Chief Executive Officer
Louise Turner provides the vision and strategy at Innovation Boulevard as she leads the organization’s next phase of growth and development. Prior to becoming the CEO at Innovation Boulevard, Louise held a number of executive roles including President of the BC Premier’s Technology Council, Chief Operating Officer for the Pacific Health Innovation eXchange, and Chief Operating Officer at Canada West Health Innovation Council. She was the Director of Business Development at both Abatis Systems – acquired by Redback Networks in one of Canada’s largest private acquisitions – and Newbridge Networks – a multi-billion dollar company acquired by Alcatel. Louise is a sought after speaker on the topic of innovation and systems change – particularly in technology and healthcare. She is known for her creative approaches to problem solving and ability to build high performing teams. She completed the Leading High Performance Health Care Organizations program from Harvard Executive Education, and holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Business in the UK. Fluent in English, French, and German, Louise is on the board of directors for the Rick Hansen Foundation. Louise is also a Certified Executive Coach, private pilot, and pianist.
MALCOLM KENNARD, PhD
Director of Programs
Dr. Malcolm Kennard manages the health tech accelerator programs at Innovation Boulevard, providing extensive support and advice to clients on product development and commercialization, business development, grant support and review, and project management. He has over 25 years of experience working in the innovation and commercialization space in North America both in biotech and Life Science industries. His experience has ranged from engineering and manufacturing to the health care industry, drug and device development working for large companies such as Pfizer and BioMarin to smaller start-up companies such as Chromos Molecular Systems Inc., Synapse Technologies Inc, Protox and viDA Therapeutics Inc. etc. His unique experience bridging academia and industry enables a focus on the promotion of company technology and facilitating funding and research, as well as the business development and commercialization skills around such key technologies. Malcom has a PhD and an MAsc in Chemical Engineering from UBC, and a Bsc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham.
Director of Marketing
Alison Berg has 20 years of strategic marketing and communications experience, having worked for early-stage innovators in big data, telecommunications, IP services, and high performance computing. She’s played a change agent role in several of BC’s most innovative start-up technology companies (including Abatis and OctigaBay Systems) as they transitioned from small 5-person shops to over 100-person companies purchased in some of Canada’s largest acquisitions. Alison has co-founded a supercomputing startup and a successful e-commerce business; she has worked for several municipal governments in labour and employee relations, and has consulted with numerous organizations on marketing, business development, and HR issues. She holds an MBA in Marketing, a BA in English, and an HR certiﬁcate. Alison is currently the president of Soroptimist International of the TriCities, an international service organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. She emcees and speaks at public events, and is an active community volunteer. She loves chocolate, wine, Netflix, and her kids (almost always in that order.)
Betty Ly has a passion for innovative science and technology. She is the primary contact for information about the Innovation Boulevard Health Tech Accelerator. With the unique combination of her science background and 5+ years of event management experience, Betty brings her experience and expertise into Innovation Boulevard and hopes to enhance community engagement while pushing the boundaries of health technology.