In 2011, we reported that Vancouver entrepreneur Danny Robinson left the role of CEO of BCIC after only six months, replaced by acting CEO Mark Payne. Since then, presumably, the organization has been hunting for a CEO behind the scenes. Apparently unsuccessful in that search, the British Columbia Innovation Council has brought its CEO hunt public. Mark Payne has left as acting CEO.
Following a strategic review by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, BCIC is now seeking a proven leader to deliver on its mandate of accelerating the commercialization of technology through supporting startups and developing entrepreneurs. BCIC has selected Corporate Recruiters of Vancouver to undertake the search process.
"Through Mark's effort, BCIC has focused on its mission, reorganized in alignment with the review recommendations and has broadened the number of partnerships and collaborations throughout the Province. On behalf of the Board, I'd like to thank Mark for his tireless commitment to the team and his tremendous achievements during his term at BCIC," said Jill Leversage, Chair of BCIC.
The job description for BCIC CEO has been posted online. According to the description, the CEO will "establish and maintain effective working relationships," "act as an ambassador and diplomat for commercialization programs around the province," "represent the council on a variety of committees," and "work with industry associations to encourage collaboration," among many other responsibilities.
The position is seeking an "industry veteran with credibility" and a university degree, a "proven track record of reliability," and "extensive knowledge" of technology, among other requirements. Desired skill sets include maturity, confidence, and honesty—the BCIC CEO must "not make rash promises, not claim to know the unknowable, and not needlessly pad predictions."
No word on the pay.