Rainmaking@Okanagan invites participants to co-explore innovative solutions to address issues such as community resilience, smart cities, future skills training through higher education, and research innovation with community partners.

This 2-evening event co-hosted by the Social and Economic Change Lab (SE-Change Lab) at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan campus and the Good City Foundation, aims to showcase recent as well as future socio-economic changes in the Okanagan region.

The Panel Discussion (June 1) and the Roadshows (June 2) will share key thought leaders as well as regional enterprises’ experience in making positive changes and impact to the local community and their strategies for collaboration with national and international partners and investors.

Rainmaking@Okanagan is part of the Rainmaking Series launched by the Good City Foundation.



Panel Discussion ” Smart Development and Socio-Economic Change in Small-and-Medium-Sized Cities and Regions”

Date: June 01 (Tuesday), 2021
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Venue: Zoom Webinar

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Join us for a panel discussion on recent socio-economic changes in the Okanagan region involving key thought leaders.

Opening Remarks: Dr. Roger Sugden, Dean, Faculty of Management, UBC-Okanagan


Dr. Ananya Mukherjee Reed, Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Okanagan
Ms. Krista Mallory, Manager, Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission
Mr. David Knapp, Executive Director Central Okanagan Foundation

Moderator: Dr. Eric Li, Associate Professor and Principal’s Research Chair (Tier 2) in Social Innovation for Health Equity and Food Security, Faculty of Management, UBC-Okanagan



Roadshow Presentations

Date: June 02 (Wednesday), 2021
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Venue: Zoom Webinar

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Join us as four diverse and dynamic organizations share through a series of short presentations how they have made positive changes and impact to the local Okanagan community and region and their strategies regarding the future of socio-economic change for their sector or industry in an emerging region such as the Okanagan.

Participating Roadshow Organizations:

Skytrac – Mr. Jan Van Der Heul, Vice-President – Sales
Mamas for Mamas – Mrs. Shannon Christensen, Founder and CEO
Happipad – Mr. Cailan Libby, CEO
UBC Wine Research Centre – Dr. Jacques-Olivier Pesme, Director

About the Rainmaking Series

The Rainmaking Series and Tech For Good Cities Roadshow is a set of virtual global top-notch thought leadership dialogue and technology roadshows. Rainmaking Series follows the StartmeupHK Festival 2021 to host virtually over 10 strategic locations in emerging Asia, Africa and North America during 24th May and June 02, 2021. Each session of the respective countries in the Rainmaking Series is hosted with a local strategic partner to explore their largest policy innovation and wicked technology development agenda that echoes the Sustainable Development Goals and the Great Reset, such as Climate Resilience, Carbon Zero in Future Housing, Future Skills, Preparation for the Next Pandemic Uncertainty and Digital Economic Stability.

Find out more about the virtual Rainmaking Series 2021: https://goodcityfoundation.org/programs/rainmaking-series