Invest Surrey Launchpad

The inaugural Invest Surrey Launchpad is an exclusive, invite-only opportunity to be among the first to learn about the next phase of Surrey's metropolitan transformation.

Thursday, November 23, 2017 | 9:00AM - 4:00 PM
Surrey City Hall | 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey, BC

Your opportunity to...

  • Learn about exciting investment attraction initiatives in Surrey
  • Gain first hand market intelligence to promote development in Surrey City Centre
  • Network with peers and prospective businesses looking to establish or expand in Surrey

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Agenda  Speakers  Sessions


Agenda

Time Event Speaker
9:00am Event Registration
9:30am Opening Remarks Councillor Bruce Hayne
9:35am Mayor's Welcome: Transformation 2.0 Mayor Linda Hepner
9:45am Keynote
Urban Transformation & Renewal: Insights from Calgary's East Village Transformation
 
Susan Veres
Senior Vice President Strategy & Business Development, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
Transformation 2.0 Panel Discussion

Moderator
Michael Heeney
President & CEO, SCDC

Panelists
Linda Hepner
Mayor, City of Surrey

Susan Veres
Senior Vice President Strategy & Business Development, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation

John Hayes
Managing Partner
Blackwood Partners

Q&A
Opportunity Area: Entertainment & Lifestyle
10:55am Creating an Entertainment Destination South of the Fraser Alvaro Prol
Principal & Co-Founder, Blueprint
In Focus: Unlocking the Economic Potential of Craft Brewery District Chris Bjerrisgaard
Marketing Director, Vancouver Island Brewing
Q&A
Networking Break
Opportunity Area: Digital Information, Communication Technology
11:50am Developing Future-Proof Digital Infrastructure for Next Generation Industries Doug Sage
Director of Marketing, Telus
In Focus: The Internet in the Physical World: Understanding Data Infrastructure Nicholas Jeffery
CEO, Uniserve Communications Corporation
Q&A
12:30pm Lunch
Opportunity Area: Research & Development/Innovation
1:30pm Innovation is in Our DNA Dr. Sarah Lubik
Director of Entrepreneurship, Simon Fraser University
In Focus: Augmented & Virtual Reality Transforming Our Physical Environment Graham Cunliffe
Director of Business Affairs and Operations, Finger Food Studios
Q&A
Opportunity Area: Industrial, Transportation, & Logistics
2:10pm Scaling Up High-Tech Companies in Surrey Neil Huff
Managing Director, Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre
In Focus: Capitalizing on Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway in Surrey Ian Forsyth
Terminal Manager, Maritime-Ontario
Q&A
Networking Break
Opportunity Area: Housing Diversity
3:05pm Building a Variety of Housing for a Diverse Population Jean Lamontagne
General Manager, Planning & Development, City of Surrey
In Focus: Regional Trends Impacting Housing Diversity Ryan Berlin
Senior Economist, Marketing Intelligence, Rennie Group
Q&A
3:45pm Closing Remarks

Speakers


Linda Hepner
Mayor
City of Surrey

Susan Veres
Senior Vice President Strategy & Business Development
Calgary Municipal Land Corporation


Ryan Berlin
Senior Economist
Rennie Group


Chris Bjerrisgaard
Marketing Director
Vancouver Island Brewing

 


Graham Cunliffe
Director of Business Affairs and Operations
Finger Food Studios

Bruce Hayne
Councillor
City of Surrey

Michael Heeney
President & CEO
SCDC


Neil Huff
Managing Director
Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre

Ian Forsyth
Terminal Manager
Maritime-Ontario

 


Nicholas Jeffery
CEO
Uniserve Communications

Jean Lamontagne
General Manager, Planning & Development
City of Surrey

Dr. Sarah Lubik
Director of Entrepreneurship
Simon Fraser University

Alvaro Prol
Principal & Co-Founder
Blueprint

Doug Sage
Director of Marketing
Telus

Sessions

Surrey Transformation 2.0

Speaker: Linda Hepner, Mayor, City of Surrey

Surrey is rising from the ground up as one of North America’s newest emerging Metropolitan Centre. The relocation of Surrey City Hall, establishment of Simon Fraser University, and construction of Surrey’s first luxury hotel - 3 Civic Hotel, highlights the completion of first phase of Surrey’s metropolitan transformation. Be among the first to learn about Transformation 2.0, the city’s exciting journey ahead and our blueprint for the next phase of Surrey City Centre’s growth.

Creating an Entertainment Destination South of the Fraser

Speaker: Alvaro ProlPrincipal and Co-Founder, Blueprint

With 40 percent of Metro Vancouver residents residing south of the Fraser, there is a significant demand for entertainment options in the region. From live music events to augmented reality game rooms, consumers across diverse age groups and demographics are spending increasing dollars on entertainment experiences. Join Alvaro in exploring opportunities to tap into new consumer markets for entertainment in Surrey.  

Unlocking the Economic Potential of the Craft Brewery District

Speaker: Chris BjerrisgaardMarketing Director, Vancouver Island Brewing + Co-Founder, Vancouver Craft Week

Heralded as the birthplace of craft beer in Canada, British Columbia has been witnessing a craft beer revolution over the past half-decade, with an exponential increase in the number of breweries and associated districts. Chris will share insights on the increasing role being played by these brewery districts and tasting lounges in building a sense of community within neighborhoods and how events such as the Craft Beer Week have been highly instrumental in place making and building cultural vibrancy, besides also acting as economic catalysts for communities.

Developing Future-Proof Digital Infrastructure for Next Generation Industries

Speaker: Doug Sage, Director of Marketing, Telus

The dawn of the Internet of Things and digital industrial transformation has made high speed internet and data essential commodities in the modern age. Learn from Doug about how telecommunication and digital infrastructure investments in Surrey are facilitating our growth as a digital service hub and positioning the City to attract the next generation of tech start-ups. 

The Internet in the Physical World: Understanding Data Infrastructure

Speaker: Nicholas Jeffery, CEO, Uniserve Communications

Data is the newest essential global commodity. However, information doesn’t just exist in cyberspace; data centres and other digitally-enabled physical infrastructure are integral in facilitating the movement of information and data that is critical to the success of the modern economy. Nicholas will share why Canada is facing a perfect storm of digital infrastructure investment opportunities for us to leapfrog other nations to become a global leader in the digital economy.

Innovation is in Our DNA

Speaker: Dr. Sarah Lubik, Director of Entrepreneurship, Simon Fraser University

Surrey’s vision is to become a nationally recognized centre for innovation over the next decade. The City, in partnership with senior levels of government and local universities, has invested over $285 million in the last five years towards building a strong technology ecosystem that is not only supporting new innovators, but also creating a culture of innovation in Surrey City Centre. As one of Canada’s Innovation Leaders, Sarah will highlight how Surrey’s investment into innovation is unique from other innovation centres around the world.  

Augmented & Virtual Reality Transforming Our Physical Environment

Speaker: Graham CunliffeDirector of Business Affairs and Operations, Finger Food Studios

British Columbia is known as a global hub for augmented and virtual reality technologies. AR/VR is transforming the way people are experiencing the physical world and has applications from entertainment to industrial prototyping. Learn from Ryan, how AR/VR is quickly transforming how we interact and use our physical environment and the next generation utilization of large-scale industrial space.

Scaling Up High-Tech Companies in Surrey

Speaker: Neil Huff, Managing Director, Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre

BC’s only clean technology and health technology accelerators are located in Surrey, supporting the growth of high technology start-ups across the region. With our abundance of industrial land and the digital infrastructure needed to support current manufacturing trends, Surrey has become a strategic location to help scale up these companies. Join Neil as he explores how the changing industrial landscape is affecting start-ups and the benefits for companies to scale up in Surrey. 

Capitalizing on Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway in Surrey

Speaker: Ian ForsythTerminal Manager, Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines Ltd.

Surrey is strategically positioned not just as the metropolitan centre for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, but also a critical international trade port for the Asia-Pacific region. With superior access to global trade via highway, rail, air and sea, an influx of multinational firms are locating their logistics hubs in the City to make use of Surrey’s geographic advantage. Ian will highlight why Surrey was the ideal location for Maritime-Ontario to invest in its first independent facility in Western Canada after having served the region for over 15 years and what makes the city one of the most efficient and thriving transportation and logistics hub in Western Canada.

Building a Variety of Housing for a Diverse Population

Speaker: Jean Lamontagne, General Manager, Planning & Development, City of Surrey

As one of British Columbia’s fastest growing cities, Surrey welcomes over 800 new residents each month. Surrey’s abundance of land allows the strategic development of a variety of affordable housing stock and ownership models. Learn from Jean how the current scenario of Surrey’s metropolitan growth and transformation translates into significant opportunities for development of diverse rental and ownership housing options in the immediate future. 

Regional Trends Impacting Housing Diversity

Speaker: Ryan Berlin, Senior Economist, Market Intelligence, Rennie Group

Demographic changes, increasing population and changing consumer preferences are unlocking new opportunities for investors and developers to create a diversified housing stock throughout the city. With this in mind, join Ryan Berlin as he explores demographic and housing trends throughout the region, with a particular focus on Surrey City Centre and the role that this vibrant community-in-transition can play in accommodating regional changes in the coming years.

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