Brad Lowe has been part of Wavefront since it was launched almost 10 years ago. His multi-faceted role will end this summer when he embarks on a well-deserved and long-awaited retirement.
Brad’s first role at Wavefront was as a Board member. At the time, he held a senior role with Finnish mobile company Nokia, having worked with several other multinationals in the tech sector. Brad provided input on programs that the newly formed Wavefront Wireless Commercialization Center Society would offer.
When Nokia shifted operations away from Vancouver, Brad started to volunteer as a mentor with Wavefront. That role grew as he got involved with designing and executing programs for startups. Brad wasn’t looking for another career, but he found great satisfaction helping spur economic growth by supporting the creation of companies. Before long, he was Vice President of Accelerator Operations, driving programs such as the $9.5 million Canadian Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP) partnership, working with other organizations like Accelerate Okanagan, VIATEC and Volta Labs. Few individuals in Canada’s history have played such a direct role in the growth of so many tech startups.
“Today our tech startup ecosystem is a world leader,” Brad says. “I am thrilled to see companies we supported doing meaningful work, creating jobs and expanding in global markets.”
The 2017 Canadian Accelerator Summit in Vancouver demonstrated Brad’s leadership in the Canadian accelerator community. Working with Accelerate Okanagan and the Canadian Digital Media Network, he brought together over 60 organizations from across the country to raise the bar on accelerator best practices and plot a course for future success. While he would be quick to share credit with his team, the hard-working and effervescent Vivian Chan and Nikki Wong, not many people would be able to foster the spirit of collaboration that resulted in a national conversation on how to run effective growth programs for startups.
The time is right to retire now not just because he needs to work on his curling technique but because Wavefront is thriving. Brad says. “I’m completely confident the organization has the ability to build on our current strengths and expand our reach to large enterprise clients who are seeking innovation with digital solutions.”
“Brad has been absolutely integral to Wavefront’s success since the very beginning,” says James Maynard, President and CEO of Wavefront. “We will miss his incredible knowledge, enthusiasm and humour, but we all wish him a very happy retirement.”
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