Executive in Residence

Discovery Foundation Executive in Residence Program

The backbone of our program is the mentorship and customized expert advice that entrepreneurs receive from our Executives in Residence (EIRs)—a seasoned group of accomplished individuals who have started and sold their own companies and have functional and sector-based knowledge to help you grow. Having seen and done it all, our EIRs understand success, but they also understand failure—and who better to help growing tech companies avoid pitfalls than those who have traveled that road before?

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The Program

The Executives in Residence are the highest level of mentorship available at BC Tech. Stage 2-4 member CEOs receive a dedicated Executive to guide them past pitfalls and toward business excellence; they are the sounding board that keeps the company on track. The Executives provide high level, strategic mentorship. They teach ‘how’, but it will always be the CEO’s responsibility to ‘do’.

Once approved for the program, startup CEOs will meet with the Executive in one-on-one meetings for 3 month terms. There is no limit to the number of terms a member may participate in the program.


Pitch Reviews

A few of the Executives offer available time for pitch reviews. These hour long, one-on-one sessions will be held either virtually or at the Innovation Hub. The executive will critique all aspects of the presentation and provide guidance on how to improve.


Our Executives in Residence

CTO at Digital Animal Interactive, Inc.
Michael has a long history of entrepreneurship, primarily in technology. His first company provided digital media asset management software to broadcast television networks and was acquired by Apple Inc. His…
Consultant, BC Tech Association
A strategic marketing visionary recognized for his experience in formulating, building and launching new businesses. Bill has built high growth businesses for leading brands and launched one of the most…
CEO at Lions Gate International
Maninder Dhaliwal is the President and CEO of Lions Gate International. She is an award winning entrepreneur, successful investor, and an experienced Corporate Director. Maninder specializes in India focused international…
Advisor, Nexterra Systems Corp.
Senior executive with 20+ years’ experience as a corporate lawyer, investment banker, and Cleantech entrepreneur. Deep domain expertise in the energy and technology sectors coupled with extensive experience negotiating multi-million…
CEO at Developer Marketing Agency
Caroline, known as the ‘connector’, has been engaged with emerging technologies for over 20 years, as a coder, funder, community builder and entrepreneur. Recognizing the importance of mobile developers in…
Director of Business Development at QHR Technologies
A Senior Sales, Marketing and Business Development professional in the medical industry. Strong leader who consistently identifies innovative and mutually beneficial agreements leading to substantial business growth. Scientific and business…
Digital Media & Technology Consultant
James Hursthouse is a seasoned interactive and game technology entrepreneur, currently consulting with a number of companies and organizations while plotting another attempt at world domination. A UK national, now…
President, Braziller and Associates Inc.
Clay has spent over 25 years leading business initiatives with organizations that are trying to make a positive impact in the world. This work has been focused in the green…

Program Overview


The Forms

Level Set
CEO Worksheet
Status Update
Term Report


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CTO at Digital Animal Interactive, Inc.

Michael Henson

Michael has a long history of entrepreneurship, primarily in technology. His first company provided digital media asset management software to broadcast television networks and was acquired by Apple Inc. His second, which developed digital video editing and special effects products, was merged into Discreet Logic (Discreet’s IPO was the largest in NASDAQ history until Netscape). For more than 10 years Michael was CEO and CTO of an Australian public company which developed digital video surveillance and video analytics software, with offices in Australia and the UK. When that business was sold to a Vancouver company, Michael discovered the Pacific Northwest and has remained here ever since.

 

Consultant, BC Tech Association

Bill Tam

A strategic marketing visionary recognized for his experience in formulating, building and launching new businesses. Bill has built high growth businesses for leading brands and launched one of the most successful telecom start-ups in Canada (MetroNet). He has a unique talent for synthesizing market opportunities, identifying winning approaches, and building a strong customer base. Bill is an effective communicator who harnesses team commitment to consistently exceed performance targets.

 

CEO at Lions Gate International

Maninder Dhaliwal

Maninder Dhaliwal is the President and CEO of Lions Gate International. She is an award winning entrepreneur, successful investor, and an experienced Corporate Director. Maninder specializes in India focused international venture projects in technology, manufacturing and innovation applications in healthcare.

A Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40 winner, she received her Masters in Electrical Engineering from University of British Columbia, and Executive Education from Harvard Business School. She holds the Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) designation from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia; and Corporate Director Designation (ICD.D) from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

She serves as an independent corporate director for public, private and crown companies. In 2015, Maninder was chosen for Diversity 50 – Canada’s most diverse and eligible board candidates – by Canadian Board Diversity Council.

Advisor, Nexterra Systems Corp.

Michael Scott

Senior executive with 20+ years’ experience as a corporate lawyer, investment banker, and Cleantech entrepreneur. Deep domain expertise in the energy and technology sectors coupled with extensive experience negotiating multi-million dollar transactions including buy-side and sell-side mergers & acquisitions, public and private equity financings, partnerships, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Proven track record as a trusted advisor, a clear communicator and a high-integrity leader.

CEO at Developer Marketing Agency

Caroline Lewko

Caroline, known as the ‘connector’, has been engaged with emerging technologies for over 20 years, as a coder, funder, community builder and entrepreneur. Recognizing the importance of mobile developers in the ecosystem, she started WIP in 2006 to build and grow developer communities thru Agency (WIP Factory) and Community activities and events. WIP was the first Developer Relations agency and works for clients around the world including AT&T, Facebook, GSMA, Immersion, Intel, Orange, Microsoft, NBCUniversal, Nokia, PayPal , Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony, Sears and many others. Caroline founded the Wireless Innovation Network of BC (WINBC now DIGIBC) in 2001, one of the world’s first regional mobile associations, and spearheaded the development and fundraising of Wavefront, a wireless accelerator, and is Past Chair of both organizations. At IRAP (CIMI) she advised hundreds of companies starting businesses in software, telecommunications and new media. She got her start in mobile in the Telecommunications Industry Group of Anderson Consulting (Accenture). Caroline also worked for a Hong Kong consultancy marketing an industrial park in China in the late 90s.

Director of Business Development at QHR Technologies

Paul Casey

A Senior Sales, Marketing and Business Development professional in the medical industry. Strong leader who consistently identifies innovative and mutually beneficial agreements leading to substantial business growth. Scientific and business education coupled with domestic and international business experience in Health Information Technology, Medical Diagnostics and Animal Pharmaceuticals industries. Proven track record of penetrating and developing new markets. Excellent communicator capable of seamlessly interacting with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders to reach growth objectives.

 

Digital Media & Technology Consultant

James Hursthouse

James Hursthouse is a seasoned interactive and game technology entrepreneur, currently consulting with a number of companies and organizations while plotting another attempt at world domination. A UK national, now living in Vancouver, BC, he spent 15 years in Japan prior to moving to Canada and is fluent in Japanese. James has built an extensive network of contacts in the global online game development, publishing, and technology sectors. Until recently, James was CEO of Roadhouse Interactive, an independent game company focusing on mobile free-to-play games and VR.

President, Braziller and Associates Inc.

Clay Braziller

Clay has spent over 25 years leading business initiatives with organizations that are trying to make a positive impact in the world. This work has been focused in the green technology, health technology, accessibility and sustainability sectors and working with entrepreneurs, government, universities and Not for Profits.