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Emilie de Rosenroll – Startup CEO


Emilie de Rosenroll was appointed Founding CEO of the Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (COAST) in autumn 2021. She is also CEO of the South Island Prosperity Partnership (SIPP), Greater Victoria’s economic development alliance directing COAST through its incubation phase.

Emilie is a director on the board of Innovate BC and a member of the BC Shipbuilding Advisory Group. During her career, she has helped to create a number of key economic development initiatives for Southern Vancouver Island, including COAST, the Rising Economy Taskforce and Rising Economy Week, the Smart Cities initiative and a number of Indigenous economic reconciliation projects.

Emilie was previously Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Province Association of Regional Development Authorities and a lead consultant to the Province of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Union of Municipalities. There, she helped implement a new regional development model followed by facilitating the creation of four new economic development agencies.

Emilie is one of Business in Vancouver’s Forty Under 40 recipients for 2020. These prestigious awards recognize the achievements of B.C.’s young entrepreneurs, executives and professionals with demonstrated excellence in business, judgment, leadership and community contribution.

With 10-plus years of senior leadership experience, Emilie is passionate about creating value for stakeholders and society, developing unconventional partnerships, staying curious and focusing on impact. She has expertise in economic growth, recovery, clusters and public-private partnerships as well as strategy, governance, marketing and operations. She speaks French and Spanish and has worked in different sectors in cities in Canada, U.S., France and Mexico.

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