Peripheral regions, such as the Okanagan, are recognized as increasingly important for:

  • The social, economic and cultural wellbeing of citizens and communities
  • The building of a nation and its success in a globalized and rapidly changing world

In British Columbia, the Interior is at the forefront of innovation and development in peripheral regions in advanced economies because (in part):

  • The establishment of the Okanagan campus by the University of British Columbia provides the region with a leading international university: an active participant in the regional innovation ecosystem, and a key contributor to multi-sector regional economic growth
  • The Interior’s entrepreneurial spirit and engaged communities make the region a perfect laboratory for UBC researchers to catalyze development in practice from a multidisciplinary perspective

Following this commitment and opportunity, UBC is investing in the Regional Socio-Economic Development Institute of Canada to:

  • Help to build thriving regional economies
  • Contribute to the creation of more innovative, resilient and culturally rich communities

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