Leadership Team 2018-11-09T12:46:52+00:00


It runs like a Swiss watch

The ACETECH leadership team is truly driven by our mission to energize and equip CEOs for growth. Our passions are as diverse as our skills; together we bring ACETECH’s culture to life.  Our commitment is to help you succeed as a CEO by providing access to the tools and people you need throughout your journey as a leader.

Ken Lewis

Interim CEO

A native of Montreal, Ken holds a degree in Biochemistry from McGill University and has over 30 years of experience in the laboratory chemical industry.  After a number of years developing technical laboratory expertise, Ken moved from the lab bench to technical sales and marketing.

In 1988 Ken was recruited by BDH Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck KGaA in Darmstadt Germany.  Over the next 13 years he was promoted to different management positions with increasing levels of responsibility and relocated to the corporate offices in Toronto. He eventually assumed the role of General Manager overseeing all BDH operations in Canada.

In 2002 Ken accepted an offer to become President and CEO of Seastar Chemicals and moved with his family to Victoria. From 2002 to 2017 the Seastar team expanded from 17 to over 50 employees and the business grew from a small niche chemical provider to a worldwide quality leader in the manufacturing of ultra pure reagents used for trace element detection.

On January 11, 2017, Seastar Chemicals was sold to VWR International.  Ken played an integral role in the sale of the business.  In November of 2017 Ken exited the business when VWR International was acquired by Avantor.

Kathy Troupe

Program Director

Kathy Troupe has held leadership positions in technology industry organizations for 25 years.  She recently stepped down as the CEO of ACETECH, to a new role as ACETECH’s Program Director.

Under her leadership, ACETECH grew from an annual conference at Whistler to a membership organization with 130 CEOs that operates 15 monthly CEO Roundtables, delivers a Growth Strategy Program focused on the best practices of high growth companies and attracts CEOs and world-class speakers annually to the Whistler Summit.

In 2005, Kathy took the brand to Toronto where she worked with local tech CEOs to develop ACETECH Ontario (now called Peer Scale) which she led for 5 years. Kathy’s career in the tech industry started in 1993 as the Project Manager for Softworld, an international strategic partnering organization for the software industry, where she transitioned to the role of Executive Director until it’s dissolution in 2001. She led the BC Technology Industries Association (now BC Tech) in the early days of its development and implemented its initial programs.

In 1997 Kathy brought together the people and resources to provide infrastructure and year-round management services for 4 tech industry organizations including Softworld, ACETECH, the Vancouver Enterprise Forum and the Canadian IT Financing Forum and she managed this group of organizations until spring 2002.

Kathy graduated from Acadia University with a degree in Administration. Prior to moving to Vancouver, she spent 5 years in the hospitality industry managing restaurants, nightclubs and special events in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Nicole Lam

Events & Marketing Coordinator

As an Events & Marketing Coordinator, Nicole manages ACETECH’s social media platforms and marketing campaigns, executes traditional and digital marketing strategies, and coordinate all ACETECH’s events.

Nicole enjoys attending events and developing purposeful relationships with others to help enhance brand, messaging, and accessibility service. She’s a big fan of teamwork and thrives working with others. Prior to ACETECH, Nicole worked at the largest tech conference in Western Canada, the #BCTECH Summit. Her professional background includes marketing, content strategy, event planning and corporate communications.

She is currently completing her degree in Communication at Simon Fraser University. In her spare time, she can be found serving as a scout leader in the Richmond area and exploring Vancouver’s incredible food scene.

Rebecca Kyle

Roundtable & Events Coordinator

Becky is the Roundtable & Events Coordinator for ACETECH, as well as a part time student in the BAA program at Camosun College. Prior to joining ACETECH, Becky spent over 10 years in human resources, event planning, and administration on Vancouver Island. When she is not busy with work or school , Becky enjoys baking, going on hikes with her dog, and planning for the next adventure with her kids.

Liz Bowell


Liz is a numbers guru
She’s also a swimmer, who knew
Money’s her game
She doesn’t do it for fame
Pay your fees or she’ll come for you


Shannon Susko

Roundtable Chair

Shannon’s a girl from both coasts
Who CEO’s like the most
She’ll always been known for her hair
And the fact that she truly cares
Veuve will always be around to toast

John Diack

Roundtable Chair

John graduated in electronics engineering then quickly shifted his career to voice & data consulting, B2E sales (major systems) and international channel management.  He moved into the C-suite in 2002 and over 12 years ran 3 different tech companies as a professional operator.  He was very fortunate to have two heavy hitter executive mentors who poured their knowledge and wisdom into him, as best they could, for 20+ years.  It changed the lens through which he viewed C-level management.

John has since retired from being a hired gun CEO and now provides advanced Founder to CEO leadership mentoring alongside the ACETECH organization.  He has been handed the nickname of The Founder Whisperer (a bit weird but apparently quite accurate).  He really does love seeing Founders become effective CEO’s.

His marriage to Maureen, their launching of 3 adults along with his Christian faith and volunteer life define who he is.

Kathy Troupe

Executive Director

Kathy is positive and bright
With a smile that can light up the night
She loves her job herding cats
She thinks this is where it’s at
And she’s never going to give up the fight

Simon Cloutier

Vice-President Sales & Marketing

Simon says join us and grow
We’ll teach you what you need to know
He knows this is true
It can happen to you
And that’s how you’ll make more dough

Shannon Susko

Growth Architect

If 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.

Tiana Gale

Marketing and Operations Manager

Tiana is a high-energy gal.
She will always bring up the team morale.
While marketing is her gig.
She likes to live life big.
And her decisions are always based on rationale

Helen Hu

Marketing and Events Coordinator

Helen just gets the job done
She’s a powerful force of one
Nothing’s too big
Nothing’s too small
In the end she impresses us all

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