The mandate for the non-profit New Ventures BC Society (NVBC) is to recognize, encourage, and develop entrepreneurship and innovation in B.C.’s start-up technology sector. Since 2000, NVBC has supported this mandate by offering education, mentorship, networking, cash prizes and recognition. Outcomes have included thousands of new jobs, enhanced entrepreneurial skills, increased investment, technology commercialization, and above all, economic growth for B.C.

19 years of supporting innovation in BC

The New Ventures BC Competition started in 2000 under the direction of Wal van Lierop, to encourage innovation in BC’s tech sector. Since then, we’ve supported 2360 startups, who have created 3720+ jobs and have raised 302 million in financing, right here in BC. New Ventures BC is a non-profit organization that receives funding from both government and corporate sponsors.

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2017 Annual Report

New Ventures BC team

Angie Schick

Executive Director

Angie is Executive Director at New Ventures BC, responsible for delivering the New Ventures BC competition and Venture Acceleration Programs.

Angie has over 10 years experience in the technology sector as a project manager, strategic communicator and market researcher. Previously, she led collaborative teams and oversaw game delivery at Radical Entertainment. She also developed and executed tech research projects for the New Media Innovation Center.

Angie holds a Master’s of Arts in Communication from SFU.

Rachel Burns

Program Manager, ISI grant program

Rachel brings several years of marketing, communications and program administration experience to her role of Program Manager, ISI grant program. Previously, she was the Program Coordinator for New Ventures BC’s Competition and Venture Accelerator program. Rachel’s past roles include digital marketing, communications, and editorial positions at ICBC, Ipsos Reid, and Room magazine.

Rachel completed her Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies at UBC, in addition to post-grad diplomas in Guidance Studies (UBC) and Publishing (Langara). Her personal interests include ashtanga yoga, attempting to learn the violin, and humour writing.

Miquela Anzulovich

Program Coordinator

Miquela is New Ventures BC’s Program Coordinator. Miquela has previously held marketing, communication and project management roles at both Simon Fraser University and for the Government of Canada. Miquela supports all of the New Ventures BC programs.

Miquela holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communication from Simon Fraser University.

New Ventures BC Society Directors:

Norma Biln

Juror, Board Member

Ms. Norma K. Biln is on the Board of Directors at Resverlogix Corp. and Augurex Life Sciences Corp. Ms. Biln was previously employed as a Principal by Abbott Laboratories, a Principal by Amgen, Inc., Chairman by BioTalent Canada, a Principal by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Director-Sales & Marketing by Stressgen Bioreagents Corp.

She received her undergraduate degree from McGill University.

Ms. Biln is an past competitor in the NVBC Competition.

Paul Cubbon

Board Member

Paul is the Assistant Dean, Innovation at UBC Sauder School of Business and CDL-West Lead at Creative Destruction Lab. Paul also teaches Marketing and Behavioural Science Division at the Sauder School of Business at UBC. Paul is a multiple award winning educator, both for innovative design of learning experiences, and consistent high quality and was awarded the Sauder School of Business, UBC “Talking Stick” for pedagogical innovation. Prior to moving into education, Paul’s career in industry includes 3 years in advertising, working for J Walter Thompson, and 10 years with Unilever, the Anglo Dutch consumer goods’ multinational, where to undertook major assignments in marketing and sales. Paul holds a B.A. Honours degree from Oxford University, England, and an MBA from Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada.

Todd Farrell

Board Member

President, e@UBC Management Inc.
Board of Directors (chair), Acuva
Board of Directors (observer), Encepta
Board of Directors (observer), Eagle Energy Vapor

BComm in Finance,UBC
MBA, University of Bath

Geordie Henderson

Board Member

Software industry entrepreneur, investor and business principal with extensive software product development, sales, service delivery, and management experience.

Geordie is currently SVP, Engineering and Product Operations at Bench Accounting.

He is also active in the Vancouver software start-up community as an investor, mentor, board member and technical diligence advisor to several local investment firms.

Geordie is a past competitor in the NVBC Competition.

Wal van Lierop

Founder, Board Member

Wal is an award-winning business leader and visionary in innovation, sustainability and cleantech, with unique industry insights gained through deep operational experience as a venture capitalist, corporate executive, international consultant and university professor.

Founder of Chrysalix Venture Capital, one of the earliest and most recognised private equity firms focused on industrial innovation, Wal has helped raise more than $250M and participated in more than $1B in venture capital funding. He has sourced, invested in and advised numerous startups, assisting them in building breakthrough solutions for the new world economy while working hand-in-hand with large multinational companies on their innovation strategies.

Larkin MacKenzie-Ast

Board Member

Larkin MacKenzie-Ast is the Director, Chief Member Experience Office at Coast Capital Savings. A previous entrepreneur herself, she spent a large portion of her career in the Premier’s Vancouver Office as the Manager of the Board Resourcing and Development Office. Before joining FWE, Larkin was the Director, HR, Corporate Services at Canfor. Previously, Larkin was a Casting Director for many years in the Vancouver Film & TV Industry.

Larkin is also a Director of the HR MacMillan Space Centre, where she chairs the Governance Committee. She also donates her time as a Knowledge Philanthropist with Vantage Point, and spent 3 years as a Co-Chair on the Minerva Foundation of BC’s All About Girlfriends Gala Committee.

Elicia Maine

Board Member

Elicia Maine is a Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. Dr Maine is also the Academic Director for “Invention to Innovation” a graduate certificate “mini MBA” in Science & Technology Commercialization. She teaches “Managing Technological Innovation,” at the MBA level, “Lab to Market” to graduate scientists and engineers, and supervises MBA applied projects. Her research focuses on the dynamics of innovation in the advanced materials, nanomaterials, biotechnology, and emerging nano-biotechnology industries, with a focus on science & technology ventures. She also applies her research to production scale-up decisions for clean-tech innovations. Dr. Maine serves on the Boards of Directors of the Foresight Clean Tech Accelerator and Innovate BC New Ventures BC.

Iain Mant

Board Member

Partner in Fasken’s Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Iain advises advises clients on public equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance, and general corporate matters. He has experience representing clients from all industries, including the mining, oil and gas, technology, media, and life sciences industries. He acts for issuers, underwriters and venture capitalists. Iain counsels companies throughout their growth, from start-up to public. He has presented at numerous professional and industry events on various topics, including financing and corporate governance.

Richard Mockett

Board Member

Partner, Ernst & Young Vancouver

B.A., University of Southampton

Brock Smith

Board Member

Brock Smith is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Winspear Scholar, and Entrepreneurship Area Champion at the Faculty of Business, University of Victoria.

Dr. Brock Smith is an educator of the Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs Program. 137 Aboriginal Entrepreneurs have graduated from the award winning ACE Program, which focuses on bridging Aboriginal culture with the key elements of entrepreneurship and business creation. The ACE program made possible through the collective efforts of our partnering regions, communities, institutions, and faculties.

Mike Volker

Board Chair

Mike Volker is New Ventures BC board chair. He is also an entrepreneur and angel investor, active in the development of new high technology ventures. After graduating from the University of Waterloo in engineering, Mike started his own company (Volker-Craig Ltd) in 1973, which he sold in 1981. Since then, he has been involved with many technology enterprises as an investor, mentor or director. In 2009, Mike was named Angel Investor of the Year by NACO, as well as as well as B.C. Angel of the Year by the BC Angel Forum.

Bob de Wit

Board Member

A Vancouver technology entrepreneur and angel investor, Bob de Wit is on the board of directors for New Ventures BC. In the past Bob has served as the jury and mentor “wrangler” for the New Venture BC competition. A co-founder and past-director of TIMIA Capital Corp., Bob’s 20-year career includes experience in corporate development, corporate finance and competitive market intelligence. An active member of the VANTEC angel network and the WUTIF angel fund, he previously founded the SFU Venture Connection entrepreneur-in-residence program.

Bob holds a BBA (marketing) and MA (economics) from Simon Fraser University. His personal interests include golf, recreational running and following professional sports, particularly hockey.

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