Amber Mac is a writer, podcaster, entrepreneur and digital maverick whose understanding of disruptive technologies helps companies anticipate lightning-quick changes as they come—from Artificial Intelligence, to social media, to Amazon-era retail.
She is especially fluent in the art of disruptive strategies. Amber started her career in San Francisco and Boston during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s. As a strategist for Razorfish and Director of Marketing for an e-procurement software company, she spent four years in the technology start-up trenches. She eventually left the start-up world to join Microsoft to build one of the first female-focused lifestyle portals. Then, she launched her own digital media agency. Her client list has grown to include Microsoft, Intel, Shopify, Ford, Nintendo, GE, Fast Company, PayPal, Scotiabank, and many more leading organizations.
Amber is the co-host of Marketing Disrupted, a new series exploring how CMOs adapt to new challenges in an age of digital disruption. The show, which featured marketing executives from Google, Twitter, and Shopify, debuted as the number one business podcast in the country.
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.
Benjamin Tal is responsible for analyzing economic developments and their implications for North American 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/corporate credit and risk.
Well‐known for his ground‐breaking published research on topics such as labour dynamics, real estate, credit markets, international trade and business economic conditions, Benjamin not only contributes to the conversation, but also frequently sets the agenda.
He has close to 20 years’ experience in the private sector advising clients, industry leaders, corporate boards, trade associations, and governments on economic and financial issues.
National and global media regularly seek him out for his insight and analysis on economic issues that impact financial markets, consumers, corporations and public policy. He is lecturer in the economic programs of various Canadian universities.
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.
The world-class luxury JW Marriott Parq Vancouver is the city's premier entertainment destination, and largest conference facility in Vancouver.
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.Visit Website Open in Maps
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The Vancouver Executives Association (VanEx) Turns 100 In 2020!
Friday, Sept. 25, 2020
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
(After-party to follow at D/6 Bar & Lounge at the DOUGLAS)
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.