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Accelerate Okanagan hires two new area managers

Accelerate Okanagan has appointed to new community managers for Kelowna and Penticton.

Ashley Ramsay will be located in Kelowna, while Andrew Greer takes on the position in Penticton.

“Accelerate Okanagan needed to become more outward facing. AO plays a big role as a community builder, so we have to be active, outward facing, and engaged. We want to do more of that in the future, with clients, members, partners, and the broader community.You can’t do that sitting at a desk,” said Jeff Keen, chief executive officer of Accelerate Okanagan.

Accelerate Okanagan delivers programs, services, and events to help the local technology community.

Ramsay has more than 10 years of experience managing relationships, community, talent as well as a large scope of high profile digital entertainment projects for some of British Columbia’s most prominent animation studios.

Formerly with the Okanagan Film Commission, Ramsay provided strategic leadership for digital media producers i

Keen said Ramsay's relationships within the Okanagan community as well as hands-on participation in Accelerate Okanagan and the British Columbia Innovation Council programming gives her a unique perspective on steering the needs of the Okanagan technology community.

“It is an honour to be a part of leading our community through unprecedented growth. The Okanagan has built a unique vibrancy that other tech communities strive for. I am passionate about giving back to my community so to be leading this growth is an unbelievable opportunity,” Ramsay said.

Greer joins Accelerate Okanagan as an experienced business analyst, community builder, and sales manager. He cut his teeth at Xerox working on commission in business-to-business sales and sales management.

He then transitioned to an analyst and business development role at Launch Lab, which is a technology incubator to help companies start and grow in eastern Ontario. His work experience is supported by a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University and an MBA from the Royal Military College.

“South Okanagan has an excellent community of people who are operating in the knowledge economy, and want to help further build that community. We are looking to help companies who want to commercialize technology-based products in and  green tech, and life science and agriculture tech. We are here to help build the entrepreneurial community, and provide a structured program to help those companies commercialize their products,”Greer said.

To learn more about Accelerate Okanagan, check out the website www.accelerateokanagan.com.

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