Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
1:30 p.m.

Brian Scudamore
Founder and CEO, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and O2E Brands

Serial entrepreneur and author Brian Scudamore has always taken the road less travelled. At 19 years old, he pioneered the industry of professional junk removal with 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. Then he scaled that success into two more home-service brands, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and Shack Shine, under the O2E Brands banner.

Brian learned the ins and outs of business by running his own. He believes that anyone with a fire in their gut and a vision for doing something incredible with their future can do the same. His philosophy, WTF (Willing to Fail), stems from his belief in the power of dreaming big, taking risks, and learning from mistakes. Through franchising, he's giving thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to live their dreams of business ownership.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020
6:30 p.m.

Robin Silvester
President and CEO, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Robin Silvester leads the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Canada's largest port and the federal agency responsible for enabling Canada's trade through the Port of Vancouver.

In just over a decade leading the port authority, Robin has overseen unprecedented port growth due to port authority-led infrastructure investments in Vancouver's gateway. Robin is also advancing the vision to make the Port of Vancouver the world's most sustainable port.

Prior to joining the port authority, Robin served as chief executive for United Group Ltd., an Australian property and facilities management business. In addition to holding senior roles with P&O Ports in Vancouver, London, and Sydney, Robin also held business management and strategy roles with steel and chemicals industries in the UK.

He holds a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cambridge University and has completed a Corporate Finance program at the London Business School. He sits on a variety of boards, including being past Chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, and is a member of the Presidents Group.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020
9:00 a.m.

Sarah Bell
Chief Operating Officer, BC Children's Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children; Interim Chief Nursing Officer, Head Interprofessional Practice and Patient Experience, Children's and Women's Health at the Provincial Health Services Authority

Sarah Bell is the Chief Operating Officer at BC Children's Hospital, and the interim Chief Nursing Officer and Head Interprofessional Practice for Children's and Women's Health at the Provincial Health Services Authority. She is a proud BCIT alumna where she earned her Diploma in Technology in General Nursing in 1994. Sarah has a baccalaureate degree in English and Classical Studies from the University of Western Ontario, an Executive Masters in Business Administration Degree from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, and a certificate in Mental Health Law from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

Sarah is a practising member of the BC College of Nursing Professionals, a member of the Canadian College of Health Care Leaders, and a holder of the Certified Healthcare Executive designation. She is also the Chair of the Board of the Greater Vancouver Community Services Society, serves on the board of the Active Aging Society, the national board of Children's Healthcare Canada, and is a member of the BCIT Inspire Campaign Cabinet. She is passionate about Trauma Informed Care, and supporting the implementation of the Canadian Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.