BCIC names new President and CEO
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Media Release | August 10, 2012
BRITISH COLUMBIA - The Board of Directors of the BC Innovation Council (BCIC) are pleased to announce the appointment of John Jacobson as the organization's new President & CEO.
"It's our pleasure to welcome John to the helm of BCIC," said Jill Leversage, Chair. "It's an exciting time for BC's technology sector where jobs are growing at twice the rate of any other in the province. We look forward to working with John as he helps BCIC execute on its mission of accelerating the commercialization of BC technologies."
John is a seasoned British Columbian entrepreneur and business leader with a track record of identifying new business opportunities and bringing innovative products to market. He got his start as an entrepreneur as the co-founder of a manufacturing company in North Vancouver in 1979 and he hasn't looked back since.
Prior to joining BCIC, John was President and Chief Executive Officer of Monexa Technologies Inc., where he led the transformation of the pioneering internet service provider from the 1990's into a leader in billing and payment services in the cloud. Before Monexa, John held leadership roles at Offshore Systems International (OSI Geospatial), MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates and PSC Group.
"It's great to be part of the BC Innovation Council team," said John. "I'm really looking forward to working with BCIC's partners and doing our part to support the objectives of the BC Jobs Plan by helping entrepreneurs build successful companies and create new high quality jobs for British Columbians."
In May, BCIC announced the initiation of a CEO search process. The Board retained Corporate Recruiters to assist with the process and after an extensive interviewing process the Board appointed John to the role.
BCIC accelerates the commercialization of technology in the priority sectors of the BC Jobs Plan, through the support of startups and the development of entrepreneurs. Together with its partners, BCIC delivers programs and initiatives that promote startup growth and speed to market, resulting in jobs, revenue and economic development. BCIC is a Crown Agency of the Province of British Columbia.
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