Carl Ganzert

Orthotist, Partner at Hodgson Orthopedic Group

Carl Ganzert is a Canadian certified Orthotist, holding a M.Sc. in Rehabilitation Science through McMaster University. Carl has a passion for scoliosis bracing and treating patients with complex limb deformities. As the director of the Hodgson group’s research division he leads the development and integration of novel techniques and technologies in the field of Prosthetics & Orthotics. Carl is a co-chair in the Canadian Advances in Neuro-Orthopedics for Spasticity Congress (CANOSC) congress series. He has co-authored multiple publications in the area of upper motor neuron injuries resulting in spasticity.

Dom Kwong

Co-Founder & COO, Damon Motors

Dom Kwong is co-founder and chief operating officer of Damon Motors. A technology commercialization professional with more than two decades experience, Dom has worked with both startups and large-scale companies developing products from concept to full commercialization. Prior to founding Damon, Dom served as head of Engineering and Manufacturing at Recon Instruments (acquired by Intel for $150M) where he led the development and manufacturing of the RECON Snow 2 HUD goggles. Dom prefers track riding to street riding and uses the experience to deliver the best riding experience for Hypersport riders. He has taken more than 20 advanced riding courses and is an advocate for rider safety. 15 years ago, Dom’s dream of bringing the safest motorcycle to the streets began. Teaming up with Jay Giraud put his dream on course, as the duo would go on to create Damon Motors.

Geoff Crocker

CTO, CEL Group of Companies

Geoff Crocker joined the CEL Group of Companies in January 2021 as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Geoff brings 20 years experience in product management, client relations and business strategy, most recently in the roles of Director of Product Management and Vice President, Technology at both Neurio Technology Inc (Generac) and Corvus Energy Inc.

Mitchell Miller

CEO, Atlas Power Technologies

Mitchell Miller is the CEO/ founder of Atlas Power Technologies Inc. He comes from an entrepreneurial background having worked within his family’s businesses beginning at the age of six. Opening his first business at the age of 22, he went on to hire over 350 people over the lifespan of this endeavor. During his career and while he was the President of the Abbotsford Downtown Association which was established in 1891, he worked with over 200 small businesses to improve the business climate in the Fraser Valley. Recently, a Winner of the 2021 Business in Vancouver top 40 under 40, he is pioneering a cutting-edge energy storage technology developed over the last decade and involving research teams/ projects at both the University of British Columbia Okanagan and Simon Fraser Universities Surrey Campus.

Randy Smyth

Director of Engineering, Vanderlande Industries Canada

Randy Smyth is the Director of Engineering at Vanderlande in the Airports and Parcel business unit of North America. Vanderlande is a global leader in Logistics Process Automation in the airports, parcel, and warehouse markets. Randy leads teams responsible for projects such as the automated baggage systems for YVR, JFK, LAX, and MCO. With several decades of experience driving growth, technical acumen in teams, operational improvements, revenue and market share for global organizations, Randy brings a solid understanding of the importance of quality education and the skills needed in technical arenas globally and locally. Previous roles held have included Chief Technical Officer for a global materials handling manufacturer, Engineering Manager for a company utilizing machine vision in the paper making industry, and Director of Operations for a multinational corporation doing high volume manufacturing of metal products in the retail industry.  Randy has enjoyed his success as a people manager, and himself has engineered designs of equipment that, though some are decades old, are still in use today and unchanged. Randy is a graduate of BCIT’s engineering program in mechanical design.

Richard Eppich


Richard Eppich is the CEO of Ebco Industries and Advanced Cyclotron Systems Inc (ACSI), machine and equipment manufacturers since 1956. Ebco manufactures custom industrial machinery for the renewable energy, mining, aerospace, and defense industries. Hydro turbines, tunnel boring machines, missile launch frames, SkyTrain doors, and hospital carts are some of the products Ebco has built. ACSI designs and manufactures cyclotrons which are particle accelerators used to produce medical isotopes for the diagnosis of cancer and heart diseases. Ebco Group companies are export-based with most products installed by our own service engineers in international markets. Richard is an alumnus of SFU having graduated with a business degree there in 1986.

Stephen Wu

Manager, Economic Development, City of Surrey

As a manager of Economic Development, Stephen developed Surrey’s first Economic Strategy with a vision to transform Surrey into a regional nexus for commerce and a nationally recognized centre for innovation within the next decade. Over the past five years, Stephen has been responsible for negotiating and securing several high-profile investments in Surrey including Skydance Studios and Damon Motors. Stephen is also a Board Director for the national Consider Canada City Alliance as well as the ex-Chair for Metro Vancouver’s Regional Economic Advisory Committee. Between 2017-2019, he was a part of a Global Affairs Canada and FCM-led mission to support economic development capacity building in South Africa. Prior to joining the City of Surrey, Stephen was a senior consultant for GLOBE Advisors, a leading global green economy consultancy and has led sector development initiatives for both the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia. In 2021, Stephen co-authored the West Coast Green Economy Study for the Pacific Coast Collaborative and the BC Government which was used to support the business case for development of SFU’s Sustainable Energy Engineering programs. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Cell Biology & Genetics from the University of British Columbia as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and a Master of Science (MSc) in Strategic Planning from the Edinburgh Business School (UK).

Susan Richards de Wit

CEO, Richards & de Wit Management Consulting

Susan Richards de Wit spends her time in the Vancouver technology ecosystem creating connections for entrepreneurs and investors who want to support their ideas - both as Mentor & Juror Wrangler for the New Ventures BC Competition and as a Management Consultant specializing in strategic partnerships. With her roots in journalism and strategic communications, Susan's career is paved with incredible accomplishments, including having contributed to the foundations of SFU Venture Connection - SFU's longest standing entrepreneurship program.

Tom Murad

President Elect of IEEE Canada

Tom Murad, Country Lead of Engineering & Technical Excellence at Siemens Mobility in Canada, and the President -Elect and Board Vice Chair of IEEE Canada. A member of Engineering Order of Honour - Professional Engineers Ontario “PEO", is a respected Technology leader, thinker, Board Member, an award-winning Engineering Educator, and distinguished speaker on Engineering, Smart Technology and Technical talents / skills development and education, as well as an advocate of Innovation and creativity in the Areas of Digitalization, Smart Infrastructure and Industrie 4.0. In 2010, he joined Siemens as the Head of the “Expert House” and Engineering Director for Siemens Canada’s Industry sector, then prior to his current role he was Leading the  Engineering , Technology & Academics for all Siemens Canada and also the founder of the Siemens Canada Engineering and Technology Academy "SCETA", that he directed since October 2014. Prior to joining Siemens, Tom was the Senior VP and COO of AZZ- B&S for many Years following an extensive career in Professional Engineering and Executive Management of Innovative Technical Operations including Academic and R&D work in Electrical power, Industrial Controls and Automation. He is also serving as a member of various advisory Boards of Directors in the Industry and Academia. Dr. Murad holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Electronics), and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Power Electronics and Industrial Controls from Loughborough University of Technology in the UK, with a Leadership Program Certificate from Schulich Business School, York University in Ontario, Canada.

Vincent Clerc

VP of Engineering,Terramera

Vincent Clerc is the VP of Engineering of Terramera, located in Vancouver, BC, Canada., where he designs Autonomous outdoor vehicles for unstructured farming environments equipped with instruments for Soil health assessment. Vincent has been the Director of the Advanced Robotics Research Lab for Softbank Robotics for seven years from 2010 to 2017, is the maker of Pepper, the iconic Softbank Robotics humanoid robot. NAO and ROMEO, are two other humanoid robots developed by Aldebaran robotics that have been released under his supervision.  More recently, he has led Robotics Research at Dyson, UK, as a Global Director of Robotics Research from 2017 to 2020. He has also operated as the CTO of Zodiac Aerospace's Mission Critical Data Recorder business unit for 4 years, from 2006 until 2010. Vincent holds two engineering degrees in Mechanics and Electronics and a dual PhD in Robotics machine vision and Signal Processing. Vincent has spent the 27 years of his career helping large and small companies to reach their full potential in technology.

Aiste Guden

Senior Software Engineer, Tesla Motors

Aiste Guden received her B.Sc. in Computer Engineering at SFU in 2014. Since then, she has been working at Tesla Motors as a Senior Software Engineer for the High Voltage Battery system on electric vehicles. Her focus has been on developing novel State of Charge and State of Health algorithms for various cell chemistries as well as supporting HV Charging Systems.