Our Board

Nicole Rustad


Nicole is the Chief Impact Officer at Carbon Counts. Nicole is a passionate entrepreneur who helps build companies so they can make a lasting, positive impact on the planet. From Fortune 500 Companies to foundations and NGOs, Nicole also helps scale impactful initiatives—from vision and strategy through to delivery of large-scale projects, products and programs globally as a consultant, advisor and board member.
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Chris Pinkerton

Vice Chair

Chris is the Global Director of Channel Partnerships at Clearco. Chris has extensive experience working with digital teams at companies including 3M, ADT, Google, Microsoft, and Walmart Media Group. His goal in working with these companies was to help them better understand their digital customer and apply these insights to their acquisition and monetization strategies.

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Michael Macaulay

Past Chair

Michael is a Partner at Lawson Lundell LLP. In his practice he is focused on corporate, securities, and technology law. He has extensive experience working with start-ups, emerging companies, angel investors, and venture capital funds. He is also a supporter of Accelerate Okanagan, Innovation Island, and entrepreneurship@UBC.

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Shayne Dyrdal


Shayne is the Senior Finance and Corporate Services Manager at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) where she helps define the strategic direction and oversees the financial stewardship of YLW.  In this role, Shayne is responsible for financial forecasting, reporting, and budgeting, as well as cash management, procurement, legal and insurance. 

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Jennifer Kilback


Jennifer is the Chief Business Officer at Hyper Hippo. She focuses on corporate strategy, business operations, communication, and having a positive impact in all the studio does. Jen has played key roles in tech startups that have transitioned to growth, expansion and acquisition.  She is passionate about the well being of her team, the local community, and creating an inclusive environment at work and in industry.

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Mark Betteridge


Mark is the Chief Executive Officer of Mark Betteridge & Associates. Mark is an investor in start-up technology firms and small real estate development projects primarily in British Columbia. He seeks a balance of profit and social good in all activities, and wants to make the Okanagan the location of choice for both local startups and those who want to move here for a blend of lifestyle and commercial success.

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Derek Edstrom

Derek is the Divisional Director of Partnerships and Investments at the City of Kelowna. Derek focuses on developing partnerships with institutions, private sector, and other levels of government to achieve the goals of the City. Derek has embraced the challenge of how alternative solutions can be achieved through investments in technology and automation. 

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Harry Singh

Harry is a Venture Capital and Corporate Development Executive. He is an industry executive with venture capital, M&A, strategic transactions, and general management experience. Harry’s experience includes investments in connectivity, enterprise SaaS, artificial intelligence/deep learning, security, IoT security, identity and access management, encryption, and anti-fraud.

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Krista Mallory

Krista is the Manager of the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC). Krista believes in the power of working together, and supports the Okanagan by developing and nurturing relationships and connecting newcomers, businesses and entrepreneurs to community resources and networks. Krista also supports initiatives to advance workforce development, business retention, expansion, and investment in the region.

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Sandra Spencer

Sandra is the Innovation Manager at the University of British Columbia. Sandra has worked in the entrepreneur & innovation ecosystem for the past 10+ years. Sandra supports industry partnerships, commercialization and entrepreneurship for the campus community. Prior to that, she was a Sr Innovation Advisor with Innovation Canada supporting companies of all sectors and sizes across BC and the Yukon.

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Reece Tomlinson

Reece is the Founder and a Managing Partner at RWT Growth. She is also a Co-Founder and CEO at Saône Capital. She is an entrepreneur, leader, mentor, and a successful strategic thinker. She started her first company at 17 and has since gone on to become an award-winning serial entrepreneur. She has led companies to the Profit 500 list of Fastest Growing Companies in Canada on three occasions.

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Devin Rubadeau

Devin is the Chair of the Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College. In his role, Devin supports the entire Business Faculty as they continue to offer current and relevant programming and improve job readiness for business graduates as they transition into our local workforce. A former professional sailing coach of over thirty years, Devin believes in the power of coaching, planning, and understanding clear achievable goals.

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Brie Elson

Brie is an Engagement Consultant at Potentia HR. Brie has a background in Business Management and Entrepreneurship, and over 16 years’ experience as a Director of Operations and Business Development Specialist. Brie’s passion is building, equipping, and supporting companies. She strives to empower business owners and leaders to trust in their capabilities, take hold of the trajectory of their company, and reach their ultimate potential.

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Laine Nevison

Laine is the CEO of MAVAN Capital Partners. His career has predominantly revolved around Tech Venturing during the early-stage pre-seed/seed growth phases. Laine focuses on smart capital strategies, structured investments, and sourcing disruptive technology dealflow. His commitment to driving the success of these startups is underscored by strong go-to-market strategies and a deep appreciation for effective management teams.

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