Annual Dinner


January 25, 2024
Vancouver Convention Centre West Building
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC

Join us on January 25, 2024 for our 46th Annual Dinner featuring keynote speaker,Dr. Radhika Dirks. We are pleased to have Maria Pacella, CFA of Pender Ventures act as moderator, and Tom Bradley, Steadyhand Investment Funds; David Picton, Picton Mahoney Asset Management; and Hanif Mamdani, RBC Global Asset Management form our panel of investment professionals. Tamara Taggart will take over the lead as emcee for the evening, and we are proud to support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank for a second year.

Tamara Taggart

Tamara is a community leader, activist, veteran broadcaster, cancer survivor, and mother.  

With a broadcasting career spanning 28 years in television, radio, and digital media, Tamara has also focused two decades’ of volunteer efforts on health care and the well-being of children and people with disabilities. She is a community leader who advocates for others and raises much-needed funds for many important causes, contributing thousands of hours and serving as a director of several non-profit organizations. Tamara currently hosts the podcast Telus Talks with Tamara Taggart from her home studio and is the volunteer president of Down syndrome BC.

In 2015 Tamara was awarded the Order of BC—the highest honour awarded by the Government of British Columbia—in recognition of her years of public service. She also received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2016.

Dr. Radhika Dirks

Maria Pacella, CFA


Generative AI like ChatGPT is revolutionizing everything we knew about technology, entrepreneurship, and the nature of possibility itself. “This era of generative AI is an era for moonshots: very ambitious projects that are powered by next-gen tech,” says Radhika Dirks, CEO of the first ever “AI moonshot factory” and one of Forbes’s 30 Women in AI to Watch. A brilliant and magnetic speaker, she explains the human implications of generative AI: how it will affect every industry, what leaders need to know about how it works, and how to make it work for you. “Moonshots have always been seen as projects that take decades and billions of dollars to accomplish. But with the power of this automated, open-source creativity in your hand, the cost of access becomes very low,” she says. “Most people are still looking at what productivity tools they can use. But generative AI is so much bigger than that.”

No one is better equipped than Radhika Dirks to answer both the big questions and the practical considerations about generative AI. She’s been a crucial voice in the AI conversation for years, was named to Deloitte’s top women in the AI world, and has been featured everywhere from Fast Company to the BBC (and many more). She founded and leads the only other Moonshot Factory that exists outside of Google.

In uniquely human, powerfully hopeful talks, she places generative AI in the context of what’s already happened in the AI space and what’s on the horizon, then breaks it down into the strategy and tactics that every leader needs to gain an edge in the AI future. She shows you how the rapid advance of this technology has brought moonshots—our biggest, most ambitious ideas—within reach for everybody. It has never been easier or faster to make your dreams a reality, and Radhika can show you how.

Radhika’s Artificial Intelligence leadership includes co-founding Seldn, an AI start-up that accurately predicted the rise of ISIS two weeks before The New York Times coined the term, and her work as CEO and co-founder of XLabs, a moonshot factory for Artificial Intelligence innovations that is already solving huge problems—like getting closer to the cure for cancer. At Ribo AI, her technology found potential cures for 11 cancers within its first 1.5 years.

Radhika was also a founding member of Shell’s $1.5B venture capital group and was COO of Rotary Gallop, a game theory-based fintech firm. Her work on quantum computing and Artificial Intelligence has been cited hundreds of times. She holds a Ph.D. in Quantum Computing and an M.S. in Nanotechnology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Maria has over 22 years of investing and operational experience in emerging growth companies, with a focus on technology businesses. She currently heads up Pender Ventures, the private technology investing arm of Pender Fund Capital Management.  Previously, she spent 11 years with one of Canada’s largest venture capital firms where she invested in multiple early-stage technology companies and served on a variety of boards, in the areas of enterprise software and health-tech. Along the way she worked at two start-ups assisting with operational activities and strategic initiatives. Prior to that Maria worked in M&A for Deutsche Bank.  ​Current board roles include Clarius Mobile Health, Jane Software, Traction Complete, Traction Rec, DistillerSR and Librestream. Maria is passionate about education, mentorship and giving back.  She has served on a number of non-profit and industry boards and is currently on the boards of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation and the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA). 

Tom Bradley

David Picton

Hanif Mamdani


Tom is the Chair and co-founder of Steadyhand, an investment manager focused solely on better outcomes for individual Canadian investors. Steadyhand offers clear-cut investment advice and a straightforward line-up of funds.  The firm’s investment philosophy, called Undexing, reflects Tom’s views and experience. Steadyhand’s funds are concentrated in fewer holdings and not linked closely to the market indices.

His education includes a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba (1979), an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business (1983) and almost 40 years in the investment trenches.

Tom started his career in 1983 as an Equity Analyst at Richardson Greenshields. He spent eight years with the firm, the last three as Director of Institutional Sales. In 1991, he joined Phillips, Hager & North as a Research Analyst and Institutional Portfolio Manager. Tom was appointed to the Board of Directors of PH&N in 1996, took on the role of Chief Operating Officer in 1998 and was appointed President and CEO in 1999, a role that he held until he resigned from the firm in 2005.

Tom is an enthusiast and unrestrained participant in the investment industry’s dialogue through his posts on the Steadyhand blog and articles in other publications, including columns in the Globe & Mail and National Post. He is known for being a passionate advocate for the individual investor.


David is a founding partner of Picton Mahoney Asset Management, President, and Lead Portfolio Manager, responsible for our Canadian equity market neutral, long short, and long-only strategies. David has been a prominent presence in the Canadian investment industry for the past several decades. Highlights of his career so far include launching Synergy Asset Management in 1997 and working as its lead Canadian momentum portfolio manager (some of those mandates he continues to manage to this day), and spending eight years as Head of Quantitative Research at RBC Dominion Securities, where he was one of the top-ranked analysts in his sector. David holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia.


Hanif is Managing Director and Head of Alternative Investments at RBC Global Asset Management Inc. He has 35 years of experience in the industry with expertise in corporate finance, credit analysis, bond trading, options valuation and arbitrage. He has been lead manager for the past 23 years for the PH&N High Yield Bond Fund ($8.5 billion) and the PH&N Absolute Return Fund (a $1.2 billion multi-strategy hedge fund). In total, Hanif and his team manage approximately $11 billion. 

Hanif joined PH&N in 1998 and held key executive positions in the years leading up to the firm’s acquisition by Royal Bank of Canada, including Director, Chief Investment Officer and Head of PH&N’s Investment Committee. Previously, he spent 10 years in New York, primarily in the capital markets division at Salomon Brothers working as an investment banker and eventually as head of U.S. convertible bond trading. As community service, Hanif has managed investments for the Geneva-based Aga Khan Foundation and sat on the CKNW Children’s Fund Board. He has been a feature speaker at the Milken Institute Conference in Beverly Hills, the CFA Forecasting Event in Vancouver (2012) and has appeared in profiles in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Globe & Mail, Barron's, ROB magazine, National Post, BC Business, BIV 500 Most Influential People in BC and Institutional Investor.  Hanif earned his MSc Harvard University (Cambridge, MA); BS with Honors, California Institute of Technology (Caltech, Pasadena CA.



Cocktail Reception 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Dinner Service 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Welcome Remarks 6:30 pm - 6:50 pm
Panel Discussion 6:50 pm - 7:30 pm
Keynote Presentation 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Keynote Interview 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
After Party/Dessert Buffet 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Tickets $225
Tables (10 Seats) $2250
Tickets $275
Tables (10 Seats) $2750


Thank you to our sponsors for their continued support.