About

Accelerate Okanagan Team

Brea Lake

Chief Executive Officer brea@accelerateokanagan.com

Brea Lake is the CEO of Accelerate Okanagan. She has been supporting the growth of the Okanagan tech community for over five years.

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Brea Lake

Brea Lake is the CEO for Accelerate Okanagan. She has been supporting the growth of the Okanagan tech community for over five years. She spends her days nurturing relationships with community partners and building connections between industry players and educational institutions.

Lake graduated from Okanagan College with a degree in Business, but it was her hands-on experience managing a summer day camp program that gave her a taste for the startup life – it also taught her the importance of playing nice in the sandbox. Lake spent time working with Disney’s Club Penguin, where she was responsible for curriculum development, customer service training and policy documentation.

When she’s not at work, you can find her relaxing on the lake, enjoying the Okanagan’s live music scene, or supporting the YMCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Okanagan as a board member. 

Jenna Stasuk

Program Manager jenna@accelerateokanagan.com

Jenna is our Program Manager. Jenna encourages and accelerates the growth of tech companies in the Okanagan by leading AO’s programs and engaging with current, past, and potential program participants.

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Jenna Stasuk

Jenna is our Startup Programs Lead. She manages the Startup Basics and Venture Acceleration programs. Jenna connects entrepreneurs to our support network and helps them navigate through our continuous acceleration programs.

Alex Goodhew

Community Manager alex@accelerateokanagan.com

Alex is our Community Manager. She develops and nurtures relationships with community partners and helps to build industry connections and opportunities for collaboration.

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Alex Goodhew

Alex is our Community Manager. After growing up in Penticton, Alex spent a year on exchange in France and then attended UBC Vancouver for both her Arts and Education degrees. Alex returned to Kelowna a few years ago and has since worked at UBC Okanagan as a Manager of Student Housing and with Lighthouse Labs as their Community Manager. Since her return to the Okanagan in 2014, she has found the tech sector to be a vibrant, accepting, and supportive community and quickly gravitated towards it.

Alex's role as the Community Manager is to connect and collaborate with people interested in technology and innovation. She develops and nurtures relationships with community partners and helps to build industry connections. Outside of the office, you'll find her playing volleyball, skiing, writing spoken word poetry and listening to country music.

D’arcy Schaerer

Finance Manager darcy@accelerateokanagan.com

D’arcy is our Finance Manager. A highly motivated self-starter with strong analytical, communication and interpersonal skills, D’arcy has worked with diverse groups of people throughout her career.

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D’arcy Schaerer

D’arcy Schaerer is our Finance Manager. A highly motivated self-starter with strong analytical, communication and interpersonal skills, D’arcy has worked with diverse groups of people throughout her career. Her experience in project coordination, supervision, and office management with the likes of seismic jug hounds, archaeologists, palaeontologists, railcar buffs and condo consultants gives her all the skills she needs to work with this diverse group of techies.

When she’s not teching the halls, D’arcy like to do pottery and considers her life to be fun, funky, and functional.

Sara Scott

Brand & Communications Manager sara@accelerateokanagan.com

Sara is our Brand & Communications Manager. Before joining the AO Team, Sara spent over five years working in Guest Experience with Disney Interactive while balancing her passion for event management in her spare time.

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Sara Scott

Sara is our Brand Strategist. Before joining the AO Team, Sara spent over five years working in Guest Experience with Disney Interactive while balancing her passion for event management in her spare time.

Born and raised in Kelowna, she is an excellent tour guide for the Okanagan. In addition to being an avid gardener, Sara enjoys jewelry making, camping and spending time at her family's apple orchard.

Fraser Johnston

Scale Up Program Lead fraser.johnston@accelerateokangan.com

Fraser is our Scale Up Program Lead. After graduating from Edinburgh University in Scotland, Fraser moved to BC. He quickly gained numerous certifications from the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors and spent several seasons coaching instructors how to deliver more effective lessons.

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Fraser Johnston

Fraser is our Scale Up Program Lead. After graduating from Edinburgh University in Scotland, Fraser moved to BC. He quickly gained numerous certifications from the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors and spent several seasons coaching instructors how to deliver more effective lessons. By creating the optimal learning environment, the client ultimately has more fun and a positive experience on the mountain. Out of this expertise, Fraser’s own startup was born. He founded Watch & Ride, a virtual snowboard school. The business was part of Accelerate Okanagan's Venture Acceleration Program and he experienced first-hand the value of mentorship programs. His love for technology and entrepreneurship, as well as belief in AO's mission, lead him to his role where he gets to connect entrepreneurs to programs, mentorship, and coaching. 

Harrison Crerar

Brand Strategist harrison@accelerateokanagan.com

Harrison is our Brand and Communications Strategist. Before he began creating content for OKGNtech, Harrison spent four years at the Walt Disney Company maintaining a variety of responsibilities including editorial, instructional design, knowledge management, CRM administration and guest experience.

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Harrison Crerar

Harrison is our Brand and Communications Strategist. Before he began creating content for OKGNtech, Harrison spent four years at the Walt Disney Company maintaining a variety of responsibilities including editorial, instructional design, knowledge management, CRM administration and guest experience.

Hailing from Oakville, Ontario, Harrison arrived in Kelowna in 2008 pursuing a degree in creative writing from UBCO. When not at his desk, Harrison is often listening to music, reading a good book, or off on an adventure.


Eryca Stirling

Visual Communications Coordinator eryca@accelerateokanagan.com

Eryca Stirling is the Brand and Communications Coordinator here at Accelerate Okanagan. Eryca is responsible for supporting entrepreneurs and sharing #OKGNtech news with our growing community.

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Eryca Stirling

Eryca Stirling is the Brand and Communications Coordinator here at Accelerate Okanagan. Eryca is responsible for supporting entrepreneurs and sharing #OKGNtech news with our growing community. 

Jessica Wicks

Community Lead North Okanagan jessica@accelerateokanagan.com

Jessica is our North Okanagan Community Lead. She loves to surround herself with innovators and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs create tech-enabled solutions that allow them to rethink the future of their industries.

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Jessica Wicks

Jessica is our North Okanagan Community Lead. She loves to surround herself with innovators and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs create tech-enabled solutions that allow them to rethink the future of their industries. Prior to joining Team AO, Jessica worked full-time in both post-secondary education and tourism, as well as within a range of industries as an independent marketing and communications consultant. When she’s not at the office, you’ll find her frequenting local coffee shops, enjoying a great book, or exploring the beautiful Okanagan outdoors with her son.

Alanna Haggard

Startup Program Lead alanna@accelerateokanagan.com

Alanna is our Startup Program Lead. Before finding her home at Accelerate Okanagan, Alanna spent four years working for CapriCMW Insurance, where she learned that the key to success is to provide excellent customer service.

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Alanna Haggard

Alanna is our Startup Program Lead. Before finding her home at Accelerate Okanagan, Alanna spent four years working for CapriCMW Insurance, where she learned that the key to success is to provide excellent customer service. While working at CapriCMW, Alanna also attended Okanagan College, and graduated with a Diploma in Communications, Culture, and Journalism. Alanna is extremely passionate about supporting the growth of the OKGNtech community by building meaningful relationships and connecting entrepreneurs with the mentorship, resources, and coaching they need to get growing. When she’s not in the office you will find her exploring the outdoors with her fur-son, enjoying a glass of wine, or pursuing her passion for holistic healing through tarot and reiki.

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