Appointment of new innovation commissioner supports economic recovery in B.C.

For immediate release


July 17, 2020


VICTORIA, B.C. – Today government announced the appointment of Dr. Gerri Sinclair as B.C.’s new innovation commissioner. The expert advice and recommendations from the innovation commissioner will contribute to the growth of B.C.’s technology sector and help us harness innovation across our economy during a critical time for B.C. 


"Having Dr. Gerri Sinclair as our innovation commissioner will be a significant asset to our province," said Adam Olsen, B.C. Green Party interim leader and MLA for Saanich-North and the Islands. “With over 25 years experience in the tech sector, she brings a wealth of expertise to the role and the B.C. Green Caucus looks forward to her leadership. This is exactly the right time to be introducing a new innovation commissioner who can help us implement the advice given so far to build a more resilient and sustainable economy as we recover from COVID-19."


The first innovation commissioner, in addition to championing B.C.’s tech sector and leveraging funding and investment, provided advice to the government on opportunities to harness innovation and grow BC companies. The innovation commissioner’s role going forward will be guided by this initial work, as well as implementing the Emerging Economy Task Force recommendations and targeted COVID-19 recovery efforts.


“A key aspect of a Green Recovery will be to put a greater focus on innovation across all sectors of our economy, so that B.C. companies can grow and thrive and provide a high quality of life for people,” said B.C. Green MLA Sonia Furstenau for Cowichan Valley. “The innovation commissioner is critical to advancing the strategic opportunity in innovation. Businesses are ready to be innovative and respond to the climate emergency, but the government needs to provide strategic direction to empower us to reach our potential.”


The B.C. Greens proposed an innovation commissioner in the 2017 election platform as one part of a strategic approach to harnessing the economic opportunities in the new economy. Establishing an innovation commissioner formed part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement with the B.C. NDP. 

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Media contact JoJo Beattie Press Secretary B.C. Green Caucus +1 250-882-6187 | jojo.beattie@leg.bc.ca



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