Vancouver Enterprise Forum

A Look At Drone Technologies , May 26th

  • 26 May 2015
  • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • VIFF's Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC)
  • 74


  • A $200 membership includes registration to 8 events during one year membership. Tickets are individual (holder only) and non-transferable.
    Guest tickets must be purchased separately.

220 already registered to attend. Join us as our panel:

Hari Minhas, Director, Marketing & Market Intelligence at Colliers International
Anders Knudby, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University
Chris Cambon, Videographer and Video and Media Producer at BCIT
Diana Cooper, Lawyer at LaBarge Weinstein
Patrick Crawford, President, Spire Aerobotics

Moderated by Paul Bennett, Chief Technology Officer at Aerobotika Aerial Intelligence

discuss all things Drones from hobby planes, Quadcopters to larger Corporate Octocopters, along with topics including:

- technology powering the world of Drones
- do’s and don’ts of flying Drones in Vancouver
- how UAVs are disrupting traditional business models 
- research & development in the UAV industry
​- regulations and privacy 
​- services using Drones - Security/Military, Agriculture, Film & TV, Mapping/Surveying, Real Estate, Photography & Research to name a few
​- where can you learn to fly a drone

Panelists will also speak about Transport Canada regulations, SFOC applications and how to fly by the rules in Canada and the US.

Lightning Pitches on the night from: Avian Robotics, Eventsage, Crystal Insight New Media, FrontFundr and Lift RC.

Hari Minhas, Colliers International, first started his professional career as an IT Systems Administrator and then eventually found his calling with real estate sales and marketing. A passion for all things technology and his love of real estate always has him looking for opportunities to combine the two.
Now as the Director of Marketing and Market Intelligence for Colliers International in Western Canada Hari continues to drive innovation within the commercial real estate industry. He has helped Colliers become the first commercial real estate firm in Canada to combine drone videos with motion graphics, working on combining drone videos with CGI as well as other tech initiatives involving virtual reality.

Chris Cambon, BCIT began his media career over 30 years ago as a professional musician and sound engineer before graduating from BCIT with a diploma in Broadcast Television. He has worked with such networks as CBC, CTV, and Global as an ENG News cameraman and segment producer as well as a freelance Director of Photography for everything from documentaries to music videos.

Chris is currently employed at BCIT as a Video and Digital Media Producer and Production Coordinator, where he is responsible for creating marketing, instructional and informational media in various formats.

Two years ago he added UAV’s to the department as a tool to capture dynamic shots and carry payloads for specific tasks. This immediately sparked Chris's interest in many departments for potential marketing and research applications. Spearheaded by Chris and pilot Tim Horsfall, BCIT is now working on creating UAV Certification programs, in consultation with their Aerospace Program, Transport Canada and private industry. They have also designed and built large UAV platforms for the film and television industry. 

Chris is very excited about BCIT entering the field of UAV technology and helping to develop standards of innovation, proficiency, safety and operational excellence. 

Anders Knudby is Assistant Professor in the Geography Department at Simon Fraser University, where he teaches and researches remote sensing questions. 

Apart from being a drone operator and aerial image processing specialist, one of his recent research projects surveyed Canadians' acceptability of a wide range of drone uses, with a specific focus on privacy issues. Results suggest that while privacy is not at the forefront of drone operators' minds, and is rarely an issue in current practice, the public and the media are concerned about it, and drone operators need to be aware of, and sensitive to, such concerns.

Diana is the Head of the Unmanned Aerial Systems and Robotics Practice Group at LaBarge Weinstein.  She advises clients in the UAS ecosystem including hardware manufacturers, software developers and service providers on navigating the regulatory framework and commercializing their products and services.  Diana also serves as Legal Advisor to Drone Adventures, a non-profit organization that completes humanitarian, environmental and cultural missions using drones.  

Diana is a Legal Contributor at Robohub, and she is frequently quoted as an expert on drone regulations in media outlets including Forbes, The New York Times and The Guardian.

Patrick grew up flying gliders and small aircraft as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Following his passion for aviation, Patrick studied Integrated Engineering at the University of British Columbia before co-founding Spire Aerobotics in the spring of 2014 – a technology company focused on capturing, analyzing and communicating high resolution geospatial data. 

Until May 2015, Spire had been in stealth mode, building strong industry and academic relationships and developing innovative methods to acquire and autonomously process spatial data to extract critical metrics for industries, such as the forestry, energy transportation, and mining sectors. Patrick’s goal is to make businesses and the world safer, more efficient, productive and aware by harnessing drone technology. Patrick looks forward to sharing Spire’s vision and progress with you. 

Paul Bennett, CTO is one of the two co-founders of Aerobotika. His passion is for the technology and flying side of the business.

Paul has been involved in the custom design, construction, and flight of remotely piloted aircraft for more than 20 years and founded Aerobotika Aerial Intelligence to collaborate on UAV research and development. His passion for unmanned flight covers the full spectrum from exploring the market for opportunities in innovation, to creating a fully compliant and safe business model, to advocating for the advancement of UAV use for industrial applications.

At Aerobotika, Paul’s mission is to enable the industry to grow through the creation of new integrated technologies to make unmanned aviation safer and better for both unique and routine commercial use with a focus on innovations in coexistence, improved data analysis, and platform development. Based on his innovative ideas for unmanned technology, Paul is in discussions to become an unmanned systems educator at a technology institute and has been invited to be a lecturer at one of the largest universities in British Columbia.  

The Vancouver Enterprise Forum (VEF) is the premier networking forum for technology entrepreneurs. The VEF holds eight events each year - usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Participation at a VEF event provides attendees with personal connections, assistance with the identification of industry partnerships, academic faculty, management talent, financial agencies/investors and educational resources for developing and growing enterprises in British Columbia.

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