Founded by Kirsten Koppang Telford
and Christine Sommers
, ePACT was inspired by events that unfolded after the Fukishima disaster in Japan in 2011. Telford, having previously lived in Japan, had several close friends who survived the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. After hearing of the widespread communication and transportation breakdowns that happened during this massive disaster, Sommers and Telford were led to build ePACT
. With their backgrounds in Communications and Marketing (past clients include everyone from BC Transit to Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Games), it was only natural that this dynamic duo would form a partnership focused on providing families and organizations the tools necessary to connect effectively during an emergency situation.
Currently focusing on the North American market, Telford and Sommers have a strong team at the ready. Their senior team includes Rory Holland (InterTrans Logistics Solutions), Kris Sutherland (Chalk Media), David Rossellat (Electronic Arts), John Tran and Scott MacRitchie (Appspin), David Lau (Angus Reid Strategies/Vision Critical), and Kirsten Hall (IT Consultant. Their Advisory Panel includes Former Deputy Director of the Pentagon, Admiral John Stufflebeem, Elastic Path Software’s Gord Janzen, Gord Breese (former Global VP), Penny Stratas (former Director, Industry Canada), and Judy Shirra (Vice Chair – Coquitlam Board of Education). With the depth of talent behind their startup, this team cannot help but be successful. The ePACT online emergency communications system allows families, organizations, and communities to connect effectively during times of crisis, ranging from injured family members all the way to large-scale disasters like community flooding or major earthquakes. A full overview of the ePACT system can be found on their website
As a member of GrowLab’s Winter 2012 Cohort, ePACT has spent the last three months learning the startup ropes from founders
that many entrepreneurs can only fantasize over. With Spring Demo Day 2013 fast approaching, the time has come for ePACT to show their stuff in front of the Demo Day crowd. Taking place this year at Vancouver’s Club 319 on February 20th, this sold out event allows the members of GrowLab’s Winter 2012 Cohort to pitch their startups to a virtual who’s who of the North American tech and startup scene. Past attendees at GrowLab’s Demo Days have included the likes of Ben Huh, Yen Lee, and Derek Smyth. This year’s events will include talks from 500Startups' Paul Singh as well as Boris Wertz highlighting Startup Visa Canada. Joining ePACT on the GrowLab stage for Demo Days are KarmaHire
, Nanu Interactive
, and Will Pawn 4 Food
. Past GrowLab Demo Day presenters have included Food.ee, Skyscraper, and Wantering; those are big shoes to fill but ePACT and the rest of the Winter 2012 Cohort are up to the task.
As up and comers on the Vancouver startup scene, ePACT is a company well worth watching. With a strong business plan, a diverse team with an incredible depth of knowledge, and two proven pitbulls at the helm, ePACT has all the makings of becoming yet another GrowLab success story.