Nikolas Badminton


Nikolas is a world-respected futurist speaker, author, teacher, and conference producer. He wows audiences with keynote speeches on: The World with Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality, The Future of Work; The Sharing Economy; The Future of Cars; The Future of Cities; The Future of AI integrated with Life and Business; The Future of Education; Predictions for 2016 to 2020, 2040, and beyond.

He regularly appears on the BBC, CBC, CTV, Global News, VICE, and writes for the Techcrunch, Huffington Post, Forbes, Venturebeat, Betakit, TechVibes,, and other media. More of his thinking can be seen at



Christian is one of Canada’s industry leaders in building energy efficiency, energy code and simulation, having worked on hundreds of projects across North America.  Christian has also consulted on energy policy for BC, and the Cities of Vancouver, Toronto and Edmonton on energy codes that aim to drastically reduce energy and carbon over the next decade.  Christian chairs the US Green Building Council’s Technical Advisory Group on Energy and has been instrumental in developing and delivering professional education relating to energy efficiency across Canada.

Sandra Hamilton


Sandra Hamilton is Canada’s first Social MBA and has over 20 years’ experience as a strategic advisor, social innovator and business consultant. She is the former Business Manager to Vancouver 2010 Olympic CEO John Furlong and has designed both British Columbia’s & Alberta’s first Social Procurement Frameworks.

As a recognized Canadian industry expert, Hamilton was recently nominated by the federal government to speak at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Symposium on Sustainable Government Procurement in Geneva. Upcoming speeches include the 2017 Annual Canadian Construction Association Conference in Mexico and the 2017 Canadian Capital Cities Conference, where she will be discussing the implementation of CETA and the changing face of public sector procurement in Canada. [website]

Gordon Ruth


Gordon Ruth was previously the Executive Vice President of Certification and Operations for the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC.  Mr. Ruth was also the Chief Executive Officer for the Certified General Accountants of BC for almost five years.  He has held several positions in the public sector, ranging from the federal government to BC Hydro. He spent 15 years with the Greater Vancouver Regional District (now Metro Vancouver) where he became the Chief Financial Officer and helped steward the financial affairs of this regional federation of municipalities.

Gordon has an extensive background volunteering within the accounting profession at the provincial, national and chapter levels. He served on the CGA-BC Board of Governors from 1998 to 2005 and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2000. He then served as Board Chair of the CGA Association in 2002. Nationally, he served on the CGA-Canada Board of Directors from 2000-2004 as well as on the CGA-Canada Executive Committee. He was active in both the Vancouver and Southern Vancouver Island chapters. His awards recognizing his contribution to the profession include the J.M. Macbeth Award, a Fellowship Designation and a Life Membership. [website]

Tyler Galbraith


Tyler Galbraith practices in the areas of construction and commercial litigation. Tyler has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia and has been involved in several appeals, trials, arbitrations and mediations. He has acted in numerous builders lien and tender cases, disputes arising from delays, defective work, contract termination, bond claims and insurance coverage. Tyler is a member of a variety of construction and legal associations and has lectured for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia on construction related matters. He is the author of numerous construction law articles and other publications, with a focus on tender and builders liens issues. [website]