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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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International Talent Key to Advancing B.C.’s Thriving Tech Sector

July 30, 2018
British Columbia’s technology sector is home to over 10,200 exciting and innovative technology companies, including the world’s largest cluster of visual effects (VFX) and animation studios, a gaming industry with a global reputation and leading companies in information and communication technology (ICT),  wireless, life sciences and clean technology. Vancouver has more than 1,000 tech start-ups contributing to a vibrant tech ecosystem that in 2017 was ranked 1st in Canada and 15th globally by Startup Genome. The B.C. technology sector is a major driver of economic growth in the province, with tech employment a... continue reading
Posted by Noor Subeh
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Cycling Infrastructure Generates Growth in BC Tourism

July 20, 2018
Whether you’re looking for a green investment option or the best destination for your next cycling adventure, British Columbia can meet your needs. Cycling and mountain biking are drawing increasing numbers of tourists to the province. A recent economic impact study, conducted by the Mountain Bike Tourism Association (MTBA) and Destination British Columbia, shows an increase of more than 100% in revenues and employment numbers directly related to mountain biking in B.C. over the past decade. Vancouver’s North Shore and the Mountain Bike Park and Whistler Valley Trail Network in Whistler are consistently popular locati... continue reading
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New Tech in B.C. Mining Safety and Rescue Operations

July 12, 2018
British Columbia has a long history in mining and mining safety. The Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia (the Code) has existed since 1909. Under the Code, all mines are required to provide emergency response capabilities. This requirement has made British Columbia’s mining industry a global model for mine rescue practices. The Code is continually updated and improved as technologies and tactics are developed. Among the recent advances in improved safety and risk reduction is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Teck Resources is using AI to monitor and predict equipment performance at thei... continue reading
Posted by Abby Pollen
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Film, Television and VFX in British Columbia

July 5, 2018
Hundreds of feature films and TV series including blockbusters such as Deadpool, Planet of the Apes, Twilight and Mission Impossible 4 and top rated TV series such as Arrow, Riverdale, The Flash and Once Upon a Time have been filmed in British Columbia. Production companies enjoy access to a diverse range of filming locations, support from a highly skilled workforce, and one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the G7. These business advantages have helped British Columbia establish a global reputation as one of North America’s top full service production centres.  A new deal between Canada and streaming giant Netflix... continue reading
Posted by Abby Pollen
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Food, Festivals and Flavour in British Columbia

June 28, 2018
British Columbia is globally recognized for high-quality food products and safety standards, and has rich production potential. Fertile growing conditions and a diverse geography and climate support a variety of commodities, from seafood and livestock products to soft fruits and flowers. For these reasons the province has developed a strong reputation for delicious fruits, seafood and wines, but lesser known products are gaining traction through gastro-tourism and food festivals. Food festivals are a great way to explore the diversity and creativity of local cuisine. The BC Seafood Festival features a huge range of tasting stati... continue reading
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North America’s First Closed-Loop Waste Management System Homegrown in B.C.

June 8, 2018
British Columbia is a leading research and development hub at the forefront of green innovation and is ranked among the top ten in the world. The clean technology sector, including power generation, energy efficiency, transportation and industrial processes that create green benefits, has been growing steadily and is considered to be worth $3 trillion per year globally. The City of Surrey has recently taken significant strides towards clean technology and sustainable waste solutions. The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators has recently awarded Surrey’s Biofuel Facility a national innovation award, recognizing t... continue reading
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British Columbia Shows Real Intelligence in AI Innovation

May 31, 2018
British Columbia’s artificial intelligence (AI) industry has applications in the sectors of ICT and wireless, film and digital effects, and data analysis. While some B.C. companies focus on developing these applications, others are addressing ethical concerns of implementing the new technology, or tracking the pros and cons of AI. Vancouver’s burgeoning AI industry has attracted a lot of female engineers and company leaders. The city’s chapter of Women Who Code, a global non-profit organization supporting women in technology, has over 1,600 members. Vancouver AI companies include Sanctuary AI, a recent spinoff ... continue reading
Posted by Abby Pollen
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Mining and Clean Tech in British Columbia

May 24, 2018
The demand for clean energy and technology is booming, and British Columbian entrepreneurs are rising to the occasion. Solar and wind power, electric vehicles and digital devices are all gaining popularity as consumers – and investors – seek to support eco-friendly products. One outcome of green consumerism is an increase in mining activity. Electric and hybrid cars require up to four times more copper than conventional vehicles, and B.C. is the largest copper producer in the country. Alternative energy sources like wind and solar rely heavily on batteries, and have driven the demand for lithium up by 10% each year s... continue reading
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Fruitful Tech Hub in B.C.’s Okanagan Region

May 16, 2018
British Columbia’s Okanagan region is best known for delicious fruit, world-class wines and eco-adventure tourism. Those qualities are now contributing to employee attraction and retention for tech industry giants like Disney Interactive and numerous startups. People from across the province have been flocking to the area for affordable infrastructure, attractive quality of life and now, for opportunities in the tech sector. Kelowna in particular is rapidly becoming a high-tech hub. From local startups to new offices of established companies, the Okanagan Lake city is growing a significant tech community. Since 2016, the t... continue reading
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