What’s the difference between innovation and disruption?

What’s the difference between innovation and disruption?

This week’s Business in Vancouver features the Association for Corporate Growth and our upcoming BC Middle Market Growth Conference.

Conference Chair Aleem Jinnah tells BIV, “We wanted to tackle the theme of disruption at this year’s event because there is so much happening here in B.C. – technologies and ideas being developed locally that are affecting change globally.”

The article also features Matt Switzer of Hootsuite and Northwest Capital Partners, and Penny Green of Glance Technologies – both of whom will be panelists in our afternoon plenary discussion on disruptive B.C. businesses and their global impact.

Read Business in Vancouver article here.

See below for more information on the BC Middle Market Growth Conference on April 10 and our local disruptors panel.

Matt Switzer, Chief Operating Officer, Hootsuite

Matt has spent his career starting and growing companies as an investor, advisor and executive. Matt is currently Interim COO at Hootsuite, where he leads strategy, partnerships, financings, M&A and innovation. Matt has helped build Hootsuite from 30 to more than 1,000 employees, raised more than $200M, acquired 10 companies and built the market-leading social relationship platform.

Matt formerly worked in Venture Capital, advising & investing in early-stage starups with a focus on technology and telecommunications. Recently, he co-founded Northwest Capital Partners – a fund looking to acquire operating businesses in B.C. – and was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40.

Penny Green, Co-Founder and Director, Glance Technologies

Penny Green is a serial entrepreneur with more than two decades of experience building successful companies. Penny has been instrumental in building Glance to a valuation in excess of $240 million and Glance is recognized as the #5 top valued company on the CSE25Index.
Penny has been named on PROFIT Magazine’s W100 list of top Canadian female entrepreneurs and was one of five national finalists for the 2012 Royal Bank of Canada Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship. Under her leadership as CEO, her firm Bacchus Law Corporation was included in the PROFIT 500 Fastest Growing companies two years in a row.

Tony Guglielmin, Chief Financial Officer, Ballard Power Systems

Tony Guglielmin joined Ballard as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in June 2010. He previously served as SVP Finance and Chief Operating Officer of Canada Line Rapid Transit Inc. (CLCO), a $2 billion rapid transit project connecting the Vancouver International Airport, City of Richmond and downtown Vancouver. Tony has also held senior management roles at Finning International Inc., British Columbia Hydro, and The Bank of Nova Scotia in Toronto.

Tony holds a BA in Economics in Political Science and an MBA from McGill University, as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He serves on the Board of Information Services Corporation (where he also serves as Chair of the Audit Committee), as well as a number of private companies.



The panel will be moderated by Kristi Miller, Co-founder and National Managing Director at First West Capital.




About BC Middle Market Growth Conference

Now in its 17th year, BC Middle Market Growth Conference is the leading M&A Conference in Western Canada, with close to 350 attendees, a popular exhibitor trade show and valuable networking opportunities. For more information on this year’s event, visit www.acgbcevents.com

Limited sponsorship opportunities remain. Contact Sherryl Parsons sparsons@rareaffairs.com for more information on partnering with ACG British Columbia to showcase and build your brand at ACG’s biggest event of the year.

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