OK College beverage centre

A new beverage technology centre at Okanagan College has found its leader. 

Wes Peterson, who owns and operates a successful brewery in Seattle, has been announced as the manager of the new B.C. Beverage Technology Access Centre, which will open its doors in Penticton this fall.

“The plan for the BCBTAC has been well laid out," Peterson said. "The challenge will be in bringing it to life as envisioned, acquiring and setting up the equipment, and developing the processes and policies that will guide the technology access centre.” 

The centre is the product of $1.75 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. It will provide technical, analytical and business services to small and medium-sized distilleries, cideries, breweries and wineries in the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen region.

Peterson is the centre's first employee. 

“Wes’ management experience with customer-focused enterprises, his background as a technologist, and his approach and leadership with a successful craft brewery in an intensely competitive environment commended him for this role,” said Dr. Andrew Hay, Okanagan College’s vice president of education.

The BCBTAC is the second technology access centre in British Columbia. The other is in Victoria, at Camosun College. The network of technology access centres across Canada is funded by the federal government, and are focused on addressing the applied research and innovation needs of local companies.

For more information on the new centre, click here

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