Information Technology Chair

 Andrew Lugsdin

Andrew Lugsdin    
Partner - IT Venture Fund, BDC Capital
Andrew is a partner in the IT Venture Fund. He joined BDC Capital in 2001 and is based out of Vancouver, BC. He has over 20 years experience in the IT and telecom sectors.

Prior to joining BDC Capital, Andrew was the founder and president of a consulting firm for early-stage high-tech companies, providing business planning and development services. Previously, as Vice President of Sales and Client Strategy, he helped transform a Vancouver-based professional Web services firm into a Canadian leader. Andrew also worked for a number of years as a software engineer at Nortel and as a consultant for the DMR Group.


Sustainable Technology Chair

Andrew Haughian
General Partner, Pangaea Ventures
Andrew Haughian has over 15 years of energy and industrial experience. Andrew began his career in the upstream oil and gas industry before transitioning into engineering risk management consulting. He has a deep understanding of advanced materials commercialization and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal, Translational Materials Research. Andrew serves on the board of CarbonCure Technologies, Energy Storage Systems Inc. and Tivra Corporation. He previously served on the boards of RSI Inc. and Boulder Ionics which were sold in 2014. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Business Administration degree from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.


Start-up Spotlight Chair

Warren Bergen
President, AVAC Ltd.

With over 15 years of experience in the technology industry Warren brings a breadth of experience that spans star-up and growth stage sales & marketing, finance and venture capital investment. His background illustrates a highly relevant blend of entrepreneurship and early stage investment experience spanning angel, venture capital, and public market. In technology operational roles, his experience includes IT sales and marketing leadership, integration contracts, and channel development. He has also been instrumental in the capital raise for a number of technology companies. Warren holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan.