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SIDIT welcomes new Advisor, Colin O’Leary

SIDIT welcomes new Advisor, Colin O’Leary


Media Release

March 2, 2017

 Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust (SIDIT) welcomes new Advisor, Colin O’Leary, to the Business Advisory Team.

The Southern Interior Development Initiative Trusts’ Business Advisory Services (BAS) initiative is growing again.  The program was launched to the general business public in September of 2016, and currently has seven high-profile Business Advisors, located between Kelowna, Kamloops and Penticton.  The program is designed to offer Southern Interior business owners an affordable opportunity to collaborate with high-level executives, in a very practical hands-on manner, to grow their businesses.

“The Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust is excited to announce the addition of Mr. Colin O’Leary, of Kamloops, B.C., to our growing team of executive level advisors.  Colin brings a wealth of experience and a foundation of very solid business relationships to our efforts in the Kamloops area,” says Ginny Becker, BAS Program Manager.

Colin has spent the last ten years working with businesses, non-profits, public entities and social enterprises of all sizes, across all industries to overcome a variety of challenges. During this time, his work has touched thousands of businesses. Colin is very entrepreneurial himself and is passionate about innovation, overcoming challenges and helping people. He has won numerous provincial, national and international awards for projects, program development and implementation, is one of only a handful of individuals in BC that hold professional designation in Economic Development and is an IAP2 certified practitioner. Colin has earned a B.S.c. in Science and his Masters in Business Administration, where he graduated at the top of his class, from the Sauder School of business, which is consistently recognized among the top 1% of business schools in the world.

On joining the Business Advisory Team at SIDIT Colin had this to say “I am thrilled about this opportunity to work with SIDIT. I can’t wait to help add to SIDIT’s great contributions in the Southern Interior.”

About the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust

The Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust was created by an Act of the BC Legislature in 2006. SIDIT received a one-time allocation of $50 million from the Province of BC designated for strategic investments in sustainable economic development initiatives throughout the southern interior of British Columbia.   The Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust Act mandates investment in ten areas of the economy.  These areas include Energy, Forestry, Mining, Olympic Opportunities, Agriculture, Transportation, Small Business, Tourism, Pine Beetle Recovery, and Economic Development. SIDIT is managed by an independent Board of Directors comprised of thirteen members – eight elected municipal officials and five BC Government appointees from the SIDIT Region.  SIDIT is focused on supporting economic development initiatives that will demonstrate long term measurable economic impact within the Southern Interior.

A full overview of SIDIT can be found at www.sidit-bc.ca.  Additional information on the Business Advisory Service and the Advisory Team visit www.siditbas.ca.

For further information on BAS contact:

Ginny Becker, Program Manager

Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust


236-420-3680, ext 206