A strong community can promote new ideas and ensure accountability. It can also act as motivation, support, and even provide a little friendly competition. The power of community is undeniable and the Okanagan tech community is no exception.
Our community is strong and growing with record speed and maintaining connection through a period of growth like this can be a challenge. Nobody panic, we’ve got a plan.
Introducing, The Faces of #OKGNtech. A showcase of Okanagan tech entrepreneurs, partners, supporters, and cheerleaders designed to fuel more connection, more growth, and more excitement. Follow along (on the blog and on Instagram @OKGNtech) to learn more about our growing community and what makes them awesome.
Meet Leslie. Leslie Thomson works for the Innovation Centre. You can find her on Facebook, and Instagram or if you’re familiar with our space here at Accelerate Okanagan you’ve probably seen her lovely face before. We recently caught up with Leslie to learn more about her role in the #OKGNtech community and her thoughts on Kelowna’s new Innovation Centre.
What are your thoughts on the new Innovation Centre?
“The new Innovation Centre was just what the Okanagan’s thriving tech community needed. It provides a hub for innovation and a gathering place for our #OKGNtech community.”
What do you love about the #OKGNtech community?
“#OKGNtech feels much more collaborative and less competitive. There is an energy here that’s different than anything I’ve experienced.”
What’s one word that describes you?
“One word that describes me? Hmmm. Does caffeinated count?”
Who inspires you?
“I am so inspired by badass working mothers. My sister is a mother and an entrepreneur – Talk about setting the bar high.” #supermom
“Emily Ley is the CEO of a company called Simplified, a stationery company that specializes in planning products. She is the mother of 3 so obviously, she gets there is a demand for tools that can simplify your life. She is also a big supporter of not overstacking your schedule and creating a routine.” #lifehacks
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“When I was 16 I was working at a summer camp and my boss told me ‘take your job seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously’. I carry this with me in every single job position I’ve had. I believe it prevents egos.”
Who helped you get to where you are today?
“My mentor at UBC was the epitome of intentionality. She taught me the value of reflective thinking when I was trying to make big decisions about my future. Tough questions are sometimes the right questions to be asking.”
Connect with Leslie. Learn more about the Innovation Centre. Hungry for more? Meet Max.
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