A collaboration between Thompson Rivers University (TRU), the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO), and University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), INWIL aims to engage emerging talent within our region with opportunities that support the changing needs and development of local small and medium sized organizations.

Project Information

Institution(s): Thompson Rivers University
University of British Columbia Okanagan
University of Northern British Columbia
Status: In-Progress
Project Dates: November 16, 2020 — August 31, 2022
Project Contact:
Jamie Snow, Associate Director, Community Engagement (UBCO) ; Justin Foster, Interim Director, Student Affairs and Housing (UNBC) ; Shawn Read, Chair of Career & Experiential Learning Department, Business Co-op Coordinator (TRU)
In order: 250-807-9206 ; 250-960-5596 ; 250-371-5669
jamie.snow@ubc.ca ; justin.foster@unbc.ca ; sread@tru.ca

Project Coordinators

Dawn Sheldon, Marketing & Engagement Project Coordinator (UBCO) ; Jessi Guercio, Employer Liaison Officer (TRU) ; Steering Committee Members: Paula Verholen, Partner Engagement Advisor (UBCO) ; Stephanie Clark, Co-op & Career Coordinator (UBCO) ; Maria Trujillo, Student Career Centre Coordinator (UNBC)

Project Goals

The collaborative project aims to:

  • Foster connections between industry and post-secondary institutions,
  • Open the door for employers to innovate, increase capacity, and
  • Contribute to a future regional skilled workforce through student talent in a cost-effective manner


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