Our Partners


FortisBC delivers natural gas, electricity and innovative energy solutions to approximately 1.2 million customers in 135 communities throughout the province. We believe in building stronger communities. That‘s what drives us to be innovators in the energy sector, offering renewable and alternative energy solutions for homes, businesses and transportation in BC and beyond. We‘re also rethinking BC‘s lower carbon future with our 30BY30 target to reduce our customers‘ emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 and all the ways we‘re working with British Columbians to create a cleaner energy future together. fortisbc.com

Established in 2000, Softlanding is a leading provider of transformation, professional services and managed IT services that helps organizations boost innovation and drive business value. 

We are a multi-award-winning Microsoft Gold Partner with 13 Microsoft Gold Competencies. We use our experience and expertise to be a trusted advisor and ensure our clients have the best technology solutions to solve their business challenges and thrive in an ever-changing world. We optimize the return on investment of their technology while creating a solid foundation for growth strategies, flexibility, and scalability.

Indigenous Services Canada works collaboratively with partners to improve access to high quality services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Our vision is to support and empower Indigenous peoples to independently deliver services and address the socio-economic conditions in their communities.

Destination British Columbia (Destination BC) is a provincially funded, industry-led Crown corporation that supports a strong and competitive future for BC‘s tourism industry through a combination of global marketing, destination development, industry learning, cooperative community-based programs, and visitor servicing. Destination BC receives approximately $52 million each year, out of a Provincial investment of about $140 million in BC‘s tourism ecosystem as a whole. These investments help to improve the visitor experience, support businesses and communities, and strengthen BC‘s worldwide reputation as a destination of choice.

Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan) is the regional development agency focused on British Columbia‘s evolving economy. PacifiCan leads in building a strong, competitive Canadian economy by supporting business, innovation and community economic development unique to British Columbia.


BC Hydro is a Crown corporation, owned by the government and people of British Columbia. It’s our job to safely provide our customers with reliable, affordable and clean electricity throughout the province. For new customers, our Business & Economic Development team provides a single point of entry for businesses wanting to locate in British Columbia. We are here to help prospective customers understand how to get connected to our clean electricity grid, anticipated electricity costs, electrification incentives and possible options for where to locate. To get in touch with the team, please visit: bchydro.com/newbusiness


The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is the voice of Canada‘s upstream oil and natural gas industry. We enable the responsible growth of our industry and advocate for economic competitiveness and safe, environmentally and socially responsible performance.

EMC has grown to become Canada's largest manufacturing consortium and with over one thousand industry events annually, is one of the most active manufacturing organizations in North America! For more than a quarter century EMC has been responsible for contributing significant knowledge, expertise and resources towards the success of over 13,000 consortium and online member manufacturers, representing every province across Canada. EMC's total manufacturing audience includes 40,000+ employers and 600,000 manufacturing employees. Founded in the mid-1980's and incorporated in 1997, EMC facilitates events in more than 60 consortium regions, across more than 450 communities. Offering a broad range of hands-on programs and services, EMC is helping manufacturers to lower costs, access greater opportunities to compete for business and improve efficiencies in dealing with the day-to-day complexities of running a manufacturing operation.


Co-operatives First is a non-profit organization funded by Federated Co-operatives Limited and the Co-operative Retailing System. Founded in 2015, the organization provides co-op start-up resources, such as feasibility studies, business plans, and incorporation support to rural and Indigenous co-op entrepreneurs across western Canada. Our goal is to help leaders in these communities build new businesses, grow local economies, and support community development.

Established by the government of British Columbia in 1981, Kwantlen, now Kwantlen Polytechnic University, has five campuses located in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia. KPU offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations in more than 120 programs. Almost 20,000 students annually attend courses at KPU campuses in Surrey, Richmond, Langley, Cloverdale, and Civic Plaza. Kwantlen Polytechnic University currently offers a range of credentials, many of which are completely unique, to successfully meet the evolving needs of regional and global employment markets. Students have the opportunity to bridge certificate and diploma credentials into bachelor's degrees, creating the option of academic and professional enhancement of applied and technical programs.

BCIB is the Provincial Crown corporation providing the qualified skilled trades workforce for the construction of public infrastructure projects operating under the Community Benefits Agreement. As the employer for all workers on these projects, BCIB makes sure British Columbians get access to good-paying, career-building jobs, skills development and apprenticeships. Priority hiring and rehiring underrepresented workers such as Indigenous peoples, women and people with disabilities will help ensure our Province can meet labour market needs, today and into the future.


BC Housing develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options across the province. We work with the ministry responsible for housing to address critical gaps across the housing continuum, which range from emergency shelter and rent assistance in the private market to affordable home ownership. We also license residential builders, administer owner builder authorizations and carry out research and education that benefits the residential construction industry and consumers. We work with about 800 housing providers and help more than 110,000 households in communities across British Columbia.

Localintel provides online location marketing tools that hundreds of economic developers have added to their website to promote their community's advantages and assist businesses. Our clients range from the small rural Village of Hazelton to the Government of British Columbia, Invest Ottawa and the cities of New Westminster, Coquitlam, Terrace and Penticton. Learn more at www.ecdev.org.

The Government of Canada is committed to giving small and medium enterprises (SME) the tools to compete for government business. The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME), as part of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), advocates on behalf of SMEs and encourages their participation in federal government procurement.

Growcer manufactures modular hydroponic systems that enable commercial food production in plug-and-play 40 ft. modules. Its vertical farming technology enables customers to grow fresh vegetables in virtually any climate, having been deployed within the Arctic Circle below -50C. Growcer has empowered conventional farmers, entrepreneurs, communities, and institutions to grow food locally all year round. Growcer's work has been recognized with awards including Fast Company's World Changing Ideas and was featured on Season 13 of CBC's hit show, Dragons' Den.

Ruby Industries is an award-winning data visualization and analytics company based in Okanagan. Our Cityviz data platform is a comprehensive, highly modular, customizable and affordable solution for communities and regions of all sizes. We keep adding new features and datasets to Cityviz at no additional cost. We are focused on helping economic development professionals, investors and entrepreneurs have all relevant data in one place, always up to date, pre-processed and ready to use. Our mission is to deliver exceptional data products and customer service. We listen to your needs and adapt our solutions to suit your requirements.

Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for two decades. We are the only national, non-prot organization that provides nancing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 3,000 volunteer mentors.

ExecutivePulse is the only Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution built by economic developers, for economic developers. Our CRM’s intuitive design allows users to easily create at-a-glance reports and presentations, optimize their internal and external communication, and track the progress of their initiatives.

Community/Regional Partners

Northern Development is a regional development organization that focuses on stimulating the economy in Northern B.C.  Northern Development offers 22 unique grant funding programs to support local governments, First Nations, registered non-profits and small and medium-sized businesses. Program categories include business development, capacity building, community development and housing.
The Trust‘s service region covers approximately 70 per cent of the province and encompasses 39 municipalities, nine regional districts, one regional municipality and 88 First Nations communities

Port Alberni is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island at the end of a 48 kilometer salt water inlet, on the Somass River estuary and surrounded by a few large lakes.  First Nations established villages in the area centuries ago to utilize the abundant resources here. The development of the City of Port Alberni is linked to the forestry, fishing and marine commercial industries.  A deep water, sheltered, ice-free seaport still handles the export of logs, lumber and fish. In recent years tourism, the arts, aerospace, agriculture, post-secondary education and high tech industries have played an increasingly important role in the economy.

Huu-ay-aht First Nations is an indigenous community whose lands are located in the Barkley Sound region on the west coast of Vancouver Island, at the entrance to Alberni Inlet. It is a part of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation, formerly called the Nootka. Huu-ay-aht is a party to the Maa-nulth Final Agreement, a modern treaty that grants its five member-nations constitutionally protected self-government as well as ownership, control, and law-making authority over their lands and resources. The lands and waters making up our traditional territories (hahuui, pronounced hahoulthee) have been occupied by us since time immemorial. Today, Huu-ay-aht citizens number close to 800 and primarily reside around the village of Anacla, the Nation’s principal community close to Bamfield, as well as in Port Alberni, the closest population centre. The balance of our citizens live across Vancouver Island, in the Vancouver area, and beyond. For more information, visit huuayaht.org.