Connect ’09, the BC Innovation Council’s (BCIC) premier event for technology start-ups and innovators took place last night and over 650 members of BC’s tech industry took part. The breakout panel sessions, structured networking and awards gala were a hit and the BC Innovation Council should be proud of a job well done.
After a great keynote by Leonard Brody – stay tuned for video highlights as Riiplay.tv was there capturing all the session – it was time to move on to the awards.
Mahmoud Pouladi, at PhD student at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics at UBC, received the Ripples of Hope Award in biotechnology and entrepreneurship, an award that provides an internship opportunity in a B.C. biotech company.
New Ventures BC Finalist Lungpacer Medical won the emerging technology award for its Transvasular Diaphragm Pacing System, a system developed to assist with the mechanical ventilation of critically ill patients in intensive care.
The University of Victoria’s Brad Buckham shared honours with tech entrepreneur and academic Gerri Sinclair in the first ever entrepreneurship fellow awards.
Buckham leads the West Coast Wave collaboration program, which is studying wave energy potential off the west coast Vancouver Island, and he is co-inventor of the SyncWave Power Resonator that harnesses wave energy for sustainable power generation.
Sinclair is executive director of the Masters of Digital Media Program at the Centre for Digital Media, a joint program of the University of B.C., Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Institute of Technology and Emily Carr University of Art and Design.