Vancouver Enterprise Forum

Mobile Platforms - How The Market Is Changing

  • 20 Sep 2011
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC)
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Mobile markets, hardware and applications are evolving. Google's purchase of Motorola's mobile division is an example.  Join us for a look at the latest trends in the corporate and consumer markets. 

Moderated by Brad Lowe (Wireless Accelerator Architect) - Wavefront, our guest speakers from will discuss mobile platforms and how the market is changing.  A Q&A session will be part of the evening.


David Manuel (Product Unit Manager, Windows Phone 7) - Microsoft Corporation
Tracy Dent (
Senior Alliances Manager
Infrastructure SI Team) - Research in Motion
Mathew George (Vice President) - Telus Ventures

Speaker/Moderator Biographies:

David Manuel
I am a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of international business experience. I spent 11 years with Intrinsyc Software as the Vice President and General Manager of the Device Development Solutions business which involved leadership roles in establishing strategic technology direction, advanced technology research and development, developing partnerships with major technology vendors, engineering operations, sales and marketing. Prior to Intrinsyc I worked in South America at DAMOS SudAmerica, an affiliate of Telecom Italia, as Director of Engineering and Operations leading the infrastructure build-out of an ORBCOMM (NASDAQ: ORBC) satellite-based, two-way messaging system. Preceding that, I spent nearly a decade at MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (TSX: MDA) as a Systems Engineer running large systems and software developments for various space agencies and international governmental agencies. I have Bachelors of Engineering degree in Computer Engineering from McMaster University and I am a registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia.

Specialties: Expertise in developing mobile and embedded products, relationships and teams across multiple sites, with Windows CE, Windows Mobile, Android and Linux and Symbian.

Tracy Dent
20 years IT industry experience, + 10 years sales experience. Background in messaging platform support and administration, messaging integration projects, 3rd party software integration, corporate acquisition IT transition planning, wireless enterprise BlackBerry deployment and administration, technical account management of enterprise mobility customer accounts, management of technical field team of wireless architects and group operations staff. Last nine years working within largest NA smartphone and wireless data platform company with roles in Technical Account Management, Professional Services, and SI Partner Alliances.

Strong experience in both large corporate enterprise environments as well as smaller 3rd party vendor companies and mid-size market leaders as well.

Primary specialty is within the BlackBerry wireless platform where I have over nine years experience working with large strategic and partner accounts providing architectural and design guidance, as well as three years experience managing a field technical force of wireless architects and account managers.

Matthew George
Mathew heads TELUS Ventures, the venture capital arm of TELUS Corporation.  He is currently a Board director of Vision Critical and Checkwell Solutions and a Board Observer of Clairmail and Teradici.  Prior Board roles include Widevine (acquired by Google), Hostopia (acquired by Deluxe), Digit Wireless (acquired by Nuance), Critical Telecom (acquired by BATM), Atreus Systems (acquired by Sonus Networks), Apparent Networks (now AppNeta) and the Arts Club Theatre Company (owner of the Stanley and Granville Island stages).

Before founding TELUS Ventures in 2001, Mathew managed the global co-investment and direct private equity investment activities of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, a sovereign wealth fund. Mathew started his career with the Paribas Asset Management in Paris, followed by roles in investment banking with Barclays de Zoete Wedd and Warburgs in London and New York.

Mathew holds a Master of Business Management degree from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commericiales (HEC) in Paris, with specialization in Analytical Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. His Bachelor of Technology degree is in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the Regional Engineering College, Calicut.

Mathew is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, the Vancouver Society of Financial Analysts and the IEEE.

Brad Lowe
Brad Lowe has been active in the Vancouver technology community for more than 20 years, working in management positions at Nokia, Redback Networks, Abatis, and MacDonald Dettwiler. At Wavefront, Brad is responsible for accelerating the growth of companies in the Wavefront Accelerator by providing mentorship and business and technical advice. Brad also leads Wavefront’s outreach to the academic sector to unlock the commercialization capacity of university research and personnel.
Prior to Wavefront, Brad was Director of Research and Development and Head of Nokia's Program Centre in Vancouver, BC. He also served as the chair of Nokia's Canadian Management team. While at Nokia, Brad drove the integration of Nokia into the greater Canadian wireless community, working with academia and industry associations to build up the ecosystem of developers and researchers. Brad developed the Nokia University Relations program which provided research topics, equipment, course material, funding and an opportunity for collaboration between Canadian universities and the wireless industry. Brad also served on the board of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association and WinBC.

Lightning Pitch Opportunities

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