For Immediate Release
Vickers set to drive innovation in all industries across the province
BRITISH COLUMBIA—The Board of Directors of the BC Innovation Council (BCIC), a Crown Agency of the Province of British Columbia, today announced that Shirley Vickers has been appointed BCIC’s new President and Chief Executive Officer.
Vickers is a serial entrepreneur that brings an unparalleled understanding of multiple industries to the table. Her record includes building several multi-million dollar companies, developing technologies in the resources sector and working in senior health care and medical technology industry roles. Vickers’ distinctive background will allow her to lead the organization during a pivotal time, where B.C.’s tech sector is strong and growing. With over 9,000 companies and more than 86,000 jobs, the tech sector plays a crucial role as the third largest economic contributor to B.C.’s GDP. With the recent launch of the #BCTECH Strategy, Vickers will work to fulfil the government’s vision for technology as the foundation for growth in every industry throughout the province.
“I’m honoured to be taking on the leadership of BCIC, an organization that recognizes that technology is everywhere and that is laser-focused on increasing growth opportunities of high value to B.C. industry,” said Vickers. “By uniting our unique expertise in venture acceleration, strong regional networks, partnerships in communities across the province and our access to technology developers and solution providers, BCIC will power B.C.’s economic engine forward.”
Greg Caws, BCIC’s former President and Chief Executive Officer, has accepted a new #BCTECH-related role.
“I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to Greg Caws, whose leadership and insight over the past three years has been instrumental in supporting B.C.’s growing technology sector. I’m looking forward to the details that will be announced soon regarding Greg’s new role,” said Derek Lew, Chair of BCIC’s Board of Directors. “I’d also like to extend a warm welcome to Shirley Vickers. With experience that spans the natural resources sector; technology development and commercialization; healthcare; and government; Shirley has the requisite knowledge, skills and relationships to guide BCIC as it advances technology adoption across the province.”
About the BC Innovation Council
The BC Innovation Council, a Crown Agency of the Province of B.C., accelerates the growth and success of B.C. companies by providing resources and market opportunities for applied innovations that solve challenges and drive competitiveness in B.C. industries. Through the #BCTECH Strategy and annual #BCTECH Summit, BCIC is fostering the growth of competitive companies that generate revenue, produce high-paying skilled jobs and drive economic development in B.C.
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