The day is structured as a half-day event with an optional afternoon portion. Registration entitles you to the full-day if you choose to stay.


We recognize your time is incredibly valuable. At the Vancouver Data Leadership Summit you will…

1.     Gain rich, strategic data insights for your organization through an analytical framework

2.     Learn what other organizations are doing with their data and business models to fuel innovation

3.     Build your network with other C-level executives who recognize the importance of this topic

4.     Engage in a data topic of your choosing with individuals of awesome talent and expertise

5.     Explore high-impact, collaborative data opportunities for your organization



The Data Leadership Summit is a Vancouver event designed by Solvable to be like no other. While there is a proliferation of events centered on the disruptive opportunities of big data, a recent survey of Vancouver leaders indicated a need for an event that would be more grounded in helping them develop strategies for their organizations’ data.

On November 17th, connect with and learn from 75+ C-suite leaders and organizations that are using data to fuel innovation in and around Vancouver. Thought leaders will provide input and stimulus for a series of round-table discussions with peers. The number of attendees is capped to optimize the quality of participant interactions. Our guarantee is that you will leave the Summit with not only a much clearer understanding of how to create value from your organization’s data, but also new connections with individuals and organizations that will aid in that pursuit.

To see the schedule of the day, please click here



17 November 2014


SFU Harbour Centre
Segal Room
515 W. Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC
V6B 5K3


The list of attendees is private, as it was an invite-only event.


Please note that this schedule may undergo minor changes leading up to the event.



8:00–8:30AM Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30–9:00AM Welcome & Introductions

Adam Lerner, Solvable | Charles Holmes, Solvable/CE Holmes Consulting | Brad Scott, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver | Shauna Sylvester, SFU Public Square

9:00–9:45AM Challenges & Opportunities in Data Innovation

Adam Wiener, Redfin, Sr. Vice President, New Business, Analytics & Marketing

Adam will tell the story of Redfin’s evolution and meteoric rise amidst the continued challenges of being a data innovator followed by a Q&A.

9:45–10:15AM Challenges Discussion

In table groups of five, participants will discuss challenges to maximizing the value of enterprise data. We will then come back together as a group to highlight insights from the table dialogue.

10:15–10:30AM Break with Coffee & Snacks

10:30–11:00AM How Data Mature is Your Organization?

John Hossack, Cardinal Path, CEO & John Prpić, SFU Beedie School of Management

Speakers will present the components of a data maturity model, and articulate the rewards of using a maturity model through industry case studies.

11:00–12:00PM Data Maturity Panel & Discussion

Jessie Adcock, Chief Digital Officer, City of Vancouver | Michael Fergusson, CEO, Ayogo Health | Peter McLachlan, Chief Product Officer, Mobify | Steve Oldridge, Research Team Lead, Plenty of Fish

In table groups of five, participants will apply the data management maturity model to identify the current stage of their organizations and the desired maturity stage. We will then hear a panel of three leaders from distinct industries discuss the challenges and opportunities of their current maturity stage.

12:00–12:10PM Open Space Primer

Charles Holmes

Charles will share the Open Space format, process, Law of Two Feet, and Principles to set the stage for the afternoon session. See

12:10–12:30PM Open Space Marketplace Opens

Participants who have a topic step into the middle or the room, announce their topic, and post their topic on a bulletin board. Participants will be invited to sign up for the topic they are most interested in.

Initial Open Space Topics (starting list):

1) Using open data, what is required to develop new services, products, and business models? | 2) What are the opportunities to leverage real estate data for greater value? | 3) How could we make data sharing partnerships easier between organizations?



12:30–12:45PM Open Space Signup

Everyone signs up for their marketplace topic of choice

12:30–1:30PM Catered Lunch

Assigned tables based on survey responses



1:30–3:00PM Open Space Discussions

Concurrent discussions will be facilitated by invitees who proposed topics. Participants will circulate between groups at will.

3:00–3:30PM Group Discussion

Participants will share highlights and key learnings

3:30PM Closing Remarks



4:00PM– Steamworks (Wine Room)

Sponsored drinks and food

375 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B8


The following organizations have been instrumental in bringing the first Data Leadership Summit to fruition.

SOLVABLE, Organizers
Adam Lerner & Charles Holmes help broad-minded leaders from industries caught in tornadoes of sweeping change. We host and facilitate hybrid engagements that precede and last beyond events. Our events blend face-to-face engagements with online social technologies to ensure events become more than one-time gatherings, but rather long-term action networks.

REBGV is a member-based association of more than 11,000 REALTORS® who live and work in Metro Vancouver. The Board advances and promotes the interests of those engaged in the business of real estate, providing members with the tools and education they need to give their clients the best possible service. REBGV represents our members’ and the public’s concerns on issues involving legislation and the vitality of our communities at all levels of government.

SFU PUBLIC SQUARE, Dialogue Partner
SFU Public Square, a signature initiative designed to spark, nurture and restore community connections, establishes Simon Fraser University as the go-to convener of serious and productive conversations about issues of public concern. More than a single place or program, SFU Public Square assembles the hearts, minds, and talents of diverse communities to promote inclusive, intelligent, and inspiring dialogue. SFU Public Square events and offerings advance SFU’s vision to be Canada’s leading community-engaged research university.