Vancouver Branch - The Queen's Panel on Innovation

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

The Vancouver Branch is hosting a panel on Technology, Innovation, and Society. We have a phenomenal line up of speakers including Shelley Gilberg, MBA'O2 (PwC Canada), Alan Winter, PhD'74, (Government of BC), Elicia Maine, Sc'93, Artsci'93, (SFU Beedie School of Business), and Stephen Menon, Com'03, (Finn AI).

We are please to announce that Professor Jim McLellan, Sc'81, PhD'90, Academic Director of the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre and Professor of Chemical Engineering, will be moderating the panel discussion.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Learn more about our speakers:

Elicia MaineElicia Maine
Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Elicia Maine is a Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Simon Fraser University. She is also the Academic Director of the Invention to Innovation program, aimed at giving PhD Scientists and Engineers the skills to lead Science & Technology Commercialization.

Prof. Maine teaches Managing Technological Innovation in the Management of Technology MBA program, Managing Innovation in the Executive MBA program, and Lab to Market in the Invention to Innovation program at SFU Beedie School of Business. She has used her expertise at home and abroad to guide innovation policy and strategy and to mentor emerging talent. Shaped by formative experiences at Shad Valley and at M.I.T., she is passionate about the positive impact that can be made by scientist-entrepreneurs in addressing global challenges.

Dr. Maine holds a PhD in Technology Management from the University of Cambridge, Masters degrees in Technology & Policy and in Materials Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Bachelors degrees in Materials Engineering and in English from Queens University. She publishes extensively on Innovation Management in journals such as Research Policy, R&D Management, Nature Nanotechnology and Nature Materials. She has worked in industry as a strategy consultant, specializing in technology management in the automotive sector and in advanced materials sectors. She is active as a speaker on innovation policy and the commercialization of science.

Alan WinterAlan E. Winter
BC’s Innovation Commissioner

Dr. Alan Winter is British Columbia’s first Innovation Commissioner. Dr. Winter has wide experience at senior levels in the technology sector and in government, including such roles as the President and CEO of Genome BC from 2001 to 2016, the founding President and CEO of the New Media Innovation Centre in Vancouver, the President of the ComDev Space Group in Ontario, and the President and CEO of MPR Teltech Ltd. in Vancouver. During his tenure as CEO, six companies were spun out of MPR, including PMC-Sierra and Sierra Wireless – today a leading company in the Internet of Things.

Prior to MPR, Dr. Winter worked for Telesat Canada and the federal Communications Research Centre in Ottawa, where he was responsible for the satellite-aided search and rescue project (SARSAT). The international COSPAS/SARSAT system continues to be instrumental in saving many lives.

Dr. Winter is currently a director of Ontario Genomics and Geoscience BC, an adjunct professor at University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business, and a member of UBC’s Research and Innovation Council. In 2007, Dr. Winter received a Leadership Award from LifeSciences BC, and in 2017 he received the Don Rix Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has served as a director of over 30 organizations, including the BC Business Council and Alberta Innovates.

Dr. Winter is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (FAAAS). He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Astronautics and Space Institute (FCASI) and received their inaugural Alouette team Award. Dr. Winter received his Ph.D. from Queen's University, Kingston.

Shelley GilbergShelley Gilberg
BC Public Sector and Consulting Leader of PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada

Shelley Gilberg is the BC Public Sector and Consulting leader of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP working in the Victoria office. She has spent more than 25 years innovating and growing strong teams to provide trusted consulting services to clients in both the public and private sectors. She brings proven experience providing large, complex clients with trusted advice to enable their most strategic and important initiatives.

Shelley began her career in behavioural health and social work as a practitioner working in detention centres and residential care settings. She went on to be an innovator in health and human services and led her own management consulting business. She has been a COO and CFO, delivering on operations, technology, labour relations and innovation portfolios. She has also held senior executive roles in the government, including strategic public policy, economic development, shared service delivery transformation, technology, health and human services innovation, as well as operational and financial roles. She has led the sales and delivery of consulting and large transformation programs locally, nationally and globally, focused on public sector and healthcare.

Shelley holds an MBA from Queen’s University, a professional accounting designation CPA (CMA) and her ICD.D designation. She is a founding member of Vancouver Women in Technology.

Stephen MenonStephen Menon
VP of Product at Finn AI

Stephen is VP of Product at Finn AI, responsible for product strategy, product management and design. Stephen is a seasoned product strategist in the financial services industry.

With over 12 years of working experience in various lines of business within banking, Stephen formerly served as VP of Operations at MBNA (acquired by Bank of America) and SVP of Marketing and Product.

He later moved to TD Bank as AVP responsible for consumer credit cards, including the launch of Aeroplan for TD
Stephen was recently named 40 under 40 by Business in Vancouver.


PwC Office
250 Howe St
Vancouver, BC


$25 (recent graduates)


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Event Contacts

Heather Murdock, Sci'12