Five new board members join BC Innovation Council’s (BCIC) Board of Directors to advance awareness and commercialization of science and technology in B.C., announced Hector MacKay-Dunn, QC, and Chair of BCIC. These individuals were appointed on the basis of their expertise and exceptional contributions and will serve on the Council’s Board of Directors for a three year term.

“Building science and technology-based economic development is a key focus for the Province of British Columbia,” said Advanced Education Minister Murray Coell. “I welcome the Council’s newest board members to their new role in advancing British Columbia’s position as a top technology centre in the world.”

As leaders in B.C.’s booming knowledge economy, BCIC’s Board of Directors is instrumental in defining how the Council’s mandate is realized. The Board of Directors’ newest members are:

Mr. Jonathan Burke, Vice President,
   Corporate Development, Westport Innovations Inc.
Mr. Gurval Caer, President and CEO,
   Blast Radius
Dr. Don Cozzetto, President,
   University of Northern British Columbia
Mr. Doug Horswill, Senior Vice President,
   Environment and Corporate Affairs, Teck Cominco Ltd.
Ms. Jill Leversage, Managing Director,
   Investment Banking, TD Securities Inc.

They will join Council board members Mr. Hector MacKay-Dunn, Mr. Greg Aasen, Mr. Jock Finlayson, Mr. Richard Glickman, Dr. Ken Higginbotham, Mr. Greg Kerfoot, Dr. Alan Winter, and Dr. Don Rix in providing direction and leadership to the Council.

“Our newest appointees to the Board of Directors bring invaluable experience across multiple sectors,” said Mr. MacKay-Dunn. “Their contributions will be essential to drive continuous progress in commercializing applied technology.”

The foundation of BCIC’s vision is to build top-tier innovation and commercialization in the province. Working with key players in government, research and industry strengthens B.C.’s international positioning as both competitive and sustainable.

ABOUT MR. JONATHAN BURKE

Mr. Jonathan Burke is Vice President; Corporate Development at Westport Innovations Inc. Westport is a BC-based global supplier of proprietary solutions that allow engines to operate on clean-burning fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen and biofuels such as landfill gas. He has over 10 years experience in corporate and investor communications and business development for both private and public technology companies.

“The Council has a crucial role in developing B.C.'s place as a global leader in science and technology innovation and commercialization,” said Mr. Burke. “I look forward to working with BCIC as it capitalizes on the many opportunities available for British Columbia.”

ABOUT MR. GURVAL CAER

Mr. Gurval Caer is President and CEO of Blast Radius. As one of the original founders of Blast Radius, he has led the company to numerous awards including two consecutive Interactive Gold Clio Awards for Brand Building (2000-2001) and recognition as one of Canada’s 50 best privately managed companies. His leadership was also instrumental in establishing Blast Radius’ long-term relationships with companies such as Nike, Nintendo, Electronic Arts, BMW, Philips and Whirlpool.

“The creation of new ideas and new companies is important to the future of British Columbia,” said Caer. “I am looking forward to working with such a distinguished Board to help turn B.C. into one of the top 10 destinations of technology talent and capital in the world.”

ABOUT DR. DON COZZETTO

Dr. Don Cozzetto is President of the University of Northern British Columbia. He received his PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and has held a number of academic and administrative posts at universities in North Dakota, Florida and South Dakota. He is a specialist in public administration, human resource management, and aboriginal government.

“As President of one of the province’s four research universities, I am particularly interested in working with BCIC to promote the research and innovation agenda that is critical to our ability to be leaders in a knowledge-based society,” said Dr. Cozzetto.

ABOUT MR. DOUG HORSWILL

Mr. Doug Horswill is Senior Vice President, Environment and Corporate Affairs at Teck Cominco Ltd. Prior positions include Deputy Minister of Finance and Corporate Relations and Deputy Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources in the Government of British Columbia. Before entering government he was employed at Utah International (BHP) and at INCO.

"Innovation is the key to B.C.’s economic future,” said Mr. Horswill. “We need to create the foundation for an innovative and competitive economy and BCIC is an important player in this pursuit."

ABOUT MS. JILL LEVERSAGE

Ms. Jill Leversage is Managing Director, Investment Banking at TD Securities Inc. She has over 20 years experience in the securities industries including nine years at RBC Capital Markets and seven years with Burns Fry Limited. She has successfully executed numerous debt and equity financings, and merger and acquisition advisory assignments for many large BC-based companies.

"BCIC's role as a catalyst for technology based economic development is critical to the Province's long term well being,” said Ms. Leversage. “I look forward to working with the Council to facilitate the connection between innovative technologies and successful commercialization."