Trade and Investment British Columbia Blog (Tag: festivals)
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ICT and Wireless in British Columbia

May 10, 2018
British Columbia has a robust Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry with over 2,650 companies and more than 20,500 jobs spanning the fields of software as a service (SaaS) and enterprise-level solutions, the internet of things (IoT) and mobile technologies, cloud computing, big data and machine learning, e-commerce, and fintech and security clusters.  British Columbia is also home to Innovate BC (BCIC), a Crown agency of the Province, which encourages the development and application of technologies to meet the needs of local industry. It collaborates with business accelerators and partners across Bri... continue reading
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Unearthing Great Potential: Virtual Reality and Mining Worlds Converge

May 2, 2018
Who would have thought that augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) would one day be the future of the mining industry? It is true and what is happening is fascinating. VR is the future of the mining industry, where users wearing VR headsets can get an accurate representation of an area’s geography. This enables them to navigate future facilities and infrastructure and view things that they would not be able to see in person. B.C.’s Llamazoo Interactive can build mines digitally before ground is ever broken. This Victoria- based company can take data from mining companies and visualize it in 3D; this is just ... continue reading
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B.C. Music – On the Global Stage

April 26, 2018
Music is central to British Columbians as shown through our 285 music companies, 160 recording studios and 200+ music festivals.  Notable B.C.-born music-talents include internationally renowned artists such as Michael Bublé, Sarah McLachlan, Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams. In March, Michael Bublé hosted the 2018 Juno Awards in Vancouver, B.C., which was the fourth time Vancouver has been chosen as the host city. As the third largest music production centre in Canada, B.C. was an ideal province for hosting. Among the B.C. Juno Award winners were Lights, Grimes, Jocelyn Morlock, the Anciients and Diana Krall. The awards showc... continue reading
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Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cell Technology in British Columbia

April 18, 2018
The world is looking for clean and renewable energy sources, and British Columbia is answering the call. Hydroelectricity, the mainstay of power for the province, is among the cleanest, safest and most reliable energy sources. The extensive B.C. coast is home to wave energy research, and solar, wind and biomass options are being adopted across the province. With growing demand for clean energy and an impressive local history of hydrogen technology development and commercialization, British Columbia is a leader in the global hydrogen fuel cell industry. Hydrogen can store energy and produces no carbon emissions during use. As glob... continue reading
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B.C. Forestry: Strong and Sustainable

April 11, 2018
Forestry is an important sector in British Columbia. It accounted for 32% ($14.2 billion) of B.C.’s total exports for 2017, and is the primary employer in many parts of the province. Forestry-related activities directly support over 7,000 businesses and employ nearly 60,000 people. With so many of our citizens relying either directly or indirectly on the sector, there’s a collective understanding that we need to ensure the future of the forestry industry. It’s what has pushed us to become globally recognized for sustainable forest management practices and educational programs.TimberWest recently received the Can... continue reading
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Educational Opportunities for New Exporters

April 5, 2018
Trade and Invest BC and the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle recently hosted an educational mission for B.C. agrifood and seafood companies. The annual event is part of the federal New Exporter to Border States initiative and was developed in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture and Growing Forward 2 (GF2). The opportunity bridges the learnings shared through domestic and international programs for export-ready companies. The Seattle New Exporters mission is designed for small and medium-sized B.C. companies with little to no previous international trade experience, and includes an introduction to exporting and pr... continue reading
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B.C. Drives Transportation Innovation

March 1, 2018
British Columbia is a key transportation hub with ports providing the shortest sea route between the Asia-Pacific region and North America. The province has an efficient, reliable network of marine ports, airports, rail lines and highways connecting products to markets. B.C. is a leader in transportation innovation with local entrepreneurs and organizations implementing proven tactics to improve transportation. Vancouver currently does not have ride-hailing services like Lyft or Uber, but it is the car-sharing capital of North America according to the results of a survey published by B.C. Credit Union Vancity. Wit... continue reading
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Smart Cities in British Columbia

February 19, 2018
What makes a city “smart”? Smart cities have a variety of ways to collect data about the city, including traffic patterns, use of public spaces and attributes that make life easier for the people who live or visit that city. They can then use that information to continuously improve. For example, city planners can monitor traffic and transportation systems and reduce travel times, bottle necks and accidents. Engineers can improve city systems like water supply networks and waste management, and city governments can ensure services like law enforcement, education and medical facilities are best situated to re... continue reading
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B.C. Advances in Agritech

February 14, 2018
British Columbia’s agrifood and seafood sector is one of the most diverse in Canada, with over 200 primary agriculture products, 100 species of seafood, a world-renowned wine industry and a growing array of high-quality, high-value niche products. Agrifood entrepreneurs can access a variety of programs that support the growth and expansion of sector startups and businesses. These programs include the B.C. Agrifood Venture Acceleration Program, which provides training and network opportunities for agrifood technology entrepreneurs. Bioenterprise BC is a business accelerator that helps increase agri-food revenue. They collabo... continue reading
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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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