Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Salim Ismail
Salim Ismail
Best-Selling Author, Exponential Organizations

Salim Ismail

Best-Selling Author, Exponential Organizations

Salim travels extensively sharing a global perspective on the impact of breakthrough technologies and how organizations can leverage these disruptions to grow 10x faster than their peers. His book, Exponential Organizations, quickly reached No. 1 on Amazon’s “Best-Sellers in Business Management” and was named Frost & Sullivan’s “Growth, Innovation, and Leadership Book of the Year.” His captivating, educational, and downright jaw-dropping presentations have been called “mind-blowing” and “the best talk I think I’ve ever heard.”

Salim has spent the last seven years building Singularity University as its founding executive director and current global ambassador. SU is based at NASA Ames, and its goal is to “educate, inspire, and empower a new generation of leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges.” SU has empowered people from more than 85 countries to apply disruptive technologies – biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and neuroscience – to more than 100 startups and countless patents and ideas.

Prior to Singularity, Salim was a vice president at Yahoo, where he build and ran Brickhouse, the company’s internal incubator. His last company, Ångströ, a news aggregation startup, was sold to Google in 2010. He has founded or operated seven early-stage companies including PubSub Concepts, which laid some of the foundation for the real-time web, and the New York Grant Company, a direct response to 9/11. In its first year, the organization attracted over 400 clients and delivered over $12 million of federal grants to the local economy.

Rick Hansen
Rick Hansen
"Man in Motion", CEO, Rick Hansen Foundation

Rick Hansen

"Man in Motion", CEO, Rick Hansen Foundation

Rick Hansen is a Canadian icon who has dedicated his life to creating a world that is accessible and inclusive for all. Best known as the “Man In Motion” for undertaking an epic two-year circumnavigation around the world in his wheelchair, Rick is also a four-time world champion, nine-time Pan Am gold medalist, and two-time Paralympic gold medalist. Now the CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation, an organization committed to creating a world without barriers for people with disabilities, Rick and his team work hard to change attitudes, create accessible spaces and liberate the amazing potential of people with disabilities.Rick and his wife Amanda live in Steveston, B.C. and have three beautiful daughters, Rebecca, Alana and Emma.

Featured Speakers

CEO Panelists

David Labistour
CEO, MEC

David Labistour

CEO, MEC

David Labistour is the Chief Executive Officer of Mountain Equipment Co-op, Canada’s leading outdoor retailer.

With a professional experience spanning over 30 years working with companies such as Adidas, Woolworths, one of South Africa’s most successful retailers, and Aritzia – David’s diversified international experience has covered Design and Product Development in apparel, gear and food, retail product management, Brand management and complex Strategic planning and execution. His Management and Leadership experience has developed in Private, Public, Co-op and military environments.

David is MEC’s first CEO to have been appointed from within the 46-year-old organization. In his former capacity as the Senior Manager of Buying and Design, David was part of the Executive team that transformed the MEC Brand and shaped MEC’s award winning recognition as Canada’s Best and Most Trusted Brand whilst equally encompassing sustainability initiatives operation wide.

Outside of MEC he sits on the Board of Aritzia, the BCBC Board of Governors and serves as an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy.

David lives in Deep Cove BC with his wife Lianne, sons Liam and Felix and indulges in a “jack of all trades, master of none” approach to a range of activities including such things as skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, kite surfing.

Laurie Schultz
CEO, ACL

Laurie Schultz

CEO, ACL

Laurie Schultz is responsible for leading the transformation of ACL’s global business by mobilizing talent toward category disruption and double-digit growth.

With over 25 years of experience in software and technology sectors, Laurie has led 12 multi-million dollar software P&Ls spanning the personal finance, small business accounting, SaaS, ERP, Business Intelligence and GRC categories. Holding prior leadership positions with Sage, Intuit, KPMG and Telus, Laurie has both DOUBLED revenues and DOUBLED profits by empowering change and relentlessly focusing on the “right critical few.”

Since being appointed CEO of ACL in 2011, Laurie has successfully pivoted the company from hard sales of software to a software-as-a-service model with over 250 employees and to accolades as one of Canada’s Top Employers.

Laurie is a strong advocate for technology and serves on the Board of the BC Tech Association (BC TECH). Her voice is an important contributor to the Canadian technology landscape and she is a preeminent thought leader published in media outlets such as the Huffington Post and the Globe and Mail.

Laurie holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, both from the University of Alberta.

Laurie proudly makes her home in Vancouver with her husband, two children and their dog, Stripe.

Jeff Booth
CEO, BuildDirect

Jeff Booth

CEO, BuildDirect

With Jeff at the helm, BuildDirect stands at the forefront of innovation in the home improvement industry. Jeff applies his deep knowledge of both technology and trends to invent new ways for people to explore, purchase and ultimately interact and connect in the home improvement space.

Drawing on his background as a builder, Jeff co-founded BuildDirect in 1999 from his first-hand experience with the inefficiencies and high costs inherent with the home improvement and building supplies industry. While most told him the industry was too large and too broken to fix, Jeff only saw possibilities. He knew that by combining technology with his entrepreneurial spirit and vision, he could build a simpler and more trusted home improvement industry. Ultimately, opening a world of possibilities for homeowners, suppliers and those in trades and shipping.

Jeff is an active speaker sharing his experience as an entrepreneur and thought leader on the future of e-commerce and how digital media is changing the world. He has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc.com, The Globe and Mail, BNN, Bloomberg News, Fast Company and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few.

Jeff has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization since 2005 and sits on the board of Vancouver-based company Spud.ca and advises others. In 2015, Jeff was awarded the BC Technology ‘Person of the Year’ Award by the BC Technology Industry Association.

In his down time Jeff can be found at the lake playing his guitar around a campfire with his family and friends, enjoying water sports or skiing at local Vancouver mountains. He is also dedicated to learning and reads about 50 books a year.

Favourite Books (he has two): Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman and Exponential Organizations by Salim Ismail

Words to live by: “Mind your thoughts, they become your words. Mind your words they become your actions. Mind your actions, they become your habits. Mind your habits, they become your character. Mind your character for it becomes your destiny.” – Unknown

Jack Lee
Founder & former CEO, 4Refuel

Jack Lee

Founder & former CEO, 4Refuel

Jack Lee founded 4Refuel Canada’s largest on-site refuelling company in 1995 with only $400K in start-up capital. Over a 17-year period Jack was instrumental in taking a start-up company in Vancouver to a company with over $800M in annual revenue.

4refuel was sold to Private Equity in 2013 for an enterprise value of nearly $250M.

Jack was also on the Board of the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) for 6 years.

Jack, along with his wife Margaret, also established BLUE WAVE Foundation after the loss of their teenage daughter, Janice, to suicide in 2006. BLUE WAVE’s mission is to educate our youth about issues relating to teen depression and mental health. In 2013, Jack and Margaret gifted BLUE WAVE Foundation to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), BC Region, thus becoming their youth arm for mental health issues.

Gearing up for 2018

After this year’s huge success, we decided to do it again! Our 2018 EDGE Summit on Embracing Innovation & Technology will be in Toronto. We’ll be bringing together 450 CEOs, executives, and business owners from across Canada to engage in a full day, high impact, peer learning and networking event – you definitely don’t want to miss out. Save the date – Thursday Oct 4, 2018.

EDGE Summit Highlight Reel
Oct 3, 2017

I believe that we all need to become exponential leaders in order to thrive in a world of exponential change.

Nancy MacKay
Founder & CEO, MacKay CEO Forums