Chair, Canadian Financing Forum
Mr. Adrian Banica is a serial entrepreneur who founded two successful technology ventures in the last 20 years and has significant expertise in hardware systems commercialization. The first venture, an oil and gas and space systems instrumentation company, was acquired by Belgium based Rhea Space Systems in 1999. His second venture, TSX Venture listed Synodon Inc. (SYD), adapted a satellite based methane sensor into a helicopter deployed system called realSensTM and has successfully commercialized a service to oil and gas companies to map and quantify their greenhouse gas emissions. Mr. Banica has helped secure over $25 Million in financing for the venture and led the company to its first profitable quarter in 2014. Currently he is advising a number of technology companies and is the Executive Chair at Illusense Inc., a UBC technology spinoff.
Vice Chair, Canadian Financing Forum
Partner, Rocket Builders Inc.
Dave Thomas is an executive, business consultant and advisor for a number of technology companies and manages the Rocket Builders 'Market Readiness Program'. Recent positions and projects include; Equity Capital Program Evaluation in conjunction with UBC and a guest lecturer at New Ventures BC.
Dave has worked with a series of start-ups over the past decade and was a member of the management team for four venture backed tech companies.
He has an MBA from UBC and was a member of the coaching staff for Canada's Olympic Sailing Team on four occasions. An enthusiastic sailor, Dave is a partner in two sailing schools, one at Jericho in Vancouver and a second in Shenzhen China.
Executive Director, Canadian Financing Forum
Principal, Critical Path Group
As the founding principal of Critical Path Group, Marc has positioned his firm at the intersection of high growth companies and the private equity community. A graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, Marc was an operational naval officer for eight years, serving in Halifax Class warships with allied navies around the world before being recruited by a global management consulting firm. Being passionate about working with entrepreneurial teams, he founded Critical Path Group to serve private and public sector clients in two underserved areas: strategic planning, and recruiting A-players for companies committed to building world class teams.
Marc holds a BA (Hons) and an MBA specializing in technology commercialization and new venture planning. He also holds the CMC (Certified Management Consultant) designation and is a dedicated member of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants. Marc believes strongly in distinguishing between leadership and management - defining management as coping with business complexity, and leadership as coping with the human element of change.
A prolific networker, Marc invests heavily in professional development leadership roles that are directly aligned with addressing the challenges and "pain points" facing his client organizations. He is a founding delegate to the Canadian ICT Federation, the Executive Director of the Canadian Financing Forum and the Banff Venture Forum, Canada's largest annual technology financing forum for emerging high growth companies, and has served on a number of advisory boards.
When not leading the firm, Marc practices being an "earth astronaut" - skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, mountaineering, and fly fishing. He has lived in Canada, the UK, Germany, and Australia.
Associate Executive Director, Canadian Financing Forum
Managing Director, Critical Path Group
Erynn is Managing Director at Critical Path Group, managing multiple client projects exclusively within the venture capital and technology industries. Her project portfolio includes developing strategic business plans and managing financing forums and entrepreneur training activities in the technology sector. Erynn is also the Associate Executive Director of the Banff Venture Forum and the Canadian Financing Forum.
With a background in the life sciences sector and public administration, Erynn has held positions in the Faculty of Medicine at both the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto. Prior to joining Critical Path Group, she was in charge of marketing and public relations for one of Canada's leading cancer research centers.
Erynn holds a BMgt in Accounting from the University of Lethbridge and an MBA specializing in International Business from Toronto's Ryerson University. A classically trained pianist, Erynn also enjoys exploring the globe. She has travelled extensively throughout North America, New Zealand and Europe, having completed the final semester of her MBA program in Linz, Austria.