On March 4, 2010, Canary Foundation Founder Don Listwinwill speak to high-tech executives in Victoria, BC regarding current issues that face the technology sector and the incentive to adapt the industry as a whole. Mr. Listwin, one-time Executive Vice President of Cisco Systems and current member of the National Cancer Institute’s Board of Scientific Advisors, will specifically address how the lessons learned in the technology and business realms can improve the way we view life sciences and personalized medicine.

At Cisco during the rise of the Internet, Mr. Listwin now exercises many of the practices learned as a technology mogul to leverage the potential of early detection cancer research at Canary Foundation and on the External Advisory Board for the Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE) at Stanford University. With an innovative approach, Mr. Listwin is fusing basic business concepts with medicine, creating new and different means of research that are independent of traditional government grants. Mr. Listwin seeks to build the foundation that connects the very best cancer researchers with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists so that their breakthroughs will have the best chance of saving lives.

A native of Canada, Mr. Listwin is also a well-recognized philanthropist in Victoria as Canary’s collaborative research programs span multiple disciplines and institutions, including research conducted in British Columbia. Mr. Listwin and Canary have contributed over $2 million to the BC Cancer Foundation and continue to raise funds through the annual Canary Derby. Conceived by Michael Ball, CEO of GenoLogics, the derby brings together the technology and business communities of Victoria and Vancouver to build and race cars are that are unpowered, relying completely upon gravity and team ingenuity; all to raise funds for Canary early detection research in BC.

Kicking off Vancouver Island Technology Park’s (VITP) Speaker Series 2010, Mr. Listwin will speak to the current paradigm shift: how enacting business practices can bring together the best minds in the field, circumventing current medical practices in cancer early detection. The VITP Speaker Series will feature key speakers from the Life Sciences, Information and Communication Technologies, Clean and Renewable Energy, and Ocean Technology sectors. The cocktail reception begins at 5pm with Mr. Listwin’s presentation to follow at 5:45pm.