After serving as B.C.’s innovation commissioner for two years, Alan Winter will complete his term effective Feb. 4, 2020.
Michelle Mungall, Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness —
“Alan Winter has completed his term as B.C.’s innovation commissioner. B.C. has certainly benefited from Dr. Winter’s tenure as innovation commissioner and his contributions to building B.C.’s tech-enabled economy.
“On behalf of the B.C. government, I want to thank Dr. Winter for his dedication and excellence in growing B.C.’s tech and innovation sector. He has built bridges for the sector and presented the B.C. government with opportunities to expand current successes. I wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
“Since his appointment two years ago, Dr. Winter has travelled throughout B.C. to gather an understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing its regions. He has also met with nearly 450 organizations, including international companies and federal government agencies, and led investment and trade missions to the U.S., Europe and Asia.
“His work has resulted in many positive relationships and outcomes, including B.C. companies receiving funding from international and national sources, such as the federal government’s Strategic Investment Fund and Sustainable Development Technology Canada. This funding is instrumental in helping B.C. companies grow.
“The innovation commissioner is a component of the Confidence and Supply Agreement with the BC Green Party caucus to help B.C.’s tech sector access talent and capital, as well as the national and international connections it needs to succeed.”
Adam Olsen, interim leader, BC Green Party —
“I thank Dr. Winter for laying a strong foundation over the past two years that highlights the critical importance of innovation to B.C.’s economy. The BC Green Party caucus proposed the innovation commissioner as a key voice to promote innovation in B.C. and to help seize the unique opportunity we have to build a truly sustainable and resilient economy in our province — one that puts innovation at its center.”
Andrew Weaver, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head —
“I join government in thanking Dr. Winter for his work as B.C.’s first innovation commissioner. Dr. Winter came to this position with a distinguished career in the biotech and information technology fields. His insights and extensive work to build connections in Ottawa and internationally will be invaluable in helping B.C.’s tech sector to advance.”