Vancouver, BC, June 1, 2011--(T-Net)--The BC Technology Industry Association announced today that Bill Tam has been appointed as the new President and CEO, effective July 1, 2011. Bill will take over from outgoing President and CEO, Pascal Spothelfer, who will be returning to industry.
Bill's career has taken him across Canada and into the United States, serving as CEO of EQO Communications in Vancouver, a Venture Partner at SpringBank TechVentures in Calgary, VP Business Development at AT&T Canada, VP of Product Strategy and Marketing at MetroNet, in addition to executive roles at Rogers Telecom in Toronto and Bell Canada in Toronto and Denver, Colorado. Over the past several years, Mr. Tam has been actively involved in growth initiatives with a successful history of building and launching new businesses in the software, e-commerce, Internet, and telecommunications sectors.
Bill joined the BCTIA Centre4Growth as one of the first CEOs-in-Residence and for the past ten months has been is a committed member of the team. Bill currently coaches over 40 tech entrepreneurs, and is a key contributor to the success of the Centre4Growth program.
“The BCTIA Board of Directors is very pleased to appoint Bill Tam to lead our organization. Bill is a seasoned technology executive who possesses the management experience, strategic thinking, and drive to leverage the good work done that has been accomplished at the BCTIA over the past years.” said Paul Gorton, Chair of the BCTIA Board of Directors.
“As both a corporate executive and a tech company founder, Bill understands the challenges that technology companies of all sizes face every day. This will allow him to be a very strong advocate for our industry, and an effective builder of a stronger, more cohesive technology community in British Columbia. His current contributions through Centre4Growth reflect his recognition that building industry capacity is critical to our success,” added Gorton.
Bill Tam holds a Master of Business Administration from Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from McGill University.
"BC has long cultivated a vibrant technology industry with a proud history of innovation, outstanding talent and market leaders across the major sectors of information technology, wireless, digital media, clean tech and life sciences. BCTIA enjoys a unique position in having fostered strong relationships with the technology community, supporting organizations and government partners to promote and strengthen the industry as a whole in BC. It's a great honour to join the BCTIA leadership team and have the opportunity to build on its successes." said Bill Tam, incoming BCTIA President & CEO.
About the BCTIA
The BC Technology Industry Association is an industry-funded organization supporting the growth of British Columbia's knowledge economy. Our membership of 2700+ member companies employ over 60,000 workers and represents companies of all sizes and sectors.
The BCTIA delivers programs and services that assist in the growth and success of our members and our industry. These include the Technology Impact Awards, where excellence in innovation is celebrated, PEER2PEER groups, where members connect to share and learn, and the Centre4Growth where technology entrepreneurs have access to information and coaching to assist in the growth of their companies. www.bctia.org
About the Centre4Growth
The Centre4Growth is an initiative of the British Columbia Technology Industry Association (BCTIA), and was launched in September 2010 to address barriers to growth issues outlined in the BCTIA's Opportunities BC 2020 Advanced Technology Sector Paper.
The core of Centre4Growth is the CEO-in-Residence program, where entrepreneurs meet for confidential one-on-one coaching sessions with seasoned technology executives (CIRs) to discuss company growth issues.
Centre4Growth CIRs are experts in all aspects of building and growing a technology company, complimented by their individual sector expertise in software, interactive and digital media, clean technology, life sciences, medical devices, and telecommunications.
Entrepreneurs also have access to hands-on workshops, an online Knowledge Centre, and a Director of Business Intelligence to assist in the growth of their companies.
Centre4Growth is made possible through the support of the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, and industry partners. www.centre4growth.com
ABOUT THE GENERATOR CHALLENGE
Discovery Parks and the City of Vancouver launched the first-annual Generator Challenge this year, awarding 5,000 square feet of free, premium turn-key workspace at the Discovery Parks Vancouver facility to eight of Vancouver's most promising technology companies in 2011.
Designed to give early-stage technology companies a boost in the marketplace, the Generator Challenge will also connect winners with access to mentorship and industry networking—a priceless opportunity for companies just getting their start.
Photo: Centre 4 Growth's Bill Tam speaks at the Generator Challenge announcement at Discovery Parks Vancouver.