Meet us at the #BCTECH Summit


UBC at the #BCTECH Summit

March 14-15, 2017, Vancouver Convention Centre

In addition to being one of the world’s top 40 research universities, UBC was recently recognized by Reuters as Canada’s most innovative university. We play an integral role in the evolution of BC industry sectors by supplying highly qualified graduates and entrepreneurs, creating new technologies, and providing access to world-class research facilities. Our students and faculty generate solutions to some of the most pressing industrial and societal problems on the planet.



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See how UBC fits into your innovation story

Connect with us at our many locations at the summit. Visit our innovation UBC booth in the Marketplace to discover the depth and breadth of UBC’s impact, and learn new ways of accessing our research, talent and facilities.

Be sure to meet with Po On Yeung, our Corporate Relations Officer, along with J.P. Heale, Managing Director of our University-Industry Liaison Office and Barry Yates, Managing Director of entrepreneurship@UBC.

Want a one-on-one with UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Santa Ono?
Drop by our booth and enter to win lunch with President Ono, recently appointed the Premier’s Chief Advisor of the Innovation Network.

Check out our current list of known UBC exhibitors and presenters at the #BCTECH Summit below.

UBC plays a formative role in inspiring entrepreneurship and catalyzing innovation in British Columbia. Many of BC’s most storied tech successes companies like MDA, ACL, Stemcell, Westport and Recon Instruments—have deep roots to UBC. Over the past several years, we’ve expanded our strategic partnership with UBC in supporting entrepreneurship @ UBC ventures into our Growth Programs at the Innovation Hub. UBC has and will be a critical anchor in supporting the growth of the BC Tech ecosystem.
Bill Tam
BC TECH Association 

UBC Exhibitors at the Summit

Transformative Technologies: 

Connect with researchers who could revolutionize future global industries

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute
A recognized leader in quantum matter research—blazing the trail for the next generation of electronic, communication, computing, medical, and renewable energy technologies.
Dr. Andrea Damascelli
Find us in the Technology Showcase

Bee Genomics
Discover how bee genomics research is finding natural solutions to pest management that are crucial to BC’s agritech sector and the global food supply.
Dr. Leonard Foster
Feature Story
Find us in the Marketplace

Sunflower Genomics
Dr. Loren Rieseberg's team is using genomic approaches to identify drought-, salt- and flooding-resistant traits in wild sunflowers, and moving them into productive cultivars.
Dr. Loren Rieseberg
Find us in the Marketplace

Student team

Entrepreneurship and Tech Talent: 

Connect with the next generation of entrepreneurs, technology talent and the university programs launching them into BC’s innovation economy

Meet some of UBC’s innovative startups that are making an impact in BC and beyond, and learn more about how UBC is supporting entrepreneurs.

Find us in the Technology Showcase

Talent for Technology
Learn how your company can access the next generation of high-tech talent through our co-op programs, meet our student engineering teams, explore UBC computer science expertise, or discover a new career path in our engineering or data science professional masters programs.
Find us in the Technology Showcase

UBC Biomedical Engineering Student Team (BEST)
Meet the biomedical engineering student team with a passion for innovation and improving healthcare technologies.
Find us in Healthtech and Life Sciences

Technology closeup
Research and Innovation Partnerships:

Discover how UBC research is poised to impact BC's life sciences, clean tech and advanced manufacturing industries

Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC)
CERC develops viable solutions for sustainable energy including transport, smart cities and climate initiatives.
Dr. Walter Mérida

Treating Burns and Non-Healing Wounds
A powdered, reconstitutable, liquid skin substitute can improve healing outcomes for burn victims and non-healing wounds.
Dr. Aziz Ghahary
UBC and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute

Cancer Genomics
Using computational analysis to understand the evolution of tumours could lead to personalized treatments that improve patient outcomes.
Dr. Sohrab Shah
UBC and BC Cancer Agency

Transforming Advanced Manufacturing
UBC research disrupted aerospace composites manufacturing with computer simulation. Today, we are again reimagining the future with the Learning Factory.
Dr. Anoush Poursartip

Life Sciences Institute
UBC’s largest institute, tackling a wide range of medical and environmental problems, from monitoring the health of oil wells, to developing new diagnostics and drugs.

  • Centre for Blood Research teams use a multidisciplinary approach to study blood-related processes that will improve health in many areas.
    Dr. Edward Conway
  • Structural biology research at UBC is using cutting edge Electron Microscopy to design novel therapeutics, such as new antibiotics to address antibiotic resistance.
    Dr. Natalie Strynadka

Find us all in Research Runway

UBC consistently recruits and trains some of the best structural biologists and chemists in the world. At Zymeworks we have been very lucky to be able to add some of these world-class scientists to our team and use their experience and expertise to develop multifunctional antibodies and biologics to address unmet patient needs.
Ali Tehrani
President and Chief Executive Officer, Zymeworks

Company Creation

Meet some of UBC's new and established tech companies. Exhibitors include:

Making safe water simple with a next-generation UV-LED based water purification system that is cost effective, convenient, easy to install and eco-friendly.
Find us in Startup Square

Precision Nanosystems
Helping advance innovative nanotechnology solutions for the molecular understanding and treatment of disease.
Find us in Healthtech and Life Sciences

Replacing the 160 year-old hypodermic needle with a painless hollow microneedle platform that can inject new life into existing therapeutics and vaccines.
Find us in Healthtech and Life Sciences 

Integrated Nanotherapeutics
Developing safe and effective nanomedicines for cancers and autoimmune diseases.
Find us in Healthtech and Life Sciences

Boreal Genomics
Improving cancer patient care by developing technologies for blood-based detection and monitoring of circulating tumor DNA.
Innovation Snapshot
Find us in Healthtech and Life Sciences

Tasktop is a value stream integration company. More than a million users and almost half of the Fortune 100 use Tasktop's integration technology to improve business productivity.
Find us in the Marketplace (March 14)

UBC’s UILO was instrumental in launching Tasktop and contributed to the company's success. Tasktop continues to gain a great advantage from UBC's talented Computer Science graduates, and the Vancouver-based development team has been instrumental in driving the record-breaking growth we experienced in 2016.
Mik Kersten
CEO, Tasktop



UBC PRESENTERS at the Summit

UBC faculty and students, and representatives of UBC spin-off, student-created and affiliated companies will be presenting at sessions during the summit.


2:00pm - 5:00pm

Santa Ono, President, Vice-Chancellor & Professor, University of British Columbia
The Premier’s Chief Advisor: Innovation Network, Santa Ono, President of UBC, will convene senior leaders from BC-based industry and post-secondary partners to continue the discussion on emerging and established clusters in BC.


8:45am - 12:00pm 

The Quantum Effect: How BC Tech is Changing the World

Panel includes:

Andrea Damascelli, Scientific Director & Professor, Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, University of British Columbia
Vern Brownell, CEO, D-Wave Systems Inc. [UBC spin-off company]

BC is a world leader in the research and commercialization in the areas of quantum computing and quantum materials. But what is quantum and how will it change everything we do, from quantum computers to superconducting materials? The potential is incredible. Be inspired by the vision of all things quantum-based on existing and anticipated research infrastructure and its application to superconductivity and new approaches for computing, electronics and clean energy needs.

Innovations In Clean Natural Gas

1:00 - 5:00pm

Environmental and Climate Leadership

Panel includes: Walter Mérida, Director, Clean Energy Research Centre, University of British Columbia

Trend setters will share perspectives on how policy and strategy are driving their organizations to achieve leadership positions when it comes to climate change and the environment. We will hear how natural gas forms a core component of many of these strategies.



1:00pm - 5:00pm

We Know You're Out There: Using Satellite Data

Panel includes: Andrew Fursman, Co-founder & CEO, 1QBit [UBC affiliated company]

Companies delivering cutting-edge data analysis services are redefining how end-users view the ever-increasing volumes of information being generated by the satellites.

BC's Innovation Network: Where Collaboration is More Than Lip Service

8:30am - 10:30am

Santa Ono, President, Vice-Chancellor & Professor, University of British Columbia

Put away your buzzword bingo. This session focuses on what really needs to happen to bring industry and post-secondary together and innovate. As Premier Christy Clark’s Special Advisor of the Innovation Network, UBC President Professor Santa Ono will lead a panel of industry leaders in an open and frank conversation about what’s necessary to succeed and what’s blocking progress.


1:15pm - 3:15pm

Welcome: Rickey Yada, Dean of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia

Making Clean Food Affordable

Karn Manhas, Founder & CEO, Terramera [an entrepreneurship @ UBC Seed Fund Venture]
Annett Rozek, Chief Scientific Officer, Terramera [an entrepreneurship @ UBC Seed Fund Venture]

Proof is in the Pond Scum. Genomics as the Key to Early Detection of Avian Influenza

Michelle Coombe, Veterinarian & Graduate Student, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia


1:15pm - 3:15pm

Vision of the Industry. How Precision Medicine is Changing Lives Now with Life Changing Stories

Marco Marra, Canada Research Chair in Genome Science & Director, Genome Science Centre, University of British Columbia & BC Cancer Agency

Innovating Healthcare: You've Done It! Now, How Are You Taking Your Solutions Global?

Panel includes: Andre Marziali, Director & Professor, Engineering Physics, University of British Columbia

Closing Remarks

Dermot Kelleher, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia


1:15pm - 3:15pm

Ones to Watch - 5 Minute Presentations

Presenters include:

Janice Cheam, Co-founder, President & CEO, Neurio Technology Inc. [UBC affiliated company]

Jeff More, President & CEO, MineSense Technologies Ltd[UBC affiliated company]

Pulling Cleantech Innovation Into the Market

Panel includes: Walter Mérida, Director, Clean Energy Research Centre, University of British Columbia



Game of Drones

Presenters include: 
Arek Sredzki, Software Lead, UBC Sailbot, University of British Columbia
Alexander Harmsen, CEO & Co-founder, Iris Automation [entrepreneurship @ UBC programs]


We 3D Printed THIS!

Presenters include: Tamer Mohamed, Co-founder, President & CEO, Aspect Biosystems [an entrepreneurship @ UBC Seed Fund Venture]


TECH is Everywhere

Presenters include: Colleen Hardwick, CEO, PlaceSpeak [entrepreneurship @ UBC programs]

Youth Innovation Day


Andrea Palmer, Awake Labs [UBC affiliated company]

closing plenary

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Project Wearable Runway

Presenters include: Cindy Gu, CEO, Vitali Wear [UBC affiliated company]