Edoye Porbeni

An innovative entrepreneur who excels at creating forward-thinking healthcare solutions that improve the lives of patients and communities. With a strong background in healthcare and human services, Edoye is well-known for her leadership, unrivaled enthusiasm and her ability to deliver creative and effective results.


Edoye’s education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, a Master’s Degree in Public Health, and a Diploma in Applied Project Management. She is also certified by the International Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP).


Living each day with compassion, humour, and style, Edoye has focused her career on healthcare innovation, keeping quality of care at the forefront of every project. As the CEO of Future Health Ventures Inc. all her companies are aimed at improving the quality of healthcare in her home province of British Columbia, across Canada and the world.


Charmaine Crooks

Five Time Canadian Olympian and Olympic silver medalist Charmaine Crooks, C.M is a Member of the Order of Canada entrepreneur, community leader, speaker and global advocate for sport.

Founder and President NGU Consultants Inc (1994), a global consultancy and management firm, which provides strategic advisory and corporate development services to a variety of sectors. She is a corporate director, serving on several Boards including founder, 365 International Sport Foundation.

Former Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), IOC Athletes Commissions, IOC Ethics Committe and the 2010 Olympic Winter and Paralympic Winter Games. Currently member of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) alumni Olympians Canada, COC Foundation, Canadian Soccer Association and the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions.

Charmaine is a sought after speaker/moderator, free-lance TV host/producer and co-hosted "Cycle", -- Canada's first national TV series on cycling and fitness as well as "In the Company of Women", "No Laughing Matter" and the "World Athletics Gala". Charmaine is inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Texas El Paso Sports Hall of Fame. She has received numerous awards including the IOC Women in Sport Trophy and BC Top 40 under 40. In 2019, she was recognized by the Women's Executive Network as one of the Top 100 Women of Power in Canada and was one of the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women.

Rowena Rizzotti

Rowena Rizzotti has been a highly successful healthcare leader with nearly 35 years experience in executive-level and leadership roles across multiple business environments.

Rowena holds two Masters Degrees in Management and Business Administration (MBA) and also holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Biochemistry from UBC. She is clinically trained as both a nurse and a paramedic.

Rowena currently serves as an Executive Consultant and Strategic Advisor for a number of organizations in addition to holding the position as the Vice President of Healthcare and Innovations for two private health sector company’s. Previously serving as Vice President for BC’s largest private seniors’ care operator and the Chief Operating Officer for BC’s Northern Health Authority among many other leadership roles, Rowena is a co-founder of Innovation Boulevard and Surrey’s Health and Technology DISTRICT, is a member of the Conference Board of Canada’s Council for Innovation and Commercialization as well as the Council for Healthcare Procurement, is a Mentor for SFU Beedie School of Business as well as Founder and Executive Lead for Legion Veterans Village.

Jack Yong

Jack was named one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars – Leading Lawyers Under 40 for 2017.

Jack Yong is a partner and leader of the China Initiative with Lawson Lundell's Vancouver office, practising corporate and commercial law and providing clients with strategic counsel in diverse areas of business law.

In all of his work, Jack brings a practical, business-minded approach to get the best results for his clients. He is proficient in written Chinese and spoken Mandarin and Cantonese, and is able to deliver legal services in both English and Chinese.

Darin Kraetsch

Darin Kraetsch is a textbook serial entrepreneur. His personality is high energy and very driven. His creativity and passion for business are contagious and definitely two of his best qualities.

After spending over two decades growing, concepting, founding, acquiring and selling franchise systems representing over 1600 locations, he has definitely earned the right to be called a subject matter expert. Darin’s skill set is not limited to just franchising, he also has a robust understanding of how to build functional areas across the enterprise with a team that can execute at a high level. Darin has a very casual demeanor and an understated confidence and the leadership skill to stop talking and get stuff done.

Some of Darin’s notable work includes: Cold Stone Creamery, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Flip Flop Shops, all start-ups with over 200 units sold and all INC 500 designees as the fastest growing companies in America. Darin understands how to establish the unique opportunity and identity of a business and each has a story behind it, and Darin is the chief storyteller.

Darin holds a Bachelors degree from Arizona State University.

Olivia Chang

Olivia has committed her professional life to making an impact in British Columbia’s economy, both in the private and public sector.

Olivia has over 20 years of experience in business development, marketing, strategy development, and government relations. While working for the Province of British Columbia she led the development and launch of several strategies including the BC Energy Plan and Clean Energy Act. She also acted as a strategic advisor for Ministers and Deputy Ministers and spent her final year supporting the Premier and Governor General at the Olympic Games.

She took her experience in the public sector to support the growth opportunities in the renewable energy and later the healthcare sectors. Olivia has developed strategic partnerships with various blue-chip corporations in North America, Europe and Asia including General Electric, Lockheed Martin and Mitsui. She recently worked on the Retirement Concepts transaction of over $1 Billion and has sat on the Alberta Continuing Care Association’s Board.

Ms. Chang holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Victoria and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management.


Billie Jane Hermosura

Billie Jane Hermosura is a dietitian, project management consultant, and PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa. She combines her passion for health, adult learning and project management through her work as a consultant and researcher. Before starting her PhD, Billie Jane worked as a project manager for provincial and regional health authorities in British Columbia and Apollo Project Management. She continues to operate her own nutrition private practice Nutrition Intel and lead projects in healthcare and higher education. Billie Jane earned a Master of Applied Science from the University of Guelph and a Master of Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University, and is completing a Diploma in Sports Nutrition from the International Olympic Committee.