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Emerging Economy Task Force member biographies

Kathy Kinloch (chair), president, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) – Kinloch has been president of BCIT since January 2014. She is recognized for leading organizational renewal in complex environments. Through a number of senior leadership and executive roles, she has spearheaded change initiatives in the post-secondary, government and health-care sectors. At BCIT, Kinloch is focusing on broadening and deepening partnerships with business, industry and communities in B.C., across Canada and globally. Her board positions include the Business Council of British Columbia, Polytechnics Canada, and Surrey Hospital and Outpatient Centre Foundation. She is also a member of the Business Council of Canada’s Business/Higher Education Roundtable.

Kevin Campbell, managing director, investment banking, Haywood Securities – Campbell provides strategic advisory services and arranges capital financings for corporate clients, primarily in the global mining sector. He was named to Business in Vancouver's 40 under 40 of top young business professionals, and sits on the Provincial Child Care Council and the board of the Vancouver International Film Festival Society. He is an active philanthropist through the Lochmaddy Foundation.

Peter Elkins, associate faculty, school of business, Royal Roads University – Elkins was founder and CEO of GUTZ EMS, a medical device company. He also co-founded the Capital Investment Network to unite the Victoria region’s investment community in enhancing investment capital from and in the region, in order to improve access to investment opportunities and facilitate the flow of capital to businesses. He is experienced with tech and other startups.

Jock Finlayson, executive vice-president and chief policy officer, Business Council of British Columbia – Finlayson directs the Business Council of British Columbia’s work on economic, fiscal tax, environmental, regulatory and human capital issues of interest to the province’s business community. He previously served as vice-president of research at the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, a leading business association based in Ottawa. From 2007 through 2013, he served on the board of directors of the Bank of Canada.

Raghwa Gopal, CEO, Accelerate Okanagan – Gopal has been instrumental in starting, growing and selling numerous businesses over the past 30 years, the latest being Vadim Software. He sits on the boards of several businesses and not-for-profit organizations, is a certified business and executive coach and has been recognized as a technology innovator.

Carol Anne Hilton, CEO and founder, the Indigenomics Institute – A member of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation, Hilton is a senior adviser with the Federal Economic Growth Council, and has experience with business investment and growth organization, and strengthening Indigenous economies. She is recognized as a leading First Nations business entrepreneur, with a master’s degree in business management from the University of Hertfordshire, England.

Iglika Ivanova, senior economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Ivanova is a senior economist and public interest researcher at the B.C. office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA-BC), with over 10 years of experience in research and policy analysis. Iglika is an active participant in a number of community coalitions, and serves as an advisor on many community-led research initiatives, often in service of promoting equity and empowering women and other marginalized people. Iglika volunteers on the boards of a public interest law office and an immigrant-led agency that assists refugee and immigrant women experiencing domestic violence.

Daniel Pauly, professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia – Pauly joined the Fisheries Centre at UBC as a professor in 1994, and was director from 2003 to 2008. Since 1999, he has been principal investigator of the Sea Around Us research project, which is devoted to studying, documenting and promoting policies to mitigate the impact of fisheries on the world’s marine ecosystems.

Corinne Stavness, senior director, corporate affairs, Canfor – Stavness has an extensive forestry background, which includes receiving a master’s degree in forest economics and policy from the University of Helsinki. She spent seven years as manager of market affairs for Forestry Innovation Investment, leading the marketing efforts to position B.C. as a global supplier of world-class, environmentally friendly forest products, by expanding into China and India.

Coro Strandberg, president, Strandberg Consulting – Strandberg works with businesses, government and industry associations to envision and innovate a sustainable future. Strandberg is an expert on sustainability leadership, governance and transformational business practices and relationships. She has 20 years of experience as a corporate director, three as board chairperson, and six years of industry association experience. She trains corporate secretaries and directors on sustainability governance for both the Governance Professionals of Canada and Directors College. Strandberg was named the top corporate social responsibility consultant in Canada by the 2015 Clean50 for her leadership and impact in sustainability consulting.

Eric Termuende, co-founder, NoW Innovations Canada – Termuende is a bestselling author, speaker, and entrepreneur and lead content strategist for True Calling Canada. He has been featured in Forbes, Inc., Thrive Global and the Huffington Post, among other major publications. In 2015, he was recognized as a Top 100 Emerging Innovators Under 35 by American Express. His expertise is in the future of work and experiences in social innovation.

Jill Tipping, president and CEO, BC Tech Association – Tipping joined BC Tech Association’s board in 2014, became chair in 2015, and was appointed president and CEO in October 2017. Her experience includes her roles as vice-president of operations and CFO at Schneider Electric Solar. She is on the boards of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster and the Vancouver Economic Commission. Among her academic credentials is a master of science in business from Stanford University.

Eric Werker, associate professor, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University (SFU) – Werker is academic lead from SFU to the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute. He researches how less-developed countries can build more thriving and inclusive private sectors, particularly when they are rich in natural resources. He provides a globalist perspective, with expertise in economics and emerging markets.

Alan Winter (ex-officio member), B.C. innovation commissioner – Winter has a breadth of experience at senior levels in the technology sector and in government, including as the president and CEO of Genome BC, from 2001 to 2016. He was also the founding president and CEO of the New Media Innovation Centre in Vancouver, president of the ComDev Space Group in Ontario, and president and CEO of MPR Teltech Ltd. in Vancouver.