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B.C. Innovation in Life Sciences

February 2, 2018
Life sciences is one of the fastest growing tech sub-sectors in North America, and biomedical engineers are in growing demand. British Columbia is investing in education for the sector with funding that will create 624 undergraduate spaces for domestic students at the University of British Columbia (UBC) for biomedical engineering, computer science and manufacturing engineering programs. UBC will help address industry needs for qualified professionals in life sciences, biotechnology and digital health technology. B.C.’s tech sector already employs more than 100,000 people and generates $26 billion annually, making it the f... continue reading
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Tourists Drawn to B.C. Beauty and Community

December 12, 2017
British Columbia has a lot to offer in the tourism sector. The Thompson Okanagan region has recently been designated as the first sustainable tourism destination in the Americas by the Responsible Tourism Institute. Qualifying factors include environmental, social and cultural perspectives as well as foresight for sustainability maintenance in future years, all of which are well demonstrated across the region. The province is drawing a lot of activity from tourists with diverse interests. The agrifoods sector has generated a thriving market in vineyard and brewery tours. British Columbia has over 150 craft breweries, a... continue reading
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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