We are thrilled to have an amazing speaker lineup for our first ever entrepreneurship@UBC Immersion Week! From panel discussions and fireside chats, we’ve gathered some of the best and most innovative entrepreneurs, leaders and disruptors to share what they’ve learned building ventures and transforming industries. 


Our speaker list is being updated in real time: keep checking back for more updates as speakers are added through September!

*Make sure you register through eventbrite to join entrepreneurship@UBC Immersion Week then sign up for individual sessions as they go live as space is limited. Sessions will open on a rolling basis throughout September.

DAY  1

September 28th, 2020

9:00-10:30 am
10:35-11:00 am
11:05-11:50 am
12:00-12:35 pm
3:00 - 3:45 pm

Track 3: HATCH Foundations

HATCH Foundations is exclusively for HATCH Accelerator ventures

Norma Biln on 'Where's the Exit' with Augurex CEO Q&A



Norma Biln, CEO, Augurex

Host: Chang Han, EIR at entrepreneurship@UBC

Welcome Remarks


Graham Lee, President & CEO, GSL Holdings, with an introduction from Kari LaMotte, Managing Director, entrepreneurship@UBC

Thanks to the generous contribution of UBC alumnus and entrepreneur Graham S. Lee (BCom 1987), CEO, GSL Holdings, entrepreneurship@UBC has a dedicated space for UBC ventures and companies to network, collaborate and develop as entrepreneurs. The Graham Lee Innovation Centre is a hub for the university’s core innovation and entrepreneurship activities.

  Track 1

Entrepreneurial Thinking: What does it mean to be an entrepreneur in today's world?



Hanna Golata and Emre Akkas, Co-founders, GlobalMe

Kim Kaplan, previously VP Product with Plenty of Fish/

Valerie Song, Co-founder & CEO, AVA Technologies

Harrison Brown, Co-founder & CEO, Headcheck Health

Moderator: Pieter Dorsman, Director, Angel Forum

Host: Chang Han  EIR, entrepreneurship@UBC

 Track 2
Cancelled-  Lunchtime Keynote
Fireside Chat: Canadian Competitiveness in The Innovation Economy
Unfortunately, due to the BC Provincial election that has been called, Gerri Sinclair, BC Innovation Commissioner, won't be able to join us for this session. Our apologies to attendees as we were very much looking forward to Gerri's insights in this discussion.
  Track 1
The Future of Work: Strategies for Building Winning Teams and Remarkable Cultures



Amanda Du Toit, Software, Engineering & Leadership Recruiter, Corporate Recruiters

Natalie Archibald, VP, People & Culture, Clio

Keith Cerny, Chief People Officer, Galvanize

Moderator: Brianna Blaney, Founder & CEO, deepND

Host: Nick Fong, Team Development Specialist, e@UBC

4:00-5:00 pm
 EIW Kick-off Social 

Sponsored by Corporate Recruiters

DAY  2

September 29th, 2020

9:00-10:30 am
11:15-11:30 am
11:35-12:20 pm
12:30-1:15 pm
2:00-3:00 pm

Track 3: HATCH Foundations

HATCH Foundations is exclusively for HATCH Accelerator ventures

Operationalizing Culture 

In the Operationalizing Your Culture workshop series teams will be guided to define and take action on creating an intentional culture that is a reflection of their company's vision, purpose, and values. Each session will build upon the previous and will result in teams creating a Culture Map and 90 Day Action Plan to bring their Culture to life.



Kristin Constable, Business and Leadership Coach


Dr. Santa Ono, President & Vice-Chancellor, UBC

 Track 2

 Climate Innovation: How might entrepreneurs address the climate emergency?


Louisa Thue, CTO, Clir Renewables

Tyler Hamilton, Director of Ecosystem Development, Cleantech at MaRS Discovery District

Geordan Hankinson, Partner at Renewal Funds

Moderator: Paul Needham, EIR, entrepreneurship@UBC

 Track 2
Lunch: A Bold Green Recovery, Roundtable Discussion with Toby Heaps
Toby Heaps,  CEO & Editor-in-Chief, Corporate Knights
Jeanette Jackson, CEO of Foresight
John Steen,  Director of Bradshaw Research Initiatives in Minerals and Mining 
Janice Larson, Strategic Policy, Planning and Partnerships, Muse&Effect Consulting


Paul Needham & Shannon Bard, EIRs at entrepreneurship@UBC

  Track 1
Doing Business While Doing Good



Jennifer Couldrey, CEO The Upside Foundation

Lawrence Buchan, Co-founder & CEO, Arbutus Medical

Felix Bock, Founder & CEO, ChopValue

Moderator:  Shannon Bard, EIR, entrepreneurship@UBC

Host: Michelle Kwok, Co-founder & CEO, FLIK

Track 2
Commercializing Innovation: University Pathways
 Brett Sharp, Associate Director, University Transfer, UBC
 Sherry Zhao, Senior Account Manager, Business Development Mitacs;
Cynthia Shippam, Industrial Technical Advisor, NRC-IRAP;
Manoj Singh Founder & CEO, Acuva 
Moderator: Sean Lumb, e@UBC
 Mentor Social
By Invitation only
9:00-10:30 am
11:00-11:45 am
1:00-2:00 pm
2:00-3:00 pm
3:00-4:00 pm
DAY  3

September 30th, 2020

Track 3: HATCH Foundations

HATCH Foundations is exclusively for HATCH Accelerator ventures

Presentation Skills 

The title for this session says it all. You only have one chance at a first impression. Julie Howgate is an acting coach and presentation specialist who will work with you to refine and perfect your pitch and presentation skills. Whether you are presenting to potential customers, collaborators, or investors, do not miss this session!


Julie Howgate, Public Speaking Coach

  Track 1

How to Get the Attention of a VC?



Kookai Chaimahawong, Associate, Pangaea Ventures

Darren Love, Associate, Evok Innovations

Kenndal McArdle, Venture Capital Investor, PenderFund

Amy Dyck, Associate, Framework Ventures


Pascal Spothhelfer, CEO, Genome BC

Track 2

The Future of Patient Care & Opportunities for Life Science companies in the Innovation Economy

Speaker: Darryl Knight, VP Research & Academic affairs, Providence Health Care Research Institute

David Granville, Associate Director, Vancouver Coastal Health Research & Institute

Barb Kinnaird, CEO, Reponse Biomedical & Board Chair, ACETECH

Dermot Kelleher, Professor, Department of Medicine, Dean, Faculty of Medicine & Vice President Health, UBC

Moderator: Wendy Hurlburt, President & CEO, LSBC

Track 2
How to Get Your Product To Market 



Zack Eberwein, Founder & CEO, Stoko

Khatera Hazin, Director of Research, CarboNet


Tiffany Hamilton, EIR at entrepreneurship@UBC

  Track 1
What it Takes to Get Started with Us: Hear from some of our exciting ventures in e@UBC’s Fall Lab2Launch Cohort



Ina Na, Co-Founder, DECAP

Yajur Sondhi, Co-Founder, Nyoka

Mirjam Mai, Co-Founder, Filbrilex


Thealzel Lee, VANTEC/E-FUND

Track 2
Finding Your Customers in the Digital World



Alyssa Farr, Founder & CEO, Taste Advisor

Marc Wandler, Co-founder & CEO, Susgrainable

Edward Tung, Co-Founder & CEO, Storagehotel


Michele Wallcraft, EIR, entrepreneurship@UBC

DAY  4

October 1st, 2020

9:00-10:30 am
11:00-11:45 am
1:00-2:00 pm
3:00-3:45 pm
4:00 - 5:30pm

Track 3: HATCH Foundations

HATCH Foundations is exclusively for HATCH Accelerator ventures

Hiring and Building Your Executive Team 


Kari LaMotte, Managing Director, entrepreneurship@UBC

Track 2
The Disruptors



Peter Rahfeld, Co-founder & Co-inventor, ABOzymes

Arthur Chen, Co-founder & CEO, Verdi

Rachel Chase, Co-founder & CEO, Zennea

Moderator: Sarah Applebaum, Partner with Pangea Ventures, former EIR with entrepreneurship@UBC

  Track 1

Career Paths For Women in STEM: A candid discussion about leadership, culture and navigating a successful career path in the Life Sciences


Lexcy Li, Market Development Manager at Aspect Biosystems

Adriana Suarez-Gonazalez, Science and Technology Advisor at 10X Genomics

Track 2
Made in BC: Lessons From Some of Our Homegrown Ventures

Speakers: Allen Eaves, President & CEO, STEMCELL Technologies

Steve Oldham, CEO Carbon Engineering

Laurie Schultz, CEO Galvanize

Moderator: Sean Lumb, Associate Director, entrepreneurship@UBC 

Unfortunately, due to the BC Provincial election that has been called, Raghwa Gopal won't be able to join us for this session. Our apologies to attendees as we were very much looking forward to Raghwa's insights in this discussion.

Track 2
Discovering your unique journey into entrepreneurship

Speakers: Leily Fairman, Marketing Specialist, Stoke

Louis Retief, CEO and Co-Founder, Hubly

Kavita Dau, AMS Entrepreneurship Hub

Omar Mohammad, Financial Analyst, Startup Edmonton

Amanda Newlands, Venture Development Specialist, e@UBC (Alumni)

*This event is open to all outside of EIW registration. Please RSVP through the link below to receive the Zoom info and password. 

DAY  5

October 2nd, 2020

9:00-9:45 am
9:50-10:30 am
11:00-12:30 pm
  Track 1
CEO Fireside Chat



Carl Hansen, Founding CEO, AbCellera

Host: Gail Murphy, Vice President, Research & Innovation, UBC

Track 3: HATCH Foundations

HATCH Foundations is exclusively for HATCH Accelerator ventures

AMA with Carl Hansen


Carl Hansen, Founding CEO, AbCellera

Track 2
Design Thinking Workshop: Thinking & Doing



Todd Wood, Principal Designer, Todd Wood Design, formerly SVP,  Design, Research In Motion/Blackberry

*Please note this session has reached capacity. We encourage you to RSVP below to be added to the waitlist.