"Code of Life Hacker"
An award winning multi-passionate serial entrepreneur, Ben is no stranger to the start-up world having been involved with a number of early stage companies and organizations. In fact, he discovered an entrepreneurial streak at the ripe age of 14 while others where striving for good grades. Ben has always thought he would have done much better in school if only the child next to him had applied himself a little more.
With the last 15 years being involved in nurturing numerous technology company start-ups, his current roles include; President of InsightArk Inc., and Managing Partner at DermaviaRX. Ben is also the President of Kieretsu Forum (York Region Chapter) which is part of the world’s largest angel investor network with 52 chapters and 3,000+ members spanning 23 countries on three continents. Nurturing a new generation of entrepreneurial leaders, Ben serves as Chairman of the Youth Entrepreneur Initiative at the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs. An invaluable advisor by some and a leadership chiropractor to others, no matter how Ben is described, clients and partners regularly welcome the impact and benefits that result from their work together.
In 2000, Ben co-founded the North American Association of Asian Professionals-Toronto Chapter (NAAAP Toronto) and currently serves as President. With Ben's leadership in the community and steadfast stewardship, NAAAP Toronto is recognized as one of the leading Chapters in the NAAAP Chapter network encompassing 27 cities in the US and Canada. NAAAP Toronto has garnered 5 Chapter of the Year Awards and numerous awards of excellence in addition to celebrating a 10th Anniversary in 2011. At the 2013 NAAAP International Convention hosted in Toronto, Ben was honoured with the NAAAP Leader Award of Excellence. Ben was one of the key architects of the NAAAP Presidents' Council and in March 2014 was appointed Vice Chair. In the following year March 2015, Ben was elected and installed as Chairman of the NAAAP Presidents' Council.
Ben has served as a member of the Chinese Advisory Cabinet at SickKids Foundation and AFP Foundation for Philanthropy (Canada). His prior experiences include being Co-founder and COO of Xystar Technologies, Cofounder of Global Connexxions and was awarded the 1998 Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurship Best Business Startup Award. Ben was also a member of the advisory committee for Enterprise Toronto, City of Toronto Economic Development Office and the Progress Career Planning Institute Cultural Intelligence Advisory Council. As Co-founder and Executive Director of United Nations Trade Point Toronto (Member of the Trade Point NAFTA Forum, Member of the Inter-American Trade Point Forum, Member of the Technical Task force for the United Nations Inter-American Trade Point Forum, Member of the United Nations Global Trade Point Network), Ben was involved with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and played a critical role in fostering the efficiency of world trade with industry partnerships and technology integration between first world and third world nations.
With a passion for fitness, leadership and personal development, Ben loves helping others towards achieving their potential. Ben also gets the warm and fuzzies in sharing screw-ups that teaches really good life lessons. When he isn't reading about himself in the third person or expanding his circles of networks, Ben can be found cruising on his motorcycle exploring the country side in seeing where new roads can take him.
“Your ability to achieve your highest potential is directly
proportional to your willingness to act in the face of adversity.”