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CEO Roundtable Chairs 2018-09-19T12:39:24+00:00

CEO ROUNDTABLE CHAIRS

Leaders helping leaders

Passionate CEOs of their own companies, ACETECH’s CEO Roundtable Chairs are committed and trained to lead and foster constructive dialogue within each group. Each leader leverages their personal business experiences to bring the group’s culture to life and ensure adherence to the principles and core values that are the foundation of each group.

John Brett

President & CEO, Delta-X Research

As CEO of Delta-X Research, John drives and manages corporate strategy, business development, operations and finance. Over 25 years, John held leadership roles in organizations that operated or provided solutions for demanding applications including utility operations, industrial automation, and navy command & control.

John was an early principal at Tantalus, a leading utility communications company, where he established and built the vision for a real-time, two-way communications network to automate utilities all the way to consumers; a model that is now standard for grid modernization implementations.  John received his electrical engineering degree from the Royal Military College of Canada, and is a registered Professional Engineer.

JOHN DIACK

Independent Director, ACETECH

John has enjoyed 30+ years in the Vancouver high tech industry starting out in engineering and moving through technical consulting, sales, channel management, international business development and most recently in COO and CEO roles.

With companies like Nexus, Epic Data, Dynapro/Rockwell, NICE Systems (Israel), Infowave, Marqui, SXIP Identity and Tri-M Technologies, John has learned significant lessons through both success and failure. Growing companies through go-to-market execution is a passion and a strength.

Outside of work, John considers his Christian faith, his family (married with 3 young adults), his friends & community, along with physical activities (extreme conditioning, ball hockey, cycling and competitive bowling) as life priorities.

John is the past-Chair and a Director of ACETECH, a Director with A Rocha Canada, and the Chair of the Port Coquitlam Community Foundation. Another passion is mentoring and today he journeys with 9 CEO’s (one-on-one) and ~40 CEO’s (via ACETECH roundtables).

Darrell Hadden

President, Graphically Speaking

Darrell is the founder and president of Graphically Speaking, the second largest web and application development agency in Greater Vancouver. He is also the past president of the BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association and chair of the judging committee for Marketer of the Year.

Prior to founding Graphically Speaking, Darrell was involved with two research and technology companies that played a pivotal role in the evolution of the internet. He first worked with AEL Microtel/Microtel Pacific Research, a joint partnership between BC Tel and GTE Telephone, and later with Rogers Cable’s research and technology division, Cableshare.

KENT HADEN

Founder & CEO, Resilience Software

Kent has completed a BSc (Honours) at Queen’s University and a Masters of Business Administration at UBC. After many years of experience building software applications for business and medicine, he founded Resilience to create and market T-Res.

T-Res is an electronic logbook and competency assessment system that includes true mobile apps. T-Res makes it easy to record and assess activities related to complex training and we started with medical education. It is used by thousands of people in undergraduate, residency and allied health training programs around the world. Resilience Software also developed the original Surgeon-specific registry for the American College of Surgeons.

Kent is interested in group process, culture, education, and is passionate about creating software that really works for people.

MILES SELLYN

Partner | VP Strategy & Creative, Major Tom

Miles led the Drive Digital team until 2018, where he helped facilitate the company’s M&A with 6S Marketing, one of Canada’s leading digital marketing agencies. As VP Strategy & Creative, Miles works with our partners to develop and execute compelling digital strategies that transform organizations and drive growth.

Overseeing the unified creative team, Miles ensures that Major Tom’s team is discovering the right solution before moving on to execution.

Originally from Montreal, Miles has a BA in English Literature from UBC, and a degree in Digital Strategy from the School of Hard Knocks. He loves the New England Patriots, Smash Bros, and his wife’s cat, Tonka.

SHAWN STEBBINS

President & CEO, Archipelago Marine Research

With a background spanning three decades among commercial fisheries, Shawn Stebbins, B.Sc., has devoted 25 years to improving resource sustainability through effective fisheries monitoring and management.

Since helping to develop British Columbia’s world-class groundfish fisheries monitoring program, Shawn has worked closely with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the International Pacific Halibut Commission, the Environmental Defense Fund, and a varied portfolio of commercial fisheries, regulators, and NGOs to develop and support sustainable seafood initiatives around the world.

Shannon Susko

CEO, Metronome Growth Systems

If there is one person that embodies ACETECH, both as a CEO that benefited from our events and workshops early on, and later as a CEO that helped build ACETECH and support other CEOs, it’s Shannon Susko, successful tech entrepreneur and author of The Metronome Effect.

Shannon’s success was built on the tools and methodologies she developed and outlined in her book, The Metronome Effect, and which form the foundation of ACETECH’s Growth Strategy Program. And, she’s living proof that they work, with more than twenty years’ experience building and leading successful high-growth technology companies.

Shannon has been a driving force in the development of ACETECH’s Growth Strategy Program, ensuring that it encapsulates the most practical tools and proven methods. She has pulled together the best thinking and research of our time and structured it all into one rhythm, or pattern of activities, that CEOs can follow day-by-day, week-by-week, and year after year to lead better, reduce uncertainty and drive profitable growth.

As ACETECH Growth Architect, Shannon continues to lead and support the organization with her incredible commitment to helping other CEOs lead better and achieve profitable growth. Today you’ll find Shannon delivering the foundational elements of ACETECH’s Growth Strategy Program. She also serves as an ACETECH ambassador as she travels throughout North America to top tech conferences and organizations, inviting innovative thought-leaders back to Vancouver to share new ideas, tools and methodologies with our members.

RICHARD SWANN

President, Loki Systems Inc.

Michael Togyi

CEO, BasicGov

Established in 1985, BasicGov is the leading pioneer of cloud solutions that offers a comprehensive operations management platform enabling Governments to automate, streamline and innovate operations to cut costs while ensuring the efficient delivery of quality services to citizens.

Michael’s goal is to always develop and launch world class businesses and products. His specialties include: Technology – Cloud Computing, SaaS, e-commerce, communication networks; Business – Sales and Sales Leadership, strategic marketing, web marketing, angel/private financing, contract negotiation, project management, branding.

My only regret is that I wish I would have joined earlier. The sessions are very informative and useful. My CEO Roundtable provides huge value. I now move my travel schedule to make sure I attend.

Udi Daon, Past CEO, Navigate Surgical Technologies
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