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Our Executives in Residence

Fraser Campbell

Executive in Residence

Fraser is an Executive in Residence at Accelerate Okanagan. He is a serial entrepreneur who has participated in several startups, rollouts, mergers and acquisitions over the last 25 years, with his partners in First Growth Management.

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Fraser Campbell

Fraser Campbell is an Executive in Residence at Accelerate Okanagan. He is a serial entrepreneur who has participated in several startups, rollouts, mergers and acquisitions over the last 25 years, with his partners in First Growth Management. He has been involved in corporate structure, strategic planning, change management, and business systems across Canada and the US within several service industries such as warehousing, aviation, construction, oil and gas, and defense and public security.

Fraser is also active in the nonprofit and charity sector of Kelowna as Chair of the Kelowna Foodbank and active on the boards of Okanagan Changemakers and Shoebank Canada. He has called Kelowna home for 28 years. In his free time, Fraser enjoys golfing, skiing, sailing, and playing guitar.

Warren Houston

Executive in Residence

Warren is an Executive in Residence with Accelerate Okanagan. Warren is currently a Partner with Powered by Search, a Profit Hot 50 & Branham 300 Ranked SEO & Inbound Marketing Agency.

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Warren Houston

Warren Houston is an Executive in Residence (EiR) with Accelerate Okanagan. Warren received his MBA at the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business. He also received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Western Ontario in Economics.

Warren is currently a Partner with Powered by Search, a Profit Hot 50 & Branham 300 Ranked SEO & Inbound Marketing Agency. Warren also co-founded Business.ca in 2001 and raised over $2 million in venture capital funding.

Warren specializes in systemizing businesses, minimizing risks, sales growth, digital marketing and growing businesses organically. Warren has a strong passion for baseball and basketball and enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids.

Michele Leeners

Executive in Residence

Michele Leeners is an Executive in Residence at Accelerate Okanagan. Michele is a CPA, CA and has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary. Michele has extensive experience in executive financial and board of director roles.

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Michele Leeners

Michele Leeners is an Executive in Residence at Accelerate Okanagan.  Michele is a CPA, CA and has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary. Michele has extensive experience in executive financial and board of director roles. Her diverse industry experience includes start-ups to large corporations, both private and public.  Michele has expertise in business growth, development and integration, business and strategic planning, risk assessment, corporate governance, public company reporting, investor relations, productivity and process improvements, government regulation and Board and Audit Committees.


In her spare time, Michele enjoys golfing, biking, swimming, entertaining family and friends, and tending to her extensive vegetable and fruit garden.  


Scott MacFarlane

Executive in Residence

Scott is an Executive in Residence with Accelerate Okanagan. He is a business leader with experience building and managing software products and teams from small startups to large enterprises spanning healthcare, semiconductor, and defence industries.

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Scott MacFarlane

Scott is an Executive in Residence with Accelerate Okanagan. He is a business leader with experience building and managing software products and teams from small startups to large enterprises spanning healthcare, semiconductor, and defence industries. As a co-founder of a successful software startup, Scott has expertise in business process improvement and software product development from concept through to nation-wide deployment. He enjoys bridging the gaps between people, process, technology, and business. 

Scott holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from UBC. In his spare time, he enjoys tennis, biking, skiing, and playing celtic guitar and jazz piano.

Drew Shaw

Executive in Residence

Drew Shaw is an Executive in Residence at Accelerate Okanagan. He has twenty plus years of fiscal and operational leadership experience in the CEO and CFO role across multiple industries including manufacturing, oil & gas, and renewable energy.

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Drew Shaw

Drew Shaw is an Executive in Residence at Accelerate Okanagan. He has twenty plus years of fiscal and operational leadership experience in the CEO and CFO role across multiple industries including manufacturing, oil & gas, and renewable energy. Drew's previous company focus has been on orchestrating high-level revenue building strategies, market placement improvement, and brand building that maximized productivity, provided significant shareholder returns, and produced high-growth situations. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta's Bachelor of Commerce program and a registered member of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of British Columbia, a family man, skier, and loves travelling.

Larry Smith

Executive in Residence

Larry is an Executive in Residence at Accelerate Okanagan. He has led several technology companies from an early stage, through rapid growth, to become market leaders.

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Larry Smith

Larry is an Executive in Residence at Accelerate Okanagan.  He has led several technology companies from an early stage, through rapid growth, to become market leaders.  These companies were recognized (several times by Profit, Deloitte, Branham and others) as leading growth companies, became respected in their markets, and ultimately attracted the attention of acquiring companies.  This growth was built on a robust understanding of the market, careful positioning, and capitalizing on best opportunities through marketing, sales and strategic acquisitions. He has rounded out his leadership experience by advising a number of technology companies—assisting them to navigate challenges, turnarounds, and rapid growth while supporting and mentoring their leadership team.

Larry focuses on achieving traction and growth through good strategy, focus, leadership, marketing, sales, operations and overall execution.  He works to understand and build commitment to the focus that allows a technology company to grow to the next stage and increase value. His experience selling companies helps him prepare companies to maximize their long-term value.

Larry has a degree in Information Science, an M.B.A and has earned the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation.  In his spare time, Larry enjoys sports and the outdoors with his family.

Alison Yesilcimen

Executive in Residence

Alison is an Executive in Residence with Accelerate Okanagan. She is a visionary and innovative executive that has lead multi-million dollar companies to launching tech startups.

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Alison Yesilcimen

Alison is an Executive in Residence with Accelerate Okanagan. She is a visionary and innovative executive that has lead multi-million dollar companies to launching tech start-ups. She currently owns her own company and conducts results-based advisory services to a diverse portfolio of SME clients ranging from technology to manufacturing. She is highly valued for establishing scalable business processes that foster growth, cultivating high performance teams, and is known for her creative energy and ability to translate strategic vision into action plans that build momentum.

She is a versatile executive recognized for having superior marketing skills, exceptional sales abilities and superlative business acumen. She holds a diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and she completed her Queen's University Executive Program in 2008.

Alison ga nihongo o hanashimasu (translation: Speaks Japanese) and is a wannabe pro-golfer who values every minute spent with family and is learning to love yoga. Namaste!

Our Subject Matter Experts

Accelerate Okanagan works with a team of Subject Matter Experts (SMX) to increase the breadth of knowledge companies on our continuous acceleration programs have access to. These individuals are experts in their field and have a range of skills with both business and technical focus. From experts in software development, to marketing, to finance, you’ll never have to google “how much equity is too much equity”, ever again.