GROW Startup Smackdown Winner Crowned

At the GROW Conference, even the coffee breaks are action-packed.

Over the past two days a dozen startups had one minute to pitch a panel consisting of venture capitalists and media.

The winners from each Startup Smackdown session battled in the finals this afternoon and a winner was crowned.

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Unreliability is Endemic in Today's Business World. It's Time to Fight Back

Unreturned phone calls, missed appointments, over-promising and under-delivering... it’s time to fight back and set an example. Unreliability is endemic in today’s business world.

I simply can’t believe how inefficient and unreliable people have become. It’s not just when I’m trying to sell something to someone, when it’s possible they are just ignoring me, but it’s prevalent even in day-to-day discourse, or while working on a project.

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Five People You're Gonna Want to Meet at the GROW Conference

Five People You Should Meet At GROW


The GROW conference always has many extremely successful and impressive keynote speakers. This year's conference is taking place in beautiful Whistler, BC and here are the speakers you need to see.

  • Joanne Fedeyko, Executive Director, The C100


    Joanne Fedeyko is a native Albertan who earned her CMA designation in 1995. She has experienced a diverse career in the startup, consulting, telecommunications, aviation and nonprofit sectors.

  • Sid Paquette, Director, OMERS Ventures


    Sid has experience providing business, tax & legal advisory services to firms in the TMT sectors. His specialty is providing M&A advice, developing & implementing new intellectual property strategies.

  • Chris O'Neill, Buisness Lead, Google Glass, Google


    Chris joined Google in 2005. Before taking over the company’s operations in Canada, he served in a variety of roles—including leading digital strategy as its U.S. Retail Industry Director.

  • Angela Kingyens, Associate, Version One Ventures


    Angela received a PhD in Operations Research & Engineering from the U of Toronto. As a data scientist with a passion for leadership development, she hopes to cultivate talent with data.

  • Ian McKay, CEO, Vancouver Economic Commission


    Ian McKay is a seasoned senior executive with significant leadership & management experience in both public & private sectors. He served as the Director & CEO of the Liberal Party of Canada.

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New Study Predicts 69 Percent of Consumers Will Own an IoT Device by 2019

Today the GROW Conference kicks off in Whistler and the theme is very different that previous iterations.

With Living in a Connected World as a new tagline, event organizer Debbie Landa is hooking her cart to the Internet of Things and her timing couldn't be better.

The Internet of Things (IoT) describes the digital connection of physical, identifiable devices to the Internet where the data and devices communicate in an intelligent fashion.

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