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Past Speakers & Contributors

Richard Branson

    Robin Sharma

      Mastin Kipp

        Agapi Stassinopoulos

          Bob Proctor

            Tony Hsieh

              Miki Agrawal

                Tonya Surman

                  November 19 & 20, 2016 – 8 a.m.

                  Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

                  900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver, BC V6C 3L5
                  Largest event celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week in Canada

                  2016 Speakers

                  Chris Guillebeau

                  Author & Explorer, New York Times Best Seller

                  For ten years I visited every country in the world (193/193), documenting the quest on my blog. My new book, Born for This, is all about how to find the work you were meant to do. My two previous books, The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup, were New York Times bestsellers and have sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide (thank you, readers). I lived in West Africa from 2002 to 2006, and then moved to Seattle, Washington for an M.A. program in International Studies at the University of Washington. I now live in Portland, Oregon, when I’m not somewhere else in the world. I also produce and host the World Domination Summit (WDS), a gathering of thousands of remarkable people that takes place each summer in Portland. Learn more at

                    Hal Elrod

                    #1 Amazon Best-selling Author, "The Miracle Morning"

                    Hal is the author of one of the highest rated books in the world & creator of The Miracle Morning book series, also a Hall of Fame business achiever, ultra-marathon runner, creator of the Best Year Ever [Blueprint] live event.

                      Sarah Lubik

                      Director of Entrepreneurship, Simon Fraser University

                      As Simon Fraser University (SFU)’s first Director of Entrepreneurship, she promotes the power of, and need for, interdisciplinary teams to solve wicked social problems. She is co-Champion of the Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU program, a lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Beedie School of Business and conducts research into university entrepreneurship, commercialization of technology and innovation ecosystems. Sarah has been named one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40 and was recently named an Innovation Leader by the Government of Canada. She is also a certified business coach and the co-founder and marketing director of a high-tech startup: Lungfish Dive Systems.

                        Willson Cross

                        Founder of GoFetch

                        Born and raised in Vancouver, upon graduation, Willson worked as Director of Marketing for, Canada’s fastest growing ecommerce company. In 2016 Willson Co-Founded GoFetch – Canada’s largest pet services marketplace, that has been valued at over $2 million after investments from William Sauder and Roger Hardy.

                          Jon Berghoff

                          Co-founder and Managing Partner of The Flourishing Leadership

                          FLI – a revolutionary in rapid, strengths based, whole-system transformation – has served the US Army, NAVY, the largest United Nations Global Summit, cities, businesses and institutions of all sizes, and is the Official Design & Facilitation Partner for “Discovering Flourishing Enterprise”, the 4th Global Forum for Business as An Agent of World Benefit, hosted June of 2017 at Case Western Reserve University.

                            Jennifer Love

                            CEO. Entrepreneur. Advisor. Speaker. Contributing Writer.

                            Jennifer combines 17+ years’ experience building and working with consumer packaged goods (CPG) and tech companies. Collectively, she has raised, participated in, or advised in the raising of over $100M+. Under Jennifer’s leadership as a co-founder and former CEO, NibMor went from a kitchen concept to an award-winning wholesale chocolate company, with its products distributed in thousands of locations within five years.

                              Christian Cotichini

                              CEO, HeroX

                              Christian Cotichini has over 20 years of experience leading startup and high growth technology companies.

                              Christian founded Absolute Software a leader in computer security and asset management. After going public Absolute continues to grow and has diversified into a solution for organizations to manage the massive proliferation of Internet devices.

                              After Absolute, Christian founded MAKE Technologies. MAKE enables organizational transformation through the modernization of its clients mission-critical software systems. MAKE was sold to Dell Computers in early 2012.While remaining on the Board of MAKE, Christian left day-to-day activities to join co-founder Shannon Susko on a new startup. Subserveo, a SaaS company, targeted the post 2008 compliance and regulatory challenges faced by the banking sector. Subserveo was acquired 18 months afterwards.

                              Christian is an active angel investor and mentors startup entrepreneurs. In 2013, Christian joined HeroX as co-founder and CEO.

                                Colin Sprake

                                President & CEO, Make Your Mark

                                Colin is devoted to people achieving huge success in their businesses. There is a very definite reason WHY Colin does what he does and it all stems from childhood. Colin now spends time assisting business owners and entrepreneurs to find happiness, build a powerful mindset, and grow sustainable and highly profitable businesses with a ton of love in their life.

                                  Matt Astifan

                                  Founder, Web Friendly

                                  I’ve mentored social media professionals and freelancers to create a lifestyle business for working at home or anywhere in the world. I’m the Director of Internet Masterminds, the largest internet marketing meetup with 6,300+ members. As a keynote speaker, I’ve presented over 200 keynotes for companies & conferences including RE/MAX, Sun Life Financial, SocialLIGHT, Social Media Mastery, SOHO and many more.

                                    Theresa Laurico

                                    Founder CEO, SociaLIGHT Conference

                                    Theresa Laurico is an award-winning entrepreneur, media producer, speaker and founder of SociaLIGHT. Her work has impacted thousands globally.
                                    Laurico is also a seasoned television producer and personality with several national series, commercials, and international broadcast experience for clients like CTV, Muchmusic, HGTV, Rogers and Citytv. Laurico is the first female Toronto Lean Startup Machine winner, nominated by the Toronto Board of Trade for Business Excellence as “Startup of the Year” and a recipient of a leadership award from the former Lieutenant Governor of Canada, the Honourable Hilary Weston.
                                    Laurico is also currently producing The Miracle Morning Movie scheduled for 2017 release, featuring celebrity thought leaders from The Secret, millionaire entrepreneurs and personalities.

                                      John Wang

                                      Founder of OneKindness Challenge

                                      John is the founder of the OneKindness Challenge, a movement that helps businesses, organizations, and individuals increase happiness and improve their health through simple acts of kindness. Since starting his first charity drive at 13, John has been passionate about exploring the psychology behind philanthropy. He’s since travelled to over 40 countries, exploring different cultures and their perspectives on social movements.

                                      Graham Young

                                      Performance Consultant, Coach, Speaker at Graham Young Strategies

                                      Graham is the founder of Disruptive Performance and also writes in Fast Company, TIME, Business Insider and Entrepreneur magazine. Graham works with organizations to show that optimizing brain performance in the digital age is the key to elevating employee engagement, productivity and sales. Graham is also the coordinator of the Vancouver Basket Brigade, which is based on the movement from the Anthony Robbins Foundation.

                                      Manny Padda

                                      Angel Investor of the Year

                                      Manny Padda is an Entrepreneur, Educator, Angel Investor, and Philanthropist based in Vancouver, B.C. A self-made entrepreneur who built his first multi-million-dollar company at age 26, Manny is dedicated to providing education and mentorship to today’s youth. He is the founder of New Avenue Capital, a global firm focusing on four fundamental pillars: Venture Capital, Recruitment, Private Lending & Real Estate, and Social Venture & Philanthropy.

                                        Wilson Lee

                                        Founder, 720 & Sweets etc.

                                        Wilson Lee is BC’s Top 30 under 30 in 2016. He has won multiple awards including the New Business of the Year award from Richmond Chamber of Commerce in 2014 and one of the Finalist of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015. He has also been named the Top 10 emerging entrepreneur in 2015 from Small Business BC.
                                        He is a serial entrepreneur having started a million dollar event and carnival game business within 2 years’ time, having Richmond Night Market and PNE as one of his biggest partners. Recently, he started a dessert chain, 720 Sweets & Etc.

                                          Jay Perry

                                          Founder, Friends With Hearts

                                          We are not a registered charity; we are a global community of friends working together to restore the magic of Christmas for families in need. By raising funds on behalf of local charities/organizations, we are able to support families who are enduring difficult circumstances and offer hope to the children who feel it the most. 100% of the donations go towards the families.

                                            Naeem Mahmood

                                            National Speaker | Corporate Trainer | Peak Performance Strategist Anthony Robbins Companies

                                            National Speaker and Peak Performance Strategist for Robbins Research International, coaching and training others how to alter the course of their life by developing goal centered day to day patterns, unstoppable belief systems and the mental toughness to achieve unprecedented success in their business and personal life. By learning the art of intentional and purposeful living, clients experience the highest level of fulfillment that comes from evolving into the best version of themselves.

                                              Steve Cunningham

                                              CEO, ReadItForMe

                                              Steve Cunningham is the Founder and CEO of, an e-learning company that helps growth-minded people turn the “in-between moments” during the day into learning opportunities.His biggest passion is social entrepreneurship, and the potential it has to transform the lives of both entrepreneurs, and the people they serve. In previous lives he was a lawyer for exactly one week, almost got signed to a major record label, was a marketing columnist for the Financial Post and keynote speaker at conferences around North America. He lives in Oakville, Ontario, with his beautiful wife and two amazing girls, by far his greatest accomplishment.

                                                Dayton Turner

                                                CEO, Voxter

                                                As a founder, partner or early-stage employee in several technology start-ups, Dayton observed entrepreneurship several times before co-founding his current company, Voxter Communications. A technologist at heart, Dayton grew successful technology companies before starting his own network security and DDoS migitagtion company, Prolexic Technologies. His work there resulted in the development of a series of patents for the technology, ultimately resulting in a sale for more than $300m to Akamai Technologies in 2013.

                                                Today, Dayton spends his time running the ship at Voxter, and speaking at numerous industry conferences about a wide range of topics including VoIP, technology for the future, and entrepreneurship. He is the team “idea guy” and is always able to foresee industry trends and direction before the rest have caught on. This skill, combined with his ability to inspire his team through great team meetings and of course his unparalleled technical abilities have allowed him to build Voxter into what it is today. The VoIP leader in British Columbia.

                                                  Warning: This event might change your life.
                                                  But don’t take our word for it!

                                                  “To me, there’s nothing more magical than watching the new energy emerging and looking at how we might be able to work together to change the world.”
                                                  Tonya SurmanFounding Executive Director, Centre For Social Innovation
                                                  “SociaLIGHT is the best and most energized event for entrepreneurship and leadership today.”
                                                  Allen LauFounder @ Wattpad

                                                  Why Should I Attend?

                                                  • Network with hundreds of like-minded startups, innovative entrepreneurs and leaders
                                                  • Connect with mentors, organizations & $100 Million+ in funding to take your vision into reality
                                                  • Learn from world class speakers to take your personal & professional success to new heights
                                                  • Learn 10X growth strategies from the fastest growing companies and visionary founders
                                                  • Get access to $100 Million+ in funding & resources to take your business to new heights
                                                  • Connect with an amazing pool of talent, startups, innovators, global brands & industry leaders
                                                  • Learn leading edge strategic insights and tips from top global thought leaders and innovators
                                                  • Discover the hottest new trends and be inspired by industry game changers and disruptors
                                                  • Network with influencers, startups, brands & community leaders committed to positive impact


                                                  SociaLIGHT is a for-profit corporation that provides empowerment & support to early stage startups, leaders & entrepreneurs through conferences, a membership platform and educational media content in Vancouver & Toronto. The brand, SociaLIGHT, is a spin off the modern day “Socialite” with a new spelling, meaning and acronym. The new SociaLIGHT is a “L.eader I.mpacting G.lobal H.umanity T.oday.” SociaLIGHT serves startups, entrepreneurs, and leaders to build thriving and sustainable businesses that have a positive global impact, and to foster systemic leadership & innovation that embodies the quadruple bottom line “Passion. People. Planet. Profit.” The conference celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week & brings together top brands, organizations and leaders who influence innovation and business success.


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                                                  20 Speakers. 1000 Minds. 2 Days. 40 Brands & Organizations.
                                                  Your life will never be the same.

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