Meet the Judges To This Year’s Global Impact Challenge!!
Co-founder of 3 startup companies in BC, Nominee for Business Mentorship Award at Business Technology Awards in Prince George in 2013 and current Founding CEO and CTO of i-onCONNECT Technology Inc, Ernest Daddey has been a strategic advisor to several startups in the BC technology sectors and across developing economies.
Highly experienced Senior Executive who utilizes core competencies from both the technical, business perspective and technology transferable skills to grow businesses through strategic marketing, joint ventures, technology transfer, and innovation by targeting new markets, new product applications, and growth opportunities. In the past 25 years, Ernest has been employed as a CEO, VP Technology Development, Scientific Advisor, Project Manager, Materials Scientist/Polymer Engineer and Materials Chemist within the high-tech sector focusing on innovation to commercialization through research, product development, manufacturing, business development, and corporate growth through market growth and expansion.
Engineer. Entrepreneur. Educator. Tamara has worked in the oil and gas industry in Canada, reverse- engineered water filters in rural India, completed her PhD at Oxford, and was Canada’s very first GIC winner enabling her to attend Singularity University’s GSP in 2014. She has also owned a motorcycle training school, done independent technical consulting and been the co-founder/founder of 3 tech startups. She is currently co-appointed at the Sauder School of Business and in Engineering at UBC, and teaches on the topics of entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, and sustainability.
Min FitzGerald is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, tech innovator, behavioral scientist, and speaker, working at the intersection of health, consumer products, and tech. She has over 15 years of global experience from product ideation and creation, to strategic growth and scaling of organizations as a Management Consultant (Deloitte), the CEO of a YCombinator and Stanford-StartX backed personalized health tech startup from Silicon Valley (Nutrigene), and as Global Product and Commercial Manager of a growth-stage London-based eCommerce startup. As a speaker, she has spoken on best practices to launch and operate tech products and services, and on the how-to’s of tech innovation as a guest lecturer at Singularity University, Katapult Future Festival, TechCrunch, amongst other forums.
A serial entrepreneur who has extensive experience starting, growing and selling numerous businesses, Gopal joined Innovate BC from Accelerate Okanagan (AO), where he was Chief Executive Officer. At AO, Gopal was instrumental in the creation and management of successful programs for technology companies at all stages of growth, and he has been a driving force in the development of the Okanagan’s tech sector into a $1.6 billion economic contributor.
A graduate of New Zealand’s Central Institute of Technology in information technology, Raghwa has also received degrees in computer science from Australia’s Collier MacMillan School and the University of the South Pacific. In addition to his corporate experience, Gopal has lectured in the Faculty of Management (Business) at UBC Okanagan and the School of Arts and Sciences (Computer Science); has been an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Okanagan College School of Business; and serves on the boards of multiple organizations including the University of British Columbia, India Canada Innovation Council, Women’s Enterprise Centre, Central Okanagan Economic Development, and the Province of B.C.’s Emerging Economy Task Force.
A problem solver and proactive professional with extensive experience within the technology industry. Currently, Anastasia works with scaling companies to help them reach the next stage of growth. At BC Tech, she re-designed the flagship accelerator program for $1M-$3M ARR companies, HyperGrowth, and manages the Venture Programs portfolio companies and helps founders mitigate risks.
She cut her teeth on tech startup Farm At Hand where she led the company’s growth and customer success team (Farm At Hand exited in 2016). After a sabbatical year as a digital nomad and growth consultant, she is now back to help companies grow to become tech anchors. Previously, she led early-stage accelerator programming HighlineVC (previously known as GrowLab). She has helped over 45 startups since joining the Vancouver tech scene.
Regina Njima is the Director of Singularity University’s Global Impact Challenges. In this role, she develops the strategy and designs incentive competitions aimed to attract and support startups using exponential technology to solve the world’s pressing problems. She and her team have created an ecosystem of global partners who implement these challenges in countries around the world.
In 2011, Regina co-founded Global Eagle Investment Company in Kenya, where she developed the strategy and actively lead and influenced pursuable investment opportunities. Prior to this, she worked for various organizations, which include the United Nations (UNESCO), Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Technoserve, and the Ministry of Health, Kenya. Regina’s passion lies in the intersection of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology and she serves as an entrepreneurship mentor for various startups.