Our 2018 speakers in Vancouver

Sue Biely

Chief Steward and Project Creator, Inside Green
Sue loves creative experiments that help us learn how to nudge the world, our communities, and each other into a healthier state. With an MA in Organizational Change and Leadership, Sue’s and her company Nudge Consulting has been serving the creative and non-profit sectors for years supporting strategy, team effectiveness, coaching, cultural development, advocacy and policy development, facilitation, management and forward thinking in the areas of business models, partnerships, innovation, and learning. Inside Green is Sue’s intervention in all things going wrong with our relationship to natural systems. She believes that if we each learned to be stewards of nature, collectively, we could continue to make living on this planet an amazing experience.

Maud Clavier

Free-lancer, VR & 360° Video
Maud Clavier has been active in the 360 ° / VR video world in France since 2015. At the time, she was the CEO and founder of Clap & Zap, a company creating immersive content mainly for brands. Wishing to collaborate with external companies and to be a creative director, she leaves her structure in early 2018 to become a freelancer as a line producer and director. She finished her film 360 ° Filamu in July 2018, shot in Tanzania, which was selected for the program of the Canadian festival Fivars. Finally, she also works with La Maison des Scénaristes to promote 360 writing through calls for projects and events.

Ron Darvin

PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia
Ron Darvin is a lecturer and Vanier scholar at the Faculty of Education of the University of British Columbia. His research examines the extent to which social class differences of youth shape unequally valued digital practices. A recipient of the 2017 LSP SIG Emerging Scholar Award of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), he has conducted research in the Vancouver school district, and delivered professional development workshops for educators from different parts of British Columbia.

Benjamin Gans

Cap Digital
Aged 45, Benjamin Gans is a serial entrepreneur, who created several companies since 1998 (movie, real estate and lately a startup in data). He is now running EdFab, a new structure dedicated to innovation in education, training and future of work. EdFab is based located in Paris and was created by Cap Digital, the biggest digital company clusters.

Nordine Ghachi

Creative director & Co-Founder, DOWiNO
Nordine Ghachi is creative director and co-founder of DOWiNO. Gamer, programmer and game designer since his early childhood, he has 15 years of experience in video games, mobile applications and web design, both in design and supervision. Today, he designs and coordinates the majority of DOWiNO projects and has completed more than a hundred of projects, from design to deployment, including: A Blind Legend, Smokitten, GlucoZor, WasteblasterZ ...

Paul Greenberg

CEO & Co-Founder, CReatubbles
Born in 1970 in Toronto, Canada, Paul received Master of Sciences Degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Technology and Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1996. He also received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT in 1993. Paul previously served as GM, JAPAC for iPipeline. Prior to this he served as CEO at an online learning technology company. In this role, he formulated and deployed a core paid service model as a foundation for global expansion while leading the business towards profitability in the Japanese market. Prior to that, Paul served as Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media for the North Asia region at MTV Networks where he was responsible for MTV Networks’ digital business across the MTV and Nickelodeon brands. Before Paul was at MTV Networks, he came to Japan as the Asia region representative of Napster LLC (USA) and established Napster Japan K.K. As COO he developed the PC and mobile business strategies and launched the digital music distribution service in Japan. Paul is experienced in the global business arena and is highly proficient in seven languages including: French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, and English.

Yangos Hadjiyannis

Yangos is an International Entrepreneur, Creative Director of tech-powered sustainability campaigns and novel public interactive installations, embracing the xR world, based in Vancouver. He has collaborated with multi-talented teams and delivered 250+ digital media projects from the resource and service industries aligning Government, Business, Cultural, and Educational stakeholders in Canada, UAE, Colombia, Cyprus and Greece.

Coleen Hardwick

Founder & CEO, PlaceSpeak
Urban Geographer. Film Producer. Tech Entrepreneur. Colleen Hardwick is the Founder and CEO of PlaceSpeak, a ground-breaking location-based citizen engagement platform, developed with the support of the National Research Council of Canada IRAP. PlaceSpeak is also the subject of her PhD thesis in Applied Innovation through the UBC Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program with the mission to authenticate online public processes.

Maria Lantin

Director, Research S3D Centre, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Maria Lantin has a deep interest in space and movement both physical and metaphorical, and this is woven through her work in immersive media and interaction. She takes pleasure in scanning the technological horizon for trends in human fascination – what is grabbing our attention and why. Formative experiences include a BSc and PhD in Computing Science (Dalhousie University and Simon Fraser University), a wonderful stint at Mainframe Entertainment working on the first ever stereoscopic animation for the IMAX screen (it never made it to the screen but it was amazing), three fantastic years at the ground-breaking Banff New Media Institute’s Advanced Art and Technology (A.R.T) labs, and now heading into ten years at Emily Carr University’s Intersections Digital Studios. Her curiosity is currently directed at Virtual and Augmented Reality for art making and communication.

Erin Millar

founder & CEO, the Discourse
Erin Millar is founder and CEO of The Discourse , a media startup building a new kind of journalism in Canada. Millar was recently named one of the top seven women-led ventures in Canada at the SheEO summit. She was a Bob Carty Fellow by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Storyteller-in-Residence at Ashoka Canada, and an AmEx Emerging Innovator in 2015. She has hosted talks and workshops across Canada and internationally, including the Canadian Association of Journalists and Italy’s International Journalism Festival, and reported from more than a dozen countries for Canadian and international publications. Millar taught journalism at Quest University Canada and Langara College, is a trustee of the Uncharted Journalism Fund, and serves on the board of the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

Ann Poochareon

Founder, Little Robot Friends
Ann is a designer, producer, entrepreneur and mother. As an American-born Thai-Chinese turned Canadian who has lived in three continents, Ann is passionate about inspiring the next generation to make better choices for our future. She studied computer science at DePaul University in Chicago, and received her masters degree from renowned Interactive Telecommunication Program at New York University. She had been an artist-in-residence at Fabrica, a creative research centre of the Benetton Group in Italy, and an interactive producer for a national history museum for the government of Thailand. She migrated to Canada ten years ago and have worked with many museums and science centres in both Canada and the US to create interactive installations. Ann and her partner Mark deliberately choose to do work that they enjoy, putting emphasis on creating meaningful outcome. Their latest creation, Little Robot Friends, is a blend of their creative thinking and technical prowess, with a mission to inspire kids the way many pioneers have inspired their work.

Elli Raynai

VR Filmmaker, Cinehackers
Elli Raynai is a writer, producer, director and VR filmmaker. He has made two feature films and eight short films. His passion for art and technology has led him to explore the possibilities of creating cinematic experiences in virtual reality. His latest VR film “I Am You” has been an official selection for the Kaleidoscope 2016 World Tour and can also be found on the Gear VR Store.

Shalaleh Rismani

Chief Innovation Officer, Generation R
Shalaleh Rismani is the Chief Innovation Officer at Generation R, a consulting firm that specializes in identifying and addressing the unique ethical and social risks that companies take on as they implement automated systems such as predictive decision making tools. Shalaleh is also a co-director of Open Roboethics Institute (ORI) which spun out of the Open Roboethics initiative (ORi), an international roboethics think tank hosted at University of British Columbia. She completed a Masters of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering and Bachelors of Applied Science in Mechatronics at UBC and specializes in understanding the role of technology in society by investigating networks of human activity.

Ana Serrano

Chief Digital Officer, Canadian Film Centre
Ana Serrano is the Chief Digital Officer of the CFC and Founder of CFC Media Lab, the world-renowned and award-winning institute for interactive storytelling created in 1997. With her visionary direction and digitally-forward approach to organizational growth, Serrano is driving the digital transformation of the CFC into a unique blend of talent, product and company accelerator and creative production house. She continually evolves the CFC's programs as digital media demand new approaches – from the early exploration of web-based storytelling to today’s world of audience-driven multiplatform entertainment. Most recently, she launched Canada's first digital entertainment accelerator ideaBOOST with founding partners Shaw Media, Corus Entertainment, and Google.

Richard Smith

director, The Centre for Digital Media
Dr. Richard Smith has over two decades of academic and directorial experience at Simon Fraser University. A professor at the School of Communication at SFU for over fifteen years, he has also served as Director of SFU’s Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology (CPROST) for the past ten years. His active engagement with local, national and international media on issues related to his research into the contemporary world of technology, social media and public surveillance has also made him a recognized public commentator. His service to the university through public affairs and media relations earned Dr. Smith the 2009 SFU President’s Award.

Michael Tippett

Founder & CEO, Wantoo
Michael Tippett, is the CEO and Founder, Wantoo. Tippett has 20 years of experience building and growing technology startups including NowPublic, the world's largest citizen journalism network. He is a two time Emmy Nominee and an advisor, board member and mentor to entrepreneurs and innovators.

Pat Whelan

CEO & Co-Founder, Paddle HR
Pat Whelan is the co-founder and CEO of Paddle HR, a Toronto-based, venture-backed startup. Paddle HR helps large companies keep and retain talent by matching employees to new jobs within the company. This is critical for employers, as the top reason people leave their jobs is a lack of career growth opportunities. Paddle HR leverages machine learning based on 370 million people’s career histories to model career paths and predict employees next moves. Before founding Paddle HR, Pat worked as a political staffer for the Mayor of London, Ontario, the Deputy Premier of Ontario and a Canadian federal election campaign. In 2013, Pat was elected President of the Western University Students’ Council representing 30,000 undergraduate students and responsible for the council’s $20M annual budget. Pat Whelan has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Management from Western University. He is currently a founding board member of the Open Democracy Project, a nonprofit focused on opening up municipal politics and is an active volunteer in the CivicTech community.