CEO Roundtable Chairpersons
Leaders Helping Leaders
Passionate business leaders in their own right, ACETECH’s CEO Roundtable Chairs are committed and trained to lead and foster constructive dialogue within each group.
Jack Crompton President of RideBookerJack Crompton has deep roots in Whistler and is passionate about the future of his community. His grandparents were original shareholders in the Garibaldi Lift Company and built the Clock Tower Hotel.
Jack's professional life has focused mainly on transportation and software. He founded Whistler Resort Cabs and operated the company until 2008. He is now President of RideBooker; a company that offers ground transportation (taxi, bus, and limousine) across Canada and the United States. His company operates the Whistler Shuttle, a shuttle service that links Vancouver to Whistler. Jack also works with Empowered Startups — a Whistler-based technology company incubator.
Jack likes to talk politics of any description. He is fascinated by political history, local government and international affairs.
Jack and his wife Carolyn have four children; Georgia, Margaret, Van and Harriet. They enjoy "the beautiful game", mountain biking, skiing and being in the mountains.
John Diack Independent ACETECH DirectorJohn is an Executive in Residence at Wavefront. John has enjoyed 30+ years in the Vancouver high tech industry starting out in engineering and moving through technical consulting, sales, channel management, international business development and most recently in COO and CEO roles.
With companies like Nexus, Epic Data, Dynapro/ Rockwell, NICE Systems (Israel), Infowave, Marqui, SXIP Identity, Circon, Tri-M Technologies, and PendoRent Software, John has learned significant lessons through both success and failure. Growing companies through go-to-market execution is a passion and a strength.
John graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology with a focus on telecom, and attended Simon Fraser University in the Executive Management program.
Outside work, John puts faith, family and the outdoors (kayaking, waterskiing and golf) on the top of his list. He is the Chairman of ACETECH, and is a Director with A Rocha Canada and the Port Coquitlam Community Foundation. Another passion is mentoring and today he journeys with 6 individuals and 2 companies.
Bruce Forde CEO of CambianDr. Bruce Forde leads Cambian’s initiatives to transform the health system using innovative information technology solutions that enhance care delivery and improve patient outcomes.
Bruce is the CEO and founder of Cambian, an integrated healthcare information technology solutions provider. Cambian customers include application vendors, medical centers, health authorities, and integrated care delivery networks across North America. Cambian products are used for resource scheduling, business intelligence, and patient navigation. The company is best known as one of the leading suppliers of solutions for clinical data exchange and integration of disparate systems.
Over the past 25 years, Bruce has held various senior-management positions at international systems engineering and information technology companies. Bruce has led the development of integrated practice management and electronic medical record applications in Canada and USA. Throughout his career he has enjoyed opportunities to work with talented teams on innovative technologies and products.
Bruce is currently the co-chair of the Digital Health Technologies committee for Surrey Innovation Boulevard. This initiative brings together communities, academic institutions, healthcare providers, and commercial enterprises to create solutions that meet needs of the evolving healthcare marketplace.
In his spare time, Bruce is an active cyclist, manages his sons’ soccer team, and sits on the board for a community soccer association.
Bruce holds honours Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees in Applied Science from the University of British Columbia. He is an NSERC and DAAD scholar and studied at the Universität Stuttgart in Germany.
Darrell Hadden President of Graphically SpeakingDarrell is the founder and president of Graphically Speaking, the second largest web and application development agency in Greater Vancouver. He is also the past president of the BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association and chair of the judging committee for Marketer of the Year.
Prior to founding Graphically Speaking, Darrell was involved with two research and technology companies that played a pivotal role in the evolution of the internet. He first worked with AEL Microtel/Microtel Pacific Research, a joint partnership between BC Tel and GTE Telephone, and later with Rogers Cable’s research and technology division, Cableshare.
Adrian Moise CEO of Aequilibrium Software Inc.With a track record for building and leading high performance Agile teams and delivering great software products and engaging user experiences on multiple platforms, Adrian makes sure we maintain our focus on delivery excellence. Michelin, Nintendo, Nike, Electronic Arts, Starbucks, Microsoft are just a few of the brands he's worked with in Canada, the US and Europe. Adrian also makes a mean espresso and can teach you a killer chess move or two... in English, French, Romanian or Italian.
Scott Phillips President of StarFish MedicalScott holds a degree in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia. Prior to starting StarFish, he worked in diverse areas such as lithium battery development and manufacturing, UV spectroscopy instrumentation and hi-fi audio speakers. Under his leadership StarFish has grown from being a highly motivated team working on one project at a time to a diverse professional organization with clients around the world and 100% focus on medical devices.
Carl Saunders CEO of VorumVorum Research Corporation was founded in 1989 by Carl Saunders, co-developer of the world's first computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) system for the prosthetics and orthotics (P & O) industry. With an emphasis on computer systems, Vorum provides pre-packaged productivity tools, custom solutions and consulting services for the P & O industry. With a strong commitment to continuous research and development, Vorum and its Canfit family of software and hardware products represent the leading edge in CAD/CAM technology for the P & O industry. Shape scanning technology, design modification software and CNC milling machines are available for prosthetics and orthotics applications including above and below knee sockets, body jackets, knee braces and lower extremity orthotics and cosmetic covers. A complete footwear system is also available featuring a 3D scanner, design software and carver for the manufacture of custom shoe lasts and orthotic insoles for the medical and retail shoe industry. Vorum has over 250 product installations in over 175 locations worldwide including USA, Europe and Asia and is proficient in conducting business in several languages including French and German.
Kurt Shuster CEO of Noomii.comKurt is the co-founder and CEO of Noomii.com. He primarily coaches business owners, executives and entrepreneurs, focussing on helping people lead extraordinary lives, both in and out of the office. Kurt has worked for both large and small companies in both the public and private sectors as well as startups. He holds a BSc in pyschology from the University of Victoria, a BSc in computer science from Queen's University, an MBA from Cambridge University and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Chris Wilson CEO & President of Function PointChris is the Founder and Chief Client Advocate, Function Point Productivity Software Inc.
As the company’s leader, Chris wants to create the world’s leading digital tools for managing the day to day hassle of running a professional service firm. Chris’ focus is on creating a place, a team and a culture where the best creators, communicators and collaborators can grow.
Chris has an extensive understanding of the operation, management and workflow processes of Design studios, Advertising agencies and Architectural firms, with experience assisting thousands of firms in standardizing their business of design.
Chris holds a Bachelor degree in Communications with major in Service Industries.
Coaching teams to perform above expectation
Relationship builder and team mentor
Helping people grow through their own experiences and education
Business process adviser and consultant
Builder and protector of our company culture
Focused on the customer experience through a commitment to those I work with.