Mentors and Jurors

Our Competition provides our startup participants with personalized mentorship and professional feedback from leading industry experts.

Our 100+ volunteers are at the core of what make our programs so successful. We are proud of having a one of the deepest rosters of exceptional mentors and judges from the BC tech industry.

Learn more about volunteering as a mentor or juror.

A small sampling of our mentor & jury roster is below.

Ashish Anand

Juror

Partner, Moksha Ventures Inc.
Founding Partner, Chasm

Sarah Applebaum

Mentor

Associate, Pangaea Ventures

Bill Archer

Mentor

VP Enterprise Solutions, Wavefront

Rob Attwell

Mentor

Co-Founder and COO, myBestHelper.com

Mehdi Bahrami

Juror

Sales Director, ClearVision Technologies Inc.

Neil Bailey

Juror

Director – Pacific Region at National Research Council Canada

Jim Balcom

Mentor/Juror

Senior Vice President, Operations, Redlen Technologies, Inc.

Ian Banks

Mentor |

CIO, Metrie

Sharon Barnes

Juror

Product Manager, Trapeze Group

Tim Bieber

Mentor/Juror

Founder, Digital Media Executive, Evolved Media.

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.

Judy Bishop

Mentor

Executive-in-Residence, Accelerate Okanagan.

Jonathan Bixby

Juror

Entrepreneur, Investor, Advisor and Dad

Peter van Bodegom

Mentor/Juror

President, PvB Management

Joseph Bowes

Executive in Residence

Entrepreneur, senior executive, and advisor – Joseph’s passion and experience has always revolved around early-stage ventures, and includes significant experience in commercialization strategy, corporate development, and financing. In this regard, he has worked with technology companies, as well as resource-based, and B2B (retail sector) ventures. Notable C-Suite roles include: his own several startups and successful exits; a senior executive role in a B2B startup which, in less than two years, grew to over $1M per week in revenues, and; serving as a founding director of a Florida-based specialty finance company, which grew during his involvement to $50M USD in net loans ($312M, 2016).

Skiing, racquet sports, and boating are some of Joseph’s favourite pastimes.

Pat Brady

Pat Brady

Mentor | Juror

Director, Industry Innovation Programs, Genome BC

Paul Brassard

Mentor |

Managing Partner, Business Development at Volition Advisors

Andrew Buckley

Mentor/Juror

Chief Revenue Officer, Traction on Demand

Eric Bukovinsky

Juror

Principal, Yaletown Venture Partners.

John Carter

Juror

Co-founder, Vonigo

Todd Carter

Mentor/Juror

President, Capital Ridge

Geoff Catherwood

Juror

Board Director, Neurio Technology Inc.

Heather Conradi

Juror

Investment Manager, Vancity Capital.

Andrew Csinger

Juror

President, Interspect

Udi Daon

Mentor

Founder and CEO of Navigate Surgical Technologies Inc. Udi has expertise in global marketing, sales and business development, and software and hardware development. He was a 2nd place winner in the 2012 BCIC-New Ventures Competition.

Gordon Deans

Mentor/Juror

Chief Technology Office, Aurora Control Technologies.

Jim Derbyshire

Mentor/Juror

CEO, Invionics Inc.
Mentor In Residence – Former Program Director, Simon Fraser University
Entrepreneur In Residence, VentureLabs

Kate Dilworth

Juror

Director – Learning Design, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University

David Dunnison

Mentor

David Dunnison’s experience is drawn primarily from the cleantech, semiconductor and software industries. He was President and CEO of mesh-networking pioneer Accuzone, and the Founding President and CEO of Protexis, a leader in software licensing and digital rights management. In fuel cells, David launched Ballard’s $400m distributed generation business leveraging $25m of investment. At 6N Silicon, David negotiated and secured contracts and commitments with industry leaders totalling into the billions of dollars.

Colin Farrell

Mentor

Professional Headhunter and Recruiter at Corporate Recruiters

Geoff Fawkes

Mentor/Juror

Technology Leader, Business Advisor

Brady Fletcher

Mentor

Managing Director, TSX Venture Exchange, TMX Group

Alan Foster

Mentor/Juror

Executive-in-Residence, Wavefront, Kengael Consulting

Rob Fuller

Mentor

Founding Partner, TMIC Ventures

Dr. Alexandra T. Greenhill

Mentor

CEO Cofounder, myBestHelper
Principal, The Greenhill Group
Public Speaker

Bob Harper

Mentor

Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary, Edgewater Wireless Systems Inc.

Daryl Hatton

Mentor/Juror

CEO, ConnectionPoint

Mike Hilton

Juror

Director, Partner Business Evangelist, Microsoft.

Geoff Hultin

Juror

Vice President – Commercial Sales, Urbanfibre (Urban Communications Inc).

Ean Jackson

Executive in Residence

Ean “Action” Jackson has invested the past 25 years of his professional career in management, technical and business development roles in the technology industry. He has been employed by businesses across North America ranging from startups to major multinational corporations including IBM, Oracle Corporation and Sprint International. When not building business, Ean likes to run trails and climb mountains.

Kevin Jampole

Mentor

Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), AdAmplify Corp.
Member of the Investment Committee, Entrepreneurship@UBC (e@UBC)

Zach Jonasson

Juror

General Partner, Phoenix Venture Partners
Founder & CEO, ReForm Biologics

Adrian Jonklaas

Juror |

Co-Foudner and COO, Frontier Foundry Corporation

Rizwan Kheraj

Juror

Industrial Technology Advisor, NRC-IRAP
Entrepreneur, Mentor

Paul Koros

Paul is acknowledged for excellence in leadership and in executive coaching. He has played a key role on the management teams of numerous start-ups, with a focus on fundraising, finance, and culture. A licensed professional engineer, he is currently a candidate for the Chartered Professional Accountant designation. His advisory work centers on due diligence preparation, financial forecasting, and the process of securing investment.

Paul has held roles as CFO, CEO, and finance advisor at startups that have raised several million dollars. He mentored the first place BCIC-New Ventures Competition winner in 2015. His expertise extends from life sciences and mining to disruptive technology, apparel, and software.

Lauren Kulokas

Juror

Senior Program Manager, Product Care Association

Jeff LaPorte

Juror

Principal, Element Tech

Sarah Lee

Juror

Director, Technology Development Office, BC Cancer Agency

Thealzel Lee

Juror

Founder, Director and President, E-Fund (VANTEC Entrepreneurs Fund VCC Inc)
Board Director, TIMIA Capital Corporation
Co-Manager, VANTEC Angel Network and the Keiretsu Forum Northwest Region-Vancouver Chapter

Frank Leffelaar

Mentor |

Angel Investor, E-fund

VP Marketing, VANTEC Angel Network

Ed Levinson

Mentor/Juror

Executive Director, Open Angel Society
President, Startup Investment Collective (VCC)
President, Analusis Consulting Inc.

Caroline Lewko

Mentor

CEO – Developer Marketing Agency, WIP / WIP Factory

Steven Lukas

Mentor

Associate Counsel and Co-Chair, Business Law Group at Harper Grey LLP
Past President, BC Water Polo Association

Natalia Mainprize

Mentor/Juror

Director and co-founder, Venture Intelligence Institute

Jorge Marques

Juror

Strategic insight and innovation – BC Hydro

Neil McPhedran

Mentor

GM at GREY Vancouver

Gurminder Minhas

Juror

Managing Director, Performance BioFilaments
Founder and Principal, Navachar Renewables

Tom Mitchell

Mentor/Juror

Director and mentor of several startup and early stage companies.

Kiana Mohseni

Mentor | Juror

Senior Director of Software Development, Analytics, Hootsuite

Andrew Mosawi

Mentor

President, iATS Payments

Phil Northcott

Mentor |

CEO at C-Change Labs

Peter Parrish

Juror

Executive Consultant, Cambridge Consulting (Canada)
Vice President Operations, Latitude Technologies

Praj Patel

Juror

Advisor to Chairman, CareerArc.
Co-Founder and Principal Management Consultant, Ineo Growth Strategizers, Inc.

Ari Paunonen

Mentor

Angel Investor, Co-Founder, Monstercat

Ali Pourdad

Juror

Co-Founder & CEO at Progressa

James D Pratt

Juror

Co-Owner and Director, Prosnack Natural Foods Inc
CFO and Director, TIMIA Capital Corp. (formerly GreenAngel Energy)

Aaron Rallo

Juror

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, TSO Logic Inc.

Angela Robert

Juror

Co-Founder and CEO, Conquer Mobile

Havind Sehmi

Mentor/Juror

Co-Founder and President, any.TV
President and CEO, Sehmi Consultants Ltd
Board Member, Internet Shakespeare Editions

Julien Sellgren

Mentor/Juror

Technology Entrepreneur

Cynthia Shippam-Brett

Juror

Manager of Intellectual Property, Avigilon.
Adjunct Professor, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University.

David Shore

Juror

Director, President and CFO, Moj.io Inc.

Scott Stanners

Mentor/Juror

Principal, SysEne Consulting Inc.
Vice-President, Business Development and Technical Services, Aeon Energy Solutions, Inc.
Director of Business Development, Technology and Innovation, BC Bioenergy Network.

Craig Thomson

Mentor

Managing Director – North America, Bambora

Byron Thom

Mentor

Venture Capitalist, BDC Capital

Peter de Verteuil

Mentor/Juror

Vice President, Business Development & Strategy, SAP Database & Technology

James G. Wells

Mentor/Juror

Director of Investments & Venture Creation, Evok Innovations

Mike Winterfield

Mentor

Founder and CEO at Active Impact Investments

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