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 acting 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. 

Joanna Schlosser

Brand and Communications Manager joanna@accelerateokanagan.com

Joanna is our Brand and Communications Manager. Over the past decade, she has worked with multimillion dollar brands like luluelmon athletica and startups like Luvo Inc as a creative, digital, and editorial strategist.

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Joanna Schlosser

Joanna is our Brand and Communications Manager. Over the past decade, she has worked with multimillion dollar brands like luluelmon athletica and startups like Luvo Inc as a creative, digital, and editorial strategist. Joanna is passionate about dynamic content and intuitive user experience that promotes brand presence both on and off line. Joanna also owns and operates a boutique winery in West Kelowna with her husband James making her our resident wine expert. 

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.

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.

Thuy Tran

Program Manager thuy@accelerateokanagan.com

Thuy is our Program Manager. Thuy 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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Thuy Tran

Thuy is our Program Manager. Thuy grew up in Kelowna and graduated from Centre for Arts and Technology with a Rich Media Diploma. For the past 10 years she has worked in the marketing industry, in graphic design and managing client accounts. During her agency days, Thuy was exposed to working with clients in the technology industry; she gravitated towards this sector as she saw growth of the tech industry in the Okanagan. Thuy continued her career in the tech sector working for one of Canada's leading technology company, QHR Technologies.

Thuy’s role as Program Manager is to encourage and accelerate the growth of the technology companies in the Okanagan by leading AO’s growth program and engaging with current, past, and potential program participants. She works with AO’s EiRs as well as CEO to develop, plan, organize, and execute new program activities. Outside of the office, you'll find her training for triathlons, marathons or jiu-jitsu. She is also a photography and motorcycle enthusiast. 

Fraser Johnston

Scale Up Program Lead

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 GScale 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. 

Jenna Stasuk

Scale Up Program Lead jenna@accelerateokanagan.com

Jenna is our Scale Up Program Lead. Jenna connects entrepreneurs to our support network and helps them navigate through our continuous acceleration programs.

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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.

Sara Scott

Brand Strategist sara@accelerateokanagan.com

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.

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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.

Eryca Stirling

Brand 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. 

Brittany Arbutina

Startup Program Lead

Brittany is our Startup Program Lead. Brittany grew up in Kitchener, Ontario, where she gained experience working directly with startups and startup programs at Communitech.

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Brittany Arbutina

Brittany is our Startup Program Lead. Brittany grew up in Kitchener, Ontario, where she gained experience working directly with startups and startup programs at Communitech. She has a background in public relations, program coordination, and event planning. Brittany 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 at work, you'll find Brittany enjoying the live-music scene, hiking the Okanagan trails, lounging by the lake, or in search of a local pint.

Harrison Crerar

Brand Strategist

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 enjoying some music, video games, playing with his cats, or off on an adventure with his spouse.


Alanna Haggard

Community Coordinator

Alanna is our Community & Office Coordinator. 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 Community & Office Coordinator. 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. In her role at AO, Alanna oversees day-to-day logistical operations of the AO Space, and OKGNworks co-working space. 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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