British Columbia Innovation Council Announces New CEO

    Dean Rockwell's appointment and return, part of B.C.'s "brain gain"


    VANCOUVER, Oct. 8 /CNW/ - Hector MacKay-Dunn, Q.C., Chair, British
Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC), is pleased to announce the appointment of
R. Dean Rockwell as Chief Executive Officer.

    "I am delighted to welcome Mr. Rockwell back to B.C. as tangible evidence
of our continuing efforts to add to the global technology expertise in the
Province," said Mr. MacKay-Dunn. "With over twenty years of worldwide
technology leadership and corporate experience, the Board is confident in Mr.
Rockwell's leadership skills and in his ability to drive innovation to
commercial success and to further enhance our culture of innovation in British

    Mr. Rockwell brings to his new role an ideal combination of vision and
international experience. Prior to joining BCIC, Mr. Rockwell was the Vice
President and General Manager of the worldwide Digital Media Networks business
unit within Cisco's Service Provider Video Technology Group based in Atlanta,
Georgia. Before that he was based in Brussels, Belgium where he held full P&L
responsibility for all European operations in addition to the Transmission
Networks business unit in the region. In both assignments he distinguished
himself by achieving major business expansions with outstanding profitability.

    "I am excited by this opportunity and look forward to working with
industry, academia, government and the talented staff at BCIC as together we
capitalize on all that British Columbia has to offer," said Rockwell. "It is a
pleasure to be back in British Columbia and to work with some of the best and
brightest minds - in B.C. and globally."

    "In choosing Mr. Rockwell, what impressed us was not only his experience
but his interest in building on our organization's strengths and maximizing
our province's innovation capabilities," said Mr. MacKay-Dunn. "A graduate of
BCIT and Simon Fraser University, Mr. Rockwell will give BCIC the management
and entrepreneurial skills needed to directly impact the long-term success of
B.C.'s knowledge economy."

    For high-resolution images and to view Mr. Rockwell's detailed biography,

    About the British Columbia Innovation Council

    The British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) is the lead organization
charged with advancing innovation and commercialization in British Columbia.
BCIC is focused on accelerating the growth of our science and technology
communities and competitively positioning British Columbia in the global
science and technology economy in order to provide significant employment
opportunities and a high standard of living for British Columbians.

    For more information about BCIC, visit

For further information:

For further information: Lin Kishore Director, Marketing and
Communications, British Columbia Innovation Council, (604) 602-5251,

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