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Discovery Foundation and ACETECH present: 3HAG Way: The Strategic Execution System That Ensures Your Strategy Is Not A Wild Ass Guess! May 15th

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Join Shannon Byrne Susko for a half day session to Gut Out Your First 3HAG. This session will build confidence in your strategy and align your execution system to your strategy. Learn the 11 step process to clarify your 3 Year Highly Achievable Goal.

As a CEO, the easy part may be finding your companies 10-30 year BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal). Knowing where you’re going is one thing, but how do you get there? How are you going to win over your competition?

The 3HAG workshops is designed to take a complex strategy and make it clear, simple, and implementable. Focus on what will give you an advantage in your market, and turn your strategy into a picture to help your team make better and faster decisions daily always driving toward the company’s 3 Year Highly Achievable Goal (3HAG).

To register and to find out more, click here.

Discovery Foundation announces the 2019 Technology Education Program partners

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Vancouver, British Columbia, March 15, 2019: The Discovery Foundation, committed to the development and sustainability of the science and technology sector in BC, today announced the winners of their annual competition for programs. $300,000 will be awarded to 10 agents for 2019 our programs.

“We had many innovative and creative programs proposed for our 2019,” says Dr. David Harper, Discovery Foundation CEO. “We continue to prioritize programming that fosters diversity and inclusiveness in the BC Tech sector and the response this year was overwhelming and impressive. I am confident that the agents we were able to fund will play a significant role in growing the tech sector and forwarding BC’s competitive advantage.”

Our Technology Education Program provides $50,000 each for four successful agents in an annual competitive process. We also fund several ad hoc programs throughout the year. Please see our website, for more details on the programs.

Major Programs ($50,000) have a significant impact of the BC tech sector by providing science and technology education to BC youth, mentorship to new and growing companies, and/or help to improve inclusiveness and diversity in the BC tech sector.

ACETECH: Discovery Foundation Growth Essentials Program

The Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship, SFU: Discovery Foundation Tech4Impact and Inclusion Program

Kids Code Jeunesse: Discovery Foundation’s Code-Create-Educate Program

Spring Activator Inc.: Discovery Foundation Tech for Good Programs

Ad Hoc Programs provides variable funding to smaller scale, ad hoc initiatives.

Centre for Digital Media: Discovery Foundation Trailblazrs Program ($20,000)

Living Labs, Emily Carr Living Labs: Discovery Foundation’s Mentorship Program ($20,000)

Junior Achievement BC: Discovery Foundation’s Discover Your Pitch Program ($15,000)

Radius SFU: Discovery Foundation Inclusive Pipeline Catalyst program ($15,000)

Vancouver Economic Commission: Discovery Foundation Capital Mentorship Program ($20,000)

Women in Communications and Technology, BC: Discovery Foundation’s Speed Mentoring Program ($10,000)

Since 2010, the Discovery Foundation has provided more than $3-million to foster science and technology in BC.  Since 2018, the foundation has also funded research in the greentech/cleantech sector and supported investigations of how to best promote diversity and inclusiveness in the BC tech sector. We also award Discovery Foundation Scholarships to provide financial aid to students to complete their technology, business, and entrepreneurship programs and contribute to employment and economic development throughout BC.

About the Discovery Foundation

A registered charity, the Discovery Foundation has been an enabler of the science and technology sector in BC since its formation in 1979. Its principal activity is the delivery of the Technology Education Program via agents that provide education and guidance to entrepreneurs in BC. The foundation also provides funds for research and scholarship.

6 Levels of Leadership (Part 1 of 2) – presented by Discovery Foundation and ACETECH

Saturday, February 9th, 2019

Improve Your Culture, Performance and Profitability

Learn how to leverage a simple, yet powerful framework to elevate leadership at all levels in your organization and achieve more alignment, engagement and performance. We will go through a step-by-step process that will allow you to discover and address some of the blind spots that are affecting productivity and harmony in your company.

Often, the struggles (and opportunities) that come from leading a team stems from a lack of integration and alignment between six key levels. In this workshop, Roberto will show how to create more “flow” in a company and what to do to reach a higher level of team performance, engagement and profitability. He will also show some real case scenarios of how the critical interactions between these six levels did ultimately made, broke the success of a team, or of an entire company.

Shifting the Inner Game…

Level 6 – Creating Your Ultimate Purpose: Re(de)fining your DNA

Level 5 – Developing Meaningful Roles: Contributing to a Unique Company’s Identity

Level 4 – Moving Beyond Indecision: Building a Value-Based Decision Framework

…to Master the Outer Game

Level 3 – Filling the Ability Gaps: Crafting your Team Skill Set to become Result Driven

Level 2 – Reducing Inefficiency: Aligning Your Actions to Well Defined Goals

Level 1 – Reclaiming Your Environment: Removing Obstacles and Leveraging Resources

You’ll learn how to:

  1. Apply a powerful new framework to improve leadership and team performance.
  2. Solve problems faster and save time, money and energy.
  3. Create a more positive, unified, high-performance team.
  4. Identify blind spots that are limiting your success.
  5. Empower your people to lead, regardless of their position.

Register here.

Discovery Foundation, BC Tech and are proud to host a conversation about diversity and inclusion in tech: Jan 16th

Friday, January 4th, 2019

Diversity goes beyond gender. It extends to sexual orientation, age, new parents returning to the workforce, those with disabilities, new immigrants, and beyond. What are tech companies doing to be more inclusive and welcome diversity into their teams? How can you support diversity in your own organization?

Join us for an evening of thought-provoking discussion and networking. We will kick off the event with a panel discussion to discuss why a diverse workforce matters, how we can be more inclusive, and how you can implement D&I strategies at your own company. The event will conclude with a networking session.

This is an inclusive event and safe space aimed at helping those who would like to learn more about D&I strategies in the tech community.

Click here for more information, to see the speaker roster and to register.

Discovery Foundation’s BC Gender Equity Roadmap: A study of women in tech

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

New to Discovery Foundation in 2018, we partnered with 3 different organizations to conduct research aimed at identifying gaps in diversity in the B.C. technology sector and providing recommendations for improvement.

After 9 weeks on the road and 10 months of analyzing conversations with 1,600+ women and men in 30+ Canadian tech communities, Women in Tech World (WiTWorld) is proud to present Discovery Foundation’s BC Gender Equity Roadmap, a community-driven action plan to support and advance women in tech.


Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Discovery Foundation is now accepting applications for TEP 2019 from industry organizations, educational institutions, or similar who are experienced in offering educational programs to technology entrepreneurs.

Discovery Foundation is seeking partner Agents that can teach technology entrepreneurs the business skills and practices essential to grow world-scale BC-based businesses.

Application deadline is December 21st, 2018 at 5pm.

For application guidelines and form, please contact Christina Schroeder at

Discovery Foundation Aspire to Tech Workshops presented by the BC Tech Association: Nov 24th and Dec 1st

Friday, November 16th, 2018

In partnership with BC Tech Association, the Discovery Foundation Aspire to Tech workshops will introduce women to a number of in-demand careers in tech while connecting them with accessible, actionable pathways and resources to land their first gig.

The workshops, led by local experts will explore the step-by-step process of finding your first career in technology (which is not limited to just programming!)

Each workshop will begin with a panel discussion of some of the overarching themes of the tech industry in BC, with tips and insights for women and underrepresented groups. Following the panel, attendees will get an overview of some of the most in-demand positions in tech, including:

Nov. 24th

Community Management
Digital Marketing
Talent Acquisition
Communications & PR
Customer Success
Event Marketing

Dec. 1st

Software Development (Back End)
Software Development (Front End)
Product Management
UX/UI Design

After hearing about each of these fields, attendees will split off for a small-group Q&A on what it’s really like to work in technology, exactly what steps are needed to get there, and where to go to find training and more information. Participants will be provided with a one-page career description so can leave feeling clear and ready for next steps.

This event is intended for those who are trying to break into their first position in the tech industry, if you are already working in tech, please consider attending other events that are meant for established professionals.

Click here to register.

Discovery Foundation’s BLAST Program introduces: Flip The Switch 2018, a Mastermind Intensive Weekend for Women in Tech! Nov 30th – Dec 2nd

Friday, November 16th, 2018

PurposeFive is excited to present, with the support of Discovery Foundation, FLIP THE SWITCH 2018!

Flip the Switch is an “un-conference” conference; This is a mastermind run by and for experts.

30 female leaders have a rare opportunity to work ON your business instead of IN your business for 3 strategic days of incredible creation.

Accomplish a Key 4-month Goal in One Weekend because of the collective wisdom in the room.

Rejuvenate – Strategize – Connect  with the ecosystem of powerful women (and men) gathered in this paradise island retreat to support you.

30 Women Leaders – 3 days – 7 experts

For more information and to register, click here.

Coming up: Discovery Foundation’s Speed Mentoring Program in Collaboration with WCT on Nov 27th

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Speed Mentoring

Most people would agree that everyone can benefit from having a mentor and that mentoring can have a great impact on your career. But, what makes a great mentor and how do you go about finding one?

Join the Discovery Foundation’s Speed Mentoring Program in Collaboration with WCT, a free event series which seeks to break down barriers by providing informal mentoring opportunities open to all women, trans, and non-binary folk working in communications and technology.

A Speed Mentoring event consists of a series of short, round-table discussions facilitated by one volunteer mentor and up to four mentees, creating opportunities to form new connections, explore how having a mentor could support you and your career, and gather a range of new perspectives on a challenge you are currently facing.

You’ll also have a chance to win a wine tasting at Township 7 for you and 9 friends!

When: Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Time: 5:30pm – 8pm

Where: Microsoft | 725 Granville St., 7th Floor, Rooms: MPR 706, 707. Vancouver, BC  V7Y 1G5

Cost: Free

Light snacks and refreshments included.

The theme for this event is 2019 goal setting. Bring your career goals for 2019 and let our wise team of mentors help you map out how to reach them. Register now to be a mentee!

Want to become a mentor instead? Email us at with a little about yourself.


Friday, November 2nd, 2018




Ever have that feeling that you’re ‘under fire’ when presenting or pitching? This workshop will have you ready to face the ‘Firing Squad’ of investors, directors, and beyond… and show them that You’ve Got This!

  • Two day Workshop –
    • November 22 & 23, 2018 – 8:30am – 5:30pm
  • Where: Blakes – 595 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
  • Cost: $25*  ~~~~~ The value of the sessions for this workshop is over $1500/person. Big THANKS to Discovery Foundation & Blakes, for their sponsorship in helping to cover costs for our Founders!
  • Includes: All meals, and workshop materials. (See Agenda below)

This event is INVITE ONLY, with limited tickets available for female founders and co-founders of companies in the STEM disciplines.

If you are interested in attending this event, or know someone that should attend, please email us at, and we’ll connect with you promptly.



8:30AM     Meet the OWLS and Welcome
9:00AM     The Secret Language of Business


10:30AM   Financials Tell a Story – What yours say and how to change the conversation

11:45AM    LUNCH – Understanding Non-dilutive Financing Options

1:00 PM    Expert Panel Discussion: 3 Keys to Inspiring Confidence and Building Credibility in the Boardroom


2:30PM     Courage: Responding to questions under fire
3:30PM     Courage Building – Live Coaching Session


8:30AM     Expert Debate: Are Budgets Biased?
9:30AM     Interactive Sessions: Identifying Bias in YOUR Boardroom


10:45AM    Expert Panel Discussion Tackling the Hardest Questions about Debt, Equity, Cashflow & Risk


1:30PM     Pitch ‘n’ Present: She’s Got This!
4:00PM    Networking Reception


Steph Sharp has been a finance, negotiation, and strategy expert for over 30 years. She has recently launched F*NANCE – a program for leaders who think finance is a four-letter word. F*NANCE makes the numbers enlightening, empowering, and intuitive, using behaviour-driven tools to transform your business. Ms Sharp has been developing these tools for 15 years, training hundreds of small business leaders and entrepreneurs around the world along the way and creating agile leaders who can manage today’s complexity and chaos.

 If you’re a female founder & want to attend… CONTACT WOMEN TECH FOUNDERS here.

But act quickly, tickets are going fast!