$1M gift supports Indigenous entrepreneurs program at UVic

April 18, 2018

BMO Financial Group has donated $1M to support and expand the Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs Program (ACE) at the University of Victoria, reports the Victoria Times Colonist. Developed out of a partnership between UVic’s Gustavson School of Business and Tribal Resources Investment Corporation, ACE offers culturally-informed business education for Indigenous communities in BC. According to UVic business professor Brent Mainprize, ACE has helped launch 72 businesses through the province, with an additional 128 in the planning stage. “Learning business skills is going to be transformational,” adds Miles Richardson, executive director for the National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development at UVic. “Maybe you can turn that money over in our communities, which is the beginning of having our own economy.” Victoria Times Colonist | UVic | Nation Talk