Vancouver Enterprise Forum

Why Vancouver?, November 26th

  • 26 Nov 2013
  • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • VIFF's Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC)
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Pre-registration now closed, tickets available at the door priced $50.  Venue: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver.  Doors open 5pm for registration/pre-event networking, main presentation 6pm.

Vancouver is bullish on the ‘Innovation Economy.’ With an abundance of talent, government support and a rich history of successful companies, Vancouver is no longer just about the traditional resource based sectors. Why are companies choosing to establish a presence and grow in Vancouver? Our panel:

David Ascher, Director, Labs, Mozilla Corporation
Angela Baldonero, Senior Vice President Human Resources, Avigilon
Eric Dorgelo, CTO, Aquatic Informatics
Kirsten Sutton, VP & Managing Director, SAP Labs Canada

Moderated by Peter Lukomskyj (former COO at QuickMobile) will discuss the benefits, challenges and unique aspects of running a technology business in Vancouver.

David Ascher

I'm currently Director of Mozilla Labs, focusing on helping building product innovation capacity throughout Mozilla. This includes internal product R&D as well as overseeing WebFWD, Mozilla's global accelerator program.

I've been working with Mozilla technology since late '99, first at ActiveState, then at Mozilla Messaging, which I led until its incorporation within Mozilla Corporation.

I've got a fairly broad set of experiences, from getting a Ph.D. in vision research to working in startups and bigger organizations, pitching to business folks and teaching programming languages, building products and teams, caring about payroll and the public benefit.

Angela Baldonero
As Vice President of People, Angela Baldonero is responsible for making Avigilon The Best Place to Work. She does this by enabling and empowering Avigilon's most important assets - its employees.

Prior to Avigilon, Angela spent seven years as the SVP, People and Client Success for Return Path Inc., a rapidly growing technology company based in New York that was ranked #4 on the Fortune Best Places to Work list. Prior to that, Angela was the East Coast Regional Director of People Innovation for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants based in Washington, DC. She has performed pro-bono consulting work with The World Bank and Booz Allen Hamilton as well as volunteered with Dress for Success.

Angela holds an M.S. in organizational development from American University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.

Eric Dorgelo
Eric Dorgelo, is Chief Technology Officer at Aquatic Informatics Inc., a global leader in providing software for managing the quantity and quality of the word’s water supply. 

Eric is a seasoned technology industry veteran with over 24 years of leadership experience in designing software. As CTO at Aquatic Informatics, Eric is leading a team of water scientists, hydrologists, and software engineers in expanding the company’s innovative AQUARIUS software suite to solve ever more complex water quality and quantity data management and analysis challenges for the world most advanced environmental monitoring agencies.
In 2006, Eric received his MBA in Technology Management from Simon Fraser University. In 2007 he co-founded Sitemasher, a startup focused on developing a cloud-based website development and content management platform. Sitemasher was acquired by in 2010 and the former team became Salesforce Vancouver. As Salesforce Managing Director, Eric led the Sitemasher organization through their integration into Salesforce and he managed the rapid growth of its world class North American development team.

Previously, Eric worked for Dynapro Systems and Rockwell Automation for 18 years in hands-on and leadership roles developing software products for some of the world’s largest manufacturers.

Eric brings deep industry knowledge in designing and building cloud computing platforms, website and portal development, and information, monitoring and control platforms. He has a proven track record in building high growth global organizations. Eric has an exceptional ability to design and deliver innovative software: he has launched 20 software products that have generated combined growing revenues in excess of $400 million. 

When he is not glued to a computer screen, Eric spends his time skiing, enjoying BC’s great outdoors, and ensuring he is up on the latest beer trends. He currently resides in beautiful Vancouver, BC and can be contacted at eric.dorgelo (at) aquaticinformatics (dot) com or via LinkedIn.
Kirsten Sutton
Kirsten Sutton is the Managing Director of SAP Labs Canada, an integral part of SAP’s global research and development network that includes Vancouver, Toronto, Waterloo and Montreal.

Prior to her appointment as Managing Director, Kirsten was Global Director of Technology Development Operations for SAP and Chair of the Vancouver Leadership Team. Previous to this she was Global Director of Translation.

Kirsten is a Director on both the Board of the Minerva Foundation for BC Women and the British Columbia Technology Industry Association (BCTIA). Kirsten is also a playwright and a French chef; two skills that lend to her artistic and social flair and give new meaning to the notion of “dinner theatre”.

Kirsten holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Creative Writing from Western Washington University, and BA Honors in English from the University of California at Irvine.

Peter Lukomskyj has made a career of helping technology companies grow. His passion is building subscription software companies that differentiate themselves on delivering great customer experiences. After running his own startup, and helping a number of smaller businesses in Alberta and Seattle through the tech boom... and bust, Peter relocated to Vancouver in 2005 and spent 8 years at Sophos in various global roles. 

For the last year Peter served as the Chief Operating Officer of QuickMobile, which during his tenure, was awarded BCTIA's emerging company of the year award, and placed as #1 on Deloitte's Technology Fast 50. 

Peter is active as an advisor in the local start-up community was also recently recognized on Business In Vancouver's Forty Under 40 list for 2013.

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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