DR. Hannes Blum - former ceo of abebooks.com
Dr. Hannes Blum started his career with The Boston Consulting Group in Germany and founded his first company (JustBooks GmbH) with colleagues of his PhD program in 1999. After selling his business to AbeBooks.com, he was asked to take over as CEO of AbeBooks which brought him and his family to Victoria, Canada in 2003. After acquiring 5 companies, he sold AbeBooks to Amazon.com in 2008 and stayed on as a VP for Amazon.com until May 2015. He won several industry awards during his tenure at AbeBooks and Amazon (e.g. Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Consumer category for Pacific Canada).
Currently, he is Venture Partner North America for Acton Capital, a Munich based VC fund focused on consumer internet. He sits on the Board of six companies (Mobify in Vancouver, Chef’s Plate in Toronto, Blitsy in Chicago, Eloquii in New York and Codename Entertainment as well as Monk Office in Victoria) and is an active Angel Investor.
In his spare time, Hannes loves to spend time with his wife and 2 children, on tennis courts, ski hills and golf courses.
Christina Clarke - executive director, songhees nation
Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian History and Anthropology from the University of Victoria. She was among the first 11 students to receive a certificate in First Nations tax administration from Thompson Rivers University and the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics. Christina has assisted the Songhees Nation in implementing the First Nations Fiscal Management Act with the very first Local Revenue Laws, Financial Administration Law, and Taxpayer Representation Law passed in Canada. Christina’s proudest achievement is her contribution as a member of the Songhees Wellness Centre Project team.
Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick - Founder, Beehive Holdings
Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick is the President and Founder of Beehive Holdings, an angel investor in companies focused on challenges and opportunities associated with products and services mostly used by women. A leader in her field, Nanon is sought for her expertise, insight and instinctive ability to recognize and nurture talent. She has overseen the successful investment in and exits from companies in industries from media to gaming, while maintaining her commitment to helping women entrepreneurs thrive.
Nanon obtained both her BA and MBA from Harvard, and began her career with Playtex International before joining the family business, Telemedia, a Canadian media and telecommunications company. As Senior Vice President, Nanon helped further cement the company’s leadership position in Canada, publishing dozens of magazines like TV Guide and Elle, and operating radio stations across the country. Telemedia also played a founding role in the company that would later become Rogers Wireless, today one of Canada’s dominant telecom companies, just as the mobile phone era was beginning and revolutionizing the industry.
After the sale of Telemedia, Nanon took on the role of strategic development for a start-up named Funny Fox Games. She helped reorient the strategy, rebrand the company as BigPark and recruit top female talent to a career they had often never considered. In 2009 the company was sold to Microsoft, and it was time for Nanon to pour her contagious energy into a new endeavor. Consistently recognized by friends and acquaintances for her ability to advise, coach and inspire, Nanon decided in 2012 to formally create Beehive Holdings and become a professional mentor and investor to enterprising women. She has since helped kick-start and/or grow companies such as Allocadia Software, Petnet, Accompany, Ruby Ribbons, Class Pass, DWNLD MEDIA, and Livestar.
She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Allocadia Software, Petnet and the de Gaspé Beaubien Family Foundation. She is also an Executive Chair for Monthly Gift and an Advisor to the Board of Directors for Accompany and Ruby Ribbon. Nanon is married with two children and resides in Victoria, B.C. Canada. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Owen Matthews - vice-president, wesley clover
Owen Matthews is a General Partner at Wesley Clover International, responsible for managing their technology portfolio. Wesley Clover is a private investment firm with active portfolios in technology, hospitality and commercial real estate.
Owen is also the founding Chair of the Alacrity Foundation. The Alacrity Foundation is devoted to advancing the education of Entrepreneurship, Business and Management studies and practices. It provides an intensive training environment with mentors and industry partners to prepare graduates for entrepreneurship in the technology sector.
Prior to his move to Wesley Clover in 2007, Owen was the founder and CEO of NewHeights Software. NewHeights was a pioneer in enterprise unified communication products and was acquired by CounterPath Corporation.
Owen is an active member on the Board of Directors for Counterpath Corporation, EchoSec Systems, Encepta Corp., Pretio Interactive, Referral SaaSquatch, and Tutela Technologies.
Owen is a Governor on the Board of Power to Be, a non-profit organization that empowers people to explore their limitless abilities through inclusive adventures rooted in nature. He is also active on the board of advisors for the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria and is on the board of directors for the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council, Victoria’s one-stop hub connecting people, knowledge, and resources to grow and promote the local technology sector.
Owen studied Computer Science and Psychology at the University of Victoria.
ADJUDICATION COMMITTEE MEMBERS
- Tim Walzak - Director, Camosun Initiatives
- Jamie VanDenbossche - Associate Director, Camosun Innovates
- Sean McConkey - Manager, Technology Access Center
- Rich Burman - Faculty Lead, Camosun Innovates
- Imtehaze Heerah - Mechanical Engineering Instructor
- Corrine Michel - Applied Learning Coordinator