SOURCE: British Columbia Technology Industry Association

British Columbia Technology Industry Association

October 28, 2015 19:30 ET

BCTIA Members Elect Board of Directors for 2015-2016

Association Welcomes Five New Directors and Announces Jill Tipping as Chairperson

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - October 28, 2015) - The BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) is pleased to announce the election of its 2015-2016 Board of Directors, which took place during the 22nd Annual General Meeting of the Society. Immediately following the election, the BCTIA announced that Jill Tipping (VP Operations & CFO, Solar Business, Schneider Electric) would assume the role of Chairperson of the Board. Tipping succeeds Kirsten Sutton (VP & Managing Director, SAP Labs Canada), who has served as Chair for the previous two years and will remain a member of the board, as past-Chair.

"Schneider Electric is proud to be a strong part of BC's tech sector with annual R&D investments of $50M and over 700 people employed throughout BC," said Tipping. "BC's Tech sector has seen fantastic growth in recent years and now we have over 9,000 companies and 86,000 people contributing nearly 8% of provincial GDP. As Chair, I look forward to supporting and accelerating BCTIA's mission to catapult BC's Tech sector to the next level."

In addition to this announcement, the BCTIA Board of Directors welcomed five new members for the coming year. Each new board member represents notable local tech companies and industry supporters, including Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), Hootsuite, TELUS, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, and the 2015 Technology Impact Award Winner for Adoption of Technology, Traction on Demand.

"This past year has been one of incredible growth for both our organization and our industry, and we're extremely grateful for the leadership and guidance of Kirsten Sutton as Board Chair," said Bill Tam, BCTIA President & CEO. "We're also proud to welcome a Board of Directors made up of such a diverse and accomplished group of people, representing the inspiration, innovation and energy that we work so hard to foster within our community. Our Directors are dedicated to building the tech industry in British Columbia, and each of them is passionate about the BCTIA's core mission: To make BC the best place to grow a tech company."

The BCTIA 2015-2016 Board of Directors:

  • Jill Tipping (Chair), VP Operations & CFO, Solar Business, Schneider Electric
  • Kirsten Sutton (Past Chair), VP & Managing Director, SAP Labs Canada & SAP Global Executive Briefing Centres
  • Kari Lockhart (Treasurer), Partner, Assurance & Advisory, Deloitte
  • Phil Bates, EVP, Operations & Application Development, TELUS
  • Paul Geyer, CEO, LightIntegra Technologies
  • David Hargreaves, VP, Surveillance & Intelligence, MDA
  • Donovan Jones, President & CEO, CounterPath Corporation
  • Jonathan (Jon) Lutz, VP, Corporate Financial Planning & Strategy, Electronic Arts Inc.
  • Hector Mackay-Dunn, Senior Partner, Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy LLP
  • Greg Malpass, CEO & Founder, Traction on Demand
  • Andrew Reid, Founder & President, Corporate Innovation, Vision Critical
  • Laurie Schultz, President & CEO, ACL
  • Rich Simons, CEO, Proactive Strategies Inc.
  • Matt Switzer, VP Corporate Development, Hootsuite Media Inc.

The BCTIA also said farewell to five board members, thanking them for their years of service and continued support of the industry. Leaving the BCTIA Board of Directors this year is Mark Betteridge, CEO, Discovery Parks, Scott Edmonds, Lui Petrollini, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, and Bill Sayles, EVP Business Transformation, TELUS.

About the BCTIA

The BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) is guided by a mission to make BC the best place to grow a tech company. For more than 20 years, the BCTIA has helped to grow our province's tech cluster to over 9,000 companies that employ nearly 90,000 people, and that now outpaces the resource industry in terms of economic contribution to the province.

Our mission is to help tech companies grow, and it is supported by our core values: Being of Service, Succeeding Together and Paying it Forward.


Jill Tipping (Chair), VP Operations & CFO, Solar Business, Schneider Electric

Jill Tipping is Vice-President of Operations and CFO at Schneider Electric Solar, a global business unit of Schneider Electric SA. Supplying end to end energy management and storage solutions for Solar power plants and rooftop installations, Schneider Electric Solar is a leading global player, headquartered in Burnaby BC. Jill started her career at Deloitte focusing on the Technology sector, joined Burnaby's Xantrex Technologies Inc in 2006 and in 2008 played a pivotal role in the $500M sale of Xantrex to Schneider Electric. A passionate advocate for BC's Tech sector, Jill joined the BCTIA Board in 2014, and became chair in 2015.

Kirsten Sutton (Past Chair), VP & Managing Director, SAP Labs Canada & SAP Global Executive Briefing Centres

Kirsten Sutton is the Managing Director of SAP Labs Canada and the SAP Global Executive Briefing Centres. SAP Labs Canada is an integral part of SAP's global research and development network and the SAP Global Executive Briefing Centres are the customer-facing centers around the world.

Kirsten is vice-chair of the Board of the Minerva Foundation for BC Women and past-chair of the BCTIA. Kirsten holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Creative Writing from Western Washington University, and a BA Honors in English from the University of California at Irvine.

Kari Lockhart (Treasurer), Partner, Assurance & Advisory, Deloitte

Kari is Deloitte technology industry leader for BC and leader of the Advisory team. Kari's focus is on financial transformation, which involves improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Finance teams and helping them be more strategic and value-added to the rest of their organizations. With over 15 years of experience, Kari has helped numerous growing enterprises prepare for international expansion and market penetration with counseling on financial structures and back-office operations.

Phil Bates, EVP, Operations & Application Development, TELUS

Phil Bates joined TELUS in 2003 and has led teams across consumer call centre operations as well as network and IT system implementation and customer service for enterprise clients. With 35 years in the North American telecommunications service industry, Phil's experience includes operations, customer service, network engineering, information technology, regulatory, and general management.

Based in Vancouver, Phil supports 3,000 team members nationally and is responsible for creating reliable experiences for TELUS' clients and team through a converged network and IT organization.

Paul Geyer, CEO, Lightintegra Technologies

Paul Geyer is currently the CEO of LightIntegra Technology Inc., a spin-off from Canadian Blood Services, which has developed the ThromboLux technology, used to determine platelet quality for blood transfusions. Over the past 20 years, Paul has founded and led two companies through their growth phase, in one case to a successful private exit and in the other case through growth as a public company with numerous acquisitions. Both companies have grown to be anchor medical device companies in the Vancouver area, employing more than 350 people.

In 2008 Paul began focusing on sharing his expertise to assist other Entrepreneurs to build successful businesses, through his involvement as a mentor and Board member. He also focused on building the local community through his involvement as a Board member of BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA), along with a number of non-profit community based organizations. Paul is actively engaged as a Philanthropist, as Chairman of the Board of Social Venture Partners Vancouver, involved with Science World, Entrepreneurship at UBC, Project Somos Children's Village, and other organizations.

David Hargreaves, VP, Surveillance & Intelligence, MDA

David Hargreaves joined MDA in 1994. He is currently Vice President, Aerospace and Defence in the Surveillance and Intelligence operating unit. This operating unit delivers space, air, maritime and land surveillance, monitoring, intelligence, and decision support solutions to defence, security, aviation, land & property, and energy markets.

Leading to his current role, Mr. Hargreaves held a wide variety of general management and business development positions at MDA where he was responsible for numerous growth initiatives and new business pursuits for a wide variety of global international and domestic opportunities. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hargreaves was a member of MDA's engineering staff with roles in mission system engineering, system architecture, satellite image processing, and spacecraft/sensor modelling.

Donovan Jones, President & CEO, CounterPath Corporation

Since joining CounterPath in 2005, Donovan has led the integration of three acquired companies, expanded CounterPath's portfolio to serve the expanding mobile VoIP market, and grown the company's global customer base to over 280 Service Providers and enterprise vendors. Prior to CounterPath, Donovan worked in the investment banking industry and at TELUS, Canada's second largest telecommunications company. During his time with TELUS, Donovan held increasingly senior positions in Corporate Development and Client Solutions where he planned and executed a series of merger, acquisition and divestiture activities in the Telecommunications, Application Development, and Data Network Integration space. He also was responsible for a $200M business unit focused on selling, implementing, and managing enterprise voice, data, and IP infrastructure.

Jonathan (Jon) Lutz, VP, Corporate Financial Planning & Strategy, Electronic Arts Inc.

Jon Lutz joined Electronic Arts Europe in 1998, the perfect fit for him, a videogame-enthusiast. Since then he has been in finance and IT roles spanning publishing, online, studio, and corporate positions. During his career at Electronic Arts, Jon has been based in London UK, Redwood Shores CA, Los Angeles CA, and most recently Vancouver, BC.

Since moving to Vancouver in 2006 Jon has held roles as VP, CFO, EA Canada; VP, CFO, EA SPORTS; VP, CFO, EA Labels Worldwide; and most recently, since 2013, VP, Corporate Financial Planning & Strategy. Effective January 2015, Jon has now also assumed responsibility for the Corporate Development & Corporate Strategy teams.

Hector Mackay-Dunn, Senior Partner, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy Llp

Hector has over 25 years of experience in a broad range of industry sectors, advising on corporate and general matters, start-ups, complex domestic, and cross-border public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, international partnering, and licensing transactions. Hector mentors entrepreneurs, inventors, and investors, acting as advisor, director, officer, and angel investor for a variety of high growth private and later stage public companies, many gaining commercial success and healthy valuations with a number achieving > $ billion dollar valuations. Independently recognized: "Top 100 Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada"; a national leader in Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities, Technology, and Biotechnology.

Greg Malpass, CEO & Founder, Traction On Demand

After spending nearly a decade in marketing and enterprise sales roles, Greg Malpass founded Traction on Demand, a Burnaby based cloud technology consultancy and software development firm, in 2006. He's the first to admit that his intentions in starting Traction were very simple: to serve a small number of clients and help them better unite their sales and marketing teams. Contrary to his early intentions, and using his unconventional leadership style, Greg has grown Traction into a nationally recognized brand with 125 Tractionites, and in 2014, Traction was named the third best place to work in Canada. While Greg rarely admits to having a plan (or business guess), he is the first to share his hopes for Traction, which are to build a company that plays a positive and purposeful role in the lives of its team members, customers, partners, and community.

Andrew Reid, Founder & President, Corporate Innovation, Vision Critical

Andrew transformed the industry by developing a customer intelligence software platform that allows companies to have continuous engagement with thousands of their customers to obtain real-time feedback on new products, services, advertising, promotions and much more. Vision Critical is now $100M business. What began in 2000, as a start-up in Vancouver's emerging tech scene, has now turned an award-winning, cloud-based, customer intelligence company with 16 offices and over 800 employees around the world.

Laurie Schultz, President & CEO, ACL

Laurie Schultz, President and CEO, is responsible for leading the transformation of ACL's global business by mobilizing talent toward category disruption and double digit growth. With over 25 years of experience in software and technology sectors, Laurie has led 12 multi-million dollar software P&Ls spanning the personal finance, small business accounting, SaaS, ERP, Business Intelligence, and GRC categories. Holding prior leadership positions with Sage, Intuit, KPMG, and Telus, Laurie has both DOUBLED revenues and DOUBLED profits by empowering change and relentlessly focusing on the "right critical few".

Rich Simons, CEO, Proactive Strategies Inc.

Rich Simons has spent the past twenty-plus years as a top level business executive and entrepreneur with a background of building companies in Vancouver, Toronto, and the U.S. His diverse experience in tech and bio-tech companies includes organizations such as Terramera Inc., Elastic Path Software, Quick Mobile Inc., Arc Medical Devices Inc., Roam Mobility, and Daiya Foods Inc.

With proven successes in strategic development, marketing, and governance, Rich has served as a Board member for Science World; on the Advisory board of MacKay CEO Forums, as Advisor to Domain 7 and as Business manager for Beta5 Chocolates.

Matt Switzer, VP Corporate Development, Hootsuite Media Inc.

Matt is currently VP Corporate Development and Labs at Hootsuite, where he leads Product Innovation, M&A, Strategic Alliances, and Financings. In the last 4 years he has built and launched 4 new products, acquired 8 companies, and raised over $200M. Previously, Matt worked in Venture Capital, advising and investing in early stage startups, and Investment Banking where he advised on +$5Bn of M&A. Matt got his start building products at Workbrain, an enterprise software startup, which grew to 700 employees and went public in 2003. Matt has a BSc in Computer Science and an MBA.

Contact Information

  • BCTIA Media Contact:

    Wendy Turnbull
    Director, Marketing & Events