With Jeff at the helm, BuildDirect stands at the forefront of innovation in the home improvement industry. Jeff applies his deep knowledge of both technology and trends to invent new ways for people to explore, purchase and ultimately interact and connect in the home improvement space. Drawing on his background as a builder, Jeff co-founded BuildDirect in 1999 from his first-hand experience with the inefficiencies and high costs inherent with the home improvement and building supplies industry. While most told him the industry was too large and too broken to fix, Jeff only saw possibilities. He knew that by combing technology with his entrepreneurial spirit and vision, he could build a simpler and more trusted home improvement industry. Ultimately, opening a world of possibilities for homeowners, suppliers and those in trades and shipping. Jeff is an active speaker sharing his experience as an entrepreneur and thought leader on the future of e-commerce and how digital media is changing the world. He has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc.com, The Globe and Mail, BNN, Bloomberg News, Fast Company and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few. Jeff has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization since 2005 and sits on the board of Vancouver-based company Spud.ca and advises others. In 2015, Jeff was awarded the BC Technology ‘Person of the Year’ Award by the BC Technology Industry Association.
Kat Kinkead - Community Manager at Shapeways
Kat Kinkead is the Fashion Community Manager at Shapeways, where she works to build and connect a robust community of fashion designers and tech enthusiasts. Prior to working at Shapeways, Kat worked with fashion brands such as Michael Kors, Kenneth Cole and Coach, collaborating with senior accessory designers to brainstorm innovative methods of design visualization and prototyping. Kat is also a teacher and team member of Eyebeam’s Computational Fashion, an artists residency program that teaches designers to apply parametric 3D modeling techniques to create 3D printable garments. Kat gained her experience in 3D printing in 2012, when she was one of the first members to begin the design & build-out of The Factory of the Future: the largest consumer 3D printing factory in North America.
Kellie Hill - Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Best Selling Author, Television Personality
Kellie Hill is the founder of The Right Nutrition Plan. She is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, bestselling author, local Ambassador for the American Heart Association, former International radio show host, television personality, Mended Hearts volunteer, wife, mother, survivor of two heart attacks, by-pass surgery and a stroke thanks to her Healthy Diet.