Trade and Investment British Columbia Blog (Tag: festivals)
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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
Posted by Abby Pollen
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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
Posted by Amrinder Sandhar
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Communications during British Columbia’s Election Writ Period

April 10, 2017
Thank you for visiting! To ensure strict adherence with the BC Elections Act, as of April 11, 2017, our social media accounts will only be used for items that are statutory in nature or necessary for the health and safety of British Columbians. The writ of election is issued on April 11, 2017, starting the provincial election period. We will be available to communicate with you again on May 31. Until then, if you need assistance, please contact Service BC . continue reading
Posted by Amrinder Sandhar
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#BCTECH Summit Highlights Innovation and Collaboration across B.C.’s Technology Ecosystem

April 3, 2017
The diversity and expertise across British Columbia’s technology sector was on full display during the #BCTECH Summit last month with companies and organizations showcasing innovative products and platforms. In its second year, the #BCTECH Summit brought together over 5,000 business and technology leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, academics and students to exchange ideas and explore the latest tech innovations fuelling B.C.’s economy. The event had dozens of thought-provoking sessions featuring international technology leaders from Tesla and Microsoft while also showcasing speakers from homegrown firms li... continue reading
Posted by Amrinder Sandhar
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Build. Build. Build: What the Philippines Infrastructure Agenda Means For B.C. Companies

March 22, 2017
The following is a guest blog from Eva Yazon, Managing Director of the B.C. Trade and Investment Representative Office in Manila  Call to Action for B.C. Companies   BUILD, BUILD, BUILD is the commitment of the government of the Philippines as it addresses the country’s significant infrastructure needs.   The Philippine government recently announced a total budget of PHP 8 trillion (C$217B) for public infrastructure spending from 2017-2022. For 2017 alone, PHP 861B (C$23B) has been budgeted, representing 5.4% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). This figure does not include public-privat... continue reading
Posted by Amrinder Sandhar
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#BCTECH aims to shine at Mobile World Congress

March 1, 2017
British Columbia’s thriving tech sector will be in the spotlight at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, with  a large contingent of companies from across B.C.’s tech sector participating in the annual event.The British Columbia delegation will be a part of the prominent Canada Pavilion, where companies will be able to network and connect with mobile and tech leaders from around the world. B.C.’s Trade and Invest team is working with representatives from ICT West, a collaborative project funded through Western Economic Diversification Canada, to ensure the B.C. delegation are able to... continue reading
Posted by Amrinder Sandhar
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Export Navigator Pilot Launches in B.C. Communities

November 24, 2016
British Columbia companies interested in expanding into international markets can now take advantage of an innovative pilot project being introduced in four communities throughout the province: Port Alberni, Comox Valley, Prince George and Vernon.Export Navigator is a one-year pilot project the Province has developed in partnership with Small Business BC, federally-funded Community Futures offices, and Comox Valley Economic Development. The motivation for the pilot stems from commitments in the BC Jobs Plan and #BCTECH Strategy to streamline export services and help facilitate export opportunities for small businesses. The pilot... continue reading
Posted by Amrinder Sandhar
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CETA sets a positive glow on the B.C. trade horizon

November 24, 2016
On October 30, 2016, Canada and the European Union signed a landmark free trade agreement which promises to give Canadian exporters preferential access to the EU marketplace. The agreement is expected to come into force in 2017. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is the most wide-ranging trade agreement ever concluded by the EU. When the CETA comes into force, Canada will be one of the few countries in the world to have preferential access to the world’s two largest economies – the US and the EU – giving B.C. companies a significant advantage over competitors. One of the ... continue reading
Posted by Willow Easton
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