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."

Mr. Rockwell's biography

Dean Rockwell comes to the British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) with a proven track record as a dynamic and innovative leader of technology intensive organizations. He possesses a unique blend of technical and strategic business acumen gained from over 20 years of international leadership experience in the areas of product development, marketing, sales and operations. He also has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions from his years at Scientific Atlanta and Cisco.

Dean possesses an invaluable understanding of different business environments and has conducted business internationally in both developed and emerging markets worldwide.

Before joining BCIC in September 2008, Dean 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. Prior to 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.

Dean is committed to continual growth and learning, both for the organization and personally. He graduated from the Electrical Engineering Technology program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1987. In 1990 he completed the Management Skills for Advanced Technology program at Simon Fraser University. In addition, he has completed a number of other graduate studies programs including the General Electric, Management Skills Development Course and more recently at the Harvard Business School, the Cable Television Association of Marketing University program.

Dean lives in West Vancouver with his wife and son. His interests include spending time with his family, actively participating in community organizations, running marathons, skiing, sailing and staying abreast of current affairs.