Thurs, Sept 26 2019 at 554 E 15 Ave

Doors at 6pm
Event starts at 6:30pm
Ticket prices include snacks and refreshments.

Tickets for the event can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Our next Vancouver Hardware Meetup is dedicated to Technology for Conservation: How Technology is Helping Us Understand and Protect The Natural World and will bring discussions between experts in their respective fields on how the rapidly evolving technological landscape has the power to shape the future of this planet for the better. This is a call-to-action to any individual who is passionate about putting their skills to the test when it comes to building a sustainable future.



Ashley Webster, Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)
Ashley’s background includes over a decade working with technology start-ups and he sees huge potential to engage the creativity and entrepreneurialism of the technology sector to protect nature and take action on climate change. NCC is a leading Canadian land conservation organization that works to protect important ecological treasures. NCC uses the best available science and technology to ensure that these precious, life-supporting ecosystems continue to thrive and flourish.


Catriona Power, Foresight
Catriona has worked at the intersection of business, sustainability and technology for the last nine years with organizations in Canada, UK, Europe and India. She recently joined Foresight as Director of Partnerships and Strategy, taking a lead on delivering high profile programs around clusters, partnerships, collaboration and communications.


Alan DeCiantis, Forest Technology Systems (FTS)
Alan DeCiantis is the Director of Product at Forest Technology Systems (FTS) based in Victoria, British Columbia. Started in 1980, FTS is a manufacturer of remote environmental monitoring solutions including systems, instrumentation and communications technology for the hydrology, fire weather and meteorology industries. The company’s equipment comprises the single largest fire-weather monitoring network in the world. As a senior executive at FTS, Mr. DeCiantis fulfills many strategic roles, including that of visionary, tactician, team leader and mentor to new associates.


Dr. Christian Schoof, Associate Professor at UBC
Dr. Christian Schoof holds an undergraduate degree in Physics and a PhD in Mathematics from Oxford. Dr. Schoof’s work focuses on the flow and dynamical behaviour of large ice sheets and mountain glaciers, motivated in large part by their role in the global climate system. He has a particular interest in abrupt switches or ‘bifurcations’ in the behaviour of ice sheets, which can herald irreversible changes in land ice cover. In 2011, he received the James Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union in recognition of his research in this area.


Oleha Riden, MistyWest
Oleha studied Environmental Science at the University of Ottawa and has a decade of experience in corporate, government, and start-up environments. She is an avid cyclist and draws inspiration from the nature of the west coast, driving her passion for technology focused sustainable design. Oleha thrives in a fast paced environment and enjoys enabling and connecting engineers, designers and collaborators. She is responsible for strategic execution of capital projects to develop the capabilities of MistyWest.


Accessibility: MistyWest is located on the second floor of our building, accessed by two flights of stairs outside. A service elevator is available upon request; please let us know in advance if you require access. Two gender neutral washrooms are on location.