Innovation Boulevard Announces New CEO

Dr. Peter Payne Appointed New President and CEO of Innovation Boulevard


Vancouver, BC, Canada – March 1, 2017  – Innovation Boulevard (IB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Peter Payne as their new President and Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. IB is a partnership between the City of Surrey and Simon Fraser University and offers commercialization support and office space to entrepreneurs.

Dr. Payne’s experience spans government organizations, private and public companies, venture capital corporations, and not-for-profit groups. An experienced CEO in the private sector, Dr. Payne has built and scaled companies from electronic publishing, to medical devices successfully marketed in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Asia. In the public sector, Dr. Payne served as Director of Programs at the BC Technology Industry and Executive-in-Residence for health technologies leading the innovation, technology and small business (SME) portfolios. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the SFU Beedie School of Business and is also the Co-Associate Director of SFU Venture Connection, SFU’s technology incubator.

“I am honoured to be leading Innovation Boulevard and to be a part of this exciting partnership to attract entrepreneurs and companies and grow the tech community on Surrey’s Innovation Boulevard,” said Dr. Payne. “I look forward to meeting and working with the innovative companies making incredible advances in healthcare and health outcomes.”

An entrepreneur at heart, Dr. Payne is an active Angel Investor and an influential leader in public policy to support health innovation. An advocate for the industry, mentor, and teacher, Dr. Payne is a highly-regarded member of the entrepreneurial community and has received several awards for his work. Dr. Payne holds a Ph.D. (Pathology) from the University of British Columbia, where he was also a Clinical Instructor and Honorary Lecturer at UBC’s Faculty of Medicine.

The City of Surrey and SFU have committed to investing close to $1 million over the next three years to fortify the structure and operations of Innovation Boulevard. A new Health Technology Accelerator located at Surrey Central City adjacent to Simon Fraser University and the Fraser Health Administrative Tower will open doors for companies to join in April 2017.

About Innovation Boulevard Corporation
Innovation Boulevard Corporation (IBC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to health technology advancement and commercialization. IBC believes that through collaboration, entrepreneurship and new technology we can develop solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in the health care system. IBC’s technology accelerator currently supports over 40 health technology companies, and have facilitated the commercialization of six products within the last two years.

For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Samudra Dissanayake
Director, Business Development and Strategy