George Belliveau – Professor of Theatre

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George Belliveau is Professor of theatre education at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His research focuses on research-based theatre and performed research, and he has published 5 books along with over 75 scholarly publications. His latest book Research-based Theatre: An Artistic Methodology (Intellect, 2016) explores a variety of international projects that use theatre to examine social issues. He is a professionally trained actor and has participated in over

100 theatre productions as an actor, director, or playwright. His recent piece Contact!Unload, developed with military veterans and counselors, has been performed for a variety of audiences, including for our decision makers on Parliament Hill and for Prince Harry. He has received various awards for his scholarship and was recently inducted into Canada’s Royal Society of Scholars College (2017).

Chris Brandt – Music Heals

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Chris Brandt is the Executive Director of Music Heals, a Vancouver-based foundation raising money and awareness for music therapy. By the end of this year, they will have donated over $1 million to music therapy programs across Canada. Music Heals is recognized as an international voice for music therapy and will lead the first ever World Music Therapy Day on March 1, 2018.

Calling on his 20 years in the music industry, he is the creator & instructor of the Music Business program at BCIT. His immersion in the music scene included 10 years at a major label, owning his own record label, band management, as a magazine music editor, and long-time radio show host. He spent 3 years as the President of the Board of Directors for Music BC.

On the side, he is a marketing and social media consultant for businesses ranging from retail and health brands to alcohol and technology companies. In his other life, Chris teaches regular yoga and meditation workshops and contributes to local yoga teacher training programs. He’s traveled to over 25 countries and was once deported from Brazil.


Matt Harper – Energy Storage

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Matt Harper is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Avalon Battery, a Vancouver- based energy storage solutions provider. Avalon’s mission is to make renewable energy reliable. Avalon’s Vanadium Flow Batteries (or “VFBs”) are capable of charging and discharging energy on demand for decades, allowing low-cost renewable energy to power our homes, our businesses and our electric grid around the clock and in all weather.

Matt is a clean-tech entrepreneur and product developer. His expertise is in using advanced technologies to develop revolutionary industrial and commercial products; his passion is
in helping companies adopt those products to build sustainable, profitable businesses. His career spans pioneering work in electrical energy storage, wastewater treatment, hydrogen generation and fuel cell vehicles. Matt’s holistic approach to industrial technology development balances technical and operations development with commercial, organizational and operational life-cycle characteristics.

A mechanical engineer by training, Matt holds degrees from the University of British Columbia and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the inventor of numerous patents and is a BC-registered Professional Engineer.

Sonya Kashyap – The Gender Gap

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Dr. Sonya Kashyap is the medical director and an IVF and egg freezing specialist at Genesis Fertility Centre, an assistant professor of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Previously, she was an assistant professor and clinician scientist at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), a National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognized Center for Excellence in Women’s Reproductive Health. – and worked in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ottawa. She has received national and international invitations to speak and various awards for her research. Sonya’s accolades include the Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award in Women’s and Gender Health; American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) prize paper presentations; as well as CIHR, PSI and UCSF grants for her research in various areas of reproductive technology. These comprised of short- and long-term outcomes for mothers and babies of assisted reproductive technology (ART); prevention of multiple births after ART; and risks of cancer associated with ART. She served on the steering committee of the BORN/CARTR reporting initiative and was also an invited presenter at the Assisted Human Reproduction Council (AHRC).

Genesis is the place of many firsts in British Columbia; under Dr. Kashyap, the centre accomplished first pregnancies from egg freezing, EEVA, vitrification, preimplantation genetic screening and comprehensive chromosomal screening; and previously, ICSI, preimplantation genetic diagnoses, donor egg and gestational carrier. Dr. Kashyap is most proud of the compassionate, evidence-based care that the clinic provides to patients with the best possible results.


Marie Khouri – Public Art

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“Born in Egypt and raised in Lebanon, Vancouver-based sculptor Marie Khouri has developed a vast range of cultural and historical influences within her practice. Her childhood was interrupted during the Lebanese Civil War, and Khouri was relocated
to Spain, Italy, and Canada, finally settling in Paris. There, she studied classical sculpture at l’École du Louvre. On her return to Vancouver 12 years ago, a retrospective of her life took form in her sculptures, reflecting a passion for innovation and spontaneity. Greatly influenced by Henry Moore’s idea of direct carving, Khouri’s sculptures blend and extend metaphors of language, form and the body to propose

an inextricable link – both political and personal – to a life deeply affected by the complex histories of the Middle East; and it is from these histories that her most evocative works emerge, rooted in a profound sense of dislocation and the search for a greater sense of place.”


Joesh Khunkhun – Racism & Equaility

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Joesh Khunkhun is a young man with big ideas. Being just 11 years old, he has never known a world without wifi, electric cars, & virtual reality. His young age gives Joesh the ability to see the world with innocent eyes, question the conventional, and bring forth new & innovative ideas. Joesh is proud of being a Vancouverite and bilingual in English and Punjabi. He believes in giving back to the community in his own small way and volunteers at Hotdogs for the Homeless, Dolphin Kids Achievement Programs, & donates the proceeds of his (highly lucrative!) lemonade stands to charity. Joesh has a lot of passions including sports, nature, & throwing objects through space… which he tells his parents is physics. Joesh’s daily mantra is to work hard, think positive, and make the world a better place!

Ludovica Mazzucato – Influence of Technology

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Ludovica Mazzucato has a decade of experience in brand and marketing leadership gained through managing and founding companies in 6 countries across the globe, in both established and up-and-coming markets. Fascinated by the Whys and an entrepreneur at heart, Ludovica registered her first patent at the age of 16. After completing her MBA in Europe, she started a career with a global corporation, responsible for product management in over 35 international regions. She later founded a startup incubator targeting entrepreneurship in the creative industry, produced international media festivals, and coordinated and designed award-winning brand strategies. Ludovica is the newly appointed CEO at Sidebuy Solutions Inc., a forerunner influencer marketing tech startup, based in Vancouver. She is also a mentor, speaker, contributing editor, instructor and ambassador for a number of organizations including Women’s Enterprise Centre, Women In Leadership Foundation, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, Women In Capital Markets, InterNations, Startup604, and Women in Tech World.

Eric Termuende – The Cost of Connection

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Eric Termuende is on a mission to change the way we talk about work. A bestselling author, speaker, and entrepreneur, Eric is a co-founder of NoW Innovations and has been featured in Forbes, Inc., Thrive Global, the Huffington Post, and many others.
In 2015, Eric was recognized as a Top 100 Emerging Innovators under 35 globally by American Express. Eric sat as Community Integration Chair for Global Shapers Calgary, a community that functions under the World Economic Forum. He is a former Canadian G20 YEA Delegate, representing Canada in Sydney in 2014. Eric is currently signed by the National Speakers Bureau and travels the world talking about the future of work and multiple generations in the workplace. In 2016, Eric spoke at TEDxBCIT in Vancouver giving his presentation entitled ‘Bigger than Work’. Eric has worked and spoken with clients across the world. His new bestselling book, Rethink Work is now available on Amazon and in bookstores across Canada.