Judy Bishop

Secretary and Director

Judy Bishop is a corporate director, senior executive and management consultant with technology-enabled business. She brings over 25 years’ experience to her mentoring and advisory work, formerly from Vancouver now based in Kelowna. She was recently Executive-in-Residence at Accelerate Okanagan and instructor for BC Innovation Council’s three-day Market Validation Program.

 Judy has co-founded 3 BC technology companies, been instrumental in starting up 2 important industry associations, championed Vancouver’s city-wide broadband wireless project, and marks 20 years as mentor with the annual NewVentures BC business competition. She’s a veteran board member, with service on a wide range of corporate and not-for-profit boards, including: 2010 Winter Olympics Bid Corporation, Vancouver Aquarium and the Kelowna Apple Triathlon.

For over 20 years, Judy has brought her experience to the BC wine industry: frequent collaborations with the International Wine Festival, board service with the Vancouver American Wine Society and the Chevaliers des Vins de France, and creating the Canada Wine 411 independent online directory of Canadian wineries in partnership with Canadian Vintners’ Association. For 3 years, she was Chief Marketing Officer for a global leader in direct-to-consumer ecommerce technology for the wine & spirits industry. Judy was appointed to the board of the BC Wine Authority in June 2017.

Judy studied biochemistry, is fluent in French, was a business columnist with Business in Vancouver newspaper for 15 years, and has won two business awards. She is a trained oenophile, and was inducted into the Confrérie des Chevaliers de Bourgogne in 2000. Judy has deep knowledge of BC wine industry’s key regions, milestones and developments. Judy enjoys skiing, cycling, international travel photography, gardening and BC wine. She does sleep occasionally.