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Vancouver Startup Week is an incredible gathering of entrepreneurs, developers, investors, and community leaders all coming together to celebrate one of the top tech hubs in the world. The city will be teeming with events, including presentations from some of the biggest names in the tech scene. 
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Thursday, September 28 • 12:30 - 13:30
Diversity in Business & Innovation For A Better Future Waitlist

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There's a lot of news coming out of Silicon Valley and the Tech Startup World about not only the lack of diversity, but stories of rampant Seixsm, Racism, Bullying and even Misconduct. In addition to bringing awareness to these issues and ideating to ensure equality and encouragement. We should also talk about WHY having diversity in the technology space is actually good for BOTH business and innovation. And why it is absolutely necessary for a better future.


Capacity: 80

Speakers
avatar for Aliya Amershi

Aliya Amershi

CEO & Founder, AskaTechie
Aliya is the Tech Founder and CEO of the startup AskaTechie.com. AskaTechie is developing an AI-Based On-Demand Knowledge Workforce. They are solving the outsourcing challenges that Businesses face by matching them with their perfect Techie. Think of it as UpWork meets OkCupid. This is done through their concierge services and marketplace of highly-skilled technical talent, made up of curated Freelancers and Firms. Aliya has 20 years of technology experience working with the top players in tech and media, including Electronic Arts and Viacom Networks. Her roles have included Software Engineer, Tech Lead, and IT Manager. Where she and her team won an Emmy for the Nick App at Viacom. She's connected and an influencer in the Vancouver and New York tech startup community and is involved with a number of global organizations, such as The Founder Institute, Women 2.0, and Youngry.com. See her story featured... Read More →
avatar for Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber

Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber

Executive Director, League of Innovators
Impact leader, start-up strategist, entrepreneur advocate driven to explore and build new ways to enhance business to create change. Joanna has worked at the forefront of social entrepreneurship, and believes we can create enterprises that are not only profitable but create social and environmental value in the marketplace and in our communities. She was the founding member of the Centre for Social Innovation... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Bundy

Sarah Bundy

Founder, All Inclusive Marketing
Sarah Bundy is a Top 40 Under 40 entrepreneur, ranked in PROFIT and Canadian Business Magazine as the #55 Female Entrepreneur in Canada, PROFIT 500’s #90 Fastest Growing Company in Canada, and Best Company of the Year in British Columbia, as ranked by Small Business BC. Ms. Bundy... Read More →
avatar for Jill Earthy

Jill Earthy

Chief Growth Officer, FrontFundr
Jill Earthy is an entrepreneurially minded leader with a passion for growing the Canadian economy through innovation. As Chief Growth Officer of FrontFundr, an online investment platform, she bridges the gap between entrepreneurs and investors by democratizing the fundraising process. She has successfully built two companies nationally and sold them, and then spent 8 years in leadership roles in the non-profit sector supporting entrepreneurs (CEO of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Regional Director of Futurpreneur Canada). She is a community leader and active mentor, currently serving on the Board of Governors for Simon Fraser University (SFU), and as Board Chair of the... Read More →
avatar for Peter McLachlan

Peter McLachlan

Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Mobify
Mobify is celebrating 10 years and recently won the IRCE Mobile Commerce Excellence Awards in the late spring, beating eBay and Wayfair. Mobify is a mobile customer engagement platform which helps brands like Eddie Bauer and L'Oreal boost revenue, keep up with changing customer expectations and protect their competitive edge. Peter has worked with technology leaders like Apple, Facebook, and Google, he sets... Read More →
avatar for Galya Westler

Galya Westler

Founder & CEO, Plazus
Galya is a tech entrepreneur and the founder of Plazus Technologist inc- create a Private Communication-App within minutes. She is a Tedx speaker and a female leader, performing on many stages in the world. In addition to developing her startup, Plazus, Galya is a specialist prod... Read More →