Fueling BC’s tech engine: what industry leaders are saying

Fueling BC’s tech engine: what industry leaders are saying

Technology in BC is more than an industry – it’s become a vital engine for growth, fuelling other industries and providing a key source of innovation, GDP, job growth and economic diversity. However, this strong performance may have created a false sense that improvements aren’t necessary for the industry’s continued growth.

The BC Tech Association just released its latest policy recommendations for addressing the industry’s top challenges and realizing its potential.

“BC has an estimated $25 billion opportunity, if we can address the struggles companies are having when it comes to recruiting talent and bringing their businesses to scale,” said Jill Tipping, President and CEO of BC Tech Association. “In other words, the future of technology in BC is limitless, but only if we stop limiting it.”

Join us at the BC Middle Market Growth Conference on Tuesday, April 9 as we talk about the future of tech in BC and how to fuel the growth engine. Hear from our panel of industry leaders on how we can shape BC’s tech future with new tools, tactics and ideas, in a discussion moderated by BC Tech Association President & CEO, Jill Tipping. Register now by visiting our website.

Our BC tech panel:

Moderator: Jill Tipping, BC Tech President & CEO
Jill is President and CEO of BC Tech, a non-profit dedicated to making BC the best place to grow and scale a tech company. Previously, Jill was VP Operations and CFO with Schneider Electric Solar and started her career as a director in Deloitte’s telecoms, technology and media group in the UK. Jill holds an MA in Economic History from St. Andrews University and an MSc in Management from Stanford. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Economic Commission, the Digital Technology Supercluster, the Emerging Economy Task Force and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Matt Switzer, Partner, Northwest Capital Partners
Matt has 16 years’ experience buying and building companies. He helped grow software company, Hootsuite, from 30 people to more than 1,000 and was an early employee at Workbrain, which grew to 700 people and IPO’d in 2003. During his career, Matt has led successful acquisitions of 10 companies and participated in over $5Bn worth of M&A as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch. He holds a BSc. from Western University and an MBA from University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2017. He currently runs Northwest Capital Partners, which he’s focused on acquiring and growing BC-based businesses.

Francis Steiner, Director, Hatch, UBC
Francis manages HATCH, UBC’s Accelerator program, which provides early-stage companies with business advice to accelerate their growth. Francis has worked for Deloitte’s Strategy arm in London and PWC, where he led various due diligence projects. Since 2002, Francis has been Principal at Godfrey, Graseby and Reeves, launching four different start-ups. In 2007, he arrived in Vancouver, where he took on a consulting role at KPMG and became Director of Strategy, Analytics and Implementation at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

Kristine Steuart, Co-Founder, Allocadia
Kristine and her twin sister Katherine Berry co-founded Allocadia in 2010, after experiencing first-hand the difficulty in gaining insight into marketing investments and measuring performance. Kristine has led Allocadia from a bootstrapped start-up with a handful of customers, to a global organization with hundreds of enterprise customers worldwide and partnerships with marketing cloud leaders like Oracle, IBM and Marketo. Kristine was named among the Top Forty Under 40 in Business in Vancouver, The Top 10 Women in Tech to Watch in 2015 by inc. magazine, and one of BC’s top 35 Most influential Women in Business.

Tech by the numbers:
BC has more than 10,600 tech companies employing more than 106,000 peopleThe province also employs another 50,000 tech workers in non-tech companiesAn estimated 40 percent of downtown Vancouver’s commercial real estate is occupied by high-tech business and workersData provided by BC Tech Association

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