bringing together the leading minds
in Business and innovation.

Don't miss the opportunity to witness history in the making!

July 13th and 14th, 2017

UBC Robson Square, downtown Vancouver , B.C.

The World Entrepreneur Forum “Finding The Next Edison"
Hosted by the Venture Development Canucks in partnership with UBC.


Who will win the "Tommy Award"? Presented by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

Don't miss this unique opportunity for dynamic learning and making new connections to help take your company, your portfolio companies and your interests to new heights.

Master of Ceremonies
Leah (Costello) Rowntree

Leah (Costello) Rowntree is an event host, writer, and media commentator based in Vancouver, BC.

In 2010, Leah founded the Curious Mind Group of Companies that curated and produced events, conferences, salons, and luxury excursions across the country. Their signature program, the "Bon Mot Book Club", ran for 6 years as Canada’s most exclusive dinner series in Vancouver, Calgary & Toronto. Through this Club she hosted and interviewed internationally known speakers including Michael Lewis, John Cleese, Dick Cheney, Malcolm Gladwell, Conrad Black, Niall Ferguson, Sam Harris, Ehud Barak, Pervez Musharraf and numerous others. 

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Peter H. Thomas - Keynote Speaker

Peter H. Thomas was one of the leading real estate developers and lenders of his time in North America, developing several billion dollars of projects, including shopping centers, apartments and condominiums, land assembly, and golf courses. He brought the franchising rights of Century 21 Real Estate to Canada, founded Samoth Capital Corporation (now known as Sterling Centrecorp Inc.), developed the Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona and acquired with his partners the Dogtopia brand. 

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Lisa Wang - Keynote Speaker

Lisa Wang is a serial entrepreneur and the Co-Founder of SheWorx, the global platform empowering 20,000+ ambitious female entrepreneurs with access to top mentors, investors, and actionable business strategies to build and scale successful companies. 

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Narges NirumvalaIn The Spot Light

Called ‘The Secret Weapon’ by one journalist, Narges Nirumvala is a world renowned leadership communication expert and Canada’s leading executive speech coach. A self-made success, she is the CEO of ExecutiveSpeak Coaching International, an international keynote speaker and author of the Amazon Best Seller “Capture the Spotlight”.

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CanLyme - Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation

Lyme Disease is a borreliosis, an improperly tested for disabling disease that has for decades been an under-reported, poorly recognized serious threat to the health of Canadians, tourists, outdoor enthusiasts, and our businesses who employ outdoor workers.

The Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation (CanLyme) was formed to provide the public, including medical professionals, with balanced and validated information on Lyme disease and related coinfections.


To participate, please contact Stephen Davis:

Thomas Edison Innovation Foundation:
Finding the Next Edison.

Thomas Edison Innovation Foundation, “Finding the Next Edison”, will feature exciting new start-ups competing for seed capital and the coveted “Tommy” award. 

We are looking for fast growth innovative companies that are leading the way with cutting edge technologies, processes or services. Each company has twenty minutes to present followed by fifteen minutes of questions from our VCs and business strategists.