Dr. Bruce Sharpe, President | Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association

Bruce Sharpe got his Ph.D. in Mathematics from UBC in 1984. He spent the early part of his career doing machine learning and data science before they were called that. After many years as a software executive and entrepreneur, he has returned recently to his technical roots and is looking at applications of deep learning technology to improve human hearing.

Dr. Sharpe purchased his first Tesla Model S in late 2013, then traded it in for a newer version in 2015, specifically to get the Autopilot features. He and his wife Dale have driven over 100,000 km in the car since then, much of it in Autopilot mode.

Dr. Sharpe’s enthusiasm for electric vehicles led him to join the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association, where he now serves as president.

Penny Green, President & COO | Glance Technologies Inc.

Penny Green is a serial entrepreneur with over two decades of experience building successful companies. Penny has been instrumental in building Glance to a valuation in excess of $240,000,000 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.

Penny has deep experience in public markets in both the US and Canada and has been involved in over 100 going public transactions. Penny was also a co-founder of Merus Labs Inc. (TSX:MSL, NASDAQ:MSLI-Q) which had revenues of $111 million in Fiscal 2016 and was acquired by Norgine B.V. in July 2017 for approximately $342 million.

Penny is recognized as a thought leader and regularly participates as an expert speaker for keynotes and panels on topics ranging from fintech to capital-raising, crowdfunding, film and video, corporate compliance, business and more. Penny also regularly participates on the Business in Vancouver radio program as a technology expert. Penny has been featured in the Globe and Mail, BNN, Chatelaine, Business in Vancouver, The Huffington Post and more.

Keane Gruending, Communications Manager | Renewable Cities

Keane Gruending is the Communications Manager for the Renewable Cities program at the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. Renewable Cities is an international program that envisions cities powered by 100% renewable energy. The initiative convenes leaders to advance renewable electricity, heating and cooling, and transportation solutions.

Keane has a major interest in zero-emissions urban mobility and multimodal transport. He regularly advocates for people-centred urban design, cycling, shared mobility, and transit.

At the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, he regularly convenes events, including solutions-focused workshops, panels and public engagements. Such initiatives have included:

  • Moving in a Livable Region: A consortium of community, government, and industry groups in support of sustainable transportation funding
  • Moving in Metro: A community and stakeholder engagement series on mobility pricing for Metro Vancouver

Previous stops for Keane include: the Victoria Car Share Co-operative (now Modo); the UN Environment Program’s Regional Office for North America; and the University of Saskatchewan’s Office of Sustainability.

Keane holds a M.Sc. from the University of East Anglia and a B.Comm. from the Edwards School of Business.

Donald Wong, Founder & CEO | Moovee Innovations

Donald Wong is the Founder and CEO of Moovee Innovations Inc. Since Q3/2012, Donald has led an expert team performing R&D and prototyping for an autonomous connected electric (ACE) mobility solution suite while running business developments, and liaising with academia and government agencies. Donald has started debuting the user-driven ITS solution via vehicular connectedness since Q3/2015, followed with a sensor-based cyberphysical Transport Cloud. In Q4/2015, Donald has led his team to field trial the Moovee autonomous vehicle platform on UBC campus, through the Transport Canada vehicular connectedness testbed. Since Q1/2016, Donald has joined multiple Smart City initiatives to showcase the Moovee Automated Transport system (Melbourne, Bordeaux, Austin, Shenzhen, Vienna, Gu’an, Jiashan). In Q4/2017, Donald has signed a MOU with the City of Squamish, BC, to field trial the system there.

Donald holds a masters degree in electronics engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, upon his graduation from UBC Electrical Engineering. Donald has enjoyed a professional career in spacecraft and defence systems, nonlinear microwave/RF, wireless data, prosumer and broadcasting electronics, and system engineering. Donald has also performed technical assessments for various venture financing projects.

Experience a Day of Disruption: Announcing the 2018 BC Middle Market Growth Conference

In a business world where change is the only constant, there’s one question on the minds of our members: Will my business become the disruptor or the disrupted?

This year, our BC Middle Market Growth Conference is tackling the big ideas behind disruption and examining how they’re impacting local industries. Join us on April 10 to find out how disruptive innovation is changing how we invest, finance growth, how we use transportation and how our companies transact. We’ll help you determine what type of disruption your industry is most vulnerable to, and introduce you to inspiring local players disrupting on the global stage.

No disruption agenda would be complete, without a thought-provoking keynote whose ideas are reshaping industries as we know them. This year we’re thrilled to welcome Christine Duhaime, renowned international speaker, partner at Duhaime Law and founder of the Digital Finance Institute, who will shed light on how blockchain and artificial intelligence are altering the world of banking, financial crime and corruption.

We’re also excited to announce the return of our many sponsors and supporters this year, including Nicola Wealth Management Ltd. as our Official Event Sponsor.

When it comes to navigating change, we’re helping our members stay a step ahead. Right now, we’re offering earlybird rates on tickets. Click here to register and mark your calendars with the dates below:

  • Monday, April 9: President’s Reception at Hapa Izakaya Coal Harbour (Sponsored by Blakes) – 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 10: BC Middle Market Growth Conference at Vancouver’s Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

Stay tuned as we reveal more details on this year’s exciting event program. I look forward to seeing you there.


Aleem Jinnah

BC Middle Market Growth Conference Chair


About BC Middle Market Growth Conference

 Now in its 17th year, BC Middle Market Growth Conference has become the leading M&A Conference in Western Canada, with close to 350 attendees, a popular exhibitor trade show and valuable networking opportunities. In 2017, the Association for Corporate Growth relaunched its signature event with an expanded purpose to create growth opportunities for BC middle market businesses, delivering valuable connection opportunities, expanded content and high-impact speakers.

Limited sponsorship opportunities for our 2018 event remain. Contact Sherryl Parsons sparsons@rareaffairs.ca for more information on partnering with ACG British Columbia to showcase and build your brand at our biggest event of the year.

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