Dr. Pascal Spothelfer
Dr. Pascal Spothelfer is a seasoned leader known for bringing forward innovation and commercialization at the intersection of industry and academia. He has held several senior roles, in both Europe and Canada, across industry sectors ranging from technology, not for profit organizations and academia. His experience spans general and change management to broad based stakeholder relations.
Prior to joining Genome BC, Pascal held the position of Vice President Communications and Community Partnerships at the University of British Columbia where he led marketing and communications, government relations, public affairs, the entrepreneurship program and other externally facing functions. Pascal has also served as President and CEO of the British Columbia Technology industry Association, and Spectrum Signal Processing respectively.
Other roles include Senior Vice-President, Strategic Development at Teekay Shipping (Canada) Ltd and President and CEO of NovAtel Inc. Before moving to Canada from Germany in 1994, Pascal was a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and then as a member of the executive team in the turnaround of Jenoptik AG in Germany.
Pascal is very engaged in the community. He has served on numerous boards and is the past chair of the Board of Vancouver Opera, the entrepreneurship@UBC Advisory Board and past chair of Copperleaf Technologies Inc. He has been an active member of the Young President’s Organization since 1997.
Pascal holds a law degree and a PhD in law from the University of Basel, Switzerland and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD in France.