KELOWNA – Accelerate Okanagan (AO) announced the appointment of Brea Lake as the new CEO for the organization.
Lake, who has been the Acting CEO for the past 9 months, will assume the full-time position effective immediately.
In her previous role as Director of Operations, she managed the team, ensured the successful implementation of entrepreneurial programs as well as strategic initiatives. Lake, an Okanagan College Alumni, has experience with local tech companies like Disney’s Interactive Studios where she was responsible for curriculum development, global training and policy documentation.
She is currently an Advisory Board Member for the Canadian Digital Media Network, an Executive Committee Member for the Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network, Director for the Okanagan College Foundation, and an Executive Board Member on the YMCA Okanagan.
The recruitment process saw the AO Board of Directors consider over 120 candidates before unanimously appointing Lake in her new leadership role.
Accelerate Okanagan has secured over $2.7-million over the past six months for future growth and a team of community partners and supporters. AO projects that in the next 5 years, the Okangan technology industry will have an economic impact of $5-billion.