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.
Wes Wu is a Human Capital leader and strategist who transforms organizations for the rapidly changing workforce of the future. He was an early adopter of HR robotics and is skilled in delivering evidence-based business, human resources and operational outcomes grounded in data analysis and insights.As the Vice President of Professional Services at Visier, a leading people analytics organization Wes heads advisory services, helping large enterprises optimize their talent through analytics, and helps organizations prepare for their analytics journey. He states his purpose as “helping organizations accelerate meaningful business interventions by creating prescriptive insightfulness.” Prior to Visier, Wes served as a Partner at Ernst & Young where he led the West Region of North America in HR Transformation, including technology, analytics, robotics and future of work. He has been a management consultant for close to 20 years helping large HR organizations in their HR transformation initiatives.
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.
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.
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.
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
39 Smithe Street
Two luxury hotels both have elevator access to the IEA Business Innovation Summit venue.
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.
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.
The Vancouver Executives Association (VanEx) Turned 100 In 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.