Vancouver Alumni Chapter: "The Mistakes that Made Us"

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 6:00 pm - Wednesday, March 8, 2023 9:00 pm PST (GMT -08:00)
Pacific Centre Building

Everyone makes mistakes, but most of us don't like to talk about them. Join us in the heart of Vancouver at the Microsoft Centre of Excellence to hear fellow alumni turn some of their biggest blunders into talking points.

The Vancouver Alumni Chapter is excited to host "The Mistakes that Made Us," an event where three fellow alumni will share how their past errors paved the way for their current successes. You’ll hear from Ian MacKinnon (BMath ’06, MMath ’08), Founder and CTO of and Gloria Eid (BA ’11), Life Leadership Coach at Gloria Eid Creative, in a conversation moderated by Matt Manuel (BASC ’93), Principal PM Manager at Microsoft.

Together, our speakers will share valuable insights into twists and turns along their paths to success, including the importance of owning your mistakes, failing forward, the workplace cultures that foster learning and more. Spots are limited! Register for your $15 ticket to hear how to turn our mistakes into victories.


Matt Manuel (BASc ’93), Principal PM Manager at Microsoft; University of Waterloo Alumni Council

Matt Manuel (BASc ’93)

Matt has over two decades of experience in software development and technology businesses. He started as a software engineer making computer games and transitioned early in his career to roles focused on people and program management.

In July 2017, he joined Microsoft and now leads a group of Technical Program Managers in Commercial Software Engineering, collaborating with our largest customers on their toughest challenges to transform their businesses using cloud native solutions.

Matt leads the Disability Employee Resource group for Microsoft Canada, helping to support and advocate for our employees, plus their families and friends.

Connect with Matt on LinkedIn

Ian MacKinnon (BMath '06, MMath '08), Founder and CTO of

Ian MacKinnon (BMath '06, MMath '08)

Ian founded in 2014 at a hackathon and has grown to become the leading social media and visual marketing platform with over five million of the world's top brands and agencies as users. In April 2022, Later was acquired by Mavrck to create the ultimate creator marketing platform.

At Later/Mavrck, Ian continues his responsibilities as CTO, overseeing the engineering team in its software development efforts as well as spearheading its machine learning and data science initiatives. Ian has a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and has previously worked at SAP and Google before joining the Vancouver Startup scene.

Connect with Ian on LinkedIn

Gloria Eid (BA ’11), Life Leadership Coach at Gloria Eid Creative

Gloria Eid (BA ’11)

Gloria works with rising entrepreneurs, new managers, executives, artists, and students to help them access their creative abilities and become who they need to be to carry out their unique roles in life and career. To do this, she draws on her studies in sociology and speech communication from the University of Waterloo, her master's research in authenticity and audience connection from Ryerson University, her training in transformational leadership coaching, and her experiences building inclusive educational communities and high-performing teams across Canada. Gloria previously served the University of Waterloo as a community coordinator in Housing & Residences, as well as a co-op advisor in Co-operative Education, where she met with students and their managers everywhere from New York to the Silicon Valley, to Seattle and the Yukon, to support their development and success in the modern workforce.

Connect with Gloria on LinkedIn Website