SEPTEMBER 21 & 22, 2017 | FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS | BANFF, AB
We’re hard at work putting together another amazing lineup of speakers for 2017.
If you are looking for an idea of what to expect, check out some of the amazing Alumni speakers below!
Warren Macdonald Keynotes #BVF2016 as he shares his terrifying true story and inspirational resilience. One catastrophic moment redefined Warren’s life in April 1997 with a freak rock fall on a remote Australian island that left him pinned under a one-ton boulder. For two days he lay trapped and alone, surviving the ordeal only to lose both legs at mid thigh.
Doctors told him he would never walk again. Warren’s response: “I don’t recall them saying anything about cycling, kayaking, or climbing mountains…” Only 10 months later he scaled Cradle Mountain, and in February 2003 Warren became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa’s tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro.
This Canmore, Alberta native is set to motivate and inspire at #BVF2016 as he reminds us of the “Challenge of Change” and the opportunities for innovation that lie within adversity!
The Challenge of Change: Finding Opportunity in Adversity
We’ve all heard it a million times; “change is constant”, “the only certainty in life is change”, “change or perish”. We all know it; what we need is for someone to show us how to deal with it. Warren’s “Challenge of Change” presentation will help your group realize that challenges brought on by change hold endless opportunities for innovation and personal and professional growth. That it’s the challenges we face that build the resilience we need as we’re asked to do more, with less . . . That it is possible to not just survive, but to thrive despite adversity.
Robotics Revolution: The Next Digital Transformation
In the not so distant past robotics was science-fiction fodder, but technological advances have elevated robotics from fantasy to reality, with the technology poised to address some of humanity's most pressing issues.
Chrysalix Venture Capital recently announced that it will be managing the RoboValley Investment Fund in an exclusive partnership with RoboValley Innovation Hub & TU Delft Robotics Institute, based in the Netherlands. Robotics is predicted to have an unparalleled impact on how we live our lives, and surprisingly, there is currently no pure-play VC fund focused on robotics - the RoboValley fund aims to remedy that. With a target size of €100M, this fund will draw on the broad investment networks of both Chrysalix and RoboValley to invest in and commercialize breakthrough robotics technologies. Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto!
“Invention ≠ Innovation”
Harry Singh, Director at Intel Capital, will take the stage at BVF 2016 to quash any notion that invention and innovation implicitly go hand-in-hand. In reality, says Harry, people often confuse one with the other and that the empirical relationship between the two is in fact quite weak. Tune in to here Harry explore the connection between invention and innovation, and start thinking differently at #BVF2016!
Intel Capital is one of the most active venture funds with investments of over $11 Billion US. As a key player in the industry, Singh has over 12+ experience with the fund, playing a variety of roles and focusing on investments from Education Technology to Location Based Services/Commerce and Compute Continuum. Although a Canadian native, Singh has since been submersed in the Silicon Valley for over 15 years and has an abundance of knowledge in the area that will be sure to make this talk worthwhile. Don’t miss out, register for BVF 2016 today!
Alumni Keynote Speakers
Co-Author of "Resource Revolution: How to Capture the Biggest Business Opportunity in a Century"
Consulting Professor, Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University
"The Uber of Everything - How the Freed Market Economy is Disrupting and Delighting"
Timothy (Tim) Draper
Sir Terence Matthews