Coastline Colab is grateful to be a part of a community of progressive thinkers and doers, and to be bringing new tools and resources to the qathet region. We wouldn’t be here without our financial contributors, founding partners, and community sponsors.
Major Financial Contributors
The Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET) is a regional economic development fund created and capitalized by the Province of British Columbia in 2006. The fund is at the forefront of economic diversification, planning and regional revitalization in the Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast regions. ICET is currently funding the Powell River Ecosystem Development Program, which provides the funding for programming hosted at Coastline Colab.
The Powell River Community Forest (PRCF) is an independent corporation set up by City of Powell River and holds a Community Forest Agreement on behalf of the entire community. PRCF is a for-profit forest company with 100 per cent of it profits being returned to community. PRCF has sponsored the leasehold improvements associated with developing Coastline Colab.
The City has been providing strategic direction and financial support to the PR Creative Economy and Innovation Initiative since 2017. The City serves on the steering committee of Coastline Colab and provides oversight and support to the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development program hosted by Coastline Colab.
Powell River Educational Services Society is a BC-registered Indigenous-led non-profit society dedicated to removing barriers to economic success and social and cultural engagement faced by individuals or groups in the traditional Coast Salish territories. PRESS has been the account holder of the Initiative since its inception in 2017. PRESS provided a portion of the seed capital to the Initiative and serves on the steering committee.
The qathet Regional District provided a portion of the initial seed capital in support of the PR Creative Economy and Innovation Initiative to develop the Creative Economy Development Strategy in collaboration with the City, PRESS, VIU and the Tla’amin Nation.
Tla’amin supported the inception of the Powell River Creative Economy and Innovation Initiative and its efforts to develop the Creative Economy Development Strategy in collaboration with the City, PRESS, VIU and the qathet Regional District.
VIU is one of the five founding partners of the Powell River Creative Economy and Innovation Initiative and provided the project management and research work that laid the foundation for the Initiative since 2017, including the development of Coastline Colab and its associated programming. VIU currently serves on the steering committee of the Initiative.
EnMedia has been a strategic partner and contributor to the Initiative since 2018 in its efforts to capture stories in our region focusing on social enterprise initiatives and movements about the cultural creatives. EnMedia serves as an advisory member to the steering committee.
The Powell River branch of FCU has been a local supporter of the Powell River Creative Economy and Innovation Initiative since 2018 and serves on the steering committee. FCU sponsored the production of the 2018 Social Enterprise video series produced by the Initiative, as well as the delivery of Resilient Powell River, an online program providing post-COVID support to local businesses in Powell River.
The Powell River Community Futures Development Corporation stepped in the steering committee in 2019 and is currently a financial contributor to the delivery of the Resilient Powell River online program hosted by Coastline Colab. The CFDC provides input around the development of entrepreneurial programming for the Powell River Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development Program.