2017 YPO EDGE Concludes in Vancouver

When YPO members gather for the annual YPO EDGE, the learning opportunities are tremendous, the peer-to-peer connections are numerous and the social experiences are memorable. The 2017 YPO EDGE in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, was no exception.

The second day’s highlight was Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joining the crowd of global business leaders in a fireside chat with Farhan Mohamed of the Daily Hive Vancouver. “This time of making Canada a place that people are eager to discover is why I’m so glad that YPO EDGE is here in Vancouver,” said Trudeau. Read more of Trudeau’s comments.

In another special moment, 1,867 attendees became a part of history as Mobileye, the leading supplier of software that enables Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS), set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the most people using virtual reality displays during a presentation at the 2017 YPO EDGE. Mobileye Co-founder and CEO Ziv Aviram, a YPO member, surprised the gathering of YPO global business leaders with a virtual reality experience of riding in a driverless car.

Throughout the day, topics addressed by more than 25 renowned speakers included the sharing economy, social media, the importance of sleep to a person’s health, Alzheimer’s disease, retail disruption and mobile technology. Speakers included:

  • Chris Arnold, Founder, Smaller Earth Group; CEO, World Merit
  • YPO Member Ziv Aviram, Co-Founder and CEO, Mobileye
  • Kenneth A. Carlson, Filmmaker
  • Vicki Dobbs Becks, Executive-in-Charge, ILMxLAB
  • Doug Belgrad, Producer and Founder, 2.0 Entertainment
  • YPO Member Jeff Booth, Co-Founder, President and CEO, BuildDirect
  • Michael Breus, Ph.D., The Sleep Doctor™
  • Chip Conley, Former Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, Airbnb
  • Dena Dubral, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neurology, UCSF Memory and Aging Center
  • Mark Fields, CEO of Ford
  • Francis Ho, Ph.D., Managing Director, Samsung Catalyst Fund
  • YPO Member Ryan Holmes, Founder and CEO, Hootsuite
  • Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO, Thrive Global
  • Derek Johnson, Founder and Nutrition Director, New Metabolism; Executive Nutrition Director, The Biggest loser Resorts
  • Peter Lowy, Co-CEO, Westfield Corporation
  • YPO Member Shai Misan, M.D., Ph.D., CEO, Medic4all Italia
  • YPO Member Bobby Sager, Founder and President, Sager Family Foundation
  • YPO Member Gary Schoenfeld, President and CEO, PacSun
  • Gene Simmons, Co-Founder, KISS; Owner, Rock & Brews Restaurants; Media Mogul
  • Boyen Slat, Founder and CEO, The Ocean Cleanup
  • Brandon Soleau, Retired Army Sergeant, 1st Ranger Battalion; President, All Eagles Oscar Foundation
  • Maria Shriver, Journalist, Author and Founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement
  • YPO Member Peter Ter Kulve, Chief Transformation Officer, Unilever
  • YPO Member Anthony Von Mandl, Founder and CEO, The Mark Anthony Group of Companies
  • Chip Wilson, Founder of Lululemon and Kit and Ace
  • Erik Won, President and CEO, Newport Brain Research Laboratory
  • YPO member Gillian Zucker, President of Business Operations, Los Angeles Clippers

Before the closing session with KISS frontman Gene Simmons, there was an official handoff to the organizers of the 2018 YPO EDGE, which will take place in Singapore with the theme “Defy Convention.”



For more than 30 years, Heather has been creating innovative content for a myriad of communities including business leaders, nonprofit, energy, health care, education and aviation. She has been with YPO since 2014, currently serving as Communications Director leading the member communications team.