Gerri Sinclair has been appointed as B.C.’s new innovation commissioner. Sinclair will serve as advocate for the province’s tech sector.

The position of innovation commissioner was created in 2018 and is a component of the Confidence and Supply Agreement with the BC Green Party caucus to promote innovation across all sectors of the economy.

Sinclair replaces Dr. Alan Winter who left the role in February 2020.

Sinclair is well positioned to fill this mandate, given her 25 years of experience in the fields of internet, mobile and digital media technologies, and entrepreneurial business.

Sinclair was managing director at Kensington Capital and held executive positions with Microsoft and Vancity. She also served as executive director of the master of digital media program at the Centre for Digital Media.

“I welcome Dr. Gerri Sinclair into her role as innovation commissioner,” said Michelle Mungall, Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness. “Gerri is a champion for the technology and innovation sector. She will serve our province well as we build a resilient, globally competitive economy that provides family-supporting jobs throughout the province.”

As innovation commissioner, Sinclair will support the implementation of innovation and technology-related priorities and help B.C.’s tech sector grow. The innovation commissioner also sits on the Innovate BC board as a voting member.