Michael Volker is an Entrepreneur active in the development of new high technology ventures and is presently the Director of the Simon Fraser University Innovation Office. Mike is actively involved with his two latest projects: Greenangel Energy Corp (GAE.V) – a public company that invests in green technologies and WUTIF, the Western Universities Technology Innovation Fund – an angel fund for start-ups. To further encourage tech entrepreneurship, Mike runs the Vancouver Angel Network, VANTEC and the Vancouver Chapter of the Keiretsu Forum. He is also on the Board of New Ventures BC – an annual business competition.
A University of Waterloo Engineering graduate, BASc and MASc, Mike started his own company (Volker-Craig Ltd) in 1973. He sold this company in 1981 and decided to work with entrepreneurs in building new companies. Since then he has been active in various early stage businesses as a founder, investor, director, and officer. Mike served two terms as a Governor of the University of Waterloo, was the first Chairman of the Shad Valley Program, and led the BC Advanced Systems Institute as Executive Director and later as Chairman. Furthermore, Mike was Chairman of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum for several years.
In 2009, Mike was named Canadian Angel Investor of the Year by the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) as well as B.C. Angel of the Year by the B.C. Angel Forum.
Elmer K. Sum, Managing Director of the GreenTech Exchange (GTEx), has engaged the innovation process throughout his career in business, industry, investment and academia across US, Canada and the Asia Pacific. Along the way, Elmer has achieved success in both the corporate and entrepreneur endeavors. He is well versed with key aspects of an innovation based economy and has cultivated extensive business networks in North America, Asia and Europe. His current focus centers on connecting management, research, capabilities and discoveries with business, industry, commerce, and investment as well as helping to fast track businesses.
Elmer led the launch of GreenTech Exchange from the Harbour Centre at SFU Vancouver in March 2009. This industry platform delivers education forums, networking events, investment & trade missions as well as market oriented programs. It aims to accelerate the growth of green innovations and clean solutions, and increase the flow into traditional industries for competitive benefits and productivity gains. Since January 2011, GTEx has also established a chapter serving Vancouver Island and delivering forums for the communities of interest.
An alumnus of the University of California, Elmer holds a B.Sc. at UC Berkeley and a M.Sc. from UCLA in Engineering & Science. He is a graduate of the Technology Management Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. A longtime member of the Professional Engineer Associations in Ontario and British Columbia, Elmer is an advisor to several Cleantech and environmental organizations including Global Cleantech Cluster Association, Clean Energy Research Centre, Globe Foundation, Climate Smart and Latincouver as well as several promising technology ventures.