PwC Canada's annual conference for private company business leaders

As a private company you have a unique advantage. Your entrepreneurial nature has propelled your business strategy. You're agile, with the ability to think big and respond quickly to opportunities. The Designed to disrupt conference will provide you with a unique cross industry experience to help you identify and develop business strategies that focus on harnessing technology, innovation and people.

Register today so you don't miss this exclusive event and the opportunity to build new relationships and network with leaders from around British Columbia.

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Event details

Thursday, October 18, 2018
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Civic Hotel
13475 Central Ave, Surrey, BC
V3T 0K2



Timing Topic
7:30 - 8:30 AM Registration & breakfast
8:30 - 8:40 AM Welcome message
Michael Shields, Partner and Fraser Valley Leader, PwC Canada
8:40 - 8:55 AM A message to business leaders
Nicolas Marcoux, Chief Executive Officer, PwC Canada
8:55 - 9:40 AM

Fast forward to the future
What are the megatrends, and where are they taking us?

Panel discussion
Trevin Stratton, Chief Economist, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Bryan Buggey, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Vancouver Economic Commission
Lital Marom, Serial Entrepreneur & Expert on Digital Innovation
James Moore, Senior Business Advisor, Dentons Canada LLP

9:40 - 10:10 AM Reimagine the possible
Unlocking the business potential of emerging technologies
Chris Dulny, Chief Innovation Officer, PwC Canada
10:10 - 11:00 AM

Building the dream team
Ability, agility and adaptability

Panel discussion
Bill McLean, National Leader, People in Deals & Human Capital Facilitation Services, PwC Canada
Terry VanQuickenborne, Senior Director of Talent, Ledcor
Emily Key, Growth Operations, Shopify
Sheila Snyder, Partner, US Immigration, Vancouver, PwC Law LLP

11:00 - 11:15 AM Break
11:15 - 12:15 PM Workshop: Your journey towards digital enablement
Equip your company and your employees for a tech evolution
11:15 - 12:15 PM Workshop: Game of Threats™
Cybersecurity risk simulation
11:15 - 12:15 PM Workshop: Make your company a lean machine
How lean management and day to day systems allow companies to test their vision continuously, adapt and adjust before it’s too late
12:15 - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 - 1:25 PM
Fireside chat: King of the track
Andre De Grasse, Canadian sprinter and Team PwC athlete
Tahir Ayub, Client Relationship Partner, PwC Canada
1:25 - 2:05 PM
The Amazon effect
Take a page out of Bezos’ book
Eric Gales, Country Manager, Amazon Web Services Canada
2:05 - 3:00 PM
The critical few: Energize your company's culture by choosing what really matters
Gretchen Anderson, Director, Katzenbach Center, Strategy&
3:00 - 4:00 PM
#V2R cocktail hour


Gretchen Anderson

Director, Katzenbach Center

Gretchen is Director of the Katzenbach Center, PwC’s center for excellence and innovation in corporate culture, leadership and teaming. She has more than fifteen years of global, cross-industry experience advising organizations and their leaders on the complex relationship between individual motivation and organizational performance. Through the incubation of the Katzenbach Center at PwC, Gretchen has cultivated a wide, global network of practitioners and clients with a shared passion for exploring how organizational culture can catalyze real change.

Tahir Ayub

Client Relationship Partner, PwC Canada

Tahir is the Client Relationship Partner for global and Canadian businesses and was formerly the Managing Partner for Markets and Industries, with oversight for our largest accounts across all industry sectors at PwC Canada. As part of the Canadian Executive Leadership Team, Tahir’s key role was in driving topline growth for the firm, overseeing investments in new growth areas and developing top talent of client servicing partners.

With a focus on global investment management, private equity, real estate and retail and consumer product industries, including private companies, Tahir works to anticipate and address business imperatives, issues and needs of clients by collaborating with organizations at various stages of growth and acting as a sounding board while providing practical advice.

Bryan Buggey

Acting CEO, Vancouver Economic Commission

Bryan is a senior executive with more than three decades of experience as a business leader in entrepreneurship, sustainability, innovation, management consulting, and economic development. Since 2010, Bryan has been responsible for economic and business development at the City of Vancouver’s Economic Commission. In his role as Director, he has led teams in charge of projects and programs aimed at supporting the Vancouver business ecosystem’s transition towards a knowledge-based, low-carbon, circular economy. Bryan also heads up the sector development team that focuses on foreign investment, trade and local business growth in the green economy, technology, innovation and digital entertainment industries.

Andre De Grasse

Canadian sprinter and Team PwC athlete

Since his breakout season in 2015, Andre De Grasse has quickly become one of Canada’s most prominent athletes and sprinters. Andre’s athleticism has excelled with astonishing speeds, having competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where he made history as the first Canadian sprinter to win three medals in a single Olympics. From there, he went on to win golds in 2017 at both the World Relay Championships and on home ground at the Canadian Track and Field Championships. But Andre's contribution to the Canadian athletics scene goes well beyond the track. In May of this year, Andre launched the Andre De Grasse Family Foundation, a public charitable foundation committed to empowering and inspiring youth through sport and education. It launched alongside the Andre De Grasse Future Champions Fund, created to provide resources and financial assistance for young athletes to help them maximize their athletic ability in pursuit of academic success and the opportunity to realize their potential.

Eric Gales

Country Manager, Amazon Web Services Canada

Eric Gales is Country Manager for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Canada. With 30 years of technology industry experience, he sets the strategic direction for the core elements of the AWS Commercial Sector business. Eric has responsibility for driving customer obsession in all core AWS Canada operations including business development, sales, partner alliances, marketing, solutions architecture, support, and training.

Emily Key

Growth Operations, Shopify

Emily Key is a growth-focused operations leader at Shopify. She is a former founder who led her company through a successful exit, and has helped scaled one of North America's fastest growing companies, Bench Accounting, from 40 to 300 people and through $50M raised. She is an active volunteer with the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, Rotary International, and the Children's Wish Foundation. Emily has previously held positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers and the United Nations.

Nicolas Marcoux

Chief Executive Officer, PwC Canada

Nicolas is Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner of PwC Canada. He began his career with PwC in 1989 and was admitted to the partnership in 2000.

Nicolas has a track record of engaging and inspiring teams to seize opportunities and innovate. He has served a wide range of clients and industries as a Corporate Finance partner and the Lead Relationship Partner on many of the firm’s key clients. Prior to becoming CEO, he was a member of the Canadian Executive Team as the National Managing Partner of Consulting and Deals, and the Montréal Managing Partner.

Bill McLean

National Leader, People in Deals & Human Capital Facilitation Services, PwC Canada

Bill is the national leader of the People in Deals & Human Capital Facilitation Services practice in Canada. He specializes in the delivery of both facilitation services and human capital advisory to entrepreneurs and private business owners, C-level leaders and their respective teams.  With more than 25 years of business and executive management experience, Bill has successfully led several companies and delivered many complex transformation programs. Bill is recognized for his ability to facilitate sustained conflict resolution across business owners and leaders, and to create environments that will optimize leadership and build positive management impact.

James Moore

Senior Business Advisor, Dentons Canada LLP

James Moore is a Senior Business Advisor at the multinational law firm Dentons and a Public Policy Advisor at the global firm Edelman. He also serves as Chancellor of the University of Northern British Columbia, is the national vice-chair of the Canadian Cancer Society, a member of the NAFTA Council for the Government of Canada and a corporate director.

Previously, he served as Canada’s Minister of Industry, Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official Languages, and Secretary of State for the Asia Pacific Gateway and Minister for the 2010 Olympics. He was chair of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Prosperity and Vice Chair of the Operations and Social Affairs Cabinet Committees and served as the Senior Regional Minister for the province of British Columbia.

A Member of Parliament for 15 years, James is the youngest Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister in British Columbia’s history, the youngest Regional Minister in Canadian history and the third youngest Cabinet Minister in Canadian history.

He is a past member of the Trilateral Commission and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Fluently bilingual in french & english, James holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Northern B.C. and a Master’s Degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Lital Marom

Serial Entrepreneur & Expert on Digital Innovation

Lital helps organizations to unlock their potential, by introducing them to new forms of value creation - integrating the platform business model and exponential technologies.

Lital has led the global strategy and sales of Fortune 100 corporations across three continents before going on to found four companies: UNFOLD Media Group, BDN Ventures, Beyond and The Academy of Tomorrow.

At UNFOLD Media Group she works closely with leaders and their organizations to design their strategic direction and transformation by integrating platform thinking and understanding the application of distributed ledgers (blockchain), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and data. She founded the Academy of Tomorrow with the mission to help unlock the potential of young people by equipping them with new skills and preparing them for the future of work.

A sought-after keynote speaker and a frequent lecturer of innovation, new economies of scale, leadership and the future of work. Lital started her career in engineering and product management in Israel and Europe. She is a thought leader on agile business processes, impact and digital transformation.

Michael Shields

Partner and Fraser Valley Leader, PwC Canada

Based in our office at Surrey Central, Mike leads PwC’s Fraser Valley Region. He has over 25 years of consulting experience and specializes in providing strategic international and domestic business and tax consulting services to a wide range of clients based in BC. Mike is also responsible for developing and executing PwC’s strategy to make our Surrey office the hub of our activity in the Fraser Valley. This strategy includes expanding our existing 80 person office by attracting over 25 additional specialized senior people to the office over the next two years.

Sheila Snyder

Partner, US Immigration, Vancouver, PwC Law LLP

Sheila is a Partner of PwC Law LLP, an immigration and tax law firm with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax. She is a US immigration attorney, licensed in New York State, and has been practicing in the field of immigration law for over 14 years. She has managed some of the largest US immigration programs and spent 6 years working in immigration in Washington, DC. Sheila has assisted clients of all sizes in modernizing their mobility programs for talent acquisition and retention purposes. Her career highlights include participating in the Prime Minister’s Roundtable: A Dialogue on High Growth Innovation in Vancouver, and representing detained pro bono asylum clients in Immigration Court. She is called to the Bar of Ontario, a Practitioner of Foreign Law in BC, a member of the Business Council of British Columbia’s Employee Relations Committee, and has been an active member of AILA for over a decade.

Terry VanQuickenborne

Senior Director of Talent, Ledcor

As the Sr. Director of Talent for Ledcor Terry oversees Talent Acquisition, Talent Programs, Learning & Development and Inclusion & Diversity. She is passionate about facilitating generative change by helping individuals and organizations discover and maximize their passion and potential. Her approach is always to think “beyond the box” and start from the position of possibility in order to achieve transformational change.

She has over 20 years experience in organization and leadership development, talent management, change management, organizational design and executive coaching. Her career has included executive positions within Human Resources, Marketing & Communications and Corporate Resources. She has worked internationally in a variety of industries including the public sector, forestry, retail, resort development, government, finance, technology, transportation, environmental sciences, energy and the not-for-profit sector.

She holds a Master of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, and now serves as Adjunct Faculty. As well, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Simon Fraser University, a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University and is a certified Positive Psychology Coach and a StandOut Strengths Coach. Terry is actively involved with the Minerva Foundation for BC Women as facilitator for Women Leading the Way™.

For additional information or questions, please contact:

Theresa Ng 

Marketing Specialist