Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 / UBC Okanagan

Breakfast (7-9am) $30 / Workshop (9-noon) $129 / Both $149

Student Prices Available *


A Breakfast of Champions (BoC) gathers people from all sectors to explore emerging trends in sustainable businesses and to celebrate local business’s social, cultural, environmental, and economic successes. Each event has a specific theme and is hosted by a related business.

FOF’s next Breakfast of Champions, entitled Driving the Business of Collaboration, explores how B2B collaboration and partnerships involving multiple sectors, can help to solve challenges in practical and affordable ways.


The keynote features Mark Jennings-Bates, a serial entrepreneur who is VP Sales for PAL-V Flying Car. Together with business partner Andre Voskuil, he runs a small global conglomerate focused on green technology, innovative technology, and digital content marketing.

During Mark’s presentation, Building Profitability: 5 Steps to Collaborative Growth, you’ll learn how to:

  1. Get out of the way(Harness your ego for greater profits)
  2. Seek first to understand (Discover the art of reverse networking)
  3. Take an honest inventory (Pinpoint and own your strengths and weaknesses)
  4. Create a culture of collaboration (Turn up the heat on the human element)
  5. Detect roadblocks early (Define desired outcomes and don’t get derailed)

A panel discussion following the keynote features collaborators from government, business, academia, and the nonprofit sector, who will share their views of collaboration as it applies to their sectors.      


The workshop features five-minute B2B and multi-sector success stories from a variety of Okanagan collaborators, interspersed with interactive table talks and tours of UBC Okanagan’s research and development facilities.

Learn how you can collaborate with UBCO in three different engineering fields, and perhaps access funding for your project. Tour one or two of the engineering labs to see firsthand the exciting opportunities available to you.
MECHANICAL: Applied mechanics, materials and manufacturing, bio engineering, mechatronics and control, and thermofluids.
CIVIL: Structures, geotechnical, environmental, transportation, construction, and infrastructure management.
ELECTRICAL: Wireless communications, microfabrication, power, radio frequency and digital systems, and photonics and electromagnetics.