Bill Tam is recognized as one of the pre-eminent leaders of the BC tech sector. A lifelong entrepreneur, Bill has been actively involved with tech and startups as a founder, executive, investor, advisor and board member for the past 20 years. Bill led the development of the Digital Technology Supercluster and currently serves as Vice President, Business Development and Partner Relations. The Supercluster is a new initiative undertaken in partnership with the Government of Canada to develop economic clusters at scale by fostering ambitious, collaborative R&D projects that will drive the digital transformation of Canadian businesses and improve Canada’s competitiveness globally.
Bill also serves as an Advisor to the Cascadia Innovation Corridor initiative – a network of business, academic and government leaders from both sides of the border that are building new strategies for the region to maximize our shared competitive advantages and elevate the global economic position of the region.
Most recently, Bill was CEO of the BC Tech Association, a community-driven organization with a mission to make British Columbia the best place to grow a tech company. He co-founded the BC Tech Innovation Hub and led the creation of the new BC Tech Cube – an accelerator focused on emerging startups in Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality. In 2017, the tech industry in Vancouver was recognized among the top 15 Startup Ecosystems globally and the #1 ecosystem in Canada.
He was a founding mentor at BC Tech’s Centre4Growth and HyperGrowth accelerator programs and is an Associate at the Creative Destruction Lab. He serves on the Board of Emily Carr University and volunteers as an industry advisor with UBC’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, SFU’s Faculty of Applied Science, BCIT’s Program Advisory Committee and SFU Innovates Advisory Committee.
In his earlier entrepreneurship days, Bill was the CEO of EQO Communications, a mobile app startup, a Partner at SpringBank TechVentures, an early-stage VC firm and a founding executive at MetroNet, a successful Canadian telecom startup. He was also a senior executive at AT&T, Jones Cable, Infowave Software, Rogers and Bell Canada.
Bill holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from McGill University.