SmithConnect Live - Vancouver

SmithConnect Live event - Surviving and Thriving

SmithConnect Live - Vancouver

SmithConnect Live — an evening that brings together our incredible students and alumni family from Smith School of Business for an evening of conversation, connecting, and celebration. Join us in Vancouver and witness the depth of the Smith network in your community. Share stories, relive the memories, and build new relationships. An evening not to be missed.

Fireside Chat: Surviving and Thriving – Leveraging the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Every city around the world looks to entrepreneurs to be the economic engine of their communities. They will drive the latest innovations and create tomorrow’s jobs. Corporate organizations are either hiring people with entrepreneurial mindsets to build ventures inside their own four walls or looking to the fast-emerging startups to partner with as they face disruption and uncertainty. So, how do you create an ecosystem that allows entrepreneurs to thrive and corporate organizations to flourish? How do we ensure that business owners have the right foundational support to scale and create impact?

Join us as we launch Queen’s Venture Network (Vancouver) with an exclusive fireside chat as Elspeth Murray, Associate Dean, MBA and Masters Programs, Smith School of Business sits down with Manny Padda, AMBA’10, Founder, New Avenue Capital to provide thought leadership on creating a healthier start-and-scale ecosystem that accelerates innovation, builds partnerships, and strengthens economic growth.


Quee's Venture Network
Smith Business Club - Vancouver
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019
5:30pm - 6:05pm
Registration & Networking

6:05pm - 6:15pm
Launch of QVN Vancouver

6:15pm - 7:00pm
Fireside Chat with Q&A

7:00pm - 9:30pm
SmithConnect Live Vancouver
Big Rock Vancouver Brewery & Eatery, 310 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Alumni: $20
Smith Students: FREE


Elspeth Murray

Elspeth Murray
Associate Professor & Associate Dean of MBA and Masters Programs; and Director - Centre for Business Venturing (CBV) and CIBC Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurship

Elspeth Murray has served as the Associate Dean - MBA and Masters Programs since 2012, and has been a professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Smith School of Business since 1996. She also holds the CIBC Fellowship in Entrepreneurship, and founded the Smith Centre for Business Venturing. Prior to joining Smith, she worked in industry for 7 years for several firms including IBM, and Canadian Tire.

As an integral part of her work in the strategy and new venture fields, Dr. Murray specializes in the management of change. In 2002, she co-authored a best-selling book, Fast Forward: Organizational Change in 100 Days, Oxford University Press, with Dr. Peter Richardson. She has recently co-developed (with Dr. David Saunders) the Analytics Climate Assessment Tool (ACAT), which is used to assess organizations technological capacity, skill sets, and analytics culture. Current research is focused on best practices in leading and managing change to create an analytics culture.

Manny Padda

Manny Padda, AMBA'10
Founder, New Avenue Capital

Manny is an Entrepreneur, Educator, Angel Investor, Philanthropist, and founder of New Avenue Capital.

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 a co-founder of GradusOne, an organization that connects students and graduates with mentors and provides them with resources to help them refine their career path and achieve success.

Manny sits on a number of advisory boards in the education and not-for-profit sectors, and is an active Advisor and Angel Investor in Vancouver’s tech community, having invested in startups including Picatic, MyBestHelper, Change Heroes, ShareShed, Feeding Change, and GKup.

Manny is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Private Equity & Venture Capital program, and is currently completing the Entrepreneurship & Innovation program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He holds an MBA from Smith School of Business at Queen's University, and a BBA (Honours) from Simon Fraser University.