Accelerate Okanagan Announces 2021 Board of Directors

Blog November 17, 2021

Posted by Thuy Tran

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On October 20th, we hosted our Annual General Meeting of our members and took a moment to reflect on what Accelerate Okanagan and the #OKGNtech community have accomplished over the past year. You can review the initiatives we’ve launched and the milestones we’ve hit in our 2020/2021 Annual Report.


The meeting was also an opportunity for us to elect a new Board of Directors, consisting of both new and returning members. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce and celebrate the new Accelerate Okanagan Board. This group of highly-skilled professionals have a wealth of experience and are committed to supporting us and the community through our next chapter of growth and pandemic recovery.

Michael Macaulay, Chairman

Lawson Lundell LLP


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Tanja Halsall, Vice Chair

Potentia Human Resources and Engagement Consulting

Chief People Officer

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Corie Griffiths, Treasurer

Regional District Central Okanagan

Director of Corporate Services

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Ashley Ramsay

Yeti Farm Creative

Chief Executive Officer

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Buffy Mills


First Nations Group Benefits and Pension

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Chris Pinkerton


Global Director of Channel Partnerships

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Doug Gilchrist

City of Kelowna

Chief Administrative Officer

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Harry Singh

Venture Capital and Corporate Development Executive

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Jennifer Kilback

Hyper Hippo

Chief Business Officer

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Mark Betteridge

Mark Betteridge and Associates

Chief Executive Officer

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Nicole Rustad



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Phil Ashman

Central Okanagan at Okanagan College

Regional Dean

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Phil Barker

UBC Okanagan

Associate Vice-President Research & Vice-Principal Research

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Sally Powell

PAI Health

General Manager

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Shayne Dyrdal

City of Kelowna

Senior Airport Finance and Corporate Services Manager

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We would also like to recognize our appreciation for our outgoing board members, Blair Forrest, Josh Fraser and Quinton Pullen. While they may not be returning to our board, their dedication and impact on the OKGNtech community will continue to be felt. Thank you for all of the amazing work and support you’ve provided.

At Accelerate Okanagan we believe that entrepreneurs are the key to unlocking a better future. Coming out of the pandemic, technology and innovation will be critical to driving growth and recovery for all sectors. If we want to solve complex challenges in our community, we need to continue to build capacity for entrepreneurship and leadership.

Interested in getting involved in Accelerate Okanagan and OKGNtech? The fastest way to plug in is by becoming and Accelerate Okanagan member.

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