Organization: BC Innovation Council

BC Budget 2018 short on science and innovation measures

Tech skills development and a previously announced innovation commissioner were the sole STI highlights of the British Columbia Budget, which was announced February 20 and stands in stark contrast to the research and innovation-heavy federal Budget delivered a week later.

BCIC selects four promising research projects

The BC Innovation Council has launched its Ignite Awards program with the selection of four research projects in natural resources and applied sciences. BCIC awarded $838,000 to the projects which leveraged more than $1.8 million from other sources. To be eligible, the projects must demonstrate commercial and technical viability as well as the ability to…

COSIA launches ARCTIC Innovation Challenge

An ARCTIC Innovation Challenge is being launched to find ways to capture and reuse low grade heat generated during oil sands operations. The initial challenge is being mounted by Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre, a new program aimed at accelerating collaboration between industry and innovators. The COSIA ARCTIC…

Wavefront receives $9.5 million in CAIP support

Wavefront will expand its reach and programs for wireless innovation across the country with $9.5 million in funding from the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP). Wavefront works with mobile and Internet of Things entrepreneurs by providing services and mentorship to develop products, establish markets and expand their businesses. The Vancouver-based Centre of Excellence for…

BC creates new technology and trade ministry

The British Columbia government has created a new Ministry of Technology, Trade and Economic Development (MTTED) that appears to split off the non-educational aspects of its S&T and innovation-related activities from the previous Ministry of Advanced Education. Under the political leadership of Ida Chong and DM Don Fast, MTTED will be responsible for tech transfer…

BC-China projects receive $4 million in funding

A joint British Columbia-China program has announced $4 million in funding for eight projects aligned with priority areas in the province’s new Research and Innovation Strategy (R$, July 3/07). The projects were funded under the Innovation and Commercialization Strategic Development Program (ICSD), an initiative of the BC Innovation Council. The majority of projects are university-to-university…

NSERC opens third regional office in Vancouver

NSERC has opened an office in downtown Vancouver — the third in a planned series of five regional offices. The office will be managed by Rick Warner, a veteran research manager who was a director with the former Science Council of British Columbia and has worked in the post secondary and not-for-profit sectors. The NSERC-Pacific…

BC Innovation Council to sign MOU with China

The BC Innovation Council is set to sign an MOU for research and technology development with the People’s Republic of China. The March 3rd signing is intended to extend the reach of BC’s innovation industry into China by developing new opportunities in key areas. These include oceans technology, biotechnology, medical devices, food testing, forestry, forest…

BC establishes aquaculture awards program

The BC Innovation Council (BCIC) has created the BC Aquaculture & Environmental Innovation Awards to fund research positions in sustainable aquaculture development. The awards will be delivered through the BC Aquaculture R&D Committee, established in 2001 under BCIC’s auspices. Up to five awards will be granted, providing up to $250,000 over five years. The awards…

BC puts tech-support organizations under one roof

The British Columbia government has completed the co-location of six public sector and non-profit technology organizations under a single roof. The Leading Edge Technology Centre (LETC) is home to BC Biotech, BC Technology Industries Association, Leading Edge BC, BC Innovation Council (formerly Science Council of BC), AceTech (Academy for Chief Executive Officers of Technology Companies),…