1) Who are you? Give us your 100-word elevator pitch.
I have offered business development services and mentoring to BC’s high-tech community for nearly 20 years. Presently, I’m doing this working with both the BC Bioenergy Network and the Canadian Institute for Photonic Innovations. I also support budding entrepreneurs, via mentorship and as a member of the Vancouver Entrepreneurs Toastmasters Club.
2) How long have you been a New Ventures BC mentor/judge?
Since the very first competition in 2001.
3) Why did you get involved with New Ventures BC as a mentor/judge?
I believe my service with NVBC is a great way to give back to the community that has been so supportive of me.
4) Many companies enter the competition but not all can be recognized in the Top 10. Outside of the Top 10, what has been your favorite company in the competition?
In 2007, I mentored a company that had developed and was marketing a novel mat that is placed on the floor of a garage and collects oil and other fluids which drip from an engine. It was a simple idea but it was also a great business run by an enthusiastic entrepreneur.
5) Of all the companies that have passed through the competition, which one most impressed you?
The 2003 overall winner was Resonance Technologies. I was part of the Panel Mentoring for the company and I was really impressed with the vision and professionalism of the company’s founder, Matthew Janes. It was a very cool technology with terrific potential as a business.