We thank our partners for their continued support of underrepresented persons in STEM, and deep connection to the Okanagan community. If you would like to partner with iSTAND, please contact us at


Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology (WWEST) is the operating name for one of the five NSERC Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) across Canada, and a member of the CWSE National Network. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Chair for Women in Science and Engineering Program (CWSE) launched in 1996.

Okanagan College

Okanagan College is a public, post-secondary institution with over 120 certificates, diplomas, degrees and programs including apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship trades programs. Learn more.

Women’s Enterprise Centre

Women’s Enterprise Centre is a non-profit organization devoted to helping BC women launch, lead and scale their own businesses. Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) provides business loans up to $150K, with access to an additional $100K through a new partnership with BDC. Learn more.

Invest Kelowna

The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) is a service of the Regional District of Central Okanagan providing economic development services to throughout the Okanagan. Learn more.

Telus Friendly Future Foundation

The Telus Friendly Future Foundation supports health and technology initiatives that enrich communities and grow opportunities for youth. Learn more

Aboriginal Programs and Services Centre (UBCO)

The Aboriginal Programs and Services Centre at UBCO provides support and resources to First Nations, Inuit and Metis students. Learn more.


STEM Outreach at UBCO is conducted by iSTAND, GeeringUp, School of Engineering, Let’s Talk Science, Chembassadors, WiSE Mentoring and Computer Science groups. Learn more