Kathy Troupe Executive DirectorKathy has an extensive background leading non-profit organizations and special projects in the technology industry that began in 1993 with Softworld, an international strategic partnering organization for the software industry. From 1995 – 1997, she led and developed programs for the BC Technology Industries Association (BCTIA).
In 1997 Kathy joined forces with, Derek Mather, the Executive Director of ACETECH, to bring together the people and resources to provide infrastructure and year-round management support to non-profit organizations in the community including Softworld, ACETECH, the Vancouver Enterprise Forum and the Canadian IT Financing Forum. She became the Executive Director of ACETECH in 2000 but continued to manage this group of organizations until spring 2002.In 2002, she focused her energies exclusively on ACETECH and she continues to lead the organization as Executive Director.
Kathy graduated from Acadia University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Administration.
Simon Cloutier Vice-President Sales & MarketingSimon has supported the growth and development of the tech industry in BC through his work with Softworld, ACETECH, the Vancouver Enterprise Forum and the Canadian IT Financing Forum.
With his extensive knowledge of the technology industry in BC, Simon is the main conduct to the community, reaching out to CEOs and connecting with ACETECH members to help them achieve their growth goals with relevant programing and peer support.
Simon graduated from Concordia University and the University of Quebec in Montreal with a Masters degree in Tourism Management & Planning.
Shannon Susko Growth ArchitectIf there is one person that embodies ACETECH, both as a CEO that benefited from our events and workshops early on, and later as a CEO that helped build ACETECH and support other CEOs, it’s Shannon Susko, successful tech entrepreneur and author of The Metronome Effect.
Shannon’s success was built on the tools and methodologies she developed and outlined in her book, The Metronome Effect, and which form the foundation of ACETECH’s Growth Strategy Program. And, she’s living proof that they work, with more than twenty years’ experience building and leading successful high-growth technology companies.
Shannon has been a driving force in the development of ACETECH’s Growth Strategy Program, ensuring that it encapsulates the most practical tools and proven methods. She has pulled together the best thinking and research of our time and structured it all into one rhythm, or pattern of activities, that CEOs can follow day-by-day, week-by-week, and year after year to lead better, reduce uncertainty and drive profitable growth.
As ACETECH Growth Architect, Shannon continues to lead and support the organization with her incredible commitment to helping other CEOs lead better and achieve profitable growth. Today you’ll find Shannon delivering the foundational elements of ACETECH’s Growth Strategy Program. She also serves as an ACETECH ambassador as she travels throughout North America to top tech conferences and organizations, inviting innovative thought-leaders back to Vancouver to share new ideas, tools and methodologies with our members.