Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
9:00 a.m.

Roberta Jamieson
President and CEO, Indspire
Honorary Doctorate of Technology

Roberta Jamieson is a Mohawk woman who has enjoyed a distinguished career of firsts. She was the first First Nation woman in Canada to earn a law degree, the first non-parliamentarian appointed an ex-officio member of a House of Commons Committee, the first woman Ombudsman of Ontario, and the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, where she continues to reside with her family. An accomplished expert in alternative dispute resolution, Roberta also served as Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario. Under Roberta’s leadership, Indspire has flourished. Raising funds from government, corporate, and private sectors, Indspire’s annual disbursement of bursaries and scholarships to support Indigenous students in post-secondary education has increased sevenfold. Since 2004, Indspire has provided over $100 million in financial support to 35,000 students and on average, 90% of students who have received funding have graduated from a post-secondary institution. Roberta is also the Executive Producer of the annual Indspire Achievement Awards. A long time advocate for greater diversity on corporate boards, Roberta is a former member of Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency and Hydro One’s Board of Directors. She has earned numerous awards, including, most recently, the YWCA President’s Award and the Women’s Executive Network’s “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” Hall of Fame, as well as 26 honorary degrees. In 2015, Ms. Jamieson was recognized by the Public Policy Forum for the outstanding contributions she has made to the quality of public policy and good governance. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019
1:30 p.m.

Greg Malpass
Founder and CEO, Traction on Demand

After spending nearly a decade in marketing and enterprise sales roles, Greg founded Traction on Demand in 2006. His unconventional leadership style and industry-recognized expertise in cloud computing and data have earned him influential speaking engagements, which have been instrumental in Traction's inventive approach to solving business challenges with great technology. He is the first to share his hope for Traction on Demand, which is to build a company that plays a positive and purposeful role in the lives of its team members, customers, partners, and community.


Thursday, June 20, 2019
9:00 a.m.

Christine Day
CEO, Luvo Inc.

Christine Day is the CEO of Luvo, a forward-thinking food company creating the next generation of frozen food with a focus on great taste, convenience and nutrition. As the Company continues to disrupt industry norms and spark a change in the way consumers incorporate frozen food into their active and healthy lifestyles, Christine has been leading the strategic direction for all facets of the brand. She has combined her passion, experience, and dedication to wellbeing, with her role as CEO, to strategically impact marketing, operations and financial performance. Since joining Luvo in April 2014, Christine has assembled a world-class management team, streamlined operations and distribution, expanded innovative product offerings and industry partnerships, and has continued to execute upon a vision for the Company’s long-term growth. Christine brings her executive leadership experience to Luvo from lululemon athletica, where she served as CEO for six years, as well as Starbucks, serving in various executive positions over a 20-year period.


Thursday, June 20, 2019
1:30 p.m.

Elyse Allan
Former President and CEO, GE Canada
Honorary Doctorate of Technology

Elyse Allan is a passionate champion for Canada’s competitiveness, advancing the country’s science and technology base and competitive fiscal policy. As a female leader on the global stage, she sets a strong example for BCIT students. During Elyse’s thirty year association with GE and executive roles in other technology and manufacturing companies, she has worked across many sectors of BCIT’s strategic focus: training technically-minded workers for the fields of Power and Hydro, Oil and Gas, Aviation, Healthcare, and Transportation. She currently serves on the board of Brookfield Asset Management, a global alternative asset manager, and is the board vice chair for the newly established Ontario Health agency. Elyse actively engages in developing and shaping public policy through industry groups, research and advocacy organizations. She has participated on several government advisory councils focused on Canada’s competitiveness and economic development and currently works to advance innovation and entrepreneurism as a director on the MaRS Discovery District Board. Previously Elyse served on the board of the C.D. Howe Institute, the Conference Board of Canada, the Business Council of Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Elyse was recognized in the WXN Top 100 Women of Influence Hall of Fame, as a YWCA Woman of Distinction, and by Maclean’s and Canadian Business Magazines as one of Canada’s most influential business leaders. In 2014, she was appointed Member of the Order of Canada for her community engagement and achievements as an innovative business leader. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where she also currently chairs the Board of Advisors.


Friday, June 21, 2019
9:00 a.m.

Don Kasian
President, Kasian Architecture, Interior Design & Planning

As Founder and President of Kasian, Don’s passion for transforming communities into engaging places has steered the firm through significant growth and garnered Kasian’s place as one of the top 100 Architectural and Design firms in North America. Recognized for his prominent position in the design community, Don is a major contributor behind the visioning and conceptual design of Kasian’s notable projects. He specializes in translating client’s objectives into artful buildings, yet equally leverages his knowledge to guide future generations of architects and designers. Driven by his desire to ignite the design community, Don employs architecture as a powerful vehicle for public engagement. Kasian has offices across Canada and in the Middle East, and has a diverse portfolio of work including projects such as the BCIT Aerospace Technology Campus, Vancouver International Airport, Alberta Children’s Hospital, and Surrey City Hall. Kasian also works with private-sector clients in mixed-use, residential, commercial, and hotel projects.