Be Wise is a professionally-organized whisky Speaker Series developed exclusively for a select group of business leaders and change-makers. This bi-annual event will be hosted at the beautiful Roundhouse Community Centre. In true Whisky Wisemen fashion, we wanted to go far and beyond the standard of conferences and whisky festivals.
Instead we thought, why couldn’t we do both?
But for us, we didn’t want to stop there; instead, we asked the question of how we make Wise with this opportunity. In a time to share and build with our community, the best way to accomplish this is to do it over whisky. That is why our speaker series will have 3 formal whisky tastings between speakers and end with a reception with whiskies from around the world to taste and sample.
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Chief Executive Officer
Drew Green is an award winning entrepreneur and expert in managing fast-paced, high-growth companies. A visionary leader, Green has created one of the world's fastest growing apparel brands. Since 2015, he has established over $90M CDN in strategic capital commitments for INDOCHINO, with less than 27% shareholder dilution via these transactions. A sought after Technology, eCommerce and Retail expert, Green has presented to hundreds of thousands of industry peers, leaders, students and entrepreneurs globally through events, conferences and educational forums and customarily gets the audience to high five before he begins. Drew has been quoted in more than 1,000 news outlets over the course of his career, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, Forbes, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Yahoo, BusinessWeek, BNN, CNN and CBC.
Born in Toronto, Kevin schooled and lived across the United States and Asia Pacific before finally calling Vancouver home 3 years ago so that his son Bear could start grade 1 in Canada. The former Wall Street investment banker enjoys working with passionate entrepreneurs. Among his interests, he was the first investor in GoGoVan which became Hong Kong’s first tech unicorn. GoGoVan now operates in 8 countries including in over 100 cities in China alone. Kevin was a co-founder of Feeding Hong Kong which serves as the city’s largest and most impactful food charity. When he came to Vancouver, he transformed Ecoservice from being a small local car washing company to become a technological powerhouse and a global leader in car share mobility services. Ecoservice now operates a fleet of 3,000 cars across 5 countries.
Chief Growth Officer
Jill Earthy is an entrepreneurially-minded leader with a passion for supporting entrepreneurship. After completing her MBA, she successfully built two companies, grew them nationally and then sold them. For the past 8 years she has led two non-profit organizations focused on supporting entrepreneurs through the provision of financing, mentorship and education. As a community leader and active mentor, Jill serves on the Board of Governors for Simon Fraser University and the Board of the Women's Enterprise Centre, and is Co-Chair of the WEB Alliance, a collective of over 25 women's business networks. She has been recognized as a BIV Top 40 under 40 (2010), Top 100 by The International Alliance for Women (2011), as a finalist for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, and recently as one of University of Victoria's 25 Alumni to Watch.
Aviv studied Mathematics at the University of British Columbia where his passions ranged from microeconomics to political theory. Before being introduced to blockchain technologies in 2017, his professional experience was focused on education. His talents in public speaking paired well with his knack for breaking down complex topics into simple fragments. He has worked for several companies in the blockchain space such as Honey Badger and the Blockchain Intelligence Group, before turning his attention to BlockSpace Solutions Inc.
BlockSpace started out in app development, creating payment processors for Bitcoin, but soon switched to consulting, security, and brokering, giving dozens of educational talks to high schools, tech companies, and university clubs. After the Bitcoin bubble burst in December, we started BlockSpace Digital Asset Management, to help people invest into the space more safely and with confidence. Having been approached by other major players in the industry for partnerships, we are poised for rapid growth in 2018 and beyond.
PRESENTING SPONSOR WHISKY AMBASSDORS
PREMIUM SCOTCH WHISKY AMBASSADOR
CANADIAN WHISKY AMBASSADOR
JP WISERS & THE NORTHER BORDER COLLECTION