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CKNW & FortisBC present The Chief Executives series featuring Simi Sara, one-on-one with BC's Top CEO's, delving into how they achieved success, what lessons they have learned along the way and what they envision for the future of their industries.
The exclusive breakfast event will once again be hosted at the Beedie School of Business, Downtown location.
If you miss this live event, be sure to tune in to the re-broadcast from 1pm-2pm the same day of each event.

CEO Series - Buy Tickets

Segal Graduate School
500 Granville St,
Vancouver, BC
Time: Weekly at 7:00am (Interview to commence at 7:25am sharp)
Tickets: Regular price $25.00 (inc. light breakfast)

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John Montalbano is CEO of RBC Global Asset Management, the asset management division of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), a position he has held since May 1, 2008 when RBC acquired Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd. (PH&N). RBC Global Asset Management invests over $340 billion for individuals and institutions, primarily from offices in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. John is also a member of the Operating Committee of RBC Wealth Management, one of the five business segments that define RBC.  John began his career in 1987.


For the past 14.5 years, Wayne Drury has been working with the Lax Kw’alaams Band.  He holds the position of Administrator, and CEO of the Lax Kw’alaams Group of companies, including Coast Tsimshian Resources.

Previous work experience includes more than 16 years as Woods Manager for a number of forest companies in British Columbia and international experience in Chile.  Drury now lives in Vancouver and focuses within CTR on the issues that all the forest industry face to satisfy corporate and strategic goals, while meeting corporate sustainable responsibilities.

Most recently, he has been working with a highly skilled team in the exciting area of LNG Project Development in the Prince Rupert area.  Lax Kw’alaams interests are to ensure that projects are developed in responsible manner while bringing training, employment and economic benefits to the Lax Kw’alaams members, their business partners, as well as, to the northwest in general.

Drury also sits on the Boards of the Gwitchin Development Corporation, Embark Engineering LP and Prince Rupert Constructors LP.


 Sue Paish is the President and CEO of LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services. LifeLabs is Canada’s largest provider of community laboratory testing services, helping healthcare professionals diagnose, treat, monitor and prevent disease. As CEO, Sue leads LifeLabs approximately 5,400 professionally trained staff who deliver over 100 million laboratory tests and results, serving 19 million patients annually.

Prior to joining LifeLabs, Ms Paish led Pharmasave Drugs (National) Ltd., the largest independently-owned and operated banner of community pharmacies in Canada – a position that she held following a successful career practicing law and managing an international law practice. Sue was the managing partner of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in British Columbia, where she led the growth of the firm from one office to an international presence of nine offices on three continents.


Shahrzad Rafati is the founder and CEO of BroadbandTV Corp., a leading digital entertainment and technology company that operates one of the world’s largest entertainment networks on YouTube. Recognized by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business, Shahrzad is accredited with pioneering both the technology and business model that made peace between big entertainment entities like the NBA and their fans who were uploading premium content to video sites like YouTube. She accomplished this by creating technology that detects pirated content, makes it brand safe, and monetizes it while sharing revenue with all parties. BroadbandTV’s network is more than 17,000 partners strong and boasts more than 1.7 billion monthly views. Shahrzad was named Executive of the Year at the 2013 nextMEDIA Digi Awards, and deemed one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the WXN.

Socially driven, Rafati is outspoken in her passion for creating jobs and fostering entrepreneurship amongst the “YouTube generation.” In partnership with Deepak Chopra, she helped establish Chopra Yoga Centers in Vancouver and Toronto.


As President and CEO of Kryton International Inc., a Vancouver based international manufacturing company, Kari Yuers, FACI, is recognized for her ability to build organizations and effect change. Under Kari’s leadership, Kryton has flourished from a family-run business to a company with offices and distribution in over 40 countries. Benefitting from over 25 years of experience in the global construction industry, Kari was instrumental in defining the new category of integral crystalline concrete waterproofing. Kari is the winner of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2003), Awards of Merit and Professional Achievement from the American Concrete Institute (2005) and Construction Specifications Canada (2002 and 2004), an Influential Woman in Business Award (2012) and for 4 consecutive years, Kryton was named one of the Best Companies to Work For. In 2010 she was appointed a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (FACI), and serves as Chair of ACI’s International Advisory Committee. Through this position, Kari helps to implement strategies which continue to foster relationships with the global concrete community.


Jeff Booth is President & CEO at BuildDirect and applies his curiosity and deep knowledge of both technology and trends to how people can browse, sample and purchase home improvement products.

Drawing from his experience as a builder, Jeff co-founded BuildDirect in 1999 from his first-hand experience with inefficiencies and high costs inherent with the home improvement products industry. Jeff created an entirely new online channel resulting in an effective and unbeatable distribution method for manufacturers and a simple and hassle-free one for the customer with high quality products at the best possible price.

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