Best Western PLUS Mission City Lodge
32281 Lougheed Highway, Mission BC, V2V 1A3


Thursday September 20, 2018


Registration & Exhibit Floor Open: 9:00 AM
Forum Begins: 10:00 AM
End of Forum/Networking Opportunity: 3:00 PM

SRCTec and the District of Mission are co-hosting the Second Annual #FVTech Forum as part of the Tech Starts Here initiative. This event aims to attract industry, government, academia, key influencers and community stakeholders to come together and foster growth and innovation within the local tech sector. The 2018 event will feature how Tech start-ups are changing the landscape of our communities within the Fraser Valley and a strong need for the municipalities to start planning fundamental shift Towards Intelligent Communities initiatives, leveraging knowledge based economy and skilled workforce. Hear from our local city officials and dignitaries on their plans for infrastructure and programs.

The key attribute of any start-up is the ability to grow- which requires capital. The 2018 Forum will provide a strong emphasis on the need for start-up funding locally and partnerships that promote and fuel the tech Entrepreneur needs, throughout the life cycle of the venture.

Learn how the local tech sector is evolving and collaborate with other stakeholders within the Fraser Valley to voice your thoughts and help steer the direction of Fraser Valley innovation. Come enjoy a panel discussion, a keynote speaker, trade show exhibition and valuable networking opportunities. This event is free to attend with muffins, coffee and lunch included at no cost.

After the success of the highly successful First Annual Tech Forum held in Mission last October, this year’s Forum intends to be bigger and more informative. The only Thought Leadership event within the Fraser Valley encouraging perspective of opportunities and challenges for growing the Digital Economy, locally.

1. Learn new skills and strategies to stay at the top of your game, maximize value and learn about your local programs to assist you and your venture.
2. Network with fellow tech entrepreneurs, industry leaders, product experts and institutions who share advice and best practices for success.
3. Engage in demos, breakouts and informational sessions on the innovations, product roadmaps and strategies you need to transform your business venture.
4. Get tips and strategies to map your future from industry experts.
5. Listen to top city officials, administrators and local politicians in regard to transformation of planned municipal infrastructure in order to allow for intelligent communities ready for the digital economy.

Sponsor the region’s fastest growing tech event!

Email Erik at ediguistini@srctec.org for sponsorship inquiries

Peter Van der Gracht

Peter Van der Gracht

Founder, Nexus Engineering

Peter is a successful start-up veteran, with over thirty years of experience leading companies through multiple financings, operational build-outs, acquisitions, mergers and buy-outs. Peter has in the past or is currently, chairman, director, consultant or investor of over twenty for-profit organizations. Peter also supports the following not-for-profit organizations. Wavefront, Canada’s wireless business accelerator, Entrepreneurship@UBC, a University of British Columbia seed-stage investment fund and program and Alacrity Foundation, a not-for-profit start-up foundation.

In the past, Peter supported two Federal Government activities, a member of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council and he was the Global Industry Advisor for Global Affairs Canada. Peter holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and is the recipient of multiple awards for entrepreneurship.

Randy Hawes

Randy Hawes

Mayor of Mission

Mayor Randy Hawes was first elected as a Councillor in Mission in 1987. In 1993, Randy won the first of three consecutive terms as Mayor of Mission. In 2001, Randy was elected to the provincial legislature and re-elected in 2005 and 2009. He was elected Mayor of Mission for a fourth term in November of 2014. Randy Hawes and his family moved to Mission in 1979. He worked in the banking and real estate sectors before being elected a Councillor of the District of Mission in 1987.

Raymond T. Szabada

Raymond T. Szabada

CEO of i-Open Technologies

Currently, Raymond Szabada is the President & CEO of the Mission based i-Open Technologies Inc., a systems consulting firm delivering enterprise Application and Systems Integration services to local and international clients since 2002. As a volunteer, Mr. Szabada is the Founder and Chairman of the Board for The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech, responsible for the development and driving of the Vision forward as related to Economic and Educational development of the East Fraser Valley Region. Additionally, he is a current and active member of the District Of Mission Economic development Board. Prior to this, as the former, VP of Marketing, Mr. Szabada was responsible for the development and deployment of key strategic marketing plan for the PerfectMIND, a CRM and ERP suite of Application Software; and a Profit 100’s fastest growing companies in Canada.



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