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Blockchain, crypto, cannabis, AI - hot emerging and growing fields not only in Vancouver. Opportunities are vast and investors are hungry. But the market is also getting crowded and regulatory hurdles might hamper fast growth. How to derisk your ideas? How to secure funding? How to grow in one of these areas?
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President & CEO
Founder & Chair
Women in Tech World
Director of Marketing & Communications
Home grown social influencer Barinder Rasode’s quintessential advocacy for Canadian values is nationally renowned.
Her leadership, mastery of complex subjects and innovation guides a plethora of issues that impact the everyday life of Canadians.
A strong believer in creating cohesion and synchronicity, Barinder leads by example to propel a team’s natural strengths to levels of exceptionality that help shape objectives, narratives and discourse.
Currently, Barinder is the CEO of NICHE, an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides impartial and evidence-based research about cannabis production and use in Canada.
Based in Vancouver with a national vision, NICHE was established in 2017 after discussions with the Federal and Provincial governments, industry, universities, patients, consumers, non-governmental organizations, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders.
Barinder has extensive experience working with senior levels of government, stakeholders and the private sector to find common ground to encourage respectful, informed dialogue on diverse issues to tackle emerging challenges facing BC’s future.
A fierce advocate of women’s rights, Barinder is the co-founder and Advisory Committee Chair for a unique series of conferences, SheTalks, each featuring 16 inspirational women who share stories of leadership, transformation, innovation, and how to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world. To date SheTalks has produced 11 popular events, including SheTalks YVR, SheTalks Resources and SheTalks Technology, highlighting the stories of over 160 women.
Barinder also hosts SheTalks Radio a weekly show on Roundhouse 98.3 FM.
Previously, Barinder served two terms as an elected Councillor for the City of Surrey, taking leadership roles in public safety and transportation. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Fraser Health, which provides governance and vision for the largest health authority in British Columbia. In her appointed role, she worked with senior management to establish overall strategic direction, review long-term plans, and ensure appropriate community consultation.
Among her many accolades, Vancouver Magazine ranked her as one of the 50 most powerful people in Vancouver.
MaRi Eagar is a visionary digital transformation consultant working in the blockchain industry since 2013. She trained professionally as a Chartered Accountant with a 20 year career as Business Growth Strategist. Her international career includes working at Deloitte, HSBC, Barclays/Africa and Standard Corporate Merchant Bank. MaRI is experienced in designing and establishing centers of excellence, including strategy design and performance development, strategic leadership and talent development, governance and employee value proposition.
She has developed a reputation for partnering with executives to empower them to execute, build transformation capabilities and develop buy-in for large scale, complex initiatives. MaRi has developed creative, agile and research informed processes, tools and distributed capabilities adopted by organizations such as Barclays Africa, Deloitte, BC Liquor Distribution Branch, Provincial Health Services Authorities as well as Mountain Equipment Coop.
She is a Founder and Chair of DigitalFutures where she focuses on helping entrepreneurs develop their unique value proposition and narrative, customer/user adoption strategies, team creation and development, as well as distributed leadership and governance mechanisms for strategic ecosystem development.
MaRI is an executive coach to blockchain entrepreneurs and investors, large enterprise and blockchain community leaders and advisor to select projects that enable novel user adoption and consumer protection.
MaRi was ranked on the Thomson Reuters Top 40 Social Influencers in Finance, Innovation and Risk, 2017. She currently hosts The Blockchain Executive Show on Blockchain Radio.
She is a Medium Program Partner and author of Leadership Web 3.0: How to unlock the human power of the token and blockchain economy and writing the world’s first leadership book for the distributed blockchain economy.
MaRi is a co-founder of BlockForum Global, BC Blockchain Forum, partner of Blockchain@UBC and a board advisor at the Lifeboat Foundation (New Money Systems and Human Trajectories). As an instigator of networks for strategic change, she is passionate about economic inclusion and financial wellbeing as cornerstones for future sustainable societies.
Zeynep has a track record of implementing top-performing digital content programs that connect with audiences while positively impacting the bottom line. As a tactical marketer, she has held management roles in the media, PR and private sectors for over 13 years.
An innovative leader, Zeynep has creatively sourced new audiences, untapped partnerships and underutilized resources with profitable results. Thriving in dynamic, data-driven spaces, Zeynep steered global projects in collaboration with cross-functional teams across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Today, as a performance-minded MSN Producer with Microsoft through Aquent, Zeynep analyzes and curates best-in-class content from reputable media outlets for one of the largest global content platforms drawing audiences in the millions each day. The content she manages ranges from lifestyle, travel and entertainment stories to hotly debated topics and trending news of the day.
Zeynep joined the Women in Tech World family as the Director of Marketing & Communications in 2017, and she has had the privilege of working with professionals across Canada to develop the messaging and promotions for the Gender Equity Roadmap. With the data collected along the Driving WinTech research tour last year, this Roadmap will support and advance Canada’s women in tech by informing community-driven programming and projects in 30+ communities nationwide.
The Founder Institute Vancouver
Women in Tech World
Founder & CEOSee Bio
Alicia is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about using data to make an impact. She is the Founder & CEO of Women in Tech World, a national nonprofit dedicated to creating actionable steps to support and advance women in tech. Her background in the tech industry stems from over five years of experience in the FinTech space building reporting teams and overseeing operations.