Saul Klein

Conference Chair

Dr. Saul Klein serves as Dean and Lansdowne Professor of International Business at the Gustavson School. Saul joined the business faculty in 2001 to teach and research in the area of international business. Before taking on the deanship in 2012, he served as champion of the International Business specialization, and directed and oversaw a significant expansion of the school’s Executive Programs.

As Dean, he focusses his energies on enhancing the reputation and expanding recognition of the business school. To that end, he concentrates on differentiating the business school from its competitors and sharpening its global positioning. The school enjoys full five-year accreditations from both EQUIS and AACSB, a distinction earned by only 65 of the more than 15,000 business schools world-wide. He is building additional partnerships to leverage the school’s emphasis on social and sustainable values and its areas of specialization — entrepreneurship, international business and service management. He has spearheaded the development of the Gustavson Brand Trust Index as a way to highlight the School’s role in promoting responsible leadership. As a researcher, his primary research interests are in the areas of marketing management, marketing strategy, global business, and international marketing. He has a particular interest in issues relating to global competitiveness in emerging markets.


Sébastien Beaulieu

Associate Co-Chair

Sébastien Beaulieu is an experienced diplomat and executive at Global Affairs Canada. He also serves as an adjunct professor with the University of Victoria, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business.

As Ambassador of Canada to Tunisia and former Chief of Staff to the Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, he has been exposed to the highest levels of foreign policy formulation, governance and decision-making on key issues related to Canada’s diplomacy. His 20 years of international experience includes work on global issues, international security, trade policy and international trade litigation, with postings to Geneva, Paris and Tunis. He currently serves as Canada’s Executive Coordinator for Syria, based in Beirut.

Sébastien Beaulieu est un diplomate d’expérience et cadre à Affaires mondiales Canada. Il est aussi Professeur associé à la Gustvason School of Business de l’Université de Victoria.

En tant qu’Ambassadeur du Canada en Tunisie et ancien Chef de Cabinet du Sous-Ministre associé des Affaires étrangères, il a été exposé aux plus hauts niveaux de formulation de politique étrangère, de gouvernance et de décision liées à la diplomatie canadienne. Les 20 ans d’expérience internationale de Sébastien incluent les enjeux mondiaux, la sécurité internationale, la politique commerciale et le litige commercial, avec des affectations à Genève, Paris et Tunis. Il est actuellement « Coordonnateur exécutif du Canada pour la Syrie », basé à Beyrouth.

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Adel Guitouni

Associate Co-Chair

Dr. Adel Guitouni is an award-winning associate professor of management sciences, operations research and decision support systems at the Gustavson School of Business. His PhD and master-level students benefit from his multi-disciplinary approach to teaching and professional activities, which includes his work with the Canadian government where he directed large scientific teams involved with major events and strategic initiatives such as the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and G8/G20 summits, and a variety of projects with the Canadian Forces. Since 2011, on behalf of the business school, he has actively engaged in several educational activities that support the democratic transition and socio-economic development in the MENA region (i.e., Tunisia and Libya) from providing coaching sessions to senior government officials to obtaining grant funding to develop the country’s leadership capacity. In 2014 in partnership with Tunisian higher education institutions, he established a not-for-profit non-governmental organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship development and innovation. Through his research, Dr. Guitouni’s goal is to help improve the decision-making process at the individual and corporate level. Through his entrepreneurship and leadership project work, he hopes to empower youth and leaders by giving them the tools to change their world.


Bessma Momani

Co-Chair Theme 1
Diversity and Economic Prosperity

Dr. Bessma Momani is Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI), Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Doha Centre, and has been Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., a visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Mortara Center. She is a 2015 Fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and a Fulbright Scholar. She has authored and co-edited over eight books and over 65 scholarly, peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters that have examined the IMF, the World Bank, petrodollars, the Middle East, and Arab youth. She is a current recipient of a research grant funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to study IMF and World Bank cooperation. She was also the past recipient of two previous SSHRC grants on the reform of the IMF executive board and on Middle East urbanization. Dr. Momani is a regular contributor to national and international media on the Arab Spring and on global economic governance issues. She has written editorials for the New York Times, The Economist, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Citizen, and many other reputable international newspapers.


Jillian Stirk

Co-Chair Theme 1
Diversity and Economic Prosperity

Jillian Stirk: An expert in foreign policy and multilateral negotiations, Jillian Stirk is a former Ambassador to Norway and assistant deputy minister in the federal public service. She has spent more than 30 years working on human rights, security, and conflict prevention in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, and Afghanistan. She has conducted negotiations through a variety of multilateral organisations including the United Nations, NATO, the OSCE, the Arctic Council, and the EU. Ms. Stirk is a 2015 mentor, a Dialogue Associate at the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue, and co-leading a project for the Trudeau Foundation on Diversity, Pluralism, and the Future of Citizenship.


John Borrows

Co-Chair Theme 2
Economics of Indigenous Inclusiveness

Dr. John Borrows is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria. His publications include, Recovering Canada; The Resurgence of Indigenous Law (Donald Smiley Award for the best book in Canadian Political Science, 2002), Canada’s Indigenous Constitution (Canadian Law and Society Best Book Award 2011), Drawing Out Law: A Spirit’s Guide (2010), Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism (2015) all from the University of Toronto Press. John has a BA, MA, JD, LLM (Toronto), PhD (Osgoode Hall Law School), LLD (Hons., Dalhousie) FRSC. He is Anishinaabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.


Miles Richardson

Co-Chair Theme 2
Economics of Indigenous Inclusiveness

Miles G. Richardson O.C. is a citizen of the Haida Nation and Canada. He grew up among his people on Haida Gwaii, attended high school in Prince Rupert, BC, and in 1979 received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Victoria. From 1984 to 1996, he served as President of the Council of Haida Nation. Mr. Richardson was a member of the British Columbia Claims Task Force, which made recommendations to the Government of Canada, Government of British Columbia and First Nations in British Columbia on how the three parties could begin negotiations to build a new relationship and what negotiations should include. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Richardson was a member of the First Nations Summit Task Group, an executive body representing First Nations in British Columbia. In October 1995, Mr. Richardson was appointed as a Commissioner to the BC Treaty Commission and was elected to a second term in April 1997. In November 1998, he was chosen as Chief Commissioner
by agreement of Canada, BC and the First Nations Summit for a three-year term and was re-appointed in November 2001. In 2007, Mr. Richardson was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Currently, he operates his own business advisory service and is the UVic Director of National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development.


Guiliana Natale

Co-Chair Theme 3
Geopolitics of Diversity

Giuliana Natale is currently the Director of the Inclusion and Religious Freedom Division within the Office of Human Rights, Freedoms and Inclusion at Global Affairs Canada.  The Division is responsible for the development and implementation of Canada’s international policies, programs and advocacy efforts related freedom of religion or belief as well as the promotion of pluralism, respect for diversity and inclusion.  Ms. Natale also serves as a focal point for faith or belief communities and other members of civil society in Canada seeking to advance respect for human rights abroad.  Prior to joining Global Affairs Canada, she served as Chief of Staff to the Foreign and Defence Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister, within the Privy Council Office.  She also served for several years within the Department of Canadian Heritage, including as acting Director for International Relations where she was involved in the development of Canada’s international cultural policy which focused on the promotion of cultural industries and the advancement of cultural diversity as a critical component of inclusive policies related to social development and economic growth.


Oliver Schmidtke

Co-Chair Theme 3
Geopolitics of Diversity

Dr. Oliver Schmidtke is acting associate vice president research at UVic with responsibility for supporting the implementation of the Strategic Research Plan and the refreshed International Plan as well as the oversight for UVic’s research centres. Dr. Schmidtke brings his international focus and record of excellence in international research to the role of AVPR, as well as his experience in leadership of the Centre for Global Studies.

He received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence (1995) and joined the University of Victoria in 2000, first as a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholar. In 2003, he was appointed as a regular faculty and UVic European Studies Scholar in the Departments of Political Science and History.  Dr. Schmidtke is also a professor in both departments and holds the European Union Jean Monnet Chair in European History and Politics.

Before joining the University of Victoria, he worked at Humboldt University in Berlin as an assistant professor (1995-98). Since then he has been a JF Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University (1998-99), a visiting scholar at Humboldt University Berlin (2002), a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute (2007), and a Marie Curie Fellow at Hamburg University (2011-12). From 2013 to 2016, he served as director of UVic’s Centre for Global Studies. Dr. Schmidtke’s research interests are in the fields of comparative European politics and contemporary history, European integration, migration and ethnic conflict, and the role of identities and collective memory in modern societies (for more details see click here).


Hugh Stephens

Partner Representative Theme 3
Geopolitics of Diversity

Hugh Stephens has more than 35 years of government and business experience in the Asia-Pacific region. Based in Victoria, BC, Canada, he is currently Vice Chair of the Canadian Committee on Pacific Economic Cooperation (CANCPEC), Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, and an associate faculty member in the School of Business at Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC. He is a Past President of the Victoria Branch of the Canadian International Council. Before returning to Canada in December 2009, he was Senior Vice President (Public Policy) for Asia-Pacific for Time Warner for almost a decade, located at the company’s regional headquarters in Hong Kong.

Prior to joining Time Warner in 2000, Hugh spent 30 years in the Canadian Foreign Service with the Department of External Affairs, later the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). His last Ottawa assignment was as Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy and Communications in DFAIT. He also served abroad as Canadian Representative in Taiwan, Counsellor and Charge d’affaires at the Canadian Embassies in Seoul, Korea and Islamabad, Pakistan, among a number other overseas and headquarters assignments, including service at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing and Mandarin language training in Hong Kong.

In recent years, he has written and commented extensively on Canada’s engagement with the Asia Pacific region including articles published in The Globe and Mail, Post Media, Embassy, iPolitics, The Diplomat, Open Canada and others. He currently maintains an active blog on international intellectual property issues (


Christopher Brown

Partner Representative Theme 3
Geopolitics of Diversity

Christopher Brown has had a career of more than 30 years in the federal public service working on public policy issues. With a Masters of Public Administration from Dalhousie University, and extensive policy experience in Canada and abroad as a career diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, he has had a series of increasingly senior public policy assignments in Ottawa as well as in the Caribbean, at the United Nations, and as Head of Mission in Hanoi Vietnam and Consul General of Canada in Cape Town South Africa. Throughout his career, he has had a strong interest in public policy development and implementation, with a focus on the policy process in democratic development.  In his current appointment in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, his research interests include international policy development and governance, both in Canada and abroad.


David Miller

Partner Representative Theme 4
Defining Climate Justice

David Miller  has recently been appointed North American Director, C40 Climate Leadership Group, a global coalition of more than 90 cities that address the challenges of climate change. Serving as an ambassador, he will lead inclusive climate action and assist in empowering the city partners to achieved their mandates. He served as Chair of the C40 Cities from 2008 until 2010.

Since 2013, until assuming the C40 role, David Miller serves as the President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund – Canada, Canada’s foremost conservation organization. During his time at WWF-Canada Miller led the organization to refocus on its core mission of reversing the decline of wildlife, and achieved significant milestones such as the first MSC certified cod fishery in Canada, the protection of Lancaster Sound (the largest marine protected area in Canada’s history) and the research and publishing of the Living Planet Report Canada. In addition, he stabilized the finances of the organization by obtaining significant new funding for its work.

David Miller was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010. Under his leadership, Toronto became widely admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength and social integration. His legacy includes Transit City, Tower Renewal, Streets to Homes, Strong Neighbourhoods strategy, the Clean and Beautiful City initiative, creating significant new revenues for the city and sparking the investment of billions of dollars into the city, including for the revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront.

Mr. Miller has held a variety of public and private positions and university affiliations in Canada and the U.S., and is currently a member of the Board of Governors for Centennial College. In his former capacity as Counsel, International Business & Sustainability at Aird & Berlis LLP, Mr. Miller advised companies and international organizations on issues surrounding the creation of sustainable urban economies – he is a leading advocate and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability.

David Miller is a Harvard trained economist and professionally a lawyer. He and his wife, lawyer Jill Arthur, are the parents of two university age children.


Peter Robinson

Co-Chair Theme 4
Defining Climate Justice

Dr. Peter Robinson is the Chief Executive Officer of the David Suzuki Foundation. He began his career working as a park ranger in wilderness areas throughout BC, where he was decorated for bravery by the Governor General of Canada. After his park career, he worked at BC Housing, eventually becoming its CEO. Prior to his current position, he served as the CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-op.

His humanitarian work includes working with the International Red Cross as well as leading a team that monitored detained asylum seekers in BC. He currently serves as a Director on the Board of Imagine Canada, an organization that supports charities across the country.Dr. Robinson holds a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, as well as diplomas in Community Economic Development and Fish & Wildlife Management. He completed a Doctor of Social Sciences in 2014.


Sybil Seitzinger

Co-Chair Theme 4
Defining Climate Justice

Dr. Sybil Seitzinger is the Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), and Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions is a dynamic knowledge network that brings together leading researchers from British Columbia and around the world to study the impacts of climate change and to develop positive approaches to mitigation and adaptation. She joins PICS from her position as executive director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) based in Stockholm, Sweden. Prior to that, she was director of the Rutgers/NOAA Cooperative Marine Education and Research Program and visiting professor at Rutgers University in the US. She served as president of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography from 2006-2010. Her work at the IGBP involved facilitating and integrating the work of scientists and researchers across Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe on global environmental change. As a pioneering scientist, Dr. Seitzinger’s work at Rutgers centred on land-atmosphere-ocean biogeochemistry, with a focus on changes in the global nitrogen cycle and how humans are affecting it.

She holds a PhD in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been awarded an honorary PhD from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She is highly cited, with more than 130 peer-reviewed publications to her credit.


Hilary Pearson

Co-Chair & Partner Representative Theme 5
Private Philanthropy, Civil Society and Inclusive Development

Hilary Pearson is President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, a national network of family, independent and corporate grant makers in Canada, representing many of the largest private charitable foundations in the country. Since her 2001 appointment as president, she has grown the organization to become a significant voice in Canadian organized philanthropy. She has a background in all three sectors, with positions in central agencies of the Government of Canada from 1981 to 1993, an executive role at the Royal Bank of Canada from 1993 to 1996 and a senior consultant at the Montreal strategy consulting firm Secor from 1993 to 2001. Ms. Pearson has a particular interest in nonprofit governance, and has served on several national non-profit boards of directors, including those of Imagine Canada, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, CARE Canada and Indspire. She also chairs the Advisory Body of the Coady Institute at St Francis Xavier University.

Ms. Pearson holds a BA and MA from the University of Toronto, and honorary doctorates from Carleton University and the University of New Brunswick.


Roy Suddaby

Co-Chair Theme 5
Private Philanthropy, Civil Society and Inclusive Development

Dr. Roy Suddaby, an influential and top cited business scholar, brings his passion for organizational research and teaching to the Gustavson School of Business. Roy serves as the Francis G. Winspear Chair and works with PhD students in the area of organizational analysis. His current research seeks to understand how corporations are adapting to changing global norms and expectations. His research focuses on organizational change and where it intersects with business and society. Dr. Suddaby is the outgoing editor of the Academy of Management Review and has served as editor or guest editor for several journals. His research can be found in numerous academic journals including the Administrative Sciences Quarterly, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies, and the Academy of Management Journal He has won best paper awards from the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada as well as the Greif Research Impact Award from the Academy of Management. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award by the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada. In addition, he is a strategic research advisor at the University of Newcastle Business School and an honorary professor at Copenhagen Business School.


Andrew M. Marton

Co-Chair Theme 6
Global Trade and the Economics of Diversity

Dr. Andrew Marton, director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives, is a specialist in contemporary Chinese studies. His research revolves around the study of patterns and processes of spatial economic transformation in China’s extended metropolitan regions, with a particular focus on the lower Yangzi delta. His other research interests in China include studies of administrative restructuring and urban and regional development, curricular reforms and geographical education, and the emergence of new urban spaces for the visual arts and other creative industries in Shanghai, Beijing and Ningbo.

Prior to his appointment in the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria in August 2012, Dr. Marton held positions at the National University of Singapore and the University of Nottingham. As founding director of Nottingham’s Institute for Contemporary Chinese Studies he led the strategic development of a highly successful Chinese studies teaching and research program which culminated in the creation of the new School of Contemporary Chinese Studies in 2007. From 2007 to 2012, Dr. Marton served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and was also Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China.

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Daniel F. Muzyka

Co-Chair & Partner Representative Theme 6
Global Trade and the Economics of Diversity

Dr. Daniel F. Muzyka is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Conference Board of Canada and Professor of Management at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. He is also Vice-President and Chair of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

He was previously the Dean and the RBC Financial Group Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Sauder School of Business at UBC. Dr. Muzyka has taught and held senior administrative positions at Harvard Business School, INSEAD, Babson College, Northeastern University, Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), and Williams College.

Dr. Muzyka worked in industry with General Electric and Braxton Associates. In addition, he has been an active board member on several corporate, regulatory, and venture boards. Dr. Muzyka currently serves or has served on various government councils, including the B.C. Competition Council, and the B.C. Premier’s Technology Council.

Dr. Muzyka holds a DBA from Harvard University, an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from Williams College. He has been awarded the National Order of Merit by the Government of France.


Marcus Milwright

Co-Chair Art & Culture Committee

Marcus Milwright is professor of Islamic art and archaeology in the Department of Art History and Visual Studies, University of Victoria. He has held fellowships at the Aga Khan Programs for Islamic Architecture at Harvard and MIT and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art at Shangri La (Honolulu). He is involved in archaeological projects in Jordan and Syria and has created the Crafts of Syria website. His books include An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology (Edinburgh University Press, 2010), and The Dome of the Rock and its Umayyad Mosaic Inscriptions (Edinburgh University Press, 2016); and Islamic Arts and Crafts: An Anthology (Edinburgh University Press, 2017).

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Zen Tharani

Co-Chair Art & Culture Committee

Zen Tharani, a graduate of University of Victoria, is a published author, entrepreneur, mentor, and a highly sought after Management Consultant specializing in various sectors at a national and international level. His consulting practice provides executive leadership, management, business development, project management, program management, change management, and business analysis services to both public and private organizations.

An avid volunteer leader, Zen has spent many years leading high profile NGO initiatives both at strategic and operational levels. Amongst other volunteer commitments, Zen is the current Chair of the World Partnership Walk in Victoria that raises awareness and funds for Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s initiatives in partnership with Global Affairs Canada to end poverty in many parts of Asia and Africa.

Trained as a Health Informatician, Zen is passionate about the health care system and continues to play a significant role in shaping the future of the Health sector by transitioning health informatics from theory into practice throughout the diverse health delivery settings.

He has been a key player in promoting the exchange and dissemination of knowledge within the health sector through active promotion of education, collaboration, and communication across professional and geographical boundaries.

Zen is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems – CPHIMS-CA (USA & Canada) with a BSc., Health Information Science, School of Health Information Science from the University of Victoria and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Informatics from the School of Health and Postgraduate Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire (United Kingdom).

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Basma Majerbi

Co-Chair Impact Investing Committee

Basma Majerbi  holds a PhD in Finance from McGill University and is currently a professor of finance at Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Canada. Her research interests are mainly in international finance, portfolio investments, capital markets with a focus on emerging markets, and the link between financial system diversity and economic growth and stability. Her research has been published in leading business journals and earned her the Gustavson School of Business Award for Research Excellence (2007), and major research grants from national granting agencies such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the BC Knowledge Development Fund.
She’s been teaching at Gustavson School of Business since 2004 and taught various finance courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She’s a past recipient of the MBA Best Professor of the Year Award (2012 and 2014). Basma is passionate about sustainability and socially responsible investing which is integrated in her finance teaching at Gustavson. Since 2009, she has overseen the calculation of the carbon footprint of Gustavson faculty, staff and students, and has been actively engaged with CSSI, as past Chair of Operations, in various
efforts to reduce the school’s carbon footprint. Her leadership in this area earned her the Gustavson School of Business Innovation Award (2013).
Basma has also been teaching as a consultant for the International Monetary Fund’s Institute for Capacity Development since 2011 and contributed to delivering training to government officials from African and Eastern European countries on various topics related to financial markets development, financial inclusion, macroeconomic policy and financial sector issues.
Prior to that, she worked as a consultant for the World Bank and held various positions in the private sector in North Africa and Europe. Currently, she’s an Expert Panel Member of the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA) and an Associate Senior Researcher at the International Research Centre on Cooperative Finance (IRCCF) at HEC Montreal.

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Peter Elkins

Co-Chair Impact Investment Committee

Peter is a serial entrepreneur and community economic development thought leader. His unique back-ground includes both “garage start-ups” and “Fortune Global 500” career experience. His current work focuses on pioneering in the impact-investing space looking for innovative ways to unlock capital for early state ventures and helping accelerate values-aligned leaders change the business conversation in their local communities. He has long been fascinated by the convergence of community and entrepreneurial-ism. Today, his is an accomplished business leader, investor, and advisor with start-up, growth, and enter-prise acumen. Before moving to Victoria from Vancouver in 2011, Peter built his reputation as one of B.C.’s leading entrepreneurial minds as a management consultant at Kaufman Global and as the founder and CEO of GUTZ EMS, a medical device company. In Victoria, he has co-founded the Capital Investment Net-work and Kick Victoria, two grassroots organizations dedicated to building Vancouver Island’s investment and entrepreneurial eco-system.