Accelerate Okanagan’s Partners:
One of Canada’s largest law firms, they know what it takes to create, enhance and protect real business value. With more than 750 business-savvy legal professionals active in key global industries, they provide their clients with pragmatic commercial advice. They have been a trusted business partner to many of Canada’s largest organizations for over a century, and have built a solid reputation for delivering creative, effective and valuable solutions to complex business matters.
Grant Thornton LLP is a firm of chartered accountants, management consultants, and other professional advisors serving entrepreneurial people and organizations Canada-wide. They are a leading Canadian accounting and business advisory firm, providing audit, tax and advisory services to private and public organizations.
KPMG combines a multi-disciplinary approach with deep practical industry knowledge to help clients meet challenges and respond to opportunities. They provide Audit, Tax, and Advisory services and industry insight to help organizations manage risk and performance in the dynamic and challenging environments in which they do business.
Okanagan College is a public post-secondary institution with roots that date back to 1963 when the BC Vocational School opened its doors in Kelowna. In the five decades since, the College has grown and responded to meet the needs of the communities it serves. Today Okanagan College has four campuses in Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon and Salmon Arm as well as education centres in Oliver, Summerland, Revelstoke and off site trades training facilities in Salmon Arm, Kelowna and at the airports in both Kelowna and Vernon. Each year Okanagan College serves approximately 20,000 learners throughout its region. The 130-plus programs offered include university studies in arts and science, trades, technologies, health, social development, business, computer science, international education, adult upgrading, and a wide variety of certificate and general interest courses in continuing studies. Okanagan College is a significant driving force in the regional economy. Partnerships with industry, community groups and other educational institutions enhance opportunities for citizens of the region served by the College and beyond, giving proof to the College’s mission of transforming lives and communities.
With deep roots in Kelowna, Pushor Mitchell is committed to providing effective solutions and building lasting partnerships with their clients. Their client base is diverse and includes individuals, charitable organizations and companies of all sizes. Their approach is to work hard for clients and treat their challenges as if they were their own.
The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus is an intimate learning community where students interact with one another and their professors on a daily basis, while becoming global citizens through interaction with their community and the world. Serving the post-secondary education needs of more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, UBC’s Okanagan campus offers the internationally respected UBC degree, delivering a wide range of interdisciplinary and integrated programs that let learners explore connections between diverse areas of study.
Since 1992, the team at White Kennedy have been committed to helping clients plan for business success and prosperity. As the largest independent South Okanagan accounting firm, with offices in Penticton, Osoyoos and West Kelowna, White Kennedy combines the knowledge and experience of a large accounting firm with the personal attention and availability you appreciate from a hands-on entrepreneurial firm. The firm’s progressive team approach to business solutions, extensive expertise and integrity are key to White Kennedy’s growth over the past 20 years.
Accelerate Okanagan’s Core Funding Partners:
The Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification and the National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program
Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) works with its partners to promote economic development and diversification in Western Canada. Projects funded by WD have benefited Western Canadians by helping to create a better environment for growth, business development and innovation.
The National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) helps innovative small and medium-sized Canadian businesses grow through innovation. Delivered by a network of over 210 professionals located in more than 100 communities across Canada, NRC-IRAP supports the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) engaged in innovative or technology-driven activities. The Program provides a suite of advisory services, networking and linkages, and non-repayable financial assistance to SMEs. These services are adapted to the SMEs’ industrial, socio-economic and geographic make-up in order to provide a customized response to their development needs.
The Province of British Columbia through BCIC
BCIC encourages the development and application of advanced or innovative technologies to meet the needs of industry in BC. They accelerate technology commercialization by supporting startups and developing entrepreneurs. With their partners, BCIC delivers programs and initiatives that promote company growth, resulting in jobs, increased revenue and economic development in BC. BCIC is a Crown Agency of the Province of British Columbia.