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Leading by Design - AEM Corp
8.23.2019 | Invest Kelowna
In 2009, when avionics maker Northern Airborne Technology (NAT) decided to close its manufacturing operations in Canada, a group of employees recognized an opportunity they couldn’t pass up. There was still considerable demand for NAT products in the marketplace, and the talent pool left behind at…
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Vitalis - The Okanagan offers FOMO
8.22.2019 | Invest Kelowna
Building a global company outside of a major city centre, we had the usual reservations; will we find the right talent? Will we be able to recruit and convince key hires to potentially relocate to the Okanagan? Will we be able to grow at the rate required in order to not only compete but lead the…
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Geometrik: How to Build a World-Class Business
7.31.2019 | Invest Kelowna
Natasha and Vladimir Bolshakov's first stop in Canada was Toronto's Pearson airport as new immigrants from Ukraine. Seventeen years later, their Kelowna based company, Geometrik Manufacturing, designs and builds high end acoustical wood panels for buildings all over North America, including Pearson…
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Screen Time Can be Green Time
7.25.2019 | Invest Kelowna
From botany to Robert Bateman to augmented reality - learn more about Mary Clarke's winding path to CEO of Agents of Discovery in this post from Okanagan Edge and Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.
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ACCELERATE OKANAGAN DEVELOPS 5 YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN AND LAUNCHES SEARCH FOR NEXT CEO
7.23.2019 | Invest Kelowna
Exciting news from our friends at Accelerate Okanagan "We’ve set some big and audacious goals," explains Acting CEO, Brea Lake. "In the next 5 years Okanagan Tech will have an economic impact of $5 Billion, be a level 5 Techstars Community Score, and a membership of 5X."
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Translating Arts and Culture to Dollars and Cents: Kelowna Creative Sector's Economic Impact Grows to $339M
7.17.2019 | Invest Kelowna
While the impact of the arts in our community goes well beyond dollars and cents, the City of Kelowna recently set out to quantify the economic impact of the sector with the 2019 Kelowna Creative Sector Economic Impact Study. The report, which is an update of a 2010 study, found that the creative…
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Tax Incentives Add Fuel to BC's Film and Television Industry
7.17.2019 | Invest Kelowna
Tax credits encourage international and Canadian production corporations to put British Columbians to work in the film and television industry. In the 2018/19 fiscal year, that amounted to 71,000 jobs and an economic impact of $3.2B according to Creative BC.
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Building the Animation Talent Pipeline
7.11.2019 | Invest Kelowna
Guest post from Okanagan College “The industry is saturated with work and there are simply not enough qualified and skilled animators, designers, storyboard artists, FX artists, to fulfill current industry demands,” says Ashley Ramsay, Partner and CEO at Yeti Farm Creative. “The industry shows no…
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Beyond the Startline Featuring Yeti Farm Creative
6.27.2019 | Invest Kelowna
Learn how a home-grown Kelowna animation studio lands global hits like Pete the Cat and Beat Bugs in this guest post from Accelerate Okanagan.