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Tuesday, September 27 • 13:00 - 15:00
Disrupting Giants: Lessons from Vancouver Fintech

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Thinking about taking on an industry giant? Pick up some lessons from Vancouver’s burgeoning financial technology sector.

Hosted by Progressa, this event brings together a mix of investors, high profile startups, and early-stage up-and-comers who are making banks and traditional financial institutions take notice. Find out how they identify market opportunities, the unique ways they are raising money, why some are trying to beat the banks while others prefer to join them, and how one is acquiring customers without spending a penny on AdWords (or any other advertising for that matter).

This event will feature an expert panel of representatives from Progressa, Conconi Growth Partners, Wealthbar, and others. Also, get the chance to meet the people behind Cassia Research, Adventu, Blockchain Technology LTD, and more!

1:00pm - Networking
1:30pm - Early stage pitches

  • Zoran Kovacevic - Ready
  • Henry Bee - Cassia Research
  • Guy Halford-Thompson - BTL

2:10pm - Fintech Panel 

  • Ali Pourdad - Progressa
  • Zac Cohen - Trulioo
  • Hashem Aboulhosn - Conconi Growth Partners
  • Chris Nicola - Wealthbar
  • Michael Gokturk - Payfirma 
  • Moderator - Bill Tam - BC Tech
Capacity: 100 people

WHY ATTEND: Swing for the fences -- take on giant organizations! 

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Bill Tam

President & CEO, BC Tech Association
Bill Tam has been an entrepreneur and startup advisor for over 20 years. In 2010, he joined BC Tech Association as a founding Centre4Growth mentor, advising startup and growth-stage firms. Prior to BC Tech, Bill was CEO of EQO Communications, a mobile app startup, a Partner at SpringBank... Read More →

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Hashem Aboulhosn

VP & Founding Partner, Conconi Growth Partners
Hashem is a Founding Partner and Vice President of Conconi Growth Partners. He started his career with RBC Capital Markets in Toronto and London, with roles in Investment Banking, Equity Sales, and Equity Research. He joined CGP from GBA Equity Partners, a search fund he co-founded... Read More →
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Henry Bee

CEO and Co-Founder of Cassia Research, Cassia Research Team
Henry has over 10 years of investment experience, including as the lead developer at CSS Analytics. In that role, he built futures trading strategies for institutional clients including a $3 billion Commodity Trading Advisor and VT International, an Australian hedge fund. He is the... Read More →
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Zac Cohen

Zac has been in and around startups for the last 10 years, holding various roles in strategic operations and business management. His expertise has grown from multiple perspectives, having been a founder, tech industry consultant, and intrapreneur within a larger organization. Currently... Read More →
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Michael Gokturk

Mr. Michael Gokturk is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Payfirma Corporation. Prior to Payfirma, Mr. Gokturk co-founded Versapay Corporation in 2005 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from November 2006 to May 27, 2010. Mr. Gokturk has over 10 years of experience... Read More →
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Guy Halford-Thompson

CEO, BTL Group
Guy Halford-Thompson is a CEO, Director and mentor primarily engaged in the blockchain space. A highly analytical and programmatic thinker Guy recognized very early on that Bitcoin and the underlying technology, blockchain was a groundbreaking innovation with the potential to transform... Read More →
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Zoran Kovacevic

CEO, Ready
Zoran’s customer-centric approach to business was forged in the cruise industry many moons ago. However, it was at the Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts where customer service truly became his obsession, earning him a Leader of the Year Award at this prestigious organization.Today, as... Read More →
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Chris Nicola

CTO, WealthBar
Chris is a software engineer and has a M.Sc in applied math. His experience with wealth management started with his first job, working in IT at his father's wealth management firm when he was 14. Many ideas that have gone into WealthBar are the result of many years spent working to... Read More →
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Ali Pourdad

CEO, Progressa
Ali Pourdad co-founded Progressa (formerly: Creditloans Canada Financing), a leading Fintech company based out of Vancouver, British Columbia focused on helping Canadians find alternative lending options that aids in debt consolidation while removing expensive options similar to payday loans. Progressa offers flexib... Read More →

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Tuesday September 27, 2016 13:00 - 15:00 PDT
BC Tech Innovation Hub