Rethink Your Assumptions.
Develop Profitable Relationships.
Transform Your Business.

Vancouver, BC • September 21 – 23, 2022

International Executives Association

Why Attend?

The IEA Business Innovation Summit is a forum for networking and collaborating that brings together business leaders who are serious about running great companies. It will provide business executives with the knowledge, connections, tools, and strategies to move their organizations from good to great.

The event host, Vancouver Executives Association (VanEx), like other member associations in the 3,000-member strong International Executives Association (IEA), is a group of business executives who understand the challenges of growing a business. VanEx members have found significant benefit from their association and believe much more is achievable when sharing ideas and working on their businesses together.

You’ll learn from the world’s best thought leaders, top-tier keynote speakers who are industry experts on how to adapt to the evolving dynamics in a rapidly changing local and international business environment. Within a transformational platform that inspires innovative ideas, transforms thinking and empowers business success, your attendance will be impactful. Business leaders from across North America will come together to strategize, co-create, join forces, and share and exchange ideas.

Knowing that ideas and strategizes must be executed in order to be meaningful, VanEx is partnering with Results. They specialize in unleashing results though disciplined execution, allowing companies to achieve their strategic goals and unlock their full potential. Execution is the biggest challenge most businesses face. You’ll be positioned to take the ideas you’ve acquired from the IEA Business Innovation Summit back to your company and implement them.

Your Assumptions

From expert advice to knowledge gathering, learn and engage with the best in business thought leaders and adopt the critical thinking of other growth-minded companies. Be part of great minds sharing the latest ideas and cross-industry best practices, and benefit from actionable takeaways that are proven successful. Find out what is changing locally and globally that could affect your business and discover where leaders see future trends in new technology to build strategy and innovate.

Profitable Relationships

Leverage your relationship-building skills to expand your network and experience the amazing synergy with like-minded leaders by exchanging ideas and concepts to uncover flexible solutions to shared challenges. Immerse yourself in conversations that inspire and create positive outcomes. Reciprocate help to strengthen your relationships and make your connection mutually beneficial. The Summit provides an environment to engage in meaningful dialogue and valuable interactions with influential keynote speakers.

Your Business

Inspired ideas are essential but not enough to grow a business. The best strategies, if they are not executed, amount to nothing. VanEx is partnering with Results because of their expertise in execution. Disciplined execution is the successful key that propels actual transformation to set up good companies to become great companies. At the Summit, you will be equipped with the tools and knowledge required to transform and expand your business.

2022 Speakers

Leveraging their current insights, keynote speakers—who are top in their field—will capture your imagination on how to apply best practices and navigate the road ahead based on the newest developments and trends in four business areas: technology, marketing, human resources and finance.

Speakers will explore topics such as how artificial intelligence is changing the world and what it means for businesses; strategic design-driven innovation; fore-sights into changes in the labour force and current best practices; and economic developments and their implications for North American fixed income, equity, foreign exchange and commodities markets, and more.

Benjamin Tal

Benjamin Tal

Managing Director and Deputy Chief Economist
CIBC Capital Markets Inc

Benjamin is a member of the CIBC economic team that is responsible for analyzing macro economic developments and their implications for fixed income, equity, foreign exchange and commodities markets. He also acts in an advisory capacity to bank officers on issues related to wealth management, household credit and risk, and corporate credit and risk.

Well-known for his ground-breaking published research on topics such as labour market dynamics, real estate, credit markets, international trade and business economic conditions, Benjamin not only contributes to the conversation but also frequently sets the agenda.

Benjamin has close to 20 years of experience in the private sector advising clients, industry leaders, corporate boards, trade associations and governments on economic and financial issues. He is also a regular commentator in the media.

Benjamin is a member of the Economic Committee of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Committee of the Toronto Board of Trade. He is also a board member for the Governors of Junior Achievement of Central Ontario and Toronto Financial International.

Benjamin Tal

Managing Director and
Deputy Chief Economist
CIBC Capital Markets Inc

Wes Wu

Wes Wu

Manging Director

Wes Wu is a Human Capital leader and strategist who transforms organizations for the rapidly changing workforce of the future. He is an early adaptor of HR robotics and is skilled in delivering evidence-based business, human resources and operational outcomes grounded in data analysis and insights. Wes is a skilled speaker and executive partner. He has spent over 20 years helping organizations optimize their technology strategy.

Wes is a much sought-after industry expert for thought leadership and market knowledge. He is the author of numerous articles in industry publications and is a popular panelist at high-profile HR technology conferences. He has been named as a “Top 100 Influencer in HR” and a “Top Digital Influencer for 2010” by HR Executive Magazine.

Specialties: HR strategy, HR Technology, Analytics, Talent Management, Talent Acquisition, HR Operations, HR Service Delivery, Governance and Data Governance, ROI and TCO, HR vendor and technology sourcing, HR and business process design, HR Service Delivery, HR function effectiveness.

Wes earned his Master of Science in Management/Human Resources from Boston University and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Asian American Studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. He also has earned many industry certifications in employee benefits, retirement plans and group benefits from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. He lives in San Francisco and is an avid cyclist.

Wes Wu

Managing Director

Angèle Beausoleil


Professor, University of Toronto
Rotman School of Management

Dr. Angèle Beausoleil is a ‘pracademic’ who teaches design methodologies for business innovation and leads field (action) research inside organizations on innovation process design, navigation and management. She completed her PhD in Innovation and Design at UBC following a 25-year professional career as a strategist and lead-innovator for creative agencies, technology companies, consumer packaged brands, and non-profit companies.

She balances teaching with design-focused research and development, advising global consulting agencies on new business models, new products and services. Angèle is passionate about developing future innovators and supervises, advises, and mentors graduate and undergraduate students, along with other BC-based entrepreneurs.

As a visiting lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Angèle teaches Innovation Leadership, and Applied Innovation and Design to Silicon Valley executive MBAs. For the past five years, she has taught Design Methods for Business Innovation, Creativity in Business, New Product Development and Design Research Methods at UBC Sauder School of Business.

Angèle is Canada’s first PhD to focus on innovation literacy (innovativeness/innovatorship) using business/strategic design (design thinking) processes and methods.

Angèle Beausoleil

Professor, University of Toronto
Rotman School of Management

Frank Palmer

Frank Palmer

Chairman, PS & Co Brand Studio.

Frank Palmer is one of the advertising community’s most respected leaders and humanitarians. From his humble beginnings in Vancouver over 49 years ago, Frank has created Canada’s most creatively acclaimed marketing communications agency and, in that process, has changed the face of Canadian advertising.

DDB Canada as it is known today, is a leading marketing communications agency offering specialty areas of expertise, including brand design, decision science and analytics, content marketing, social, public relations, shopper marketing, CRM, digital marketing and creative advertising.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the industry, Frank has been inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends by the American Marketing Association and is a recipient of the Association of Canadian Advertisers’ prestigious Gold Medal Award.

However, it is not only his abilities as an exceptional business leader that makes Frank unique. He is also a philanthropist and a true believer in corporate social responsibility. He is a founder of the National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS) in Canada and has supported numerous industries’ causes and charitable organizations.

Frank Palmer

Chairman, PS&Co Brand Studio

Host Venue

Parq Vancouver, is the city’s premier entertainment destination. Within the venue are two world class Marriott hotels and the largest hotel conference facility in Vancouver.

Host venue

The Venue

This uncompromising, understated luxury property provides a personalized guest experience that is complemented by unparalleled service and enriching amenities. Anchored by Gastown and Yaletown’s stylish neighbourhoods—with their fashionable boutique shopping and diverse dining—the hotel boasts a desirable location along the False Creek seawall with stunning water views and the mighty Costal Mountain Range serving as a picture-postcard backdrop.

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39 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 0R3


Two luxury hotels both have elevator access to the IEA Business Innovation Summit venue.


An Autograph Collection Hotel

Natural touches and contemporary finishes lead you through the cleverly designed spaces and elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites of this 188 room hotel inspired by the natural splendor of British Columbia.

Limited availability discount rate $299 CAD (approx $232 USD)

JW Marriott Parq Vancouver

Energizing and tranquil, a stay at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver is personalized to each guest and complemented by unparalleled service, enriching amenities and a unique connection to nature. This 329 room world class luxury hotel features fresh tones and open vistas that immerse you in Vancouver’s stunning landscapes.

Limited availability discount rate $335 CAD (approx $260 USD)

Discount rates are valid September 18 – 27. 
Summit Schedule is Wednesday to Friday, September 21 – 23

Get Your Ticket

Attendance is open to all Executives’ Association members and their guests. Your ticket price includes: Welcome Reception, Keynote Speakers and Interactive Sessions, Meals and Social Events – ending September 23, 2022 at 3:oo PM.
(Ticket for the Gala on Friday Night must be purchased separately).

Early Bird Ticket

$830 CAD

(approx $644 USD)
ends June 24, 2022

Regular Ticket

$940 CAD

(approx $729 USD)

Summit Schedule

3:00 PM – 6.00 PM
(4:00 PM Hotel Check In)

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Welcome Reception

7:30 AM – 8:45 AM

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM
Opening Remarks & Welcome

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Keynote Presentation
Benjamin Tal
“Global Economic Outlook and Implications”

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Coffee Break – Innovation Forum

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Interactive Session with Results

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Lunch & Networking

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Keynote Presentation
Wes Wu, Visier Inc.
“Future Of Work (FOW)”

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Coffee Break – Innovation Forum

2:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Interactive Session with Results
incl. Q&A for Wes Wu

4:00 PM – 4.15 PM
Coffee Break – Innovation Forum

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Keynote Presentation
Frank Palmer

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Dinner Cruise in False Creek & English Bay

7:30 AM – 8:45 AM

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM
Opening Remarks & Welcome

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Keynote Presentation
Angele Beausoleil
“The Innovative Leader, Designer, Learner & Chief Navigator”

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM
Coffee Break – Innovation Forum

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Interactive Session with Results

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch & Networking

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Closing Interactive Session with Results &
Closing Remarks

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
VanEx 100-year Anniversary Gala
{See Below For Tickets}

*Summit Schedule is subject to change

100-Year Anniversary Gala

The Vancouver Executives Association (VanEx) Turned 100 In 2020!

Founded in 1920, a lot of changes have occurred over 10 decades but one constant
remains—the basic VanEx ideology has endured—to promote good business in an atmosphere that is collegial, congenial, and cooperative.

Delayed by two years due to Covid-19, this milestone is worthy of a grand party! Baby grand, even. Kick up your heels to the Dueling Men – Dueling Pianos in the elegant Kitsilano ballroom of the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver. Tuck into artfully prepared mains of Ocean Wise Sake Miso Salmon and Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken, expertly paired with a selection of BC Okanagan Valley wines from 49 North and Prospect Winery.
A specialty crafted signature cocktail will be on hand as well to commemorate the festivities.

Help the association celebrate their delayed Centennial (102!) anniversary!


6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
(After-party to follow at D/6 Bar & Lounge at the DOUGLAS)

Black-tie optional



Our Sponsors

A special thank you to all the IEA Business Innovation Summit Sponsors.

Create an image of success and authority for your business as an IEA Business Innovation Summit sponsor! As an event sponsor, you’ll generate awareness and gain exposure with an anticipated 250 business leaders. You’ll have the potential to reach a national network of owners and top executives from the 40-member Canadian and U.S. chapters of the International Executives Association. Put your brand visuals in front of a quality audience of decision makers, and connect with your target market to build long-lasting relationships with new and existing customers. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Sponsorship Details Contact Us

Our Partners

The Vancouver Executives Association (VanEx), a member of the International Executives Association (IEA), is proud to co-host this inspiring and inaugural IEA Business Innovation Summit in partnership with Results. For more information or if you have any questions about the event, please call 604.684.0660 or contact us at [email protected].