Breakfast Briefing with Dr. Alan Winter
Same but Different - How Innovation is Changing the Energy & Resource Industries
Dr. Alan Winter is British Columbia’s first Innovation Commissioner. Dr. Winter has wide experience at senior levels in the technology sector and in government, including such roles as the President and CEO of Genome BC from 2001 to 2016, the founding President and CEO of the New Media Innovation Centre in Vancouver, the President of the ComDev Space Group in Ontario, and the President and CEO of MPR Teltech Ltd. in Vancouver. During his tenure as CEO, six companies were spun out of MPR, including PMC-Sierra and Sierra Wireless – today a leading company in the Internet of Things.
Prior to MPR, Dr. Winter worked for Telesat Canada and the federal Communications Research Centre in Ottawa, where he was responsible for the satellite-aided search and rescue project (SARSAT). The international COSPAS/SARSAT system continues to be instrumental in saving many lives.
Alan Winter is currently a director of Ontario Genomics and Geoscience BC, an adjunct professor at UVic’s Gustavson School of Business, and a member of UBC’s Research and Innovation Council. In 2007, Dr. Winter received a Leadership Award from LifeSciences BC, and in 2017 he received the Don Rix Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has served as a director of over 30 organizations, including the BC Business Council and Alberta Innovates.
On the federal side, he was Chair of the board of the Communications Research Centre (CRC), Deputy Chair of the Council of Science and Technology Advisors (CSTA), and a member of the Expert Panel on Research Performance and Science Funding, Council of Canadian Academies.
Dr. Winter is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (FAAAS). He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Astronautics and Space Institute (FCASI) and received their inaugural Alouette team Award. Dr. Winter received his Ph.D. from Queen's University, Kingston.