KELOWNA — There is no question that big things are happening in the Okanagan tech community. An economic impact of close to $1.7 Billion, almost 13,000 jobs, and a year-over-year growth of 15% for the past 5 years are all indicators of a thriving industry. In fact, according to the Economic Impact of the Okanagan Tech Sector study, the Okanagan is the fastest growing tech and innovation hub in the country.
In the midst of all this excitement, Accelerate Okanagan said goodbye to CEO, Raghwa Gopal who took on a new role as President and CEO of Innovate BC. Brea Lake, former Director of Operations, has stepped into the role of Acting CEO. Since Gopal’s departure, Accelerate Okanagan has taken the time to pause, reflect and reimagine the future of OKGNtech and through this work have built a new set of strategic priorities.
These priorities were developed in consultation with the OKGNtech community and in collaboration with Accelerate Okanagan’s Board of Directors, Executives-in-Residence, and operational team. They also address the challenges and opportunities highlighted in the 2017 Techstars Community Assessment, the 2017 Economic Impact Study, and the Community Engagement Survey conducted in the spring of this year.
We’ve set some big and audacious goals, explains Acting CEO, Brea Lake. In the next 5 years Okanagan Tech will have an economic impact of $5 Billion, be a level 5 Techstars Community Score, and a membership of 5X.
In addition to approving a new strategic plan, Accelerate Okanagan board members have formed a search committee and retained search firm, LoveHR to support in undergoing an open hiring process as well as a nation-wide search for the next CEO. The job listing is now live and the nation-wide search is being kicked off today.
With the priorities approved by the Board of Directors we can now move forward with the CEO search process, states Quinton Pullen, Chair of Accelerate Okanagan’s Board of Directors. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our community members who have supported this process to date.
For more information about the new strategic plan, contact Acting CEO, Brea Lake.