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Welcome to Trade and Invest British Columbia’s blog, where we get up-close and personal with the people, events, organizations and opportunities that are shaping British Columbia's vibrant and diverse economy.
 
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BC Economic Atlas Makes Site Selection Easy

December 19, 2017
Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates popularized the term “information at your fingertips” in 1990. While the internet was then still in its infancy, Gates had the foresight to see that the world of information was changing quickly and that ease of access made information valuable. The BC Economic Atlas, now integrated into our community profile pages, has raised the bar for innovative and intuitive data delivery in government.   In 2015, the province’s Trade and Invest BC website, BritishColumbia.ca, was enhanced to reflect the evolving information needs of site selectors and corporate investors. The site now... continue reading
Posted by Abby Pollen
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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 is a Big Player in the Video Game Industry

December 7, 2017
Video game companies are cropping up across the province of British Columbia, from Cosmic Logic, Gigatross Games, Hyper Hippo Productions and RocketSnail Games in Kelowna; to Hemisphere Games in Nelson; to the dozens of companies in Victoria and Vancouver. It’s a growing industry where creativity and technological know-how are joined in a productive union. The list of games coming out of British Columbia is extensive and caters to all demographics. DigiBC released an article in time for Halloween 2016 listing the spookiest games made in B.C, complete with embedded trailers and reviews. Vancouver-based Ingenuity Works speci... continue reading
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Startups in British Columbia

November 28, 2017
British Columbia has cultivated an atmosphere in which innovative entrepreneurs can find the support, encouragement and resources they need to see their visions become reality. Organizations like the BC Innovation Council,  the provincial Startup in Residence program, the BC Tech Association and Work BC offer assistance to new businesses. While the entire province of British Columbia is making strides with new businesses, the Okanagan boasts impressive resources and support for start-ups. One support structure is Accelerate Okanagan. Their mission is to give new technology-driven businesses the connections they need to thri... continue reading
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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