Innovation Forum and Angel Investing Panel
February 27, 2018
9:00 am
3:00 pm
Anvil Centre Ballroom, 777 Columbia Street


Join us as we again host Innovation Forum, a recurring program from the Office for Small and Medium Enterprise, Public Services and Procurement Canada. This free, info-packed morning features presentations on funding available through government programs, suitable for start-ups, tech, and research firms. There is also an opportunity for one on one follow up at booths. A light lunch will follow with guest speaker and entrepreneur Rudy Nielsen, Landcor Data Corporation.

Registration required.

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The afternoon’s program includes an exciting panel on Angel Investing, moderated by Mark Betteridge, an angel investor in early stage technology firms including biotechnology, medical devices, intelligent building systems, environmentally friendly packaging, food processing, green construction materials and parallel/serial computing.

Mark Betteridge

Mark will be leading a discussion that answers the questions: What is Angel Investing? How on earth do they pick the companies they fund? What are the legal implications of taking an angel's money or of giving your own? The Angel Investing Panel is a one-hour moderated discussion with proven business leaders and investors aimed at demystifying angel investing, both as an investor and a recipient of funds. Ask your questions and be informed about this way of growing a company.

Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer is a seasoned start-up executive and impact angel investor with a focus on the development of hardware technology companies that benefit the planet. Jennifer is the Chief Operating Officer of Cryologistics Refrigeration Technologies, a Victoria-based start-up developing passive cooling systems for the global transport sector. She is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Foresight Cleantech Accelerator and SFU’s Venture Connection, Board Chair of CuePath Innovations, and a founding Board member of Acuva Technologies. Jennifer’s investment portfolio is available at Hardware.City. Jennifer is the Board Chair of Urban Academy school in New Westminster, and working behind the scenes to support the establishment of a community Maker Space in the city.

Bonnie Foley-Wong

Bonnie is the founder of Pique Ventures and founding investor in Pique Fund. She is also the CFO of US-based specialty financial services firm, Crown NorthCorp Inc. and author of Integrated Investing: Impact Investing with Head, Heart, Body, and Soul. Bonnie helps a diverse community of leaders pursue integrated investing. With over 20 years experience of mobilizing capital for entrepreneurial businesses as a financier, investor, and entrepreneur, Bonnie has financed over $1 billion dollars of alternative investments in Europe and North America.

Bonnie is a CPA (Ontario), CA, and CFA charterholder. She has a Bachelor of Mathematics and Master of Accounting from the University of Waterloo.

John Seminerio

John Seminerio is a serial entrepreneur and is currently the Managing Partner of Magellan Angel Partners an innovative “Mentor Capital” approach to Angel Investing.

John is also a Board Member of CARROT Insights Corporation and an Advisor to PHEMI Systems, which John co-founded and was previously the Board Chair.

John is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at Venturelabs in Vancouver, BC.

Eric Patel

With a background in finance and business strategy, Eric Patel has 35 years of business experience in the US, Canada and Europe.  Eric currently serves on the Board of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers and Chairs the Boards of tech companies ACL Services and Mobify Inc.  Eric also chaired the Board of Daiya Foods until its 2017 acquisition by Otsuka Pharmaceuticals. His not-for-profit activities include serving on the Board of the Vancouver Farmers Markets and the Aquaculture Innovation Fund, dedicated to building a land-based and sustainable salmon aquaculture industry. Prior to his current roles, Eric held positions ranging from strategy consultant to senior finance and operational roles in companies in the technology, retail, industrial and consumer products industries.   Eric holds an MBA from Stanford University and BA from Brown University.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018
9:00 am
3:00 pm
Office for Small and Medium Enterprise along with Procurement and Public Works Canada


Anvil Centre Ballroom, 777 Columbia Street