The Advisory Council is a group of community leaders who support the goals of Science World. Members meet regularly and are ambassadors for the organization by contributing time, talent and resources to help Science World fulfill its mission.
Chair: Dr. Robin Louis
President & CEO, Maximizer Services Inc.
Iain Black has been the President and CEO of Maximizer Services Inc. since April 2019, previously President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade since October 2011. Iain fulfilled his lifelong passion for public service by serving six years as an elected MLA and Cabinet Minister in the Government of British Columbia. Iain had previously held Cabinet positions as Minister of Labour; Minister of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development; and Minister of Labour and Citizens’ Services. Iain has also served as President of the Banking Solutions Group of Open Solutions Canada (2002–2005) as well as President, CEO and Board Director for The Electric Mail Company (1999–2004).
Iain holds a BComm (Honours) from the University of Manitoba and received his ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, where he was elected class valedictorian.
Chief Financial Officer, AbCellera Biologics
Andrew Booth is the Chief Financial Officer at AbCellera Biologics. Prior to joining AbCellera, Andrew was at STEMCELL Technologies for 10 years holding roles as the Vice President of Instrumentation, the Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to joining STEMCELL, Andrew spent 7 years at General Electric in Koln, Paris, New York, Florence and London in a variety of positions and ending in roles leading Business Development for GE Healthcare’s Europe, Middle East, & Africa business and GE Healthcare’s global Life Sciences business. Andrew is also a graduate of GE’s corporate Experienced Commercial Leadership Program. Andrew completed his Master of Business Administration at, INSEAD in France and completed his BASc in Engineering Physics with honours at the University of British Columbia in 1998. Immediately following graduation as an engineer, Andrew worked for Creo Technologies in Vancouver in product design, product management and business development. In 1996 Andrew co-founded Zaber Technologies in Vancouver which produces and sells micro positioning equipment globally. Andrew is a Director on the Boards of the BC Tech Association and the Nation Board of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. He is also a Director on the Board of Precision Nanosystems and AbCellera, and is a frequent volunteer and mentor of the BC New Ventures Business Plan Competition. In 2012, Andrew was named to Business In Vancouver’s Top Forty under 40 list.
Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets - BC, CIBC World Markets
Kathy Butler is the Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets in BC for CIBC. Having joined CIBC in 1996, Kathy has worked on merger and acquisition advisory mandates and debt and equity financing for clients in technology, telecom, consumer retail, industrial products and forestry sectors. Kathy has represented the technology industry on the BC Jobs and Investment Board and is currently on the Board of Governors for the Business Council of British Columbia. Kathy serves on the boards of CIBC World Markets Inc., CIBC Children’s Foundation and St. George’s Foundation, as well as being a partner of Social Venture Partners Vancouver.
Kathy holds an MBA (Honours) from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a BComm in Finance (Honours) from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.
Managing Director, Fiore Group of Companies
Lara Dauphinee is the Managing Director of the Fiore Group of Companies, a private firm managing a broad portfolio of private equity investments and companies, focusing on food and lifestyle, art and entertainment, with a proven track record in financing and creating public natural resource companies. Lara serves as Director of Vancouver General Hospital & UBC Hospital Foundation, Pure Freedom YYOGA Wellness Inc., Great Ontario Food Company, CKNW Orphans’ Fund, Modern Farmer Media Inc. and the Radcliffe Foundation. From 2001 to 2011 she also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Premier of the Province of British Columbia.
Lara holds a BA in International Politics from Western University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Edoardo De Martin
General Manager, Microsoft Vancouver
Edoardo De Martin is the General Manager for Microsoft Vancouver, one of six Global Development Centres. He plays a key role in global operations, overseeing site strategy, while also heading up a product team focused on Mixed Reality for the Modern Workplace. As an advocate for the tech industry, Edoardo seeks opportunities to drive action within the city’s position in the global marketplace, serving on the board of the BC Tech Association and representing Microsoft as a founder of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster consortium.
Managing Director, Crocus Advisors Ltd
David Demers has been Advisor of Westport Fuel Systems Inc. since 2016 and is also currently the Managing Director of Crocus Advisors Ltd., Director of Creation Capital Corp. and Augurex Life Sciences Corp.
David co-founded Westport Fuel Systems Inc. (also known as Westport Innovations Inc.) in 1995 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1995 to 2016. David has extensive TSX and board experience, as well as strong knowledge of the technology sector. He began his career at IBM Canada in 1978 and held several positions in Marketing and Management before leaving to form a consulting company providing management services to early-stage technology companies. David also served as a Founding Partner in the Vancouver Social Venture Partners foundation.
David received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1976 and a JD in 1978, both from the University of Saskatchewan.
Partner – Retired, PFM Executive Search
An original Co-Founder of PFM Executive Search in 1992, Casey Forrest retired from an equity partnership role at the end of 2016. Utilizing almost 40 years of experience in the executive search industry, Casey now provides periodic counsel and advisory services to the firm and to a diverse group of private, public and not-for-profit organizations with a focus on Board selection and facilitation.
President and Founder, The Salient Group
Robert Fung is the President and Founder of The Salient Group, a development company specializing in revitalizing Vancouver’s and Victoria's heritage buildings and surrounding neighbourhoods. Robert is recognized for setting the bar for green development when he trialed the city’s first gold LEED-standard building in the Flack Block on Water Street. Robert served eight years as a Concord Pacific Development Manager after arriving from Toronto in 1990. During his time with Concord Pacific, he helped develop False Creek North and then spent three years heading the development arm of Narland Properties. Furthermore, he was named three times to Vancouver Magazine’s annual Power 50 List. Robert has received the Emerging Visionary award, through the Museum of Vancouver’s City Shapers Awards (2013), and serves on the Board of Directors for the Urban Development Institute. Robert graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.
CEO, Discovery Parks and Nimbus Synergies
Paul Geyer is the Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Parks and Nimbus Synergies, an innovative investment program that devotes Discovery Parks’ assets into growing BC companies that focus on the intersection between health, life sciences and technology. A renowned serial entrepreneur, experienced Board member and Angel Investor, Paul has founded and led three companies through their growth phase, including Mitroflow in 1991, which was sold in 1999 for more than $50 million. Paul also started Medical Ventures (Neovasc) in 2001, a specialty vascular device company where he is currently Chairman of the Board. Paul also held the position of CEO at Neovasc until 2008, where he was responsible for raising over $40 million in equity, and currently also serves on the Board. Paul received his BASc in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Raymon Grewal
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Oakridge Oral Surgery
Dr Raymon Grewal is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with a private practice in Vancouver. He is the Past President of the BC Dental Association and currently serves as the President of the BC Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is also the Division Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at BC Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UBC Faculty of Dentistry.
Dr Grewal received his Bachelor of Science degree in Anatomy and Histology from McGill University. In 2001 he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Columbia University in New York City. He then went on to pursue specialty training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Hospital of Saint Raphael/Yale University.
Tom Foord Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University
Andrew Harries is a member of Science World’s Advisory Council and previously served on Science World’s Board and as Board Chair from 2010–2013, which included the completion of a major facility expansion and capital campaign. Andrew is currently the Tom Foord Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at SFU’s Beedie School of Business, and Co-Founder of Sierra Wireless Inc. During Andrew’s 11 years at Sierra Wireless, the company grew from inception through IPO to over $200 million in annual revenues. Subsequently, Andrew co-founded Zeugma Systems Inc. where he served for six years as the President and CEO from its initial funding to the revenue stage and its acquisition by Tellabs Inc. He then chaired the board at Contractually through its acquisition by Coupa Software in December 2015. Andrew also currently chairs the Board of Directors at Bsquare Corporation, and is a member of the Beedie School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board.
Dr. Robin Louis
Chair, Science World Advisory Council
Dr. Louis is a long-time Science World donor, Board Member 2006-2014, chair of the successful $35 million capital campaign, Patron, and current Chair of the Advisory Council. His other main not-for-profit interest is Vancouver Social Venture Partners where he has been active since 2004 and a Director 2012-2019. He has also served on the boards of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum, the AceTech Academy for Technology CEOs and the Vancouver Museum.
Robin was a long-time participant in the Canadian venture capital industry—partner at Ventures West 1991-2008, Managing General Partner 1999-2005 and Chairman 2005-2008. During this time Ventures West became Canada’s largest VC company, managing almost $1 billion. He was also a member of the board of the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association 2001-2008, President 2003-2005 and Chairman 2006-2008. In 2013 the Canadian government appointed him to the Expert Panel which advised the government on deployment of its VC Action Plan.
Prior to his VC career, Dr. Louis was CEO of Columbia Computing Services, a software company which became the dominant supplier of school administration systems to K¬ 12 schools in the US.
Dr. Louis is an active angel investor, backing more than a dozen emerging technology companies. He also invests in diverse investment funds and serves on the Advisory Board of one of Vancouver’s most successful private equity funds.
Dr. Louis earned B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Victoria and a Ph.D. in physics from UBC.
Lindsay Machan, MD
Co-founder, Angiotech Pharmaceuticals
Dr Lindsay Machan is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, practising in interventional radiology at the University of British Columbia Hospital. He also serves as an Interventional Radiologist at Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Machan has played a significant role in Canada’s medical technology industry over the last 15 years, both as a Co-Founder and Consultant to Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc. He is a Member of the Physician Advisory Board of MedVenture Associates and has served as Director of Medical Ventures Corp. since 2005.
Dr Machan is a patent holder on multiple drug and device technologies, including drug-eluting stents, and has served on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Abbott Vascular Systems, Novartis, Biosphere Medical, Secant Medical and CardioMind.
Managing Director, TD Securities
Ted McGurk is a Managing Director and Head of TD Securities' Vancouver Investment Banking office. In his early career, Ted was active in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors, as well as in alternative energy and fuel cells. More recently Ted’s focus has been in the mining and metals sector.
Ted holds a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.
Managing Partner, CAI Capital Partners
Tracey McVicar is the Managing Partner at CAI Capital Partners, a mid-market private equity firm she joined in 2003. She is a former investment banker who started her career at RBC Capital Markets in Toronto and Vancouver, and later joined Raymond James Ltd.’s predecessor company Goepel Shields & Partners in Vancouver. She is active on multiple CAI portfolio company boards; she is a Director and Audit Committee Chair at Teck Resources Limited and she is a former Director of BC Hydro Corporation.
In addition to her business commitments, Tracey has a long history of service with local not-for-profit organizations, and she is an active mentor to students and young professionals. In recognition of her achievements, Tracey is a past winner of WXN’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award, BCBusiness’s 50 Most Influential Women in BC, and she was recently featured in Canada 150 Women, a book by Paulina Cameron.
Chairman and Owner, Melville Global Investments Inc.
George Melville is Chairman and Owner of Melville Global Investments Inc., having previously co-founded and owned the T&M Group, which included Boston Pizza International Inc. A dedicated philanthropist and recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Order of British Columbia (2018), George has donated in excess of $30 million to BC organizations and over $25 million through the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects. Since 2014 George has been Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Chancellor, continuing a 30-year relationship.
George earned his CA designation in 1968 and received the distinguished Fellowship of Chartered Accountants (FCA) designation in 2005. He began his professional career working for the accounting firm of Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. in Penticton, British Columbia. In June 2013 George received an honourary doctorate designation from Kwantlen Polytechnic University for his outstanding professional achievements.
Director, CPP Investment Board
John Montalbano, retired CEO of RBC Global Asset Management and Vice Chair of RBC Wealth, is Principal of Tower Beach Capital Ltd., a private enterprise focused on venture capital investments. John now serves as a Director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, the Asia Pacific Foundation and the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, and chairs the Vancouver Police Foundation.
John holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation and a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours, from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is a Leslie Wong Fellow of the UBC Portfolio Management Foundation and holds an Honourary Doctorate from Emily Carr University.
Independent Director and Investor
Independent Director and Investor, Steve Munford is an accomplished leader in the security and enterprise software field. Steve served as Sophos’ Chief Executive Officer from 2005 to 2012, where he led the company through a period of dramatic growth, more than tripling bookings, later transitioning his role into Chairman and Non-Executive Board Member. Prior to his role as CEO, Steve was President of ActiveState before its acquisition by Sophos in 2003. Under his leadership, ActiveState established itself as a global leader in email security software. Currently, Steve serves as Chairman of Carbonite and Apica Systems, and Director of NetMotion, Alert Logic and Teradici.
Steve holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Queen’s University, Ontario.
John Murphy retired in 2015 as Managing Director of Investment Banking and Co-Head Mining and Metals at Raymond James Ltd. after 21 years with the firm. Prior to Raymond James, John worked for Swiss Bank Corporation in its corporate lending, restructuring and risk advisory activities. Since leaving Raymond James, John has served on various corporate and non-profit boards, cabinets, councils and committees. John is a past director, and patron, of Science World. John holds a degree in economics from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Principal, GrowthPoint Capital Corp.
Greg Peet is the Principal at GrowthPoint Capital Corp., having commenced his career in financial services and transitioning into the technology sector in the 1980s. Until 2004 Greg was General Manager of the McKesson Medical Imaging Group, a role he assumed after McKesson’s acquisition of ALI in 2002 for $535 million in cash. He spent a decade as ALI’s Chief Executive Officer, growing the company into the leader in its market segment. Greg also currently serves as the Chairman of Equicare Health Solutions, Vigil Health Solutions, Axine Water Technologies and Director of Nimbus Synergies Inc. Greg was previously Co-Chair of the BC Premier’s Technology Council (2005–2016) and a Governor at the University of British Columbia (2012–2016). Greg was honoured as Ernst & Young’s Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002, the BC Technology Industry Association’s Person of the Year (2007) and Canadian Innovation Awards Angel Investor of the Year (2013).
Greg earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia in 1976.
Walter Segsworth has been an active and respected member of the international mining industry for 40 years. He is currently a board member of four companies in the resource sector. He was President, COO and Director of Homestake Mining Company from 1998 to 2002, and prior to that President and CEO of Homestake Canada and President and CEO of Westmin Resources. Previously, Walter had an extensive and varied career with Noranda Minerals. Walter is widely recognized as a mining industry expert in turn-around situations, environmental excellence and employee safety. Walter is a past Director and Chairman of the Mining Associations of Canada and British Columbia, and was voted British Columbia Mining Industry Person of the Year in 1996. He has a BSc in Mining Engineering from Michigan Technological University.
Don Shumka is a Vancouver-based business executive with more than 40 years’ experience in financial roles, most recently serving as Managing Director and President of Walden Management Ltd. (2004–2011), a consulting firm specializing in the natural resources sector. After 10 years with MacMillan Bloedel, Don joined Sauder Industries Ltd. and became the Chief Financial Officer of West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (1979), the largest lumber producer in Canada. In 1989 Don formed the Global Forest Products Group for CIBC World Markets and became a Managing Director of Goepel Shields (now Raymond James Ltd.) in 1993. Since 2005 Don has served on the board of several companies in the mining and alternative energy sectors in Canada and Australia. He is currently a director of Eldorado Gold Corp., Paladin Energy Ltd., Alterra Energy Corp., Lumina Copper Corp. and Anfield Nickel Corp.
Don graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA in Economics (1964) and an MBA from Harvard University (1966).
Business/Marketing Advisor, Archerra Leadership Team
Rich Simons is a proven business leader. His background includes building companies in Vancouver, Toronto and Seattle. His diverse experience, with the full range of marketing and business building skills, provides a unique perspective, strength and depth.
His background includes manufacturing, advertising and the high tech industry. He started his career in 1968 when he founded the Simons, Palmer & Lecky Advertising Agency. As the senior partner from 1968 to1975, Rich developed the agency’s business into a firm with billings in excess of $1,500,000.
He then established his own full-service advertising agency, Simons Advertising. There, he generated billings in excess of $35 million and an impressive client base including Kentucky Fried Chicken, Canada Safeway, Federal Government of Canada, and the Province of British Columbia. In 1988, Simons Advertising merged with Palmer Jarvis Advertising.
CEO, First West Credit Union
Launi is the Chief Executive Officer of First West Credit Union, one of Canada’s leading credit unions with $10 billion in assets under administration, 240,000 members and 1,700 employees. Launi leads visioning and strategic direction for First West. Before joining First West, Launi served as president of Starbucks US, where she oversaw 7,000 company-owned stores and 3,400 licensed stores, and managed an extensive management team with operational responsibility for 130,000 employees. Known for inspiring change and achieving results, Launi has been recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women and as one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in its feature “Four Women to Watch”. Launi is currently a board member for Qtrade Financial Group, Rocky Mountaineer and Science World. In the community she serves as a leader for the Minerva Foundation for BC Women as well as past event chair for the Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.
President and CEO, Genome British Columbia
Dr Pascal Spothelfer is the President and CEO of Genome British Columbia. An accomplished leader, Dr Spothelfer has held several senior roles, both in Canada and Europe, across industry sectors of technology, not-for-profit organizations and academia. Prior to joining Genome BC, Dr Spothelfer held the position of Vice President, Communications and Community Partnerships at the University of British Columbia (2012–2014). Prior to his tenure at UBC, he was the President and CEO of the British Columbia Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) (2007–2011) and previously President and CEO at Spectrum Signal Processing Inc., a BC-based technology company (2000–2006).
Dr Spothelfer has served on a number of boards and is the past Chair of the Board of Copperleaf Technologies Inc. and the past Chair of Vancouver Opera. He currently chairs the [email protected] Advisory Board and belongs to the Board of Governors of the BC Business Council and the Board of Directors of LifeSciences BC.
He received his PhD in law from the University of Basel, Switzerland and holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Managing Partner, Aqua Mergers and Acquisitions
Morgan Sturdy is a high-tech entrepreneur and executive with an impressive 30-year track record. Morgan was the President of Dees Communications Engineering, from 1985 and later served as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of NICE Systems North America.
Morgan has been very active in the BC technology community for the last 30 years, serving as a board member of 30 technology companies including CREO, Hothaus Technologies and TIR.
In 2004 Morgan was the recipient of the British Columbia Technology Industry Association Bill Thompson Life Time Achievement Award, and he also received the Distinguished Alumni Award form the British Columbia Institute of Technology for Significant Contribution to a Trade or Industry.
Morgan has served on the Board of Governors of Science World for nine years and was Chair for three years.
Partner, Northwest Capital Partners
Matt Switzer is currently a Partner at Northwest Capital Partners. Matt was previously the interim COO and head of Strategy and Corporate Development at Hootsuite, where he led corporate development, strategy, M&A, financings and innovation. Prior to Hootsuite, Matt worked in venture capital, investing in early-stage startups, as well as in investment banking advising on M&A at Merrill Lynch.
Matt holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario, an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and was honoured to be one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2017. Matt serves as a Board Member for the BC Tech Association and was a Senior Advisory Council Member for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.
Vice President, Business Development and Partner Relations, Digital Technology Supercluster
Bill Tam is recognized as one of the pre-eminent leaders of the BC tech sector. A lifelong entrepreneur, Bill has been actively involved with tech and start-ups as a founder, executive, investor, advisor and board member for the past 20 years.
Bill co-led the development of the Digital Technology Supercluster and currently serves as Vice President, Business Development and Partner Relations. He launched the largest tech accelerator in British Columbia—the BC Tech Innovation Hub—and led the creation of The Cube – an accelerator focused on emerging start-ups in augmented, mixed and virtual reality.
Bill received his MBA from the Ivey Business School and his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Summa Cum Laude from McGill University. In 2018 UBC awarded Bill the Applied Science Dean’s Medal of Distinction for his contributions to the engineering and tech community.
Interim Executive Director, Canadian Cancer Society, BC Yukon
Faye Wightman has over 35 years of not-for-profit experience, including several executive-level leadership roles in the health care sector. Currently, she is the Interim Executive Director of the Canadian Cancer Society, BC Yukon, and the Principal of FLW Consulting and Management Services. Faye’s career notably includes serving as the President and CEO of the Vancouver Foundation and the BC Children’s Hospital, the Vice President of External Relations at the University of Victoria and Interim Executive Director of InspireHealth. Faye has been recognized with numerous awards including Influential Women in Business Award, the City of Vancouver’s Civic Medal, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Professional Fundraisers, three years on Power 50’s Influential Persons in Vancouver listing, and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for her philanthropic work in Canada. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of British Columbia and is certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Partner, CAI Capital Partners
Rob Wildeman is a Partner at CAI Capital Partners, which he joined in 2019. Prior to CAI he spent over 12 years at Parallel49 Equity and its predecessor, Tricor Pacific Capital, where he was a Partner responsible for managing the firm’s Canadian operations. Prior to joining Tricor he worked in investment banking at Citigroup Global Markets in New York and at KPMG LLP in Vancouver.
Rob is a Director and former Chair of Tiger Calcium Services and serves on the Board of the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. He was previously the Chair of Expocrete Concrete Products and a Director of Advance Engineered Products, Beresford Box, Golden Boy Foods, and Gold Standard Baking. Rob has been recognized as one of the ACG British Columbia’s Dealmakers of the Year (2014) and Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty Under 40 (2009).
Rob received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a Chartered Accountant and has received the Institute Certified Director Designation (ICD.D) from the Institute of Corporate Directors.