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Mr. Betteridge is the Executive Director of Discovery Parks in Vancouver. He manages complex real estate projects in the public and private sectors
in Vancouver, BC. Under his leadership, Discovery Parks Vancouver has built 2 million square feet of high tech
offices and labs for every size of technology firm. Mr. Betteridge manages and operates The Generator (free space for one
year), the Commercialization Centre (turnkey offices for early stage firms), Next Gen on the Great Northern Way
Campus and provide access to mentoring and other support services. Discovery Parks provides high level executive
training through ACETECH, BCTIA, Life Sciences BC, Wavefront, SFU, BCIT and UBC. Mr. Betteridge is involved in various organizations; BC Technology Industry Association, Director Covenant House Vancouver, past Chair of the Board
Vancouver Economic Development Commission, past Vice Chair Member, Planning Institute of B.C. BC Agri-Food
and Bio-Products Advisory Group, Chair Member and Lambda Alpha MITACS Industry Advisory Board.
Mr. Charles Burke is our Elder in residence and International Government Liaison Officer. He was born in Montreal, Quebec with family roots on the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean. Mr. Burke has a diverse career background in Music, Film and the Arts across Canada and the United States.
Mr. Burke owned and operated the famous Black Bottom Club in Montreal Quebec during the 1960s. It was a Jazz and Blues Cabaret Nightclub presenting such as Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, Oscar Peterson and Muddy Waters to name a few. Mr. Burke is a musician that plays the flute and percussion. He has managed several musical groups during his career.
Mr. Burke is a member of the Studio Actors Guild and and active ACTRA member. He has studied Music, Film Broadcasting & Photography at New York University and Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. He has acting credits in several major Movies, TV Series and Commercials in Canada and the United States.
Mr. Burke in his role as International Government Liaison Officer, will facilitate the engagement of Government Officials and Community Leadership to develop an Arts, Film & Computer Academy in the city of Micoud, St. Lucia. In addition, he will be assisting our team working with Government Officials in African countries for the planning of community technology projects.
Dr. Payne is Director & Executive-In-Residence in the Centre4Growth Program at the British Columbia Technology Industry Association.
Dr. Payne has established and run a variety of companies since 1978 from the early days of electronic publishing, to
medical devices successfully marketed in Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia. Dr. Payne has been involved with
government organizations, private and public companies, reverse take-overs, venture capital corporations and notfor-
profit groups. Dr. Payne holds a Ph.D. (Pathology) from the University of British Columbia and is active with the
Faculty of Medicine’s Problem Based Learning program. Dr. Payne has been an invited speaker at international
conferences, holds a number of patents and has received several awards for his work.
Rick Sparks is the Executive Director & Founder of Buffalo Rains Network. Rick is a member of the Eastern Woodland Métis Nation, Shades of Colour Clan. He is very passionate and committed to providing leading edge technology solutions that benefit Indigenous communities in Canada, the Caribbean Islands and Nations of the African Diaspora.
Rick is an experienced IT Project Management Consultant that has more than 25 years proven success record planning, designing, implementing and managing diverse information technology projects for small to medium sized businesses, multinational corporations, non-profit agencies/organizations, K-12 independent private schools, public schools, including colleges and universities across North America. Rick has solid credentials including an Information Technology Degree, Networking and Support Engineer certification and Professional Contracting & Consulting Certification.
Rick is a highly respected IT expert with a clear, focused direction and has seen notable throughout his career. He has been instrumental in consistently delivering innovative world-class information technology solutions for business owners. His notable clients include Apple Inc.,Cisco, Motorola Wireless Data Group, TELUS, Metafore Technologies Inc., Minuteman Press, GERON Corporation, St. Paul’s Hospital and TELUS.
Rick has perfected his consulting skills in planning and implementing complex projects during his 8 years consulting (1999-2007) in the San Francisco Bay Area (Silicon Valley). As result of his successful IT projects within high-tech corporations in Silicon Valley. Rick was recruited by corporate executives to provide IT management and leadership at several prestigious wealthy private independent schools in the heart of Silicon Valley, California. Rick also developed curriculum and taught Digital Video Multimedia courses at Stanford University and at Apple Inc.
Rick understands that high achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation. He has a strong understanding of the relationship between technology and strategic business interests to increase profit growth opportunities, productivity and competitive edge while simultaneously delivering significant reductions in the cost and ease of doing business.
Our Client Say’s
"I have had the pleasure of meeting Rick Sparks this past year. During the year of our acquaintance, I have known Rick in many capacities. He has been both a mentor and business partner.
Rick has been an inspiration in our community, assisting in many tasks required to successful execute both community and business initiatives. He has spent several hours working on the development of projects such “The Pinnacle of Success, a production being developed as a television pitch, as well as web development, consulting, and financial investment for the production.
Rick is an intelligent, capable, dedicated, and personable man. He is always looking to expand his work while helping develop sustainable structures for others, with sensible reactions in all the circumstances I've seen Him in. I feel confident in saying that He is capable of handling any situation with thoughtfulness and maturity."