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AMLOOPS – Don Moores is proving that yes, you can go home again. Moores has returned home after a lengthy, successful business career to become the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Western Hockey League’s Kamloops Blazers. He was named to the post in June by club owners Tom Gaglardi (also owner of the National Hockey League Dallas Stars), and former Kamloops juniors and NHL stars Mark Recchi, Shane Doan, Darryl Sydor and Jarome Iginla. That makes it full circle for Moores, who played and coached m i nor a nd ju n ior hockey i n Kamloops. Moores recently sold the company he was partners in, Maxi mu m Yield P ubl icat ions, a Nanaimo-based indoor gardening magazine and event management company that stretched its tentacles from Canada to Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. The day after the deal officially


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sold, Moores received a call from Recchi. Moores coached Recchi in Kamloops minor hockey and with the Blazers, and they remain close friends today. A strong candidate for the Hockey Hall of Fame following a long and successful Stanley Cup winning career, Recchi specifically names Moores as one of the major reasons for his long-time NHL success. “I got the call from Mark the day after the Maximum Yield deal was closing, out of the blue,” Moores notes. “He said ‘We need a president. . .would you be interested?’ I then met with majority owner Tom Gaglardi a couple of times and It didn’t take long for me to say yes,” he says. “I wasn’t ready to retire mentally. It’s such a great organization. I know this is the right thing for me to do.” Moores took two and a half months off before rolling up his sleeves with the Blazers, and he’s very pleased with the team that’s already in place. T he Blazers averaged 3,775 fans per game in the 5,200 seat

ELOWNA – Increasingly the Okanagan Valley is becoming the centre of the province’s expanding high tech sector. But that comes as no surprise to the team at Accelerate Okanagan, for them that outcome has always been part of the plan. “Our mandate is

basically to help create new technology businesses throughout the Okanagan,” explained Raghwa Gopal, Accelerate Okanagan’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Essentially an accelerator and support system for new and expanding high tech firms, Accelerate Okanagan was created about six years ago when two earlier

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organizations, OSTEC (Okanagan Science and Technology Council) and ORIC (Okanagan Research and Innovation Council) were merged into one. The organization’s coverage area extends from Osoyoos in the south to Salmon Arm in the north. Offering a range of services and programs (but not funding)

Accelerate Okanagan’s Mission Statement is straightforward: To give new and growing businesses in the technology industry the mentorship, connections and community they need to succeed. “In a way you’d have to say we’re a hybrid, in that we have incubation SEE ACCELERATE OKANAGAN |  PAGE 20

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