Andrew Wilkinson

Minister of Advanced Education @ BC Government

TALK: Conference Welcome Address


Andrew Wilkinson was appointed Minister of Advanced Education on December 18, 2014. Previously he served as Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services from June 2013, after being elected MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena in the 2013 General Election. He is a former deputy minister of the British Columbia Ministry of Economic Development, where he had responsibility for economic issues, trade and tourism. He also served as deputy minister for Intergovernmental Relations in the Premier's Office for two years. Prior to his election as MLA, Wilkinson worked as a lawyer in the Vancouver offices of a major national law firm. Prior to being called to the bar, Wilkinson was educated and licensed as a physician. He lived and worked as a doctor in Campbell River, Lillooet and Dease Lake. He holds degrees from the University of Alberta, Dalhousie University, and Oxford University, where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He has also served as president of the BC Civil Liberties Association and president of the BC Mountaineering Club, and president of the BC Liberal Party.

Ibrahim Gedeon

Chief Technology Officer @ TELUS

TALK: Networking Social Event with the Guest of Hounour Dr. Gedeon


Ibrahim Gedeo is one of the global telecommunications industry’s most colorful and respected executives, Dr. Gedeon has carved out an international career by combining tremendous insight and skill as an applied scientist with a lighthearted and thoroughly non-conventional approach to leadership. As Chief Technology Officer for TELUS, a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, his energy and engaging manner as a speaker and presenter are legendary within industry circles.

Dr. Gedeon began his career in telecommunications engineering and research in 1990 when he joined Bell Northern Research, designing signal-processing software in the Cryptographic Systems division. He moved to Nortel Networks in 1994 as a network design engineer.

Dr. Gedeon was named Vice President and Director of Data Network Engineering at Nortel in 1996; Vice President of Internet Brand Management in 1999, and Senior Vice President of Wireless Engineering in 2000. He joined TELUS in 2003 and is responsible for technology strategy, service and network architecture, service delivery and operational support systems for the company’s wire line and wireless divisions, as well as service and network convergence, enterprise applications and network infrastructure strategies and evolution.

Dr. Gedeon has held numerous leadership roles in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has also received numerous professional awards and various forms of industry recognition, including being named four times to the Global Telecoms Business magazine’s “GTB Power 100,” a list of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the telecoms industry.

He is currently the Honorary Co-Chair, IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management (IM 2015) in Ottawa, Canada, the Co-Chair of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference 2014 (VTC 2014) in Vancouver, and was the General Chair for the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2012) in Ottawa, Canada. He also serves on the board of a number of industry associations, including the Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN)/Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR), Canada, the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance, the Washington, DC based Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), and the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business based Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM).

A native of Lebanon, he has a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Masters' in Electronics Engineering from Carleton University. In 2010, he received a Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia.

Also renowned as a chef and gregarious host, his initial foray into the publishing world took the form of a cook book entitled From the Heart, released in 2006, which was followed by his much anticipated book on leadership in June 2011, entitled Weeding out the Wankers – Life Lessons from the workplace as seen by a Technology Executive, and a new cookbook called Spirited Curry from the Heart , released in December, 2012.

Ralf Groene

Head of Industrial Design Microsoft Devices @ Microsoft

TALK: The Art of Product Making


The talk is about how diverse talents come together to make one product. It goes into how the Surface team at Microsoft creates and communicates a vision for a product or experience and builds a process around bringing the vision into a mass produced product . Why we do not have committies and how a vision can survive or even get stronger and the product becomes more real. I will show insights into our development process, have frameworks of how we think and align when we go through tradeoff discussions and show the people that come together as a team of product makers.


Ralf Groene directs the Industrial Design team for Microsoft's devices, such as Surface, Phones, Xbox and others. The team consists of industrial, digital, material, and interaction designers. Ralf started out as a tool maker at Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg, Germany. Soon after he expanded his interest from tool making to product making. He studied industrial design at the Muthesius University in Kiel, Germany. Ralf moved to Silicon Valley in 1997, working for Hartmut Esslinger at frogdesign and co-led IDEOís ID studio in Palo Alto. Ralf joined Microsoft in 2006.

Jeremy Hilton

Vice President, Processor Development @ D-Wave Systems

TALK: A Brief History of Scalable Quantum Computing


Quantum computing is a nascent field and D-Wave Systems is the only company in the world to build scalable quantum processors. Having produced three generations of quantum computing technology we have a unique perspective on the field and where it is heading. From the advent of the famous Shor algorithm for factoring in 1994 to some of the innovations behind D-Wave's quantum processors, this talk will provide an overview of the major developments in quantum computing and how this exciting field is growing.


Jeremy Hilton joined D-Wave directly after obtaining his BSc. in Physics from the University of British Columbia. Since 2004 he and his team of engineers and scientists have created a world-class R&D facility and built the world's first scalable quantum processors. Mr. Hilton also led the creation of the most advanced superconducting integrated circuit foundry, where D-Wave's quantum processors are produced. Mr. Hilton has brought technical leadership to projects ranging from design, model, and test of superconducting integrated circuits to the development of low-noise superconducting fabrication processes, and has led the teams responsible for aggressively scaling D-Wave’s quantum computers. Mr. Hilton is a named inventor on 28 granted US patents.

Kip Morison

Chief Information Officer @ BC Hydro

TALK: The Critical and Evolving Role of IT in Today’s Electric Utility


This talk will discuss the scope of Information Technologies and the critical role it plays in the operations of today’s electric utilities. The scope of IT systems is enormous; ranging from enterprise resource planning systems, to customer facing technologies such as corporate websites, to complex IT infrastructure needed to implement smart grid technologies in the generation, transmission, and distribution systems. Some of the key IT challenges will also be explored including meeting business and customer expectations while managing the rapidly evolving technology landscape and ensuring cyber security.


Kip Morison has over 30 years of experience in the electric utility business and is currently the Chief Information Officer for BC Hydro in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to his current role, Kip was Chief Technology Officer since joining BC Hydro in 2010. Kip’s industry experience includes roles as Manager of Long Term Planning and R&D at the British Columbia Transmission Corporation, Director of Power System Technologies at Powertech Labs, and Senior Engineer at Ontario Hydro. Kip holds degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a registered professional engineer and an IEEE Fellow.

Alan Thompson

Chief Systems Engineer @ MDA

TALK: Canadian Spaceborne Radar - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow


Canada has an illustrious history in spaceborne radar remote sensing (SRRS). Civilian SRRS started with SeaSAT, a NASA mission in 1978. Canada was involved and in fact MDA produced the first digitally processed satellite synthetic aperture radar (SAR) image from SeaSAT data. Canada went on to develop a sequence of SAR satellites, with RADARSAT-1 launched in 1995 and operating until 2013, RADARSAT-2 launched in 2007 and currently operating, and the RADARSAT Constellation Mission currently under development with a planned launch in 2018. In this talk, an overview of spaceborne SAR in Canada will be given, from SeaSAT, to the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, and beyond.


Alan Thompson is the Chief Systems Engineer on the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM), at MDA. RCM is a constellation of three Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites being developed by MDA for the Canadian Space Agency. Alan has worked on RCM since its very beginning as a study in 2003 until the present, where the program is in the manufacturing stage. Alan joined MDA in 1999 to work on RADARSAT-2 as a senior systems engineer. Prior to working at MDA, Alan worked on RADARSAT-1 SAR processing at Array Systems in Toronto. Alan has a Ph.D. in mathematics from MIT (in the field of integral geometry). While his degree was in pure mathematics, the radar imaging systems he currently works on are applications of the types of mathematics he used to study and develop.

Andrew Goldenberg

Professor @ University Of Toronto

TALK: Evolution of Robotic Technology and Business: Past-Present-Future


This talk will review robot technology and how to use it to create a sustainable job-generating business. The technology is used in mobile robots for defense and security; industrial robots for manufacturing; mobile and industrial robots; modular robot arms for space applications; custom robotics for nuclear plants, gas pipes, laboratory automation, image-guided medical surgery; and personal robots for remote telecommunication, domestic help, and private security.


Andrew Goldenberg obtained his PhD in 1976 from the University of Toronto, and his MSc and BSc degrees from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in 1969 and 1972, respectively. He is the founder of the field of Robotics at University of Toronto where he has been since 1982 as a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, cross appointed in the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, and previously cross-appointed in the Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Goldenberg is also an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University and Guest Professor at Nanjing University of Science and Technology, P.R. China. From 1975-1981 Dr. Goldenberg has been an employee of SPAR Aerospace Ltd., of Toronto, working on the development of the first Space Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (Canadarm). His research interests cover mobile and industrial robots; modular robot arms for space applications; custom robotics for nuclear plants, gas pipes, laboratory automation, image-guided medical surgery; and personal robots for remote telecommunication, domestic help, and private security.