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President & CEO

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Are you an experienced leader of senior-level teams with a passion for innovation and growth in emerging technologies? Would you welcome the opportunity to collaborate with entrepreneurs, business leaders, public sector, academia and relevant groups/associations throughout the province, to help build a vibrant eco-system for emerging tech in BC? If so – we are delighted to share this important opportunity to have direct and notable impact on the future economic, environmental and social prosperity of British Columbia.

To lead this organization with its new mandate, Innovate BC is seeking an innovative and resourceful President & Chief Executive Officer.  Reporting to the Board, the President & CEO will build out and execute a strategy to meet the mandate as laid out by the Minister of Jobs, Trades and Technology.  The role will lead a team of highly engaged staff and Entrepreneurs in Residence. Externally, the President and CEO will interface extensively with industry leaders, start-ups, government, universities, institutions and other alliances/associations with complementary mandates.  New to the Innovate BC mandate, the President & CEO will also have the opportunity to contribute to provincial policy discussion.

Skills and Experience

  • Involvement in the commercialization or growth of emerging or advanced technologies; this could include any kind of technology serving a particular industry or cross-sector
  • Management of teams including senior executives
  • Identifying and securing funding
  • Understanding of how government thinks, operates and makes decisions
  • Understanding of how entrepreneurs think, and the nature of their challenges
  • Understanding of organizations including private sectors, post-secondary institutions and the public sector
  • Understanding of board governance

This is a high-impact opportunity for an innovative leader able and willing to help build a vibrant eco-system for emerging technologies in BC.  If you are interested to discuss and meet the criteria above, we look forward to hearing from you. To apply in confidence, please submit your resume online at For further information, please contact Elaine Grotefeld at, Esther McGregor at or Callum Wallace at

Posted: November 16, 2018
Closes: January 15, 2019
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Innovate BC (formerly BC Innovation Council) is a Crown Agency of the Province of British Columbia with a mandate to encourage the development and application of advanced or innovative technologies...