About Jose A.


Entrepreneur and scientist focused on technology applications and venture development for meaningful purposes. Former member of Boards and Committees: Canada's Advanced Networking Organization for Research Industry & Education, Ensis Growth Fund, ISO/TC229, listed and private companies and NFP. He has been a consultant for many private sector organizations, the Government of Canada, the Government of Manitoba, and NGOs. He is passionate about helping Canada's aboriginal communities jump right into the 21st Century via sustainable technology and business practices. He helped form a telecom co-operative at the Misipawistik First Nation to help the community create a sustainable platform to develop an e-economy. He was Director of operations and research at TRLabs, Manitoba, a consortium of industry, university and government, where he was for 8 years. Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce’s Director of the Year 2005; University of South Australia’s Academic Prize for Entrepreneurship 2005; PhD (1996) & MSc electrical & computer engineering, MBA, registered Professional Engineer (MB); over 70 publications & patents, including contributions to the Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He led PlayLab in Hong Kong as Chief Executive Producer and Director of Game Design and Production focused on production of various commercial console games and research applications. He was also an Assistant Professor at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where he taught graduate seminars in Globalization in New Media, Marketing Management, and Game Design for over four years and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Manitoba where he taught Telecommunications for over 6 years. He has been to TED in 2009, 2010, and 2011. He is the curator of TEDxPearlRiver in Hong Kong.


English, Spanish

TED Conferences

TED2011, TED2010, TED2009

Areas of Expertise

Industry-University-Government partnerships, Meaningful technology and business models, Meaningful video games, Globalization in New Media design and Technology, Marketing management for digital entertainment, Game Design

An idea worth spreading

Proven technology and business models of the net-generation can be used for inspiration to help "forgotten" communities jump right into the 21st century by adapting existing solutions, practices, and sources of competitive advantage in the developed world. All is needed is a "translation" services to inspire people and let them utilize their own creative to sustain their communities.

I'm passionate about


Talk to me about

Aboriginal Children are very creative and in tune with nature. If they were connected to children in the developed world, Aboriginal children could be a source of inspiration for more responsibility.

People don't know I'm good at

Violin music.

My TED story

I went to last year's TED with the intention of finding new purpose and inspiration. In the first 5 minutes, I had already written down 5 quotes that could define my approach in the future. After 5 days of quotes, I am truly transformed, but not necessarily by the quotes, but by the people I met and the experience.

Favorite talks