Peter Smit has spent half his life on either side of the Atlantic. He has lived in 7 countries and speaks four languages. Raised in the age of matrix management, running programs, initiatives, projects and business globally, he has long been a proponent of collaboration and the tools which enable it. Peter is the CEO and founder of Collabogence, a Toronto-based firm which measures collaborative performance and assists firms in implementing strategies to get better.
Peter has a personal ambition to transform work and workplace in Asia. To help create beautiful and functional buildings that drive business performance and enhance the lives of the everyday worker.
Peter leads the CBRE Workplace Strategy Centre of Excellence function in APAC supporting a team of 120 workplace specialists in twelve countries. Peter is an expert in this field, with more than 25 years’ experience (15 years in Asia).
Peter works at board level with corporations to understand their businesses and develop and implement strategies that improve business performance. His passion and expertise lies with understanding the relationships between culture, behaviour, technology, organisational processes and the creation and use of physical environments – in particular places for work, innovation and learning.
Peter’s current areas of thought leadership are: Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality (how they will impact the way corporations operate; how people work; and the environments that they work in) and bringing sanity and substance to predicting the future of workplaces post COVID-19.
Sacha is an entrepreneur and has launched 6 successful companies over the past 15 years. These organisations have grown to become market leaders in media, telecoms, technology and financial services. For Sacha the sweet spot is where technology and creativity intersect, bridging the knowledge gap between people and software.
Brad is Chief Technology Officer for AVI Systems. As CTO, Brad’s role takes on three core attributes; Executive Leadership, reporting to the CEO and Board of Directors involving executive initiatives and financial performance; strategic planning including AVI’s “go-to-market” strategy and AVI’s practices; and strategic technology planning for AVI’s key customers.
Previously at AVI, Brad’s leadership includes the roles of Regional Vice President and Sr. Vice President of Enterprise Technologies, where his role was to provide strategic technical guidance for AV, Unified Collaboration, and Digital Media for Fortune 50 companies world-wide.
Brad is currently published as a regular contributor to Forbes Magazine and has been a keynote speaker at symposiums and workshops addressing emerging trends in AV and collaboration. Brad has briefed the US State Department, Department of Defense, NNSA and other federal agencies on the topic of classified collaboration and secure communications. Brad pioneered the use of MPEG multicast for statewide and district-wide distance learning applications with notable programs such as Hacienda LaPuente’ USD (three-time recipient of the Smithsonian Award for Technology in Academics). Brad’s thought leadership on the topics of out-come based design has made him a sought-after speaker to many industries and global organizations.
As Managing Director, Byron works directly with and reports to the GPA Board to define and execute upon the Alliance’s strategic goals and objectives in meeting its commitment to excellence in global delivery of collaboration technologies. Byron has been a highly active member of the GPA since its inception in 2008, serving as its elected President from the Board’s inception in 2014 until he joined the organization in a full time capacity as its first Executive Director in 2017. With more than twenty years of experience in the AV industry, Byron has extensive expertise in global partnerships, relationship management and operations for AV/UC solutions. He has also had an active industry leadership presence over the past decade or more with involvement in numerous initiatives and advisory roles within AVIXA (formerly InfoComm) including development of the “AV Best Practices” Black Book, the STEP Rating System, and their Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC).