Hector MacKay-Dunn, Q.C., Chair, British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC), is pleased to announce the appointment of R. Dean Rockwell as Chief Executive Officer.

"I am delighted to welcome Mr. Rockwell back to B.C. as tangible evidence of our continuing efforts to add to the global technology expertise in the Province," said Mr. MacKay-Dunn. "With over twenty years of worldwide technology leadership and corporate experience, the Board is confident in Mr. Rockwell's leadership skills and in his ability to drive innovation to commercial success and to further enhance our culture of innovation in British Columbia."

Mr. Rockwell brings to his new role an ideal combination of vision and international experience. Prior to joining BCIC, Mr. Rockwell was the Vice President and General Manager of the worldwide Digital Media Networks business unit within Cisco's Service Provider Video Technology Group based in Atlanta, Georgia. Before that he was based in Brussels, Belgium where he held full P&L responsibility for all European operations in addition to the Transmission Networks business unit in the region. In both assignments he distinguished himself by achieving major business expansions with outstanding profitability.

"I am excited by this opportunity and look forward to working with industry, academia, government and the talented staff at BCIC as together we capitalize on all that British Columbia has to offer," said Rockwell. "It is a pleasure to be back in British Columbia and to work with some of the best and brightest minds – in B.C. and globally."

"In choosing Mr. Rockwell, what impressed us was not only his experience but his interest in building on our organization's strengths and maximizing our province's innovation capabilities," said Mr. MacKay-Dunn. "A graduate of BCIT and Simon Fraser University, Mr. Rockwell will give BCIC the management and entrepreneurial skills needed to directly impact the long-term success of B.C.'s knowledge economy."