2018 BCTECH Summit

Technology is hot in Canada, helping to boost economic growth in many parts of the country. In 2016, there were approximately 600,000 Canadians working in technology, nearly twice as many jobs as in traditional natural resources sectors like mining and forestry. That growth and the opportunity that comes with it are the focus of the #BCTECH Summit.

Hosted in partnership by the Government of British Columbia and the BC Innovation Council (BCIC), the #BCTECH Summit is the largest technology conference in the province. Now in its third year, the 2018 summit will be held from May 14 to 16 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Panel Discussion about Scaling a Tech Business in Canada

Canada has attracted the attention of global tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook, at the same time developing its own ecosystem of home-grown tech successes. But building and growing a tech company in Canada comes with its own set of challenges and rewards. That’s that topic of a #BCTECH Summit panel discussion featuring Trulioo founder and CEO, Stephen Ufford.

Michael Denham, CEO of BDC, will moderate the panel discussion on scaling a tech business in Canada. Along with Stephen, the panel will include ACL President and CEO Laurie Schultz and Hootsuite CEO Ryan Holmes. All of these companies know what it’s like to build a tech business north of the 49th parallel. Since 2017, Trulioo has doubled its headcount and launched two new products (international Mobile ID and Global Business Verification), in 2016 ACL moved to a new 53,000 square foot headquarters to house its growing team of 250 employees, and Hootsuite recently surpassed 16 million business customers. And with all three serving a global client base, their businesses have an impact that reach beyond the local and national economies.

Find out how they’re making things move in the Canadian tech space and in their own markets, the challenges they face and some of their ideas on how to keep growing a business and an industry in Canada. The panel will be held over lunch on Tuesday, May 15 and is presented by BDC.

The 2018 #BCTECH Summit will feature an array of tech, business and government leaders speaking on a wide range of topics. Registration information for the 2018 #BCTECH Summit can be found on their website. Last year’s summit attracted over 5000 attendees from more than a thousand companies and organizations, with this year’s conference promising once again to strengthen and promote BC’s tech sector.