Connect 09 announces panel lineup

by Rob Lewis

Plans are coming together for the BC Innovation Council's Connect '09 conference on October 19th at the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel. Tagged as BCIC’s premier event for technology start-ups and innovators, the keynote by hometown Tech Entrepreneur Leonard Brody of NowPublic won't disappoint and the recently announced panel lineup looks great as well.

Upon registration, attendees are given the choice of four different panels to attend and the choice should be pretty obvious based on the stage of their startup or business interests. The panels and speakers are as follows:


Get Fundable: Access to capital in the current economic climate

  • Amielle Lake - CEO, Tagga Media
  • Basil Peters - Angel Investor and Exit Strategist
  • Mike Satterfield - General Partner, IT Investments, Yaletown Venture Partners
  • Moderator: Mike Volker - President, WUTIF, Founder, VANTEC, and Director of Industry Liaison Office, SFU

The Accelerator Factor: Case studies on the benefits and value of accelerators

  • Sharon Barnes - CEO, RFind & Graduate, Okanagan Research and Innovation Center accelerator
  • Danny Robinson - Managing Director, Bootup Labs & Co-founder, Launch Party Vancouver
  • James Sherrett - Founder and CEO, AdHack & Graduate, Bootup Labs accelerator
  • Moderator: Martin Yuill - Director, Okanagan Research & Innovation Centre Inc.

Friends in High Places: Leveraging partnerships to accelerate growth

  • Andrew Carryer - Business Development Engineer, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates
  • Moe Kermani - President and CEO, Bycast
  • Bijan Sanii - Chairman, CEO and Director, INETCO
  • Dimitri Sirota - Founder, VP Alliances, Layer 7 Technologies
  • Moderator: Jim Mutter - Senior Client Partner, Korn/Ferry International

The Design Imperative: Optimizing commercialization through product design

  • Ryan Holmes - CEO, Invoke Media (Creators of Hootsuite)
  • Nigel Stoodley - Head of North American On-Demand Sales, Business Objects, an SAP Company
  • Chris Wheeler - President, BCID Professional Industrial Designer & Founder and CEO, Unique:ID
  • Steve Woodside - Senior Scientist, Stemcell Technologies
  • Moderator: Douglas MacLeod - Executive Director, Okanagan Science and Technology Council

If you're interested in attending, save $10 off the $50 ticket price by registering online before August 28th.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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