BTM TalentMash British Columbia 2017 Speakers & Skills Sessions


The BTM TalentMash British Columbia 2017 Speakers & Skills Sessions will be posted closer to the event.

See the 2016 Speakers below:

Opening Remarks: Andrew Gemino, Associate Dean, Beedie School of Business


Matthew Bishop, Principal Architect, Elastic Path Software Inc


Matt Bishop is always seeking new ways to make technology better for the living. He has worked for software companies around the world, from the very large like SAP to startups of all kinds. As Principal Architect at Elastic Path, Matt’s focus is on embedding commerce into everyday experiences for the world’s largest brands. He is responsible for overall product architecture as well as R&D efforts.

Bonded Teams Makes Disruption Possible

Disruption via technology requires The Tech and The Business to forge a common bond and work with openness and trust in order to succeed. This bond rarely occurs in companies but is essential to the journey of creating new value for the customer. Join Matt to learn what this looks like in real life and how each “side” of the team can move to each other and find success together.


Scott Murray, Manager, Advisory – Performance Improvement, EY


The Innovative Mouse: Why hassles and delights come before Innovation

Innovation is a solution, but like any good solution, asking the right questions and understanding the problem must always come first. Scott will speak to his role within EY’s Innovation and Customer Experience group and how EY seeks to understand the innovation opportunities for their clients.

About Scott: Scott is a Manager in EY’s Advisory Strategy practices who specializes in Experience Design and Innovation. He specializes in the development and application of Innovation strategies, experience led transformation, and the design-thinking process. Scott started with EY five years ago in Perth, Western Australia after graduating university with a Law degree and an MBA.


Fernand Wong, Head of Data Services,Group Data Programmes, HSBC Bank Canada

What does it take to innovate the Financial Industry?

Join Fernand as he delves into this topic through the history of innovative breakthroughs, how banks deal with technology advances and drive innovation today ending with a discussion on What does it take to innovate in the financial industry!

About Fernand: Over 30 years of experience working in a variety of global roles in HSBC, ranging from programming, applications support, solution architecture, enterprise architecture to IT finance, organisational design and governance. Latest responsibilities include building out the Data Architecture and running major Group level Data programmes for modernising our operating process, application and data capabilities. 

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Sarah Law, North American Recruitment Team Lead, FDM Group

Sarah Law is the North American Recruitment Team Lead for the FDM Group, an international IT Services Provider with a footprint in North America, Europe, as well as the Asia-Pacific region. She has been working closely with fresh graduates from STEM and Business/Commerce backgrounds, helping to bridge the gap between academia and entering into the workforce through FDM’s unique opportunities. Though she holds a Masters in Industrial Relations and Human Resources, Sarah’s passion lies within Recruitment, as she thrives from seeing young professionals blossom into the next chapter of their career lives, bringing them one step closer to achieving their goals in IT and Business. She splits her time between the 2 key offices in North America as she manages both Recruitment teams operating in Toronto, Canada and New York, USA.

Career Paths for BTM Students & Roles within the S/W Development Life Cycle

This session will more clearly outline the duties and responsibilities of an Application Support Analyst, Business Analyst, and Project Management Officer – all of which are potential roles that a BTM graduate could be good fit for. It will also discuss the match between a graduates’ skillset and personality with their ideal role.

Hussein Hallak, General Manager, Launch Academy

Make Ideas Happen – 3 Steps To Unleash The Remarkable You And Get Everything You’ve Ever Wanted Now!

Want to make great things happen and live a remarkable life right now? Get started with a powerful 3-step action plan used by top entrepreneurs to make ideas happen!


Brenden Kennedy, Senior Enterprise Architecht, SAP


IoT innovations providing competitive advantages

We will take a look at innovations in Internet of Things (IoT) and how this Digital Disruption provides competitive advantages.

About Brenden: Brenden grew up on the beaches of Sydney, Australia and wanted to see where in the world could be better. Starting his career working across Asia-Pacific, then living in North America and in Europe, and now “mostly” settled back in Vancouver with his family, Brenden relishes the cultural aspects of integrating people and secondly the technology.


Nilesh Saraf, Associate Professor & BTM Academic Director, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University

The BTM Forum

During this 30 minute information session Nilesh will take you through an introduction of the new BTM Forum along with the benefits and process to join. Joining the BTM Forum is your opportunity for continued growth and networking within the BTM professional community!

Boundaryless Career Evolution

Rolando A. Fuentes Ruiz, Senior Project Analyst, PMO, Clinical & Systems Transformation

Diraj Goel, VP, Operations, Hootsuite
Emily Chee, Manager at KPMG LLP
Qudsia Ahmed, President PMI Cdn West Coast Chapter

Session Description: Join this panel of professionals as they share their career evolution along with their thoughts on critical skillsets needed for today and tomorrow.


Laurie Schultz, President & CEO, ACL

Laurie Schultz, President and CEO, is responsible for leading the transformation of ACL’s global business by mobilizing talent toward category disruption and double digit growth.

With over 25 years of experience in software and technology sectors, Laurie has led 12 multi-million dollar software P&Ls spanning the personal finance, small business accounting, SaaS, ERP, Business Intelligence, and GRC categories. Holding prior leadership positions with Sage, Intuit, KPMG, and Telus, Laurie has both DOUBLED revenues and DOUBLED profits by empowering change and relentlessly focusing on the “right critical few.” – READ MORE

Disruptive Innovation

ACL helps 8,000 customers in 140 countries around the world mitigate against fraud, corruption, and waste while remaining a committed, head quartered, anchor tenant of Vancouver’s growing technology sector. In 2011, ACL’s CEO reigns were passed from Founder to Laurie Schultz and ever since, ACL has been on a tear to disrupt the category it created in the first place. Join Laurie to learn more about this transformation including her emphasis on culture, leadership, technology and business model—as anchored by ACL’s 3 core values of Authenticity, Customer Intensity, and Disruptive Innovation.