2015 GREAT Program Showcase Event

‘400 Seconds of Passion for Entrepreneurship’

Join us for an evening of community, good food, live music and PechaKucha-style presentations. This year we are pleased to announce that we will be celebrating our passion for entrepreneurship under the tail of a blue whale at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our funders, research project partners, Lean Launch Pad alumni and collaborators, for making the GREAT Program possible.


PechaKucha is a fast-paced presentation style that enables people to share a story, or a message in an engaging way. If you are looking to energize your tired old PowerPoint presentations, we encourage you to attend this event and be inspired! This year, our line-up of presenters will share their entrepreneurial experiences in 400 seconds. Are they ready for the challenge? Join us:


Thursday January 29, 2014
Doors open at 6:00pm, presentations start at 7:00pm, live music by members of the Creaking Planks & mingling at 8:30pm  


Beaty Biodiversity Museum (under the Blue Whale) (map)
2212 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z4


The Presenters

The line-up of presenters represents a broad range of program collaborators that varies from scientists, visual designers and educators, to innovation specialists (and everything in between). Whether they are working towards saving honey bee colonies, challenging current notions of medicine, or studying Pokémon in the lab, they share one feature in common: their entrepreneurial mindset. Entrepreneurship transcends a financial goal. Entrepreneurs are individuals who identify a change that needs to happen in their lab, community and/or society, and have come to the realization that they are the ones who need to bring that change forward. These individuals challenge the status quo, mobilize resources, and work towards making our world a better place.

PK - AndrewTait Profile

Andrew is the founder of Tait Laboratories Inc., a company devoted to modernizing traditional herbal medicines. Read more.


PK - DanaLambertProfile


Dana began her professional career as a hospital pharmacist where she specialized in chronic pain management and psychiatric illness. Read more.

PK - DavidLloyd Profile



David’s passion is for learning, engineering, biology, and most importantly people. Read more.


PK - IainVeriginProfile


Iain is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs on their journeys from “idea” to “real-world impact”. Read more.

PK - DavidNg Profile



David is a geneticist, science educator, and faculty based at the UBC Michael Smith Laboratories. Read more.

PK - FraserProfile



Fraser works as a marketer, writes about genomics, and spends his time assisting business start-ups. Read more.

PK - KatieVeriginProfile


Katie spent her first year at university studying business Read more.

PK - TimSextonProfile



Tim is a true blue Australian from the land down under. He grew up on a farm with big Eucalyptus trees out the front and real Kangaroos out the back. Read more.


PK - MartaGuarna Profile



Dr. Marta Guarna is a Scientist and Project Manager working on translational research in honey bee and human health projects. Read more.

The PechaKucha Coach


Julie Howgate is an acting coach and a facilitator in Vancouver, BC. She has facilitated workshops and events for organizations such as The University of British Columbia, Peak Potentials, Master Training, Warrior Sage and World Luminaries, among others. A speaker coach and acting teacher to more than a thousand students from all walks of life, she inspires clients to lead with passion and conviction. Julie has worked with diverse presentation styles – from 1 minute corporate pitches to 20 minute TED-style presentations. She employs methods to help speakers reduce anxiety and improve presence in order to deliver communications with clarity and integrity.

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