Media Invite to Bardel Animation Kelowna Studio Grand Opening October 1st

Kelowna, B.C. (Sept 21, 2015) – Media are invited to attend the grand opening of Bardel Entertainment’s (“Bardel”) animation studio located in beautiful downtown Kelowna, British Columbia. The occasion will commence with opening remarks from Mayor of Kelowna Colin Basran followed by a reception and speeches from Bardel’s co-founders: Delna Bhesania CEO and Barry Ward, President. The event will feature studio tours, interactive pipeline demonstrations and complimentary wine tasting selected from the Okanagan region.

Where: 215 Lawrence Ave, Kelowna, BC

When: October 1st.  

Media Press Conference 3:30pm

Open house from 4pm until 6pm

Bardel currently employees over 650 artists and professionals throughout three state-of-the-art studio locations within beautiful British Columbia with two studios located in Vancouver and one studio located in downtown Kelowna. Bardel provides animation services for a diverse slate of partners including DreamWorks, Nickelodeon, Disney, Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network-Adult Swim.

In 2012, Bardel commenced operations in Kelowna with only four employees. With the continuous support from its partners and stakeholders, Bardel now employs over 50 artists and professionals in the region, projecting to grow to over 100 employees in 2016.

 “Bardel was looking for a way to expand but still remain in Canada, and Kelowna was an untapped area poised to grow in our industry. Moving to Kelowna made economic sense with the both the regional tax incentives and Kelowna’s rapid growth. Plus, it is a beautiful area to do business and live.” – Delna Bhesania, CEO, Bardel Entertainment

Due to successfully operating in the region for the past three years, and in collaboration with local businesses and the City of Kelowna, Bardel has recently completed construction of a state-of-the-art facility with connection to broadband fibre optic cable enabling Bardel to connect both regionally and internationally with both its studios and partners.

 “Access to dark fibre optic connections is becoming critical infrastructure for organizations like Bardel that need to move massive amounts of data. Having access to world-class communications infrastructure positions Kelowna as a desirable location to establish or grow a business.” – Mayor of Kelowna Colin Basran

According to the Kelowna City Chamber of Commerce, Kelowna is quickly becoming a high-tech hub in animation, video game development, aerospace development and Information Technology services.

 Please join us to learn more about one of Canada’s fastest growing animation companies.

 For more information about Bardel please visit

About Bardel

For over 25 years, Bardel has been the leading animation services provider in North America due to its stellar reputation built on three core values: quality, creativity and innovation. Led by its founders Barry Ward President and Delna Bhesania CEO, (Nominated for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2015) Bardel is recognized as one of the most trusted names in the industry.

Employing 650 staff, Bardel spans across three state-of-the art studios with two locations in Vancouver and one in Kelowna. Bardel is the only full-service animation studio concurrently providing animation services for a diverse slate of U.S. blue-chip partners: Nickelodeon, DreamWorks, Disney, Warner Bros., and Cartoon Network-Adult Swim. The current production slate includes award-winning series such as King Julien, Mack & Moxy, Puss in Boots, VeggieTales, Dinotrux, Rick & Morty, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jake & the NeverLand Pirates, Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls.

Media Contact:

Ashley Evans, Bus: (604)-235-2664