Advancing social, economic wellbeing through community internships

The Team

Selkirk College students and faculty researchers working with partners Community Futures Central Kootenay, City of Nelson, Kootenay Association for Science and Technology, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, Regional District of Central Kootenay, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Columbia Basin Trust, Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce, and Village of Salmo

Selkirk College students partner with organizations like the Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association to advance social and economic wellbeing.

Selkirk College, in southern BC, built a network of Mitacs-funded internships with nine community partners to advance social and economic wellbeing in its rural region. In areas from conservation to culture, Selkirk students undertook research to address pressing local challenges. For example, working with the Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association, one intern identified and explored the drivers and risks, models, and opportunities of cannabis tourism within the Kootenay Rockies Region.

“This project used a literature review and content analysis to develop materials for an event to gather feedback from stakeholders. It gave the student an opportunity for work-integrated learning and networking, while creating locally specific knowledge.” – Tracey Harvey, faculty researcher, Selkirk College

Mitacs’s programs receive funding from multiple partners across Canada. We thank the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, Innovation PEI, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan, and the Government of Yukon for supporting us to empower Canadian innovation.

Do you have a business challenge that could benefit from a research solution? If so, contact Mitacs today to discuss partnership opportunities:

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