President & Chief Executive Officer

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.

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 to meet the needs of industry in BC. Innovate BC serves as a one stop service centre to connect innovators — large and small — with BC government funding, tools, resources and support. Innovate BC has a refreshed mandate from the provincial government and a newly appointed board. To deliver on its objectives, Innovate BC manages and supports a range of well-received programs, including Ignite, BC Tech Coop Grants Program, Innovator Skills Initiative, Venture Acceleration Program, Agriculture Venture Acceleration Program, Challenge Process, the #BCTECH Summit and the New Ventures Competition.

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 below. For further information, please contact Elaine Grotefeld at elaine.grotefeld@odgersberndtson.com, Esther McGregor at esther.mcgregor@odgersberndtson.com or Callum Wallace at callum.wallace@odgersberndtson.com.