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Tuesday, July 5 • 4:40pm - 6:10pm
CASE STUDY SESSION: Urban Disruptors Vancouver’s Impact Express

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This will be a two part session which focuses on how Vancouver’s community of impact 
entrepreneurs are tackling three of our most pressing urban challenges—inequality, health and 

Part 1: Inequality
Nowhere is wealth inequality more evident than in cities—where often the largest concentration of wealth, power, and resources can often be found within blocks of extreme poverty and repression.  Part 1 of this session focuses on the innovative business models being developed in Vancouver to  bridge the wealth divide—both at home and around the world.

Part 2: Health + Mobility
Health and mobility in urban areas are intrinsically linked. Vancouver is becoming known 
worldwide for its walkable neighbourhoods, transit accessible workplaces and aggressive biking infrastructure, but infrastructure is only part of the puzzle for building a truly healthy city. Part 2 of this session focuses on how technology and design are contributing to the urban health and mobility landscape in Vancouver--from alternative vehicles to wearable technology.

Featuring impact entrepreneurs from Vancouver, this session will focus on three of our most 
pressing urban challenges—inequality, health and mobility. 

  • Moderator: Nejeed Kassam, Keela
  • 10 minutes - Tackling inequality in Vancouver 
  •  2 min: Introduction to Vancouver’s Healthy City Strategy + Impact Express
  • Sean Elbe, Vancouver Economic Commission  
  •  2-minute each, rapid-fire presentations: entrepreneurs that are helping bridge the wealth divide in Vancouver by improving access to essential resources
  • Colin Stansfield, Knack Works (access to employment)
  • Mike Tan, Change Heroes (access to capital)
  • Jessica Pautsch, Mesh Exchange (access to food)
  • Eric Arsenault, WeShop.org (redistributing wealth through consumption)
  • 30 minutes – Tackling inequality in developing countries 
  •  Panel discussion
  • Shaun Frankson, Plastic Bank
  • Thijs Mathot, Brighter Investment
  • Florin Gheorghe, Arbutus Medical

PART 2: 
30 minutes - Tackling personal healthcare 
 Panel discussion
Alexandra Greenhill, My Best Helper
Lisa Fraser, Snugvest
Barbara Alink, The Alinker
10 minutes - Tackling transportation issues to promote urban health
 2 min: Vancouver’s Greenest City Strategy + Renewable Energy Strategy
Pietra Basilij, Vancouver Economic Commission 
 2-minute each, rapid-fire presentations: entrepreneurs that are developing technologies to 
improve urban health
John Stonier, Velometro Mobility (shared pedal-powered velo cars)
Grace Quan, Hydrogen in Motion (hydrogen storage solutions)
Ian McAvoy, Thompson Power (next generation of electric vehicles)
Flo Develleness, Hitch Planet (insights on ride-sharing solutions)

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Nejeed Kassam

Founder + CEO, Keela
Nejeed Kassam is the CEO and founder of Keela-a startup working to change the business of non-profits. Nejeed was educated at McGill University (B.A.) and Osgoode Hall Law School (JD). Called to the Ontario Bar in 2015, Nejeed is the founder and former director of End Poverty Now... Read More →

Keynote Speakers & Presenters
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Barbara Alink

CEO, The Alinker Inventions Ltd.
story started with a comment of Barbara’s aging mother- Antonia Esman. While passing some elderly people with walkers and scooters, she said: "over my dead body will I'll ever use one of those!”. Barbara set out to design something better for her mum, but started realizing that... Read More →

Eric Arsenault

Founder, WeShop.org
WeShop.org sells great products which benefit amazing causes. From light bulbs to t-shirts to saving the honeybees and giving those in need a chance. Join the movement!
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Shaun Frankson

Co-founder, The Plastic Bank
Shaun Frankson is the co-founder of The Plastic Bank and project lead on a game changing Blockchain platform, in collaboration with IBM, designed to STOP Ocean plastic and reduce global poverty. He is commonly known as a modern day strategy guy and growth hacker. Shaun has made a... Read More →
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Lisa Fraser

CEO, Founder, Wearable Therapeutics Inc
After developing a therapy product using proprietary technology as her thesis, Lisa started her first venture, Wearable Therapeutics to commercialize Snug Vest. Snug Vest is an inflatable therapy vest that helps to relieve anxiety and increase focus, and is proven to reduce cortisol... Read More →
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Florin Gheorghe

CEO, Arbutus Medical
Florin is the CEO at Arbutus medical, a socially-driven business with a pipeline of affordable, world-class medical devices that is re-thinking the way medtech markets can serve the poor, profitably. Their flagship product is a $400 alternative to existing $30,000 surgical drills... Read More →
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Dr. Alexandra Greenhill

CEO, My Best Helper
Dr. Alexandra Greenhill is an award winning health leader and tech CEO. Lifelong learner/doer, she is on a mission to make every moment matter. What will the future hold? What can we do today to actually influence what happens tomorrow? She believes entrepreneurship is the answer... Read More →

David Katz

Founder + CEO, Plastic Bank
David Katz is the President of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (E.O.) Vancouver Chapter and recent winner of the organizations Global Citizen Award. This award is given to one member of the E.O. each year that uses their entrepreneurial skills to make positive change. After 10... Read More →
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Thijs Mathot

Founder and Managing Director, , Brighter Investment
Thijs is the founder and managing director with Brighter Investment—an organization that invests in the university education of high-potential students in developing countries. While working for a Mexican project developer on real estate investments, Thijs pooled money with some... Read More →
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Mark Rabin

CEO, Portable Electric
Mark is an energy specialist, entrepreneur, and collaborator working at the intersection of the new energy paradigm of distributed energy systems, big batteries/storage, new technology integration, and micro-grids. Rabin left a cozy desk job to venture into the perilous, yet rewarding... Read More →

Tuesday July 5, 2016 4:40pm - 6:10pm PDT
Impact Hub Seattle- Waterfall Room