This year’s keynote speakers are thought-leaders that represent world-class brands in every industry. This is your opportunity to access their knowledge, experience, and influence.
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The #BCTECHSummit takes B.C.’s innovation economy and elevates it to a global scale by bringing together business leaders and technology experts all across B.C. and around the world to exchange ideas, insights, and opportunities.
Here is but a brief sampling (as per image above) of the talented and accomplished individuals what is an incredible lineup:
Duncan Wardle, Former Head of Innovation & Creativity, Walt Disney
Having worked for the Walt Disney Company for some 25 years, Duncan Wardle now serves as an independent innovation and design thinking consultant, helping companies around the globe embed a culture of innovation and creativity across their organizations, delivering a series of keynotes, training workshops, and leading innovation projects. His unique Design Thinking process helps people capture unlikely connections, leading to both fresh thinking and revolutionary ideas. Most recently Duncan was Head of Innovation and Creativity for the Walt Disney Company, where he helped support franchises such as Lucas Films, Pixar, Marvel, Disney Imagineering, Disney Parks, and ESPN. Working as an innovation catalyst and cultural change agent, he helped each line of business increase their capacity to innovate at scale.
Anousheh Ansari, CEO, XPRIZE Foundation
Anousheh Ansari is the CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, the world’s leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges. A serial tech entrepreneur and an active proponent of world-changing technologies, Ansari, along with her family, sponsored XPRIZE’S first competition, a $10 million initiative that ignited a new era for commercial spaceflight. Ansari is the first female private space explorer, first astronaut of Iranian descent, the first Muslim woman in space, and fourth private explorer to visit space. Previously, Ansari served as the CEO of Prodea Systems, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) technology firm she co-founded in 2006. Ansari has also co-funded The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, with a goal of investing $1 billion in women-founded companies by 2020. Prior to founding Prodea Systems, Anousheh served as co-founder, chief executive officer and chairman of the board for Telecom Technologies, Inc. After earning three key U.S. patents and growing the company to 250 employees with 100 percent sequential growth year over year since inception, the company successfully merged with Sonus Networks, Inc., a provider of IP-based voice infrastructure products. Anousheh was recognized as a Young Global leader and continues to serve the World Economic Forum as a member of Future Global Council.
Manjit Minhas, Co-Founder & CEO, Minhas Breweries, Distillery, and Winery
Dragon’s Den judge Manjit Minhas has been able to do what few ever thought possible—break into the notoriously competitive and notoriously male-dominated beer and spirits industry and grow her company to the 10th largest brewery in the world. She’s been profiled in Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail and on The National and was recently named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, a distinction honouring outstanding Canadian leaders. Minhas started Mountain Crest Liquors Inc. (MCLI) at the age of 19 in Alberta. In late 2002 she entered the beer market with Mountain Crest Classic Lager. It quickly became the first successful beer company to enter Canada in decades. MCLI is now making waves internationally, producing, developing, and marketing over 90 brands, and has served over 6 billion pints of beer. She is also the creator of Uptown Girl, a beer that is marketed and made exclusively for women. In 2006, Minhas and her brother Ravinder, purchased the second oldest brewery in the United States and renamed it The Minhas Craft Brewery, officially marking them as the Youngest Brewery Owners in The World. Their quality beers are shipped across the USA, Canada and overseas. The siblings opened The Minhas Micro Brewery in Calgary in June 2012, from which they make world-class craft beers and specialty beers such as a gluten-free beer.
Tan Le, Founder and CEO, EMOTIV
Tan Le is a top innovation and business speaker, technology entrepreneur, and the Founder and CEO of EMOTIV. She has won numerous awards, including being named Young Australian of the Year in 1998, voted one of Australia’s 30 Most Successful Women Under 30, chosen by Fast Company’s as one of the Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010, and picked by Forbes’ for 50 Names You Need to Know in 2011. Her company EMOTIV is a leader in brain wearables, which offers access to advanced brain monitoring and cognitive assessment technologies. She currently serves on the Board of Stewards on Shaping the Future of Information and Entertainment of the World Economic Forum.
Eric O’Neill, Attorney, Cybersecurity Expert & Former FBI Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence Operative, The Georgetown Group LLC
Eric O’Neill is a cyber-security keynote speaker and expert, former FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence operative, and was the inspiration for the film Breach. In 2001, Eric helped capture the most notorious spy in United States history, Robert Phillip Hanssen. Eric is also the founder of The Georgetown Group, a premier investigative and security services firm, and a National Security Strategist for Carbon Black, the leader in next-generation endpoint security.