As of 2017, the ACE Program has graduated 13 cohorts with 202 graduates, and more cohorts set to begin soon.
The ACE Program began as the vision of Frank Parnell, CEO, Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (TRICORP). Frank invited Dr. Brent Mainprize from the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria to co-design the ACE Program. In 2013, TRICORP invited the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria as the key education delivery partner for their program. The partnership between TRICORP, the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria, Aboriginal communities and governments remain strong as the program continues to grow. Since its inception, the NW-ACE Program has expanded to provide award winning experiential education to communities in British Columbia forming the ACE Program; an entrepreneurship program focused on providing prospective Aboriginal entrepreneurs with business skills through programs taught in locations to provide education and practical learning built around the individual needs of each entrepreneur in each community. The ACE team worked very closely with Aboriginal artist Richard Shorty to incorporate his powerful image of the Eagle and Salmon to represent the 7 key stages (7S’s) of developing a business in the Aboriginal context.
We are proud of the ACE logo and the message that it represents. Luke Parnell, Aboriginal Artist, was comissioned in 2013 to create an image that represents the spirit and vision of the ACE Program. The logo features the TRICORP mask at the center surrounded by the spirits and power of the Eagle, Raven, Killer Whale and Wolf, set in the silhouette of the University of Victoria Crest. The Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs logo is surrounded by the Aboriginal nations and communities served by TRICORP.