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Scaleup Academy Webinar Series

BC Tech hosts virtual panels and fireside chats throughout the year – register for upcoming events below.

The Outlook for the future of AI

September 13, 2023 @ 11am to noon

Join guest speaker, Clas Neumann EVP of SAP Labs, to learn about the future of AI. While AI systems like IBM’s Watson, Google’s AlphaGo and OpenAI’s ChatGPT have increased productivity, there are areas of concern that need to be considered including bias and fairness, ethical issues, privacy and security. Our speakers will discuss how to apply the innovative advantages brought by AI to enterprise process management as an important way forward for tech companies globally.

  • Jill Tipping, BC Tech (Moderator)
  • Clas Neumann, SAP

Missed the session? Watch the video here.

Capital Market Update

September 29, 2023

Live at the 2023 Technology Impact Awards, BC Innovators Hall of Fame Inductee, Kathy Butler of CIBC shares her Capital Market Update. Kathy reports on BC and the tech ecosystem’s current market and shares insights into what the future holds for BC businesses in the tech industry.

  • Kathy Butler, CIBC

Missed the session? Watch the video here.

The Clio Story

October 24, 2023 @ 11am to noon

In this session, we will explore what some of the key executive roles that your company will need as you scaleup. Our guest speaker will share their experience scaling up and what key skillsets and experience your ideal candidates will require. We will also discuss some of the factors to consider when deciding where to source your candidates from, as well as what can you provide in terms of comp structure and options to attract a high-quality candidate.

  • Jill Tipping, BC Tech (moderator)
  • Jack Newton, Clio

Missed the session? Watch the video here.

Capital Markets – 2024 Outlook

November 21, 2023 @ 11am to noon

Join us for our annual Capital Markets check-in with CIBC. Our expert speakers from CIBC will join us to share their perspective on the current market trends, insights on the outlook for 2024 and discuss how innovative tech companies can successfully navigate the evolving market conditions.

  • Kathy Butler, CIBC (moderator)
  • Joe Timlin, CIBC
  • Daniel Lee, CIBC

Missed the session? Watch CIBC’s presentation here and watch the panel discussion here.

Read through Technology Capital Market Update deck here.

Indigenous 101 Session

January 23, 2024 @ 4:00pm to 5:30pm

This Indigenous 101 session is an interactive workshop where participants will be introduced to the current place and space of Indigenous people in Canada and Canada’s true history. Participants will learn about Indigenous people and culture, the Indian Act and their role in Reconciliation. All questions are welcome.

  • Kory Wilson, BCIT


Registration is now CLOSED.

A Vision for BC’s Tech Economy

January 31, 2024 @ 11am to noon

Join us for a fireside chat with BC Tech’s new Board Chair Rich Osborn. As an experienced entrepreneur, investor and executive, we will explore his perspective on BC’s economic opportunity, and the strengths & challenges of BC’s tech sector.

  • Jill Jipping, BC Tech (Moderator)
  • Rich Osborn, RecapHealth Ventures


Missed the session? Watch the video here.

Hiring the Right CFO

February 8th, 2024 @ 11am to noon

In this session, we will explore what skillsets you will need from your financial team as you scale and learn when it is the right time to add more resources, including a CFO, to your team. We will explore what skillsets are most important based on your growth strategy and funding path. We will also look at some of the key metrics of success to consider as you build your business.

  • Erika Borgerson, BC Tech (Moderator)
  • Sarah MacKinnon, Delta Q
  • Catherine Chew, Global Relay
  • Caroline Dunn, Semios
  • George Reznik, Tantalus


Missed the session? Watch the video here.


February 22nd, 2024 @ 11am to noon

Join us for a fireside chat with Dr. Allen Eaves to get the behind-the-scenes story of STEMCELL’s scaleup success and their unique BC story. Learn about the ambition that they have harnessed to do something truly great and why they are fiercely committed to keeping their roots in BC.

  • Jill Tipping, BC Tech (Moderator)
  • Dr. Allen Eaves, STEMCELL


Missed the session? Watch the video here.

IP Strategies for Growth

March 5th, 2024 @ 11am to noon

Join us to learn about some of the most effective and common IP strategies for tech companies, as well as the pitfalls to avoid. Our expert speakers will dive into WhatWorks for IP strategy in growing tech companies and some of the tough lessons learned along the way.

  • Justin Young, Osler
  • Jean-Nicolas Delage, Osler


Missed the session? Watch the video here.

The Trulioo Story

April 4th, 2024 @ 11am to noon

Zac Cohen will join us to share a deep-dive on Trulioo’s journey as an established home-grown BC anchor. Having built a thriving company supporting the digital economy, we will hear about their scaleup journey, what challenges they faced along the way and why their BC roots are key to their success.

  • Jill Tipping, BC Tech
  • Zac Cohen, Trulioo


Missed the session? Watch the video here.

BC’s Ambitious Scaleups

April 11th, 2024 @ 11am to noon

Get to know the amazing BC tech gamechangers honoured at the 2023 TIAs for their unique BC success stories. Learn about the ambition that they have harnessed to do something truly great. Our panel will share how BC’s tech sector is using tech to build a better future!

  • Tiffany Chiu, AbCellera (Moderator)
  • Kevin Collins, Charli AI
  • Murray Thom, D-Wave Systems
  • Bijan Sanii, INETCO


Missed the session? Watch the video here.

Pitching for Capital

April 25th, 2024 @ 11am to noon

Pitching your business to potential investors is a critical skill to access scaleup capital. Our guest speakers will share their Top Tips for pitching success in today’s market.

  • Cameron Burke, Fort Capital Partners
  • Maria Pacella, Pender Ventures
  • John O’Donoghue, Vistara Growth


Missed the session? Watch the video here.

Partnering to Scaleup

May 7th, 2024 @ 11am to noon

Join us for a deep dive panel discussion on partnering with large enterprises to help drive scaleup success. Find out how partnering can help tech companies grow faster through access to global customers, funding opportunities, startup resources and more. Our panel will also share their #WhatWorks tips on how to maximize partnership opportunities and how to get started!

  • Darren Lewi, Amazon
  • Kange Kaneene, SAP
  • Matthew Lombardi, TELUS


Missed this session? Watch the video here.

Negotiation Skills with Jill Tipping

May 14th, 2024 @ 11am to noon

What makes a good negotiator? Negotiation skills are a key component to building a productive, effective career and great relationships at work and in your personal life. Join BC Tech CEO Jill Tipping as she draws from her C-suite career in the tech industry and direct negotiation experience.


Registration is now CLOSED.