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Spotlight on Trades Education in BC

November 21, 2017
In case you missed it, Nov. 5-11 was Apprenticeship Recognition Week in British Columbia, and the 82nd anniversary of formalized trades training in the province. It’s important to recognize the value of skilled workers, as well as the proven efficacy of apprenticeship training. Most trades training takes about four years, similar to a university degree, but apprentices are paid employees with attractive starting wages that advance as they progress through their training. About 20% of trades training is spent in a classroom environment acquiring technical knowledge, with the remaining 80% being paid, real-world experien... continue reading
Posted by Abby Pollen
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Film in British Columbia

November 14, 2017
With geographic proximity to major production companies in California as well as Asian talent pools, British Columbia is ideally situated to connect and expand the offices and influence of production companies who establish headquarters here. Among the many attractions offered to the film industry by the province are accessibility, a well-educated workforce and low business costs. Vancouver has a million square feet of studio space within minutes of downtown and Vancouver International Airport, and shares a time zone with Los Angeles. There are over 60 VFX and Animation studios in Vancouver alone to support film production, as w... continue reading
Posted by Abby Pollen
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Seaspan Unveils First Ship from National Shipbuilding Project

October 18, 2017
Earlier this month, B.C.-based Seaspan unveiled their first Canadian Coast Guard Ship, built under the federal government’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, putting a spotlight on the growing local marine manufacturing and maintenance industry.  The newly-built ship is the first of three 63-metre offshore-fisheries science vessels to be deployed off Canada’s west and east coast. In December, Seaspan expects the ship to be launched to Vancouver Island for final interior construction at the company’s Victoria Shipyards, prior to testing and sea trials. The Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, Bruce Ralsto... continue reading
Posted by Amrinder Sandhar
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British Columbia and India Strengthen Partnership

October 12, 2017
The second annual B.C.-India Partnership Summit brought over 150 government and private sector stakeholders together to discuss collaborative opportunities in digital media and entertainment. Hosted by the Canada-India Business Council, in collaboration with Creative BC, the Asia Pacific Foundation, and the B.C. Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, the event was a resounding success and resulted in stronger professional relationships between India and British Columbia. Among the attendees were the Consul General of India in Vancouver, the Canada-India Business Council President, as well as many B.C. companies, educational inst... continue reading
Posted by Abby Pollen
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Ocean Tech is on the Rise

September 20, 2017
For over 35 years, British Columbia companies have been at the leading edge of research and commercial development of advanced ocean technologies. A recent CBC article celebrating Phil Nuytten's underwater innovations highlighted the achievements in ocean technology coming out of the province. Phil Nuytten’s creations have been used by NASA, National Geographic and filmmaker James Cameron, and they have helped inspire and further the progress of submersibles in B.C. and the world. One company, the Canadian Submersible Facility (CSSF) from North Saanich, is exploring new depths of scientific progress. For the past quart... continue reading
Posted by Abby Pollen
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British Columbia ramps up presence on U.S. West Coast

September 14, 2017
British Columbia’s trade and investment network continues to grow with the establishment of a new representative office in Seattle, Washington. The announcement was made at the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference in Seattle. The event, organized by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, brings together businesses and government officials from across the Pacific Northwest to discuss opportunities for regional connectivity and partnerships. The new office will be led by Troy DeFrank who brings with him a decade of experience in international trade and investment. The office will work closely with British Columbia... continue reading
Posted by Amrinder Sandhar
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Spotlight on BC Agrifoods

September 12, 2017
Food is at the centre of every family gathering, and in British Columbia family is at the heart of food production: 98 per cent of B.C. farms are family-owned and operated. And we put a lot of food on the table: B.C. producers export $3.8 billion worth of agrifood and seafood products annually to more than 160 markets worldwide. Some of the most interesting food production developments come in liquid form, as local craft breweries cause a rise in demand for B.C. hops. The province now boasts 10 times the hops growers it had a decade ago, and over 100 craft breweries are snapping up their product locally. Combined sales from B.C.... continue reading
Posted by Abby Pollen
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​Digital Entertainment & Interactive Media in B.C.

September 6, 2017
Virtual reality is redefining what is possible. Artists can paint a scene, and then place themselves in the scene and paint it from a different angle. Engineers can build an engine, and shrink themselves down to examine it from the inside out. Architects can step into an existing cityscape, place their design among the current buildings, and check the view from the balcony of their imagined addition to the skyline. Virtual reality is being used for everything from medical training to entertaining ski tours of Whistler Mountain. Whatever you can dream, you can do in a virtual environment. British Columbia is your gateway to the ne... continue reading
Posted by Abby Pollen
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How British Columbia Helps Boost Canadian Clean Tech Sector

August 17, 2017
Recent efforts to increase funding and investment into Canada’s clean tech sector have paid dividends: the sector has climbed to fourth in the world and first in the G20 according to the 2017 Global Cleantech Innovation Index. British Columbia’s specialties in the industry, including green power generation, energy efficiency, transportation, and industrial processes that create green benefits, have won worldwide recognition. B.C.’s clean tech sector includes over 270 clean technology firms as well as research and educational institutions which offer a range of expertise in the field. B.C. companies have develop... continue reading
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Aerospace Defence and Security Expo puts Spotlight on B.C. Aerospace Industry

August 9, 2017
British Columbia’s aerospace sector will take centre stage during the Aerospace Defence and Security Expo (ADSE) in Abbotsford from August 10 to 11, 2017. The annual event which coincides with the Abbotsford International Airshow has become a marquee event for the sector with several international industry leaders also participating, including Boeing and Airbus. ADSE is the largest aerospace event in B.C., providing an opportunity for the industry to meet with government representatives to help shape future initiatives and policies. Hosted by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC Pacific), 2017 marks the sev... continue reading
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