Vancouver Enterprise Forum

Collaboration For Corporate Growth, February 25th

  • 25 Feb 2014
  • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • VIFF's Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC)
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What does Beer & Natural Gas have in common? Well, yes, beer does create natural gas but we’re not talking about that kind. We’re talking about the research relationship between Beer, R&D and collaboration on campus. Join us on February 25th to hear the amazing stories of Stemcell, Westport, and how Central City Brewing is going to teach a university a thing or two about Beer.

In partnership with NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada), our panel will discuss the benefits of partnering with academic researchers, Government and the British Columbia innovation communities. Dr. Alan Winter, President and CEO of Genome BC will moderate our panel:

Dr. Patric Ouellette, Chief Technology Officer at Westport Innovations
Dr. Terry Thomas, Senior Vice President of R&D at Stemcell Technologies
Darryll Frost, President at Central City Brewers + Distillers

Dr. Ouellette joined Westport Innovations at its founding in 1995 in the role of Chief Scientist. He received a M.A.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of British Columbia in 1992 and 1996 respectively, following a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Montreal’s École Polytechnique in 1989.

While at the University of British Columbia he was part of the team that developed the advanced natural gas engine technologies that led to the foundation of Westport in 1995. Westport went on to become a global leader in alternative fuel, low-emissions technologies that allow engines to operate on clean-burning fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen, and biofuels such as landfill gas. 

Dr. Ouellette has been leading Technology and Engineering teams at Westport developing technologies and products focussed on efficient and robust use of gaseous fuels in applications ranging from passenger cars to heavy duty vehicles such as buses, trucks and locomotives. Dr. Ouellette is also active in the development of strategic partnerships globally, for which purpose he lived in China between 2008 and 2010.

Dr. Terry Thomas completed her PhD in cell biology at the University of British Columbia in 1983. She switched her research focus to stem cell biology in 1986 when she joined the Terry Fox Laboratories in Vancouver, British Columbia where she invented specific labeling reagents to enable purification of cells from mixed populations such as blood and bone marrow. One such technique was used in a Phase I clinical trial to deplete T cells from unrelated bone marrow grafts. In 1994, Dr. Thomas joined STEMCELL Technologies to head the Research and Development department. At that time STEMCELL Technologies was less than a year old and had a total of 8 employees. Under her leadership, the R&D department has grown from 2 employees in 1994 to more than 95 employees today. 

Dr. Thomas has 28 publications in refereed journals, published 11 book chapters and over 300 abstracts.  She is also a co-inventor of 14 US patents and has negotiated 96 license agreements. When Dr. Thomas was promoted to Senior Vice President, R&D she added corporate initiatives and corporate strategy to her existing responsibilities of product development, intellectual property and licensing.

STEMCELL Technologies, Inc. is a privately-owned biotechnology company that has approximately 500 employees globally, including 100 PhDs/MScs.  Based in Vancouver, this company provides reagents, instruments and protocols to support leading-edge life sciences research around the world. Over the years the STEMCELL R&D department has developed and launched 20-50 new products each year covering diverse fields such as cancer, immunology, stem cell, regenerative medicine and cellular therapy research. 

Darryll Frost, President of Central City Brewers + Distillers (above) is excited about the new partnership with Simon Fraser University.

The new pilot course on brewing & distilling is transformative in so many ways. Not only does it involve a close partnership with industry but students will also learn science by doing science. Students of all disciplines including business, mathematics, science and engineering will be eligible to register and learn about both the business and science of beer.

“This collaborating with SFU will lead to advancements on the technical side of brewing, which we greatly welcome. In exchange, we are happy to share our expertise in brewing as two-time winners of the Canadian Brewery Award. It's a win-win situation for SFU and the Central City Brewery.” 

Business in Vancouver article.

Alan Winter is President and CEO of Genome British Columbia, appointed in December 2001. Genome BC is a not-for-profit research organization established in Vancouver to enable British Columbia to become a world leader in genomics and to develop a vibrant life sciences cluster in the province. Dr Winter is also a Trustee of the Providence Health Research Institute, and Chair of the BC CDC Foundation for Public Health. In 2007, Dr. Winter received a Leadership Award from LifeSciences BC.

Dr. Winter has wide experience at senior levels in the technology industry and in government over the past 25 years, including such roles as the founding President and CEO of the New Media Innovation Centre in Vancouver, the President of the ComDev Space Group in Ontario, and the President and CEO of MPR Teltech in Vancouver. During his tenure as President, six companies were spun out of MPR, including PMC-Sierra and Sierra Wireless. Prior to MPR, Dr. Winter worked for Telesat Canada and the federal Communications Research Centre in Ottawa.

Dr. Winter is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Astronautics and Space Institute and received their inaugural Alouette Award. He is a Director of Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, Ocean Networks Canada, and two technology companies. He was Chair of the Board of the Communications Research Centre, Deputy Chair of the Council of Science and Technology Advisors (CSTA), a member of the BC Premier's Council on Science and Technology, and a founding Director of CANARIE.  

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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