Brent Mainprize

 Brent Mainprize
Position
Teaching Professor; Faculty Champion (Business) for National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development; Director of Indigenous Programs, Executive Programs; UVIC Provost’s Engaged Scholar; 3M National Teaching Fellow

Credentials

BEd, University of Saskatchewan; MBA, University of Victoria; PhD, School of Entrepreneurship, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Contact
Office: BEC 224

Expertise

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial business plans
  • Community Engaged Scholarship
  • Indigenous Economic Prosperity

Brent is a Teaching Professor at the Gustavson School of Business with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Indigenous Economic Prosperity.  Brent drives and leads many new and innovative community engagement and growth initiatives for the school that achieve National and International recognitions for their positive impacts on the individuals and communities serve, while accelerating the growth of Executive Programs to one of the country’s highest preforming units of its kind.

As an engaged scholar, Brent has leveraged his scholarship and practical expertise in Entrepreneurial Business Planning and modelling to develop the Venture Intelligence Quotient (VIQ) and VIQCoresmart™ in the form of software and their accompanying educational materials. The impact of the successful commercialization of his research is readily apparent through the adoption and widespread overseas use of VIQ™ in Canada, Australia, Italy, Denmark and China.

Over the past two decades, Brent has been invited into over 45 Indigenous communities in BC to assist in facilitating community-based research, and to co-create unique programs that promote leadership and self-reliance through entrepreneurship. In 2013, Brent co-designed, with TRICORP CEO Frank Parnell, the Indigenous Advancement of Cultural Entrepreneurship (I-ACE) program delivered in-community.   To date the I-ACE program has 44 completed cohorts graduating 640 entrepreneurs starting over 210 new business. In 2019, the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) invited Brent to co-design and help secure $3.2M funding and lead the Indigenous 3C Challenge. The 3C Challenge is an innovative, community-based entrepreneurship program designed to enhance the entrepreneurial skills of 1,000 urban Indigenous youth across British Columbia. Brent’s community engaged scholarship focuses on “How can Indigenous wise practices be shared and appropriately integrated to help Canadian post-secondary institutions on the road to economic reconciliation?”

As an active entrepreneur Brent has been involved in several ventures in the technology, software and real estate sectors. Brent enjoys sailing the Gulf Islands with his wife and two children. 

Journal Publication

Completed/Published

Mainprize, B., & Hindle, K. (2007). The Benefit: a well-written entrepreneurial business plan is to an entrepreneur what a midwife is to an expecting mother. Journal of Private Equity, 1(11), 40–52.

Hindle, K., & Mainprize, B. (2006). A Systematic Approach to Writing and Rating Entrepreneurial Business Plans. Journal of Private Equity, 2(10).

Mainprize, B., & Hindle, K. (2005). Assessing the Efficacy and Standardization Potential of Five Competing Venture Capital Investment Evaluation Approaches. Journal of Private Equity, 1(9).

Mainprize, B., & Hindle, K. (2003). Is the Quality of Entrepreneurial Business Plans Related to the Funding Decision? Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, (2003 Edition).

Mainprize, B., Hindle, K., Smith, B., & Mitchell, R. (2003). Caprice Versus Standardization in Venture Capital Investment. Journal of Private Equity, 1(7).

Mainprize, B., Hindle, K., Smith, B., & Mitchell, R. (2002). Towards the Standardisation of Venture Capital Investment Evaluation: Decision Criteria for Rating Investee Business Plans. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, (2002 Edition).

Book

Completed/Published

Hamilton, R., Borrows, J., Mainprize, B., Beaton, R., & Nichols, j. (Eds.) (2021). Wise Practices: Exploring Indigenous Economic Justice and Self-Determination. (University of Toronto Press, Canada).

Mainprize, B., Hindle, K., & Mainprize, N. (2009). Venture Intelligence: How smart investors and entrepreneurs evaluate new ventures (p. 255). Victoria: Venture Intelligence Institute.

Book Chapters

Completed/Published

Mainprize, B., Mercer, A., Edwards, L. & Hindle, K. (2021).  Wise Practices: Towards a Paradigm of Indigenous Applied Community Economic Development Research and Facilitation. Chapter 3. 

Hamilton, R., Borrows, J., Mainprize, B., Beaton, R.,& Nichols, j. (Eds.) (2021). Wise Practices: Exploring Indigenous Economic Justice and Self-Determination. (University of Toronto Press, Canada).

Case Study

Completed/Published

Mainprize, B. The Ben Barry Agency: Changing the face of fashion, Published in: Solomon, Stuart, Smith, Charlebois, and Marando (2007) Marketing: Real People, Real Decisions. Canadian 3rd Edition. Pearson Education Canada. 20 (2007).

Mainprize, B. Cupcakes, Case Track Proceeding. Administrative Science Association of Canada, Banff, AB. June 2006. 29 (2006).

Other

Completed/Published

Mainprize, B., Mercer, A., & Elliott, B. (2019). Strategy of the BC Government's Indigenous Procurement Initiative. British Columbia Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.

Mainprize, B., Mercer, A., & Elliott, B. (2019). Economic Prosperity Strategy for the Nisga'a Nation. Nisga’a Lisims Government. 

Mainprize, B. (2017). Barriers to First Nation Economic Development - Literature Review. British Columbia Assembly of First Nations.

Presentation

Completed/Published

Mainprize, B., Mercer, A. (2020, March). Building & Supporting an Entrepreneurial Economy & Culture. First Nations Economic Development Corporations Conference. Vancouver. 

Parnell, F., Mainprize, B., Stephens, C. & Stack, C. (2019, November). Ecosystem Development: Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACE) program. Excellence in Pracitce Conference, European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) (International Conference) Barcelona Spain. 

Mainprize, B. (2018, November). TRC Legacy Categories: Education, entrepreneurship and socio-economic capacity building. 2018 Building Reconciliation Forum: Working Together to Advance Reconciliation (National Conference). Victoria: Universities Canada and UVIC.

Mainprize, B. (2018, November). Indigenous Community Business Models for Prosperity. Annual Gathering of Indigenous Community Leaders in the Northwest BC. Prince Rupert: Tribal Resource Investment Corporation.

Mainprize, B. (2018, November). Balance the Values: (1) Community (2) Culture and (3) Cash (3Cs) in New Business Ventures: The BC Indigenous 3C Challenge. Indigenous Links to Learning. Vancouver: Cando (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers), National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association and Indigenous Services Canada.

Mainprize, B. (2018, October). Western Canadian Growth Strategy. Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) launched an engagement plan to develop a regional growth strategy with Western Canadians for Western Canadians. Vancouver: Invited by Western Economic Diversification Canada, Federal Government.

Mainprize, B. (2018, January). The importance of developing strategies to link First Nations community skill levels and industry opportunities to create sustainable economic-development and employment success stories. Indigenous Joint Gathering of Leaders. Vancouver: Cando (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers), National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association and Indigenous Services Canada.

Mainprize, B. (2018, February). Toward Indigenous economic reconciliation: Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACE) program. Educational Developers Caucus. UVic.

Mainprize, B. (2018, February). Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs; Program Design, Partnerships and Impact. Univation. Ottawa: Hosted by Universities Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation.

Mainprize, B. (2017, November). Economic Development; Building Individual Capacity to plug-into Community-based Economies; Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACE) Program. Indigenous Links to Learning. Vancouver: Cando (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers), National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association and Indigenous Services Canada.

Mainprize, B., & Borrows, J. (2017, March). Ideafest: Brave spirits on new paths: The road to Indigenous economic reconciliation. UVIC IdeaFest. Victoria: UVIC.

Mainprize, B. (2016, December). Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs Program: Impact and Potential. Wharton’s Global Education Stars Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Wharton: University of Pennsylvania.

Mainprize, B. (2016, April). Using Reality based TV in the Undergraduate Classroom. International Teaching Conference. Jacksonville Florida: Florida State University.

Mainprize, B. (2016, April). Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs Program: Curriculum and Culture Integration. International Teaching Conference. Jacksonville Florida: Florida State University.

Mainprize, B. (2016, March). Strategies and Wise Practices for Aboriginal–Municipal Economic Development Collaboration. 6th Annual British Columbia Economic Development Association Conference and Minister’s Dinner. Vancouver: BC Government and British Columbia Economic Development Association.

Mainprize, B. (2016, June). Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs Program: Impact and Potential. Annual Conference: Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). London Ontario: Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE).

Mainprize, B. (2015, August). Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs Program: How Can UVic Business School Faculty Best Teach Entrepreneurship in Aboriginal Communities by Balancing the 3 Cs of Community, Culture and Cash? Let’s Talk About Teaching: Annual Teaching Conference at UVIC. UVic: UVic: Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Mainprize, B. (2014, August). Entering the Dragon’s Den to Teach Entrepreneurship: Using a Taxonomy to Leverage the Learning Value of Reality-Based Television in the Undergraduate Classroom. University of Victoria Teaching & Learning Annual Conference. Victoria, BC: University of Victoria.

Mainprize, B. (2014, June). Entering the Dragon’s Den to Teach Entrepreneurship: Using a Taxonomy to Leverage the Learning Value of Reality-Based Television in the Undergraduate Classroom. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Kingston, Ontario: Queens University.

Mainprize, B., Mitchell, D., & Hobby, T. (2005). Non-Timber Forest Products and Indigenous Enterprise: Prospects for Income, Conservation and Community Well-being. The 22nd the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) World Congress. Brisbane, Australia, 8 – 13 August 2005: International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) World Congress.

Recognition & Awards

2020

3M National Teaching Fellowship, 3M & SLTHE Canada

2020 I-ACE Program recipient of The Business of Good in Indigenous Prosperity Award (runner-up), BC Business Magazine 

2020

The Gustavson International Advisory Board Community Engagement Award 

2019 The European Foundation of Management Development (EFMD) Excellence in Practice (EiP) Award as the I-ACE program was awarded the gold medal for Ecosystem Development

2019-present

UVic Provost's Engaged Scholar

2018

Excellence in Service Award, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business

2016

International Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology , International Conference on College Teaching and Learning (ICCTL); Florida State University

2016

Alan Blizzard Award in Collaboration in Teaching, awarded for the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (for the NW-ACE program), Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

2016

Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning(runner-up), International Conference on College Teaching and Learning (ICCTL); Florida State University

2016

UVIC's Top 10 (University Wide) Achievements of 2016 for ACE program awards, University of Victoria

2016

International: OVERALL Global Best Award across ALL CATEGORIES and ALL REGIONS in the WORLD (for the NW-ACE program), International Education Business Partnership Network (IPN) in partnership with the Conference Board of Canada

2016

International Global Best Award (Gold Medal) in the category of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Skills for the North America region (for the NW-ACE program), International Education Business Partnership Network (IPN) in partnership with the Conference Board of Canada

 2016

Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and Educational Leadership, University of Victoria; Office of Vice-President of Academic

2014

International Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning (Brightspace Award), Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE)

2014

Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year (British Columbia), Start-up Canada

2014

Partnership and Collaboration Visionary Award for the Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurship program (Program Award), Industry Council for Aboriginal Business (ICAB)

2014

Innovation Award, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria 

2014

Excellence in Teaching Award, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

2009

Innovation Award (for Entreneurship Team), Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

2007

Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award, Royal Roads University 

2007

Top 40 Visionaries Under 40

2005

Outstanding Student Award, Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, Swineburne University 

2004

President Emeritus Dr. Gerry Kelly Outstanding Teaching Award, Royal Roads University

Grants 

  • Engaging Aboriginal Generation of Leaders and Entrepreneurs (EAGLE): Indigenous Culture and Values in Business Education, Funded by SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (2020), ($199,877), PI Brent Mainprize 
  • Wise Practices in Indigenous Entrepreneurship Education, Funded by Mitacs Accelerate (2020), ($45,000), PI Brent Mainprize
  • Emergency Management Planning for Indigenous Communities, Funded by Mitacs Accelerate (2020), ($45,000), Co-Investigator Brent Mainprize
  • Investing in Indigenous Knowledge and Meeting Climate Targets: The Case for the Creation of a National First Nations Guardians Network, Funded by Ducks Unlimited Canada and Indigenous Knowledge and Meeting Climate Targets: The Case for the Creation of a National First Nations Guardians Network (2020), ($120,000), PI Brent Mainprize
  • Best Practices in Aboriginal Mentorship for Entrepreneurs, Funded by Mitacs (October 1, 2018 - April 11, 2019), awarded September 17, 2018 ($15,000.00), Completed, Fall 2018, PI Brent Mainprize

  • Promise and Prosperity National Aboriginal Business Survey (in Partnership with Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business), Funded by Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada (Federal Government) (November 28, 2014 - August 25, 2016), awarded November 6, 2014 ($175,000.00), Completed, Summer 2016, CoInvestigator Brent Mainprize

  • RAVEN: Readiness of Aboriginal Venturing and Employment in the Northwest; A gap analysis, best practices, a path to success for 25 Aboriginal Communites., Funded by Service Canada: Federal Government (January 2, 2014 - February 17, 2016), awarded January 1, 2014 ($303,000.00), Completed, Spring 2016, PI Brent Mainprize

  • Aboriginal Business Mentorship, Funded by Mitacs (April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2016) ($15,000.00), Completed, Spring 2016, PI Brent Mainprize

  • Barriers to First Nation Economic Development, Funded by BC Assembly of First Nations (April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017) ($41,000.00), Completed, Spring 2016, PI Brent Mainprize

  • UVic ORS Scholarly Travel Grant, Funded by UVic Office of Research Services (April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017), awarded May 4, 2016 ($1,250.00), Completed, Spring 2016, PI Brent Mainprize

Courses Taught

  • Entrepreneurial Strategy (MBA)
  • Entrepreneurship (MBA)
  • Developing Business in International Entrepreneurial Environments (MGB)
  • Acquire Venture Cognition (BCOM)
  • Strategic Management (BCOM)
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business for the Non-Specialist (BCOM)
  • Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs Program (trades-based) (Executive Programs)
  • Splatsin Indigenous Management Program (Executive Programs)
  • Haida Owned and Operated Program (Executive Programs)
  • Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs Program (Executive Programs)
  • Northwest Enabling Aboriginal Generation of Leaders and Entrepreneurs Program (Executive Programs) 
  • Youth Business China (YBC) Entrepreneur Mentorship Program (Executive Programs) 
  • Northwest Canadian Aboriginal Entrepreneurs Program (Executive Programs)