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West Kelowna’s Candice Loring likes to call herself a professional matchmaker. But instead of matchmaking for love, the 36-year-old member of the Gitwangak band from the Gitxsan Nation is matchmaking for research and innovation for Mitacs, a national independent not-for-profit organization that co-funds research
Loring’s position as director of business development and Indigenous community engagement is the first Indigenous-specific role within the organization.
Working out of UBC Okanagan, and covering the B.C. Interior and Yukon, Loring connects highly talented university and college research interns to Indigenous businesses and organizations requiring their specific problem-solving skill sets.
“It’s a win-win,” said Loring. “The student interns get the experiential learning of working in a real life setting on a project with an industry partner. On the flip side, the industry partner gets to tap into top talent within post-secondary institutions and have that innovation or research need realized.”