The Innovators with Robert Lloyd
WHEN: Thursday, April 25, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
WHERE: RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J3
Our featured guest for The Innovators 2019 is Robert Lloyd, former CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One, the most futuristic transportation start up in the world and former President of Cisco, a global leader in IT and networking.
We’re excited to have Robert join us this year. As a graduate of the University of Manitoba, his career has spanned the upper echelons of the tech world. He is a bona fide Manitoba success story.
Table of 8: $1,650
Table of 10: $1,950
Table of 8: $1,850
Table of 10: $2,275
Robert Lloyd Bio
Rob Lloyd was named the CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One and member of the Board of Directors in September 2015. As CEO, Rob leveraged his experience with Internet infrastructure, technology ecosystems, and global partnerships to reimagine the transportation industry.
Under Rob’s leadership, Virgin Hyperloop One developed the world’s first hyperloop business model and Virgin Hyperloop One’s open innovation strategy, raised over $300 million in funding, expanded to four locations, and helped scale to 200+ employees by recruiting engineering and business leaders from the world’s top companies. The company has had numerous successful test runs at its full-scale, full system test track in the Nevada desert. Rob and his team engaged a dozen countries around the world, working with government officials to develop the world’s first commercial hyperloop agreements.
Prior to Virgin Hyperloop One, Rob spent over 20 years at Cisco Systems where he managed the majority of the company’s worldwide business. As President, he led engineering, sales, and the Internet of Everything and was responsible for 40,000 employees globally. Rob's organizations managed the alignment and acceleration of Cisco’s technology innovation to enable a faster response to market transitions,
increased customer relevance, and growth. Prior to becoming President, he held several leadership positions at the company including Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations, Senior Vice President of the United States, Canada, and Japan, and also served as President of Cisco’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa region for more than four years.
Prior to joining Cisco Canada in 1994, Lloyd founded Calgary based ComputerCorp Systems Inc. which operated computer sales, service and training centers in most western Canadian cities, including Winnipeg. A graduate from the University of Manitoba with a BComm degree, Rob has four sons and currently resides in the heart of the Silicon Valley in California.
BEVERLY THOMSON - HOST
One of Canada’s most respected news personalities, Thomson was most recently Co-Host of CTV’s CANADA AM from 2003 until the program signed off in June 2016. During her tenure with Canada’s most-watched morning show, Thomson interviewed some of the nation’s most treasured musicians, athletes, actors, authors, politicians, and dignitaries, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Hilary Clinton, and Donald Trump. Thomson landed the first Canadian television interview with current Governor General David Johnson and his wife at Rideau Hall. In addition, Thomson has interviewed countless top Hollywood personalities including Regis and Kelly, Barbara Walters, Jane Fonda, and Bradley Cooper, to name just a few.
Thomson’s illustrious, near 30-year career has taken her around the world, including London, England in the midst of April 2011’s Royal Wedding build-up to film a series for CANADA AM, to Vancouver to co-host CTV’s OLYMPIC MORNING program with Jay Onrait during Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympic Games; across Canada for numerous federal, provincial, and municipal elections; and to Washington, D.C. for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. In addition, Thomson has contributed stories for CTV’s W5, Canada’s most-watched documentary series.
Thomson is the 2006 recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the Gemini Awards, now Canadian Screen Awards. In June 2009, she was also appointed by the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, as the National Ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
In 2003, Thomson was named co-host of CANADA AM, marking a return to CTV following six years as the anchor of the evening newscast at Global Toronto. Previously, Thomson spent seven years at CTV Toronto as a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor. Thomson’s career started in radio after graduating from Seneca College’s Radio and Television Broadcasting program in 1987.