Accelerate Okanagan was formed on December 31, 2010 from the amalgamation of the Okanagan Research and Innovation Centre (ORIC) and the Okanagan Science and Technology Council (OSTEC). RFind is proud to be associated with Accelerate Okanagan, having established our business in 2005 out of ORIC & OSTEC’s hi-tech company incubator, here in Kelowna, BC.
More about Accelerate Okanagan in their own words:
“Our mission is to increase the number of technology companies that start and grow in the Okanagan. We do this in two ways:
- Helping to develop and support a vibrant entrepreneurial, creative and innovative technology community.
Our community ranges from students and aspiring entrepreneurs to startups and early stage companies; as well as established technology companies and the wide range of service providers who are critical to our industry
Our objective is to encourage people to start and grow technology companies!
- Offering programs that support entrepreneurs and technology companies looking to start, accelerate and grow.
These programs combine elements such as needs assessments, hands on coaching, mentorship, and access to world class expertise – including connections provincially, nationally and internationally.
Our objective is to help entrepreneurs and companies accelerate their growth and maximize their opportunity”
BC Technology Industry Association
“BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) is a not-for-profit, organization that represents the technology industry of British Columbia. Our diverse membership encompasses companies of all sizes and in all sectors of technology. BCTIA is the voice of BC’s technology industry providing the leadership, connection and action needed to foster the continued growth and success of the industry.
With a growing base of 2100 member companies across the province of BC, the BCTIA brings more than 43,000 people, ideas and resources together.”
RFind joined CUTA in 2010 and regularly attends its conferences and exhibits at it’s annual expo for transit: TransExpo.
CUTA’s vision is to be the collective voice of public transit in Canada. It’s mission is to strengthen public transit’s contribution to the quality of life, environment, health, mobility and economic development of Canadian communities, and to help members fulfil their mandates.
CUTA’s ongoing activities and services are divided into six program areas, designed to serve the key requirements of the association’s transit system, business, government and affiliate members.
RFind regularly attends APTA’s annual meetings and expos, most recently exhibiting at APTA’s premier show – EXPO 2011. EXPO is held every 3 years and is North America’s largest expo dedicated to public transit.
APTA is the leading force in advancing public transportation in the United States of America and beyond.
APTA members are public organizations that are engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne passenger services, and high-speed rail. Members also include large and small companies who plan, design, construct, finance, supply, and operate bus and rail services worldwide. Government agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, state departments of transportation, academic institutions, and trade publications are also part of our membership.
To strengthen and improve public transportation, APTA serves and leads its diverse membership through advocacy, innovation and information sharing. APTA and its members and staff work to ensure that public transportation is available and accessible for all Americans in communities across the country.
UITP is the international network for public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, scientific institutes and the public transport supply and service industry. It is a platform for worldwide cooperation, business development and the sharing of know-how between its 3,400 members from 92 countries. UITP is the global advocate of public transport and sustainable mobility, and the promoter of innovations in the sector.
Odette is a non-profit making organisation run by automotive people for automotive people.
“Our mission in the global automotive industry, is to develop tools and recommendations that improve the flow of goods, services, product data and business information across the whole supply chain, throughout the entire product life-cycle.”