In December 2019, the ThriveNorth program successfully completed its five-year mandate. Managed by Futurpreneur Canada, the program helped young entrepreneurs in Northern B.C. launch and grow their businesses by connecting them with resources, financing and mentorship.

As one of our valued partners, we wanted to feature David Mckeever of Northwest Community College and chat with him about our partnership and his role that he plays at both Northwest Community College, and with ThriveNorth. Here is what he had to say… 

How are Northwest Community College and ThriveNorth working together?

As Coordinator of the NWCC Business Administration program, I keep a close relationship to ThriveNorth and staff, and staff often visit my classes to present Futurpreneur initiatives.

What is your role at Northwest Community College and how does it fit in with ThriveNorth?

I am an instructor and coordinator for the Business Administration program at Northwest Community College and I play a supportive role for ThriveNorth’s Startup Chats and Business Planning Workshops. I am also a facilitator for the ThriveNorth Peer Mentor Circle.

Why does Northwest Community College see the importance in partnering with ThriveNorth?

Our Business Administration program is very supportive of entrepreneurial endeavors, and because of that we support all initiatives by organizations like Futurpreneur Canada. Often I provide links and opportunities for students (and college staff) to get involved with ThriveNorth and Futurpreneur.

Why do you feel entrepreneurship is such a key component to Northern BC?

Entrepreneurship is always a viable option for anybody in virtually any location, Northern British Columbia is no different. However, the recent activity around LNG has presented even more opportunities in this area.

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