Hootsuite he was CEO of Brightkit, a marketing technology software, that was acquired by Hootsuite in 2014.

Andrew Jones

ANDREW JONES

Principal
— Cardin Partners

Andrew is equally comfortable speaking the three languages of code, product and corporate finance. His career path is unique: from embedded systems design engineer, to 10 years in product line management, to technology company transaction advisory. Andrew co-founded Garibaldi Capital Advisors (12 deals since 2013) prior to spinning out Cardin Partners as an M&A focused boutique in 2016. Andrew is an avid tournament poker and competitive squash player.

Hans Knapp

HANS KNAPP

Partner and Co-founder
— Yaletown Partners

Hans co-founded Yaletown in 2001 and brings over 20 years of investing, legal and corporate governance experience to Yaletown’s team.  A seasoned investor with multiple $200M+ exits under his belt, Hans presently manages Yaletown’s emerging-growth investments in Cooledge Lighting, Redlen Technologies and Equicare Health and is part of the Investing Team of Yaletown’s newest $100M fund, the Yaletown Innovation Growth Fund.  Hans has played a key role in the formation, financing or exiting of over two dozen high growth companies including most recently Monexa’s sale to Netsuite (2015), Bitstew’s sale to General Electric (2016) and the sale of Daiya Foods to Otsuka Pharmaceuticals (2017).  A frequent speaker on topics of note in the venture industry, Hans sits on the Board of the Canadian Venture Capital Association and was co-chair of the CVCA’s 2015 marquee annual conference in Vancouver.  Prior to founding Yaletown Hans practiced commercial litigation with a leading national firm and has been a member of the BC Bar since 1996. 

Andrew Lugsdin

ANDREW LUGSDIN

Partner
— BDC Venture Capital

Andrew Lugsdin is a partner in the IT Venture Fund. He joined BDC Capital in 2001 and is based out of Vancouver, BC. He has over 20 years experience in the IT and telecom sectors.

Prior to joining BDC Capital, Andrew was the founder and president of a consulting firm for early-stage high-tech companies, providing business planning and development services. Previously, as Vice President of Sales and Client Strategy, he helped transform a Vancouver-based professional Web services firm into a Canadian leader. Andrew also worked for a number of years as a software engineer at Nortel and as a consultant for the DMR Group.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and in Computer Science from McGill University.

Iain Mant

IAIN MANT

Partner
— Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Iain Mant is a prominent mergers and acquisitions lawyer in Fasken’s Vancouver office with more than 30 years’ of experience advising clients in the technology and life sciences industries.   Iain has extensive experience advising on the negotiation, structuring and implementing of public and private M&A transactions, involving domestic and foreign purchasers and sellers. As team leader on transactions, he coordinates financing, regulatory, intellectual property, employment, tax and other advice from the early planning stages to closing.  Iain is a sought after advisor for his experience in advising on technology transactions involving some of the world’s largest technology companies, including Intel, Google, General Electric and large private equity groups.

Neil McDonnell

NEIL MCDONNELL

Chair and Director
— Photon Control (Exited Wurldtech)

Neil McDonnell is currently chair of Agreement Express, Chair of Photon Control, Executive Chair of ResponseTek, director of Symbility Software and director of Colligo Networks. He is a recognized leader in the Canadian technology space, serving most recently as chair of QHR Technologies (acquired by George Weston in 2016), director of TitanStar Properties and CEO of Wurldtech Security Technologies (acquired by General Electric in 2015). Previously, Mr. McDonnell held senior positions at several British Columbia’s most successful companies, including chair and CEO TeraSpan Networks, COO TIR systems (a Royal Philips company), COO Mobile Data Solutions, and CEO Intrinsyc Software. He is active as an Executive in Residence for the British Columbia Technology Industry Association, formerly an advisor to the ICBC board (Transformation Committee) and director for the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (2001 – 2011). Mr. McDonnell holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.

Lonny McLean

LONNY MCLEAN

Founder
— CareCru (exited Layer 7)

Lonny McLean, is the Founder/CEO of CareCru Inc., an automated, data-driven growth platform for Health Clinics.  Lonny is an experienced entrepreneur with a focus on building and growing technology-oriented companies from seed to exit. He was the Founder and CEO of Layer 7 Technologies, a company recognized as the BC Technology Industry Start-up of the Year, Company of the Year, and by Deloitte as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America. This revenue growth and company strategy was key in the very successful sale of Layer 7 to CA Technologies in 2013.

As a repeat founder and sales executive, Lonny has built teams and strategies focused on growing companies through various stages of developments.  He has successfully raised money from individual and Venture investors and is managed those Boards through the various stages of development.  As an angel investor in various companies, he has worked with founding teams, entrepreneurs and executives as they executed their own strategies in building companies.

Steve Munford

STEVE MUNFORD

Non-Executive Director
— Sophos (exited Activestate)

Steve Munford is Non-Executive Director at Sophos. He served as Sophos’ CEO from 2006 to 2012 and, during that time, led the company through a period of dramatic growth, more than tripling bookings. Prior to his role as CEO, Steve served as President of Sophos for North America and then became Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the day-to-day running of the company and its senior management team. Previously, he was President of ActiveState before its acquisition by Sophos in 2003. Under his leadership, ActiveState established itself as a global leader in email security software.

Steve has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario and has an MBA from Queen’s University, Ontario.

Manny Padda

MANNY PADDA

Managing Director
— New Avenue Capital

Manny Padda is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder of New Avenue Capital, a global firm focusing on Financial, Human, and Impact Capital.

A self-made entrepreneur who built his first multi-million-dollar company at age 26, Manny is an active advisor and angel investor globally and in British Columbia’s tech community. He personally invests in local start-ups including Picatic, MyBestHelper, ShareShed, and MTT. He is also the co-founder of GradusOne, an organization that provides students and new graduates with resources to help them refine their career path and achieve success.

Manny was recently awarded Startup Canada’s 2017 National Entrepreneur Promotion Award, BC Tech Person of the Year 2017 Finalist, EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Pacific Awards Finalist, NACO’s 2016 Canadian Angel Investor of the Year, BIV’s Top 40 under 40, EO Global Citizen of the Year, Canadian Startup Awards’ 2016 Angel Investor of the Year Finalist, and the 2017 Governor General Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

Janette Pantry

JANETTE PANTRY

Partner
— EY

Janette is the leader of EY’s Transaction Tax practice in British Columbia. She has extensive experience advising on the tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and restructuring transactions in a variety of industries, including locally owned businesses, private equity funds and large public companies. She has practiced exclusively in the tax field for more than 20 years and joined EY after practicing with Canadian law firms for 15 years.

Janette is a governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation, co-chairs the research committee and has presented papers at national and provincial tax conferences and for professional organizations on many occasions. She has been recognized by International Tax Review as one of the world’s leading women tax advisors. She previously served as a vice chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and is a recipient of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 award.

James Smith

JAMES SMITH

Partner
— LaBarge Weinstein

As partner at LaBarge Weinstein LLP, James Smith’s practice has literally grown up with Canada’s technology leaders since 1998. James focuses on corporate, securities and commercial law, and has acted in over 100 venture and exit transactions since joining the firm in 2000. James holds a Master’s degree in venture-backed firm corporate governance at the University of Toronto Law School through its Capital Markets Institute and is widely recognized as a leading resource for Canada’s founding teams at every stage of startup company formation and growth. James was called to the bar in Ontario in 1996, New York in 2002 and British Columbia in 2015.

Olivier Vincent

OLIVIER VINCENT

President & General Manager
— GroundTruth (Exited Canpages)

Olivier is a Vancouver based serial tech-entrepreneur. He created over 9 companies and startups. He was the founder and CEO of Canpages with the vision to disrupt the local market (back then dominated by yellow pages and a rapidly growing Google) with a series of digital marketing and search solutions. He sold the company for $225m after growing it to over $100m in revenue.

Olivier is currently the President of WeatherBug, a growing weather app with over 20 million users, and is spending is time between Silicon Valley and Vancouver. Like many geeks, he is also having fun currently with the magic potential of AI and AR.
 
Olivier has an engineering master degree and an MBA. He lives in Vancouver which is the ideal combination for his passions for his kids, ocean and mountain, music and tech.

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David Raffa

David Raffa

President
— Valeo Corporate Finance Ltd

David has been working in the venture space for more than thirty years in a variety of roles including scientist, corporate finance lawyer and venture capitalist.  David retired from the practice of law in 2002 when he moved into venture fund management and investment banking.  He currently is President of Valeo Corporate Finance Ltd. (www.davidraffa.com) where he provides M&A services to small to mid-cap technology and industrial companies looking to exit, as well as longer term advisory services for companies looking to accelerate growth.   

David has led or been a key player in numerous successful exits including Parasun Technologies (acquired by Uniserve), ActiveState (acquired by Sophos PLC), Wolf Medical (acquired by Telus), RFind (acquired by Constellation Software), TSC Software (acquired by Stardyne), In Motion Technologies (acquired by Sierra Systems), Liquivision (acquired by Huish Outdoors), Scorpion Software (acquired by Kaseya) and Goldrock Mines (acquired by Fortuna Silver (NYSE:FVI)), to name just a few.  David was an advisor to Flickr (acquired by Yahoo), Layer 7 Technologies (acquired by CA) and Avigilon (TSX: AVO) who have achieved successful exits or gone public.  Most recently, David was co-founder of Emerald Health Therapeutics (TSX:EMH), a medical marijuana company having grown to a market cap of over a billion dollars. 

David has a BSc (Biology) from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC, Canada) and LLB (Law) from Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), and was named by BC Business Magazine as one of B.C.’s “Top 25 New Elite” in the technology sector in 2004.

Brent Holliday

Brent Holliday

Co-founder and CEO
— Garibaldi Capital Advisors

Brent has been in the technology finance industry for 25 years and is the co-founder and CEO of Canada’s first technology-focused boutique M&A advisory firm, Garibaldi Capital Advisors. Founded in 2013, Garibaldi helps private technology companies across Canada grow by planning and executing on their capital strategy needs and assisting them through M&A transactions. With offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Saint John, Garibaldi has completed over 20 transactions in 4 years in technology centers across Canada. 

Brent spent five years prior to founding Garibaldi doing technology transactions for Capital West Partners in Vancouver. Before that, Brent was a technology-focused venture capitalist, raising over $40 million with two other partners in 1999 to invest in 15 early stage companies. In the Internet 1.0 days of the mid-90’s Brent helped found an Internet Software company, later known as Maximizer Technologies and worked for BDC’s venture capital group before founding his own fund. 

 He has an MBA from the University of British Columbia and an Honours Bachelor of Science from Western University in his original hometown of London, Ontario. 

Hannes Blum

Hannes Blum

Venture Partner North America
— Acton Capital

Dr. Hannes Blum started his career with The Boston Consulting Group in Germany and founded his first company (JustBooks GmbH) with colleagues of his PhD program in 1999. After selling his business to AbeBooks.com, he was asked to take over as CEO of AbeBooks which brought him and his family to Victoria, Canada in 2003. After acquiring 5 companies, he sold AbeBooks to Amazon.com in 2008 and stayed on as a VP for Amazon.com until May 2015. He won several industry awards during his tenure at AbeBooks and Amazon (e.g. Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Consumer category for Pacific Canada).  

Currently, he is Venture Partner North America for Acton Capital, a Munich based growth VC fund focused on consumer internet. He serves on the Board of five companies (Mobify in Vancouver, Chef’s Plate in Toronto, Eloquii in New York and Codename Entertainment as well as Monk Office in Victoria) and is an active Angel Investor (e.g. Indochino.com, Teampages.com – sold to Active Network, Authy.com – sold to Twilio, Checkfront.com, Certn.com – he received the “Angel of the Year” Award from Viatec in 2018). In his spare time, Hannes loves to spend time with his wife and 2 children, on tennis courts, ski hills and golf courses. 

Iain Mant

Iain Mant

Partner
— Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Iain Mant is a prominent mergers and acquisitions lawyer in Fasken’s Vancouver office with more than 30 years’ of experience advising clients in the technology and life sciences industries.   Iain has extensive experience advising on the negotiation, structuring and implementing of public and private M&A transactions, involving domestic and foreign purchasers and sellers. As the team leader on transactions, he coordinates financing, regulatory, intellectual property, employment, tax, and other advice from the early planning stages to closing.  Iain is a sought-after advisor for his experience in advising on technology transactions involving some of the world’s largest technology companies, including Intel, Google, General Electric, Roper Technologies, and large private equity groups. 

Jill Earthy

Jill Earthy

Head of Growth
— Female Funders & Founders, powered by Highline Beta

Jill Earthy is an entrepreneurially minded leader who believes diversity drives innovation. As Head of Growth for Female Funders and Founders (powered by Highline BETA), she is creating new models to increase the number of female investors, as well as expedited access to capital for female entrepreneurs. She was formerly the Chief Growth Officer of FrontFundr, an online investment platform, bridging the gap between entrepreneurs and investors. She has successfully built two companies nationally and sold them, and then spent 8 years in leadership roles in the non-profit sector supporting entrepreneurs including as CEO of The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. She is a community leader and active mentor, currently serving on the Board of Governors for Simon Fraser University (SFU), and as Board Chair of the Women’s Enterprise Centre in BC. She is Co-Founder of the WEB Alliance, a collective of over 25 Women’s Business networks in BC and Co-Chairs the annual We for She Conference in Vancouver supporting the economic advancement of women.  Jill is well recognized for her contributions to the community and has won numerous awards including most recently the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion award as a Community Champion. 

 

Theazel Lee

Theazel Lee

Founder
— Nelsa Investment (VCC) Inc. and VANTEC Entrepreneurs Fund (VCC) Inc.

Thealzel joined the board of TIMIA in April 2014. She manages the monthly Vancouver Angel Technology Network (VANTEC) and the Vancouver chapter of the Keiretsu Forum (Northwest Region) for the local startup community of entrepreneurs and angel investors.  She also serves on committees with the National Angel Capital Organization (Canada) and the Angel Capital Association (U.S.). She is a founder of two angel seed funds: Nelsa Investment (VCC) Inc. and VANTEC Entrepreneurs Fund (VCC) Inc., which has 40 percent of its portfolio invested in “green technology” companies based in British Columbia. 

Thealzel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Alberta, and a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. 

 

Anthony Nicalo

Anthony Nicalo

Entrepreneur in Residence
— Highline BETA
Brenda Irwin

Brenda Irwin

Founder and Managing Partner
— Relentless Venture Fund

Brenda is the Founder and Managing Partner of the Relentless Venture Fund (“RVF”).  RVF is a mission based, health technology venture capital fund that invests in preventative and proactive solutions that optimize health, activity and longevity. RVF builds upon Relentless Pursuit Partners’ sport and health technology angel investment group that Brenda co-founded with 4x Olympian and triathlete Simon Whitfield.

Prior to launching Relentless, Brenda was a member of the Healthcare Venture Capital team for the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). While at BDC she was responsible for management of a $100 million life sciences portfolio inclusive of drug development and medical devices.

A seasoned VC and Board Director, Brenda has been a member of 15 private and public companies as well as non-profit organizations; she has acted as corporate Board Chair, and Chair of numerous compensation, audit and corporate governance committees.

Brenda’s not for profit and volunteer commitment includes a six-year term on the Providence Health Care Board of Directors, one of the largest health care organizations in Canada operating 16 facilities in Greater Vancouver, and building the innovative ‘New St. Paul’s Hospital and Campus of Care’. Brenda chaired Providence’s Innovation, Academics & Research Committee. She is also former Vice-President and Board Director for the Take A Hike, Youth at Risk Foundation. In 2017, Brenda joined the Creative Destruction Lab’s Health cohort as an Associate.  Other current volunteer, advising and mentoring program commitments include Female Funders and the Hyper Growth Life V3.0 cohort.

Fuelled by her personal and professional experiences, Brenda has been committed to inspiring young women to pursue careers in science and technology since her early career as a science teacher. She is a frequent industry speaker, enthusiastic mentor, an RBC Canadian Woman of Influence nominee and Business in Vancouver ‘40 Under 40’ Award recipient.

Mark Longo

Mark Longo

Partner
— Osler
Manny Padda

Manny Padda

Founding Partner
— New Avenue Capital

Manny Padda is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder of New Avenue Capital, a global firm focusing on Financial, Human, and Impact Capital.

A self-made entrepreneur who built his first multi-million-dollar company at age 26, Manny is an active advisor and angel investor globally and in British Columbia’s tech community. He personally invests in local start-ups including Picatic, MyBestHelper, ShareShed, and MTT. He is also the co-founder of GradusOne, an organization that provides students and new graduates with resources to help them refine their career path and achieve success.

Manny was recently awarded Startup Canada’s 2017 National Entrepreneur Promotion Award, BC Tech Person of the Year 2017 Finalist, EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Pacific Awards Finalist, NACO’s 2016 Canadian Angel Investor of the Year, BIV’s Top 40 under 40, EO Global Citizen of the Year, Canadian Startup Awards’ 2016 Angel Investor of the Year Finalist, and the 2017 Governor General Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

Michael Dingle

Michael Dingle

Partner, National Deals Leader
— PwC

Michael is an Advisory Partner and leads the firm’s services in the Technology Sector on a
national basis.

As as practitioner within PwC’s Deals practice, Michael advises clients on mergers, acquisitions,
divestitures, and financings.

With a broad range of expertise, Michael uniquely combines knowledge of transactions, strategic
consulting, digital technologies, and data. With an entrepreneurial background, Michael works
to forecast and address business needs by collaborating with technology companies at various
stages of growth and providing timely advice. While covering all technology sub-sectors,
Michael has significant experience in Software (SaaS), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain &
Crypto, Internet of Things (IoT), E-Commerce, HealthTech, PropTech, and FinTech.

With over 25 years of experience, Michael has direct experience both as an operator and as an
advisor. Michael has led multi-disciplinary deal teams working on transactions in North
America, Europe and Asia. Furthermore, Michael has led several technology transformation
initiatives in a variety of geographies as a consultant and as an employee.

Prior to joining PwC, Michael’s career has been at the intersection of technology and business
operations:

  • As a member of the Executive Team at Colliers International, Michael worked in a
    corporate development capacity leading M&A transactions in the US , Canadian,
    European and Asian markets.
  • As a founding shareholder, Michael built Blast Radius, one of the first and the leading
    digital agency and web application development business in Canada. With Blast
    Radius, Michael led engagement teams delivering strategy, architecture and
    application development services into Nike, AT&T Wireless, Microsoft, Starbucks,
    Fairmont, Electronic Arts, BMW and others. Blast Radius was sold to WPP.
  • As President and CEO of Medeo Corporation, a SaaS company, Michael led the
    strategy and development of Canada’s first direct-to-patient telemedicine platform.
    Medeo was designed mobile-first, API-first and ready to integrate with existing
    healthcare IT stacks. Michael led the sale of Medeo to QHR Technologies in 2014.
Paulin Laberge

Paulin Laberge

CEO
— iCompass Technologies