Iain Black has lead the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade since October 2011. Over these five years the iconic 129 year-old organization has experienced a modern renaissance, with dramatic Membership growth via a rediscovered relevancy for 21st century business, government & thought leaders. As CEO of GVBOT, Iain also has executive oversight of WTC Vancouver. Iain came to the GVBOT directly from the ranks of government, where he was elected twice (2005 & 2009) into the provincial government, and was appointed to three different economic cabinet posts as Minister. His history before politics, however, is all private sector. His core strengths ‒ communication, strategy development, and operational analysis & execution ‒ were developed over 15 years in the technology and new economy sectors through increasingly complex and high-profile CEO assignments across both publicly traded and private companies. He started his career with IBM Canada Ltd. He is married with three teenagers, and a West Highland White Terrier.