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B.C. Seafood Companies Increasing Exports to China and South Korea

October 12, 2018
British Columbia’s high quality seafood products are in demand globally. In 2017, B.C. exported $3.9 billion worth of agrifood and seafood products outside of Canada. This industry produces over $14 billion in annual revenues and directly employs thousands of people in B.C. The province is rapidly increasing exports to growing markets such as China, South Korea and Southeast Asia. With a strong reputation for quality products and a strategic geographic location on the west coast of Canada, B.C. seafood producers are in a position to continue expanding exports in a growing global market. South Korea is a developing opportun... continue reading
Posted by Vivian Lui
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Indigenous Businesses in B.C.

September 28, 2018
Today, there are approximately 200,000 Indigenous people in British Columbia representing 198 distinct First Nations as well as Métis and Inuit groups, each with their own unique traditions and history. Many Indigenous communities have developed a broad range of business interests including in tourism, mining, agrifoods and forestry, and contribute to the growth of these sectors and of the province’s economy.  A great example of mining exploration companies working with First Nations is the BC Regional Mining Alliance (BC RMA).  This is a northwest regional partnership among the Tahltan Central Government, the Ni... continue reading
Posted by Vivian Lui
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B.C. Cherries Making their Way to Japan

September 19, 2018
Working closely with B.C.’s cherry growers, the federal government has secured access for fresh B.C. cherries to the Japanese market. According to industry experts B.C. cherry exports to Japan could be worth up to $8 million annually. The increased access to the Japanese market will advance competitiveness and create new opportunities for the fresh cherry sector, as well as drive economic growth and create more job opportunities in British Columbia. In 2017, Japan imported over $62.7 million of fresh cherries from around the world. This agreement will help Canada to reach the target of $75 billion in annual agrifood exports... continue reading
Posted by Noor Subeh
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Vancouver Organization Brings People Together to Reduce Waste and Improve Lives

September 12, 2018
A Vancouver-based for-profit social enterprise continues to do great things for both the environment and for humanity. The Plastic Bank has been enabling the exchange of plastic for money and necessities to help people living in poverty build better futures and support their families. Their mission is to stop ocean plastic by gathering people together to monetize waste while improving lives. Shaun Frankson and David Katz founded The Plastic Bank in 2013 and have grown their company to include collection projects in Haiti and the Philippines with plans to expand their services to Brazil and Indonesia. The Plastic Bank pays low-in... continue reading
Posted by Noor Subeh
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B.C. Fruit and Vegetable Companies Flourish at Asia Fruit Logistica 2018

September 6, 2018
Building on past successes at this event, several British Columbia fruit and vegetable companies will be part of the Canadian pavilion at Asia Fruit Logistica 2018.  This is a significant trade show where every link of the international fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain meet face to face to network and build business opportunities. The annual event takes place September 5-7 in Hong Kong, where the city serves as an international hub and gateway to do business in China and the entire Asian market. In 2017, the show featured 813 companies from 43 countries, which is a remarkable expansion from previous years. British Col... continue reading
Posted by Vivian Lui
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B.C. Aerospace Sector Shines at Aerospace Defence & Security Expo

August 30, 2018
Now in its eighth year, the Aerospace Defence and Security Expo was held in Abbotsford on Aug. 9 and 10, featuring Canadian and international aerospace companies with industry exhibits and workshops.  This event was held in conjunction with Canada’s largest airshow, the Abbotsford International Airshow, which has been running for over 50 years. The Expo was hosted by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (Pacific Division) and showcased British Columbia’s aerospace sector, as well as provided information sharing and networking opportunities for individuals in the private and public sector. Both the feder... continue reading
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3D Bioprinting Technology: Shaping the Future of Medicine

August 22, 2018
We live in exciting times, especially in the field of medicine where the pace of innovation is constantly on the rise. Undoubtedly, one of the most promising areas within the field of medicine is the use of technology, and more specifically, 3D printing. 3D bioprinting uses layer-by-layer fabrication methods and deposition of cells to create a final 3D construct. It provides users with the unique ability to create artificial tissues that closely resemble natural tissues in both form and function. This suggests that in the future, science fiction could become reality by using 3D bioprinting to replace damaged or failing organs. &... continue reading
Posted by Noor Subeh
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Globally Recognized B.C. Port is a Growing Sustainable Gateway

August 15, 2018
British Columbia has state-of-the-art deep sea ports that are ice-free all year round with the shortest transportation times between North American and Asian markets – saving shippers over two days, compared to other west coast ports. The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest port and the third largest tonnage port in North America with 27 major marine cargo terminals; it is responsible for Canada’s trade with more than 170 world economies.   The Port of Vancouver ranked 45th in Alphaliner’s 2017 list of the top 110 container ports in the world; that’s up from 48th in 2016. Vancouver is the on... continue reading
Posted by Noor Subeh
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B.C. Communities Connected Through Innovation

August 9, 2018
Many cities across British Columbia are creating innovative solutions, such as collaborative workspaces, to weave modern business needs into the existing cities and landscapes. The B.C. Government provides funding and support for enhancements in infrastructure to ensure local communities continue to flourish.  Improved transportation networks, connectivity and business facilities contribute to the strong and stable economy that makes British Columbia attractive to investors and internationally recognized for high-quality exports. The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality will receive $10 million from the provincial governm... continue reading
Posted by Abby Pollen
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B.C. Companies Showcase Innovation at Singapore International Water Week

August 2, 2018
Companies from across British Columbia recently attended Singapore International Water Week – a platform for sharing and collaborating on innovative water solutions for clean tech applications.  The new Trade and Investment Representative office in Singapore was instrumental in securing B.C.’s presence at the event and ensuring networking opportunities. The participating companies listed below develop hardware and software solutions ranging from agricultural irrigation, to forest fire prevention, to maintaining PH levels in swimming pools. The variety of clean tech solutions with water reflects the abundance of t... continue reading
Posted by Abby Pollen
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