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A day with the Fraser Valley’s most forward thinking tech influencers.

Welcome to the #FVTech Forum 2018

XLRator, formerly SRCTec, and the District of Mission are co-hosting the 2nd 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 municipalities to start planning a fundamental shift towards Intelligent Communities initiatives by leveraging the knowledge-based economy and 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 tech Entrepreneur needs throughout the life cycle of a 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, a trade show exhibition, and valuable networking opportunities. This event is free to attend with muffins, coffee, and lunch included at no cost.

Location: Best Western Plus Mission City Lodge

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018

Time: Registration & Exhibit Floor Open at 9:00 AM

2018 Sponsors

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Why Attend?


Following the success of the First Annual #FVTech Forum held in Mission last October, this year’s Forum intends to be bigger and more informative. As the only Tech thought leadership event within the Fraser Valley, the event plans to address challenges for growing the digital economy locally and encouraging perspective of opportunities.

The event intends to bring industry leaders together to explore, learn, and plan their digital strategies, offering attendees the opportunity to:

  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 to allow intelligent communities to prepare for the digital economy.


Paula Cruickshank

Senior Vice President, Financing and Consulting, BDC | Topic: The Importance of Women in Tech

Paula Cruickshank was appointed Senior Vice President, Financing and Consulting, British Columbia and North in January 2017. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing BDC’s financing and consulting services in British Columbia and the North region. Paula has over 20 years’ experience in the banking industry. She joined BDC in 2009 as Vice President,…

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James Maynard

Former CEO, Wavefront | Topic: Growing Tech-based Investment in the Fraser Valley

Jim Maynard, an accomplished business development strategist, has 20 years of exceptional performance in variety of demanding sales and marketing roles. He has the unique ability to quickly grasp key issues, and then develop pivotal strategies, processes and partnerships to transform new concepts and products into accelerated and sustainable revenue growth.

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Randy Hawes

Mayor of Mission, BC | Topic: Impact of BC's Tech Presence and Mission's Role in Growing the Tech Sector

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…

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Raymond T. Szabada

CEO of i-Open Technologies Group | Topic: Avoiding BC's Technology Brain Drain

Currently, Raymond Szabada is the President and 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…

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Chris Knowles

Manager of Information Services, District of Mission | Co-host and MC

For the past twelve of his twenty-two year career with the District of Mission, Chris has served as the Manager of Information Services. In this role, he continues to provide strategic leadership and oversight of all aspects of the IT portfolio at the City. This includes the management, support and maintenance of complex metropolitan area…

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Stacey Crawford

Economic Development Officer, District of Mission | Co-host and MC

Stacy Crawford is an Executive manager with a diverse mix of community economic development experience including business counseling and finance, governance, real estate, community scans and opportunity assessments, environmental, tourism and cultural programming. Stacy is recognized as an innovative, collaborative and visionary leader with strong communication skills and is experienced in facilitation and coordination of…

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Heritage Park Middle School

Topic: Spreading Programming through Middles Schools

The Heritage Park Middle School Technology team started their inaugural season in 2017. We developed and executed our plan for visiting our local feeder schools to initiate our new Grade 6 recruits by showcasing our skills and resources. Our program started with small demonstrations of Sphero, Lego Mindstorm, Ozobot, Littlecodr, and Ozmo at the elementary…

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George Stefan

Partner, SR&ED, PwC | Moderator of Panel Discussion on Growing a Valley Business

George Stefan is a Partner in the Tax Services practice of PwC. He leads the Fraser Valley team in the BC Incentives practice, which includes Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED). George is an Industrial Engineer with over 20 years of industry experience in managing business operations, product engineering, technology development and manufacturing operations in successful…

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XLRator, formerly SRCTec, and the District of Mission to host 2018 Fraser Valley Regional Tech Forum focusing on the funding needs of local tech start-ups.

XLRator, in partnership with local regional municipalities, is hosting the second annual Fraser Valley Regional Tech Forum. The intent of this event will be to bring together local tech professionals, academia, and entrepreneurs to discuss the funding needs of local tech start-ups. The event will include panel discussions, guest speakers, a keynote speaker, and a tradeshow showcasing local technology. Coffee, muffins, and lunch will be included and this event will be free to attend.

  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Welcome & Registration

    Exhibit Floor Opens and Registration Begins. Forum commences at 10:00 AM

  • 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM 1st Speaker: Raymond T. Szabada

    Raymond T. Szabada, CEO, i-Open Technologies Group and SRCTec

    Topic: Avoiding BC’s Technology Brain Drain

  • 10:15 AM - 10:30 AM 2nd Speaker: Chris Knowles

    Chris Knowles is the Manager of Information Systems for the District of Mission and will be co-hosting alongside Stacey Crawford.

  • 10:30 AM - 10:40 AM Welcome from the Mayor

    Randy Hawes, Mayor of the District of Mission, will be speaking on leveraging the knowledge-based economy.

  • 10:40 AM - 11:10 AM 3rd Speaker: James Maynard

    Accomplished entrepreneur James Maynard speaks on the value of intelligent communities and our need to move towards them.

  • 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM Heritage Park Middle School

    Spreading programming and technology through Middle Schools

  • 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch & Tradeshow

    Lunch and Tradeshow break

  • 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM PwC Panel Discussion: Growing a Business in the Fraser Valley

    The presentation will provide the perspectives of a local Fraser Valley based company and government funding agencies on working together to create economic impact within the region. In addition to highlighting how government funding and services can be used to help companies grow, the panel will focus upon the working relationship between grantor and grantee, the ideal grantee each funding agency would target and lastly each panelists perspective on the opportunities for start ups within the Fraser Valley.

  • 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Keynote Speaker: Paula Cruickshank

    Women In Tech

  • 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Closing Remarks and Door Prize Giveaway

    Closing remarks of the Fraser Valley Tech Forum. Thank you all for attending!

    We’ll be posting content during #FVTech2018

    Follow this year’s event on Instagram: @srctec


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