BDO Partners with Arlene Dickinson’s District Ventures

May 31, 2016

Calgary, Alberta, 31, May, 2016 – BDO Canada LLP (‘BDO’), a leading provider of accounting, tax and advisory services in Canada, announces its partnership with District Ventures, a Calgary based non-profit, and innovative, accelerator founded by Arlene Dickinson. This partnership is further evidence of BDO’s continued efforts to support entrepreneurial spirit in the markets we serve.

As part of their involvement, BDO’s professional team of advisors will provide resources to support District Venture’s entrepreneurs across multiple disciplines. BDO’s advisors will provide ongoing value through the delivery of workshops, networking opportunities and education. The goal is to support these emerging businesses and enable them to navigate the ever-changing needs of their business as it grows inside the accelerator, and beyond.

While most business accelerators focus on the energy and technology industries, District Ventures is supporting entrepreneurs in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry with a focus in the food and beverage and health and wellness sectors.

“The District Ventures model supports the great spirit of business owners with a passion to succeed and support growth in our local markets. BDO is excited to have the ability to partner with District Ventures to help promote this unique initiative. By supporting the businesses that move through the accelerator, we strive to help position these emerging companies for continued success and ongoing sustainability.” Jim Krahn, Managing Partner.

“District Ventures is on a mission to help Canada’s most innovative entrepreneurs in the food and beverage and health and wellness sectors succeed. We’re thrilled to have BDO join our roster of industry-leading sponsors who are dedicated to helping us fulfill this mission. As an entrepreneur, I know how strong accounting partners can help your business run more effectively and efficiently. BDO can play a key role in the professionalization of our member-companies by providing them with tax, accounting, and advisory services. I’m thrilled that they’ve decided to join our entrepreneurial movement, and I look forward to a long and strong relationship with this terrific organization.” says Arlene Dickinson.

About BDO

With over 100 offices nationwide, BDO is one of the largest national accounting and advisory partnerships in Canada. Our professionals serve both public and private organizations across a broad range of industries. As a member firm of the international BDO network, we leverage the knowledge and experience of advisors from over 1,300 offices in more than 150 countries.

BDO Canada LLP, a Canadian limited liability partnership, is a member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms.

BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO member Firms.


Jim Krahn
Office Managing Partner,
BDO Calgary Office
Tel: 403 231 5440
Brenda Morton
Regional Manager,
Alberta Marketing
BDO Calgary Office
Tel: 402 205 5731