This year, our BC Middle Market Growth Conference is tackling disruption. Today, we announce our panel on a topic that is, quite literally, driving transformative change in the transportation sector.
There are a number of disruptive technologies changing our current patterns of behaviour, but autonomous vehicles have the potential for a larger ripple effect, disrupting many other industries along the way:
The reality of driverless cars on our roads is closer than ever. Suncor recently announced it will begin using autonomous vehicles at company-operated mines, leaving us to think about implications for other kinds of heavy machinery jobs. Google’s autonomous driving company Waymo has been testing and will soon make its official debut as a full-scale service on public streets.
Its a topic full of potential, but not without controversy. While many hail the potential safety improvements and environmental efficiencies, others have raised concerns about potential job losses and an industry operating without human judgement.
The question is: are we ready? ACG has comprised a panel of industry leaders and first movers to talk about the ways different industries and business models may be affected in B.C., and how to prepare for this advancing technology as it becomes part of the mainstream.
Here’s who’s driving this much anticipated panel:
|Alan Hart – Founder and CEO of VIA Architecture
|Bruce Sharpe – President, Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association
Dr. Bruce Sharpe got his Ph.D. in Mathematics from UBC in 1984. He spent the early part of his career focused on machine learning and data science before those terms even existed. Dr. Sharpe purchased his first Tesla Model S in 2013, then upgraded to a newer model in 2015, specifically for 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. His enthusiasm for electric vehicles led him to join the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association, where he serves as president.
|Donald Wong, BASc, MEng, PEng – Founder and CEO of Moovee Innovations Inc. Donald Wong is the Founder and CEO of Moovee Innovations Inc. Since 2012, Donald has led an expert team performing R&D and prototyping for an autonomous connected electric (ACE) mobility solution suite. In 2015, Donald led his team to field trial the Moovee autonomous vehicle platform on the UBC campus, through the Transport Canada vehicular connectedness testbed. In 2016, Donald joined multiple Smart City initiatives to showcase the Moovee Automated Transport system in cities across the globe. Most recently, he has signed a MOU with the City of Squamish, BC, to field trial the system there. Donald holds a master’s degree in electronics engineering from Carlton University and a degree in Electrical Engineering from UBC.|
|Keane Gruending – Communications Manager for the Renewable Cities program at the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Keane has a major interest in zero-emissions urban mobility and multimodal transport. He regularly advocates for people-centered 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. Previous stops for Keane include: the Victoria Car Share Co-operative (now Modo); the UN Environmental Program’s Regional Office for North America; and the University of Saskatchewan’s Office of Sustainability. He holds a M.Sc. from the University of East Anglia and a B. Comm. from the Edwards School of Business.
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:
Stay tuned as we reveal more details on this year’s exciting event program. I look forward to seeing you there.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on partnering with ACG British Columbia to showcase and build your brand at our biggest event of the year.
The BC Middle Market Growth Conference (formerly Capital Connection) is the largest M&A conference in Western Canada attracting more than 300 deal makers including corporate officers, national private equity firms, intermediaries, and financing sources. Join us for our 17th annual event on April 10th, 2018!
We are excited about the new opportunities this year’s conference will represent for participants to build new relationships and solidify existing partnerships in continuing to build a strong deal community in British Columbia. In the past, we have focused the conference in providing thought leadership and networking opportunities to the deal making community and connecting business owners to capital providers. We have expanded our purpose to creating “growth” opportunities for BC middle market businesses.
The Growth Conference will kick off with the President’s Reception taking place on the evening of Monday, April 9th, 2018 between 6:00-9:00pm at Hapa Izakaya. The one-day conference will run all-day on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at The Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver and offers access to the latest in industry knowledge from national thought leaders, interaction with industry peers and networking.
Become an Exhibitor in the Marketplace
Showcase and build your organization by participating in our annual Marketplace. Please note that exhibitor space is limited to sponsors only.
A few Gold Sponsorship opportunities remain if you would like to participate as an exhibitor.
Thank you to our official marketplace sponsor, Norton Rose Fulbright.
The Dealmakers of the Year Awards, which recognizes successful transactions in the M&A middle market, is Vancouver’s premier annual event. We are pleased to present awards to individuals and firms who have demonstrated the entrepreneurial skills and the diligence necessary to build a company’s value and complete a successful transaction.
The 2017 Dealmakers Awards will be held on Thursday, November 9th at The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Steve Patterson, Host of CBC Radio’s The Debaters.
The evening will commence with a Cocktail Reception at 5:30pm, followed by the Dinner Program at 6:30pm, then Dessert & Networking at 8:00pm to complete the evening.
We look forward to seeing you on November 9th, 2017 at The Sutten Place Hotel!
Thank you for an overwhelming response to our rebranded program!
We expanded our content this year and you responded! ACG BC is proud to bring you Western Canada’s leading conference focused on growth on April 11 at Hyatt Regency Vancouver. We’ve never had a more robust program and our attendee list has been growing daily. But with BC Middle Market Growth Conference just six days away, space is limited and registration time is running out.
The topics we’re covering aren’t just for dealmakers, but for business owners, CFOs, CEOs and financiers. And our purpose extends far beyond facilitating connections. We’re helping to drive the most important section of the B.C. economy – the middle market.
Registration provides access to our high-impact speakers and engaging content, our popular exhibitor trade show and networking opportunities with 300 attendees. For the first time this year, it also brings a ticket to our popular President’s Reception on April 10.
If you haven’t already registered, click here.
We also want to take this time to recognize our event sponsors, who are helping us put on an incredible program this year. In particular, our Event Sponsor Nicola Wealth Management. Thank you!
We look forward to seeing everyone next week. See below for a link to the conference agenda and content highlights: