The Great Disconnect: Redefining Human Connection in a Digital Era

Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion at Vancouver Startup Week, where we delve into the very essence of what it means to be connected in urban living spaces.  Discover the untold stories and reasons behind this apparent disconnect and explore how technology and focused intent can bridge gaps, foster collaboration, and cultivate authentic connections, thereby creating thriving communities that enrich our lives.

Together, with our esteemed panelists, we will challenge the perception of Vancouver being a cold and distant city, and we will unravel the warmth and genuine connections that lie beneath the surface. Through exploration of inspiring initiatives, heartfelt stories, and transformative projects, we will aim to highlight the true spirit of Vancouver.

🗓️ Date: June 2nd, 2023
🕒 Time: 11am PST
📍 Location: BCIT Tech Collider at 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC

Meet Our Esteemed Panelists 🎤 Our carefully curated panel features influential visionaries, thought leaders, and community advocates who are revolutionizing the way we connect and transforming the social fabric of our city. Our panel guests are:

Dave Ramslie
COO, OPEN Technologies

Dave is co-founder & Chief Operating Officer of OPEN Technologies, an environmental tech company based in Vancouver. Previously, Dave was the head of innovation and sustainability at Concert Properties, one of Canada's largest urban housing operators. In over 25+ years of experience, Dave has also served as an urban planner at City of Vancouver.

Ashley Willard Bauman
Principle, Beyond the Buildings

Ashley has over 20 years of experience in building urban communities as a real estate investment and strategy professional. She has held senior leadership roles at UBC Properties Trust and Intrawest (one of Canada's largest housing developers). Ashley worked in 14 countries and now consults for high-profile companies across real estate asset classes.

Heali Thirlwell
Office Broker, CBRE

Heali is a community-focused advisor at CBRE, Canada's largest institutional real estate brokerage.  She's also a Vice Chair of VEF, Vancouver's largest community of entrepreneurs and investors where she leads initiatives that drive growth of Vancouver's tech ecosystem. Heali has a passion for nurturing vibrant communities and to create spaces that foster collaboration.

Saif Khan
Co-founder, Hangeh Labs

Saif Khan is a co-founder of Hangeh Labs, a Vancouver-based urban technology company that helps build community in apartment housing. Born in Pakistan, Saif graduated from McGill University and then worked in real estate private equity with a focus on multifamily housing before co-founding Hangeh with his childhood friends.


Our mission

To create a world where everyone of us has the agency to live their best life, build meaningful relationships, and share the love, wherever we are.

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  • Happiness beyond ourselves
    There's magic in creating an impact beyond our own lives. We are driven by a belief in the collective creativity and compassion of our communities.
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