Speakers 2018-03-07T08:53:38+00:00


The stars align

Each year, ACETECH brings an exceptional lineup of world-class thought leaders to discuss cutting-edge strategic thinking and best practices in the industry. Most speakers attend the entire summit, providing opportunities for CEOs to interact and have meaningful one-on-one discussions. New speakers coming weekly.

Marty Cagan

Founder & Partner, Silicon Valley Product Group

Before founding the Silicon Valley Product Group to pursue his interests in helping others create successful products through his writing, speaking, advising and coaching, Marty Cagan served as an executive responsible for defining and building products for some of the most successful companies in the world, including Hewlett-Packard, Netscape Communications, and eBay.

Marty began his career with a decade as a software developer at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories conducting research on software technology, and building several software products for other software developers.

After HP, Marty joined a then young Netscape Communications Corporation, where he had the opportunity to participate in the birth of the Internet industry. Martin worked directly for co-founder Marc Andreessen, where he was vice-president for Netscape’s platform and tools, and later e-commerce applications, and worked to help Internet start-ups and Fortune 500 companies alike to understand and utilize the newly emerging technology.

Marty was most recently senior vice-president of product and design for eBay, where he was responsible for defining products and services for the company’s global e-commerce trading site.

During his career, Marty has personally performed and managed most of the roles of a modern software product organization, including product management, software development, product marketing, user experience design, software testing, engineering management, and general management.

As part of his work with SVPG, Marty is an invited speaker at major conferences and top companies across the globe.

Marty is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz with B.A. degrees in Computer Science and Applied Economics (1981), and of the Stanford University Executive Institute (1994).

Bob Gower

Partner, The Ready

Bob is a partner at the The Ready, a firm based in New York City that helps organizations become more adaptive, meaningful, and abundant. He is an authority on agile development, lean theory, and responsive organizational design, and the author of Agile Business: A Leader’s Guide to Harnessing Complexity.

Bob has assisted leaders at numerous companies – including GE, Ford, Chanel, and Spotify – in creating more effective organizations. He holds an MBA in Sustainable Management, is a Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner, and speaks and publishes regularly on what it takes to build great organizations.


CEO & Founder, Branding for the People

Re Perez is a seasoned Brand Consultant and founder of BRANDING FOR THE PEOPLE, the leading full-service branding agency that helps entrepreneurs and expanding businesses achieve rapid growth, market leadership, and increased impact through the power of Fortune 500 branding. Re’s background includes senior-level positions at top branding firms including Interbrand and Siegel+Gale.

Since January 2011, Re’s agency has inspired and helped thousands of entrepreneurs across 45+ different industries around the world—from start-ups, Inc. 5000 fastest-growing companies, and established multi million-dollar businesses. He has a proven track record for helping his clients double, triple and quadruple their business.


Cognitive Neuroscientist
Author, Impossible to Ignore: Create Memorable Content to Influence Decisions

Carmen Simon is a cognitive neuroscientist, bestselling author, and leading expert on using memory to influence decision-making. She has helped some of America’s most recognized brands, such as Google, GE, HP, Genentech, McDonalds, Fidelity, Adobe, ESPN to create memorable messages, based on how the brain works.

Her most recent book, Impossible to Ignore: Create Memorable Content to Influence Decisions, has been selected as one of the top books on persuasion. Carmen holds two doctorates, one in instructional technology and one in cognitive psychology.


Director – Intel, HTC & TiVo
Professor, Harvard Business School

Professor David B. Yoffie is the Max and Doris Starr Professor of International Business Administration at Harvard Business School. A member of the HBS faculty since 1981, Professor Yoffie received his Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford.

Over the last two decades, Professor Yoffie has chaired the HBS Strategy department, the Advanced Management Program, Harvard’s Young Presidents’ Organization program, and now chairs Harvard’s World Presidents’ Organization program. From 2006-2012, he served as Senior Associate Dean and Chair of the HBS executive education programs.During his tenure, executive education revenues grew almost 75 percent, classrooms were opened in Shanghai and Mumbai, a new executive education building complex was launched, and HBS emerged the highest rated and largest business school in executive education in the world. He currently teaches competitive and corporate strategy in the Owner/President Management Program.

Professor Yoffie’s research and consulting have focused on competitive strategy, technology, and international competition. Outside of HBS, Professor Yoffie’s activities include being on the Board of Directors of Intel Corporation, HTC Corporation, Financial Engines Inc., MindTree Ltd., TiVo Inc., and the National Bureau of Economic Research. When appointed to Intel’s board in 1989, he was the youngest outside director of America’s largest 150 industrial corporations. Over the last decade, Professor Yoffie served as lead independent director of Intel, and on the boards of numerous companies, including Charles Schwab, Spotfire, and E Ink. Professor Yoffie has also lectured and consulted in more than 30 countries around the world. In addition, he has served as a member of the U.S. Department of Justice’s commission on international anti-trust.

Professor Yoffie’s writings on business strategy and technology have been widely published. Professor Yoffie is the author or editor of nine books, including Masters of Strategy: Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs for the Next Generation of CEOs and Entrepreneurs (forthcoming), co-authored with MIT Professor Michael Cusumano and Judo Strategy (Harvard Business School Press, 2001), co-authored with Mary Kwak. Judo Strategy has been translated into ten languages and explores strategic techniques for turning your competitors’ strengths to your advantage.

His other books include Competing in the Age of Digital Convergence (Harvard Business School Press, 1997), and Competing on Internet Time: Lessons from Netscape and Its Battle with Microsoft (Free Press, 1998, also co-authored with MIT Professor Michael Cusumano). BusinessWeek and Amazon.com named Competing on Internet Time as one of the top 10 business books of 1998. Professor Yoffie has written extensively for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Harvard Business Review, as well as numerous scholarly and managerial articles on international trade, firm strategy, and global competition in high technology industries. Professor Yoffie has published more than 100 case studies on business strategy and international management issues, which have sold more than 2,500,000 copies.


Founder and President, Starfish Medical 

Scott is the founder and president of StarFish Medical, Canada’s leading medical device development services company with 140 employees in Victoria, Toronto and Minneapolis.  The company focuses on developing devices with technology innovation and human-centric design aspects for entrepreneurial companies around North America.

Scott is the current EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the technology sector in BC. He graduated in engineering physics from UBC in 1989.   He is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and serves on various company and industry association boards.  He speaks widely to medical and entrepreneurship audiences around North America.  He is married with 3 children and lives in Victoria.


Former NASA Chief Knowledge Officer, PMI Strategic Advisor, Academic Director, Columbia University, Information and Knowledge Strategy

Dr. Hoffman is CEO, Knowledge Strategies, LLC. Knowledge Strategies is engaged in research, education, and consulting services in support of organization performance.  He directly supports the Project Management Institute as a Strategic Advisor with a focus on integrated systems for talent management, knowledge engagement and learning strategies. Dr. Hoffman is the Academic Director, for Information and Knowledge Strategy Program  at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies.

Dr. Hoffman retired from NASA as a senior executive after thirty-three years. He was appointed the first NASA Chief Knowledge Officer in 2011 and held responsibility for system-wide strategy, integration and deployment of knowledge services. Prior to this role he was the founding director of the NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) serving in this role for over 20 years. During this period the Academy was the top rated Project Management Academy in the world.  In addition, to leading the NASA Academy, he was the project manager for the NASA Strategic Management and Governance Handbook that established new governance after the Columbia Shuttle accident.  He started his career at NASA as an organization development consultant supporting NASA teams and projects, and having responsibility for leadership development.

Dr. Hoffman has written numerous journal articles, and co-authored Shared Voyage: Learning and Unlearning from Remarkable Projects (NASA, 2005) and Project Management Success Stories: Lessons of Project Leaders (Wiley, 2000), He serves as adjunct faculty at The George Washington University in the School of Business, and Drexel University in the School of Engineering.

He received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2010. Dr. Hoffman holds a Doctorate, as well as MA and MS degrees, from Columbia University in the area of social and organizational psychology. He received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Brooklyn College in 1981.

Mark Brand

Social Entrepreneur, Save On Meats

Mark Brand is one of North America’s foremost social entrepreneurs. With eleven businesses under his belt, he is an example of a new form of leadership that encompasses good in every step. He is an owner of the grocery chain Save on Meats and deployed a charity token program with the goal of helping businesses and the community in Vancouver. Over the last year Save On Meats has distributed 80,000 tokens to various community members, organizations, and residents, which can then be redeemed for a free meal.

Frans Tjallingii

Co Founder & CEO, First Coin Capital Corp.

Frans is the CEO of First Coin Capital, a full service advisory firm on Initial Coin Offerings and incubator for Blockchain companies that recently announced its acquisition by Galaxy Digital. Galaxy Digital is led by early bitcoin investor, and former Goldman Sachs and Fortress Partner Mike Novogratz and is a leader in the cryptocurrency space.

Frans has extensive corporate strategy, turnaround and investment analysis experience and has been involved in start-ups since 2014. He was formerly President of SAAM SMIT Towage Canada until November 2016. Frans received an MSc. in Marine Biology from the University of Groningen and an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.


Founding Partner, Channelcorp

Bruce R Stuart is the Founding Partner, with Margaret Stuart of Channelcorp. This independent, Vancouver-based firm is a leading global Route to Market (RTM) channel consultancy and strategy education practice specializing in consulting with, and educating management teams of software (cloud and on-premise), hardware and telecommunications firms. Bruce has delivered consulting and executive education assignments “on the ground” in 25 countries in North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Asia including Japan and China.

Bruce has delivered consulting and executive education assignments “on the ground” in 25 countries in NA, SA, Europe, Middle East and Asia including Japan and China.

Notable RTM consulting and channel education clients of Bruce and Channelcorp include: Apple, Adobe, Alias/Wavefront, Arrow Electronics, Autodesk, Avaya, Avnet, AT&T, BEA, Brocade, Comcast, Cisco, Compaq, DEC, Epson, Extreme Networks, Fiserv, Glory Global, Hitachi, HP, HPE, IBM, Intel, Informix, Juniper Networks, Kodak, Lucent, Mentor Graphics, Microsoft, McCaw Cellular, NCR, Northern Telecom, Oracle, Plantronics, QMS, Radiant Technologies, SAP, Symantec, Star Micronics, Tektronix, Trimble, Unisys, Verizon, VMware, Wachter Industries, Xerox, Zebra Technologies.

Paulin Laberge

CEO, iCompass

For the last 4 ½ years, Paulin has led the iCompass team’s delivery of solutions that strengthen open and efficient government. With over 10 years of local government software experience, he has ensured that key corporate objectives and business strategies are executed with precision by creating a performance-centric culture and inspiring an engaged, motivated team that is focused on driving innovation.

With over 30 years of experience in senior executive leadership roles in the technology industry, Paulin has the first-hand experience in building and running organizations, developing effective strategies, securing financing, developing market-leading products, establishing strategic alliances, and marketing and selling domestically and internationally. Before joining iCompass, Paulin was an Entrepreneur in Residence at the British Columbia Innovation Council, where he established the BCIC Mentor Program. Previously, he served as CEO of four technology companies and has been an advisor and mentor to numerous technology companies in BC’s fast-growing technology industry. Paulin was actively involved in the development and delivery of ACETECH’s Growth Strategy and Market Validation Programs. Paulin is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta.


Leadership Coach, THNK School of Creative Leadership

Alex is a leadership adviser and executive coach, with extensive global experience in leadership development, improving individual and team performance, building trust and resolving conflict, and catalysing organisational change.

He has two decades’ experience working with senior leaders and boards of leading global businesses, including nineteen years advising senior leaders at McKinsey & Co. and four years working with the CEO and management team at IFC/The World Bank. He has also advised
startup CEOs and their executive teams, and senior leaders of charitable foundations, nonprofits and international organisations, including the Ford Foundation and the United Nations.

He teaches coaching and leadership on masters and executive programs at the UBC Sauder School of Business, serves as lead faculty for innovation leadership programs at THNK School of Creative Leadership, and as senior coach and lead faculty for partner learning programs at
McKinsey & Co. He also conducts training and supervision of executive coaches.

He previously taught leadership and organizational behaviour on the MBA and executive MBA programs in London and Copenhagen for five years, and he worked for IBM in London and New York in research and software engineering. He holds a US patent in computer science.

Alex also teaches meditation and Buddhist philosophy. He is trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindful self-compassion, and he is a Khyentse Fellow and senior instructor teaching under the auspices of the Tibetan Buddhist master Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

Born and raised in England to German and Italian parents, Alex has lived in France, Switzerland,the United States and Canada. He holds a first-class degree in theoretical physics from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in leadership and organisational behaviour from the
University of London. He has been awarded a NatWest Fellowship to London Business School and a Fulbright Fellowship to Harvard Business School. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.

ACETECH has been a very positive experience. I’ve learned a lot from my peer group and other ACETECH programs. The Whistler Summit is always a source of inspiration.

Albert Hadi, CEO, 3AG Systems
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