A portion of Victoria's Airport has been transformed into the “Tectoria Innovation Station" see more
“Tectoria Innovation Station” to launch at the Victoria International Airport
Ribbon cutting to take place February 20, 2017 at 11am
VICTORIA, BC (February 15, 2017) - A portion of Victoria International Airport’s Arrival Rotunda has been transformed into the “Tectoria Innovation Station,” a new interactive exhibit heralding Greater Victoria’s long history of innovation and entrepreneurship and the thriving tech sector that developed as a result.
The installation features a mad scientist's laboratory complete with transparent video screens and detailed historical accounts of our region’s innovations all surrounded by intricate pipes, gauges and switches to catch the attention of passersby and draw them in for a closer look. It was developed specifically to give the local technology sector added awareness, airport guests an added experience, and potential talent and investors a place to go for more information, whYYJ.ca.
VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology & Entrepreneurship Council) and the Victoria Airport Authority (VAA), have spent the last 10 years informally exploring ways to work together to spread the word about our top local industry, technology. ”When we heard that the Victoria Airport Authority had a potential area that we could utilize to build an intriguing interactive exhibit we jumped at the chance,” Dan Gunn, VIATEC CEO explained. “We quickly started developing concepts on something that would be out of the ordinary and soon after opened discussions with potential funding partners.”
“Technology plays such an integral role in our local economy,” says Geoff Dickson, VAA President and CEO. “We’re pleased to partner with VIATEC and showcase this interactive display. It’s a great way for us to support Victoria’s technology sector and to provide our passengers and the public with a unique experience and opportunity to learn about the positive contributions it makes to the region.”
The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and South Island Prosperity Project (Prosperity Project) were intrigued and agreed to dedicate some of the funding they had received from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) to the project.
”It takes a village to raise an economy and we are very grateful to the Victoria Airport Authority and our funding partners for making this possible,” acclaimed Dan Gunn. “With 1.85 million visitors walking through the gates at one of the world’s greatest airports, we are fortunate to be offered the opportunity to build a presence at the primary gateway to our community. Tourism is our best draw and once people are hooked on our island lifestyle many of them want to stay. We believe this exhibit will give the ones that want to move here, the info they need to understand how they might find a job or, better yet, invest in or create a new company here.”
"We're proud to be part of the team that brought this project to life,” said Emilie de Rosenroll, Executive Director of the Prosperity Project. “The Tectoria Innovation Station is a way to raise the profile of our local entrepreneurial culture, and it will help the Prosperity Project connect with new companies and established entrepreneurs through the whYYJ.ca website."
“The Tectoria Innovation Station is one of several joint projects that the Greater Victoria Chamber has undertaken over the past three years to support trade and investment,” said Catherine Holt, CEO of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. “Thanks to funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada and stakeholders throughout the region, we have been able to bring the right people together to see outcomes, like this one, that will resonate within our community and economy for years.”
The unveiling will take place on February 20, 2017 at 11am in the Arrivals Rotunda of the Victoria International Airport. Following a few announcements and a ribbon cutting, media and the public are encouraged to take the first steps through the installation.
ABOUT THE DESIGN
With the vision statement that, “Innovation, entrepreneurship and technology has shaped Victoria’s present, past and inspires our potential going forward.” VIATEC sought out local designer and fabricator, Russell Papp, to bring a “Mad Scientist’s Lab” theme to fruition. Russell is well known for projects around town including the Phillip’s Beer Wagons and some of Tourism Victoria’s exhibits last October.
Airport visitors will get to peer into portals containing Holografyx Showcase video displays, press buttons and gears, and flip through drafting table designs containing bits of Victoria’s rich, innovative history. From aviation, to shipbuilding, ocean sciences and education. The first video features short overviews of AXYS Technologies, FTS and Viking Air. The drafting table features are opening with historical overviews of key elements of our economy, and VIATEC is encouraging locals to submit suggested additions and corrections, so that the exhibit is ever-changing and improving. A feedback form on the whYYJ.ca web site will make it easy for people to provide suggested edits and updates.
Your readers, listeners and viewers are welcome to learn even more about how to connect with, join or learn more about the local tech scene by attending Discover Tectoria on February 24, 2017 from 11am to 6pm at the Crystal Garden. www.discovertectoria.com
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AXYS Technologies is participating in French EolMed wind development initiatives. see more
AXYS to participate in first stage of wind development in Port-La Nouvelle France
AXYS Technologies Inc (AXYS) is pleased to announce its participation in French EolMed wind development initiatives in the zone between Port-La Nouvelle and Gruissan. An AXYS WatchKeeper buoy will be deployed by French company Créocéan on the behalf of QUADRAN, at the location over the next year to gather comprehensive metocean data. This marks the first stage of floating offshore wind development in that area and will gather essential preliminary environmental data to support future design and financing decisions.
The WatchKeeper buoy is equipped to provide wind speed and direction, air temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure and directional waves. The buoy also uses an AIS Aid to Navigation device, which broadcasts buoy position and weather information to local vessel traffic. This protects the buoy from collision by notifying vessels of its location.
Terry Tarle, President and CEO at AXYS Technologies said “AXYS is proud to be supporting Créocéan with their environmental impact and assessment campaign with our real-time metocean buoy system. We wish Créocéan and Quadran success in their continued involvement in floating offshore wind development.”
For more information, please visit: http://axystechnologies.com
FLiDAR WindSentinel buoy has been deployed in Brittany, France as part of the energy assessment... see more
AXYS’ FLiDAR WindSentinel buoy deployed for an offshore-wind site assessment in France
AXYS Technologies Inc (AXYS) announced that the company’s FLiDAR WindSentinel buoy has been deployed in Brittany, France as part of the energy assessment for the Bay of Saint-Brieuc commercial offshore wind farm development managed by Ailes Marines.
The WindSentinel system will be deployed for a minimum of 12 months to gather comprehensive wind speed and wind direction data up to heights of 200 m, along with metocean data including directional waves, ocean currents, tide, salinity, water temperature, atmospheric pressure, and air temperature.
“AXYS is delighted to work with Ailes Marines to support the development phase of this offshore wind farm in France,” says Terry Tarle, AXYS President & CEO. “This WindSentinel system, equipped with fully redundant LiDAR systems, enables us to meet the projects’ high-data availability and reliability requirements and ensure project success.”
The FLIDAR WindSentinel system’s dual LiDAR sensors allow it to more accurately measure the wind resource and expected energy production at the offshore wind farm.
“Ailes Marines selected the AXYS WindSentinel based on its innovative technology and proven track record of providing reliable data from offshore systems,” says Ailes Marines Wind Engineer and Project Manager, Jerome Dumont. “We also consider that the high load capability of the WindSentinel is potentially advantageous in allowing accommodating various device options and redundancies in measurement systems — thus, it may help adapting to specific requirements of developers so as participate in reducing risk levels on data recovery during the Wind Assessment Campaign.”
The WindSentinel is a rugged wind resource assessment system that uses LiDAR to accurately measure wind speed and wind direction offshore. With this deployment AXYS continues to grow its position as the world leader in offshore wind assessment, having supplied 18 commercial floating LiDAR systems around the world that have recorded more than 17 years of offshore data.
Sidney’s AXYS Technologies, which won the marine industry award, works on finding solutions for.... see more
EcoStar acknowledges Island’s greenest businesses
The Island’s top green and environmentally friendly businesses were honoured Nov. 10 at the 2016 EcoStar Awards at the Laurel Point Inn.
A full house of 135 got a glimpse into the steps Island businesses are taking to improve their environmental performance and reduce their carbon footprint.
“The biggest part of the night and what really stands out about the event is it brings out those stories of local businesses who are working to make a difference within their own businesses and we get to learn a lot about what the winners have done to make changes and what impact that has,” said Jill Doucette, chief executive of Synergy Enterprises, whose non-profit arm — the Synergy Sustainability Institute — organizes the awards.
There were 17 winners. Doucette said Victoria’s Finest at Sea Seafood stood out as an example of what many companies discover when they turn their hand to improving environmental performance.
“That company found that by tackling these sustainability issues there was some real cost-saving advantages too,” she said. “FAS took the microscope to its operation and found lots of little tweaks within the operation that made a huge impact — by the end of the day they cut more than half of their water use. “So it’s good for the planet and good for their bottom line. Those kinds of stories are really exciting.”
Duncan’s Blue Roots Farm, started by Daniel Adelman and Courtney Edwards in 2015, was named eco-entrepreneur of the year for its farming methods.
Part of the running of the farm is raising steelhead trout and circulating nutrient rich water over plant roots. The roots take in the nutrients and grow greens and herbs in vertical towers.
The closed-loop ecosystem uses 98 per cent less water than traditional agriculture and more productive .
Sidney’s AXYS Technologies, which won the marine industry award, works on finding solutions for renewable energy projects and in so doing plays a role in making clean energy accessible and affordable for more people.
The company has taken steps to further reduce its own environmental impact, by installing motion-sensing lights in all bathrooms, making all company events zero-waste and serving local food only, improving recycling sorting stations and removing individual trash cans from employees' desks to encourage waste diversion.
Doucette said most of the companies that won awards don’t take on environmental projects with the idea of luring new customers, but it can happen. “They do find the consumer is changing and is really receptive to learning more about what businesses are doing behind the scenes to be more responsible,” she said.
2016 Eco Star Award Winners
- Greenest Office: Monk Office
- Greenest Retail Store: Inspire Hair Design
- Small Restaurant 1-25 Employees: Habit Coffee
- Large Restaurant 25+ Employees: Big Wheel Burger, Gateway Village
- Manufacturing Excellence: Studio Robazzo
- The Eco-Preneur of the Year: Blue Roots Farm
- Technology Excellence: Carmanah Technologies
- Experiential Tourism: Eagle Wing Tours
- Lodging & Accomodations: Parkside Hotel
- Leadership In Construction: Bernhardt Contracting
- Water Conservation & Stewardship: Finest at Sea Seafood Producers
- Marine Industry: AXYS Technologies
- Food Security: Haliburton Farm
- Climate Action: Orca Spirit Adventures
- Social Impact: Pacific Rim College
- Waste Management: Big Wheel Burger
- Community Environmental Leadership: Inn at Laurel Point
One of capital region’s high-tech pioneers has been sold to SGS, a Swiss company with operations... see more
Source: Times Colonist
Author: Carla Wilson
Swiss giant buys AXYS Analytical of Sidney
One of capital region’s high-tech pioneers has been sold to SGS, a Swiss company with operations around the world.
Sidney’s AXYS Analytical Services Ltd., founded in 1974, is now SGS AXYS.
The sale closed Friday. The price is not being released.
AXYS Analytical had been owned by a small group of primarily local shareholders, John Cosgrove said Tuesday. Cosgrove joined the company 13 years ago and served as its president and CEO. He is now vice-president and senior technical director with SGS AXYS.
The company operates out of two buildings, totalling 20,000 square feet, on Mills Road West, and has 110 staff.
“We expect to keep all employees,” Cosgrove said.
AXYS Analytical is known for precisely measuring low levels of contaminants in everything from human blood to fish tissue, water and sediments.
It has looked for PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) in human milk, pharmaceuticals in waste water effluent, and naphthenic acids in oilsands waters. Naphthenic acids are byproducts of oilsands extraction and considered a primary source of toxicity in tailings.
Testing is performed for research organizations, regulatory bodies, consultants and industry. Clients also include governments in Canada.
The company is expected to generate more than $12 million in revenue this year, an SGS statement said.
AXYS Analytical was part of what was called the AXYS Group of Companies, which included AXYS Technologies and Seastar Chemicals. The other firms were not part of the sale.
SGS AXYS will work with the SGS’s environmental, health and safety operations in Mississauga, company spokesman Fulvio Martinez said from Ontario.
The Mississauga operation concentrates on post-regulatory analysis, Cosgrove said.
Within Canada, SGS has about 2,000 employees. It operates across the country in 70 locations. Globally, SGS has more than 85,000 employees, working in more than 1,800 offices and laboratories.
Frankie Ng, CEO of SGS, said in a statement about AXYS: “This acquisition complements the service offering of our recent Accutest acquisition, as well as enhancing our existing environmental network.”
SGS announced in January that it had bought Accutest Laboratories, the fifth-largest full service environmental testing company in the U.S.
Accutest had a network of laboratories and service centres in 14 states, with more than 600 employees, and operational revenues of $65 million US in 2015.