• Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    The Ministry of Technology and Infrastructure (MOTI) is looking to create an enhanced camera and... see more

    Ministry of Technology and Infrastructure seeking IoT Developers


    The Ministry of Technology and Infrastructure (MOTI) is looking to create an enhanced camera & sensor information system. Within the ministry, a trial program has been created to evaluate the use of open source technology for Internet of thing (IoT) software stacks to provide a connectivity layer for sensors and communication interfaces for applications. Focus is on building and evaluating an open IOT platform approach for collecting, managing and distribution sensor data.  The end goal is to replace a set of existing camera and sensor systems with a flexible IoT platform that is more responsive to changing business needs and technology advancements.

    The immediate need is to build an IoT demonstration. This will be done by leveraging the open source Kapua/Kura IoT platforms from the Eclipse foundation, the project team will be demoing the flow of the data from a source sensors (simple simulated sensor data, open 511, weather sensor data, camera images) using websockets and MQTT communication protocols into the Kapua platform.  The project team will also be demonstrating the consumption of the data from the Kapua platform and into a database for a dashboard to illustrate the data movement.


    Developer will assist in the development and configuration of virtualized devices that communicate with an IoT broker to simulate the creation of data into the IoT Platform.  Sources of the virtualized devices may range from random data to existing data sources (web services, CSV files, text files, JSON, etc).

    Developer may also assist in the development and configuration of APIs that utilize the data in the broker and expose the data through a user interface, such as a dashboard.

    Skills list:

    • Programming Languages: Java, C# (.NET Core)
    • IDE: Eclipse, Visual Studio
    • Database: PostgreSQL, NoSQL
    • Web Services (RESTful interfaces, SOAP, etc.)
    • Swagger for creating APIs

    All developed code will be treated as open source.


    Peter Giese
    Project Manager | IMB

    Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
    Office: (778) 698-3089 Mobile: (250) 480-9466

  • Just in time for summer, the District of Saanich’s new website has been released into the wild. see more

    Some may say that we are bloomin’ crazy at Atomic Crayon - and we might even agree - but we love to change the landscape of municipal web design. Just in time for summer, the District of Saanich’s new website has been released into the wild.  


    The District of Saanich is the largest municipality on Vancouver Island with more than 110,000 people and without a doubt one of its most beautiful. The community cultivates urban and rural neighbourhoods with 169 parks, more than 100 km of trails, four recreation centres, numerous beaches and amenities for all ages.  It truly showcases the island's incredible natural beauty at its finest.


    When the District let us know we'd won this project, we didn't beat around the bush. We dove right in, pruning the information architecture to make a lean website that would still be able to easily grow in the future.   


    The design team focused on the mixture of urban, suburban and rural elements and cultivated one of our freshest designs to date. The new site also showcases a wealth of powerful features, including a new harvest of our expansive modules that is saturated with award-winning accessibility, social media integration, online submissions, District spotlights, event calendar, tender opportunities and much, much more. This is no garden variety website!


    We also integrated of a number of custom applications, including a Carbon Fund Calculator, Webcam integration, Online Submissions and Searchable Libraries.


    The website utilizes our enterprise-level content management system, ElementCMS. After providing the District staff training on this robust CMS, they are now able to update the website themselves, thereby ensuring content is fresh as a daisy.


    The site is live and our work is done. Time to hit the hay!



    This project brought to you by Atomic Crayon

    Press release available here

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    A new training tool developed by a Victoria software company will save aerospace co's & government.. see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    A new training tool developed by a Victoria software company will save aerospace companies and government departments money and time when training staff, according to the chief executive in charge of the program.

    Scott Dewis, chief executive of Race Rocks 3D, said a virtual reality set-up being developed by the firm will allow students to immerse themselves in worlds that do not yet exist.

    That means they can hit the ground running when the equipment does come to life.

    The program is being developed to help train crews for a new Royal Canadian Navy ship being built by Chantier Davie Shipyards in Quebec.

    Race Rocks won a contract to provide the training systems for the Asterix, a container ship that is being converted into an auxiliary oiler/replenishment ship for the navy.

    The software will allow the crew to get familiar with the ship’s layout, its systems and how it functions months before it leaves the shipyard.

    The company has developed a brief “touring” virtual reality experience that takes anyone from a virtual office, seemingly on board the ship, onto a helicopter for a realistic aerial tour of the ship as it demonstrates its capabilities at sea.

    “The goal is for a sailor who comes on board Asterix to already know the ship,” said Dewis.

    Race Rocks is investing heavily in virtual-reality and augmented-reality systems for use in aerospace and defence training.

    “Really, it’s all about blended learning,” he said, noting they will offer training systems that will use virtual and augmented reality, e-learning and gaming simulation.

    “We want to make learning entertaining, so we pick the technology that lends itself best to that type of learning.”

    “We are really excited about where this technology can go. It can reduce the cost and speed up the time it takes to train people,” Dewis said.

    The growth area is likely to be aerospace, and Dewis said there is a natural fit with companies like Boeing, which is based in Seattle and has satellite operations in Richmond.

    “They see Victoria as an untapped market,” he said, noting it’s up to this area to sell itself to the aerospace giant by showcasing its relatively inexpensive cost of living and superior technical talent.

    “There is something there for Victoria — and it’s up to us to figure out how to present ourselves,” Dewis said.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    CanExport is a five-year, $50-million program that provides financial support for export marketing see more

    On 5 January 2016, Global Affairs Canada launched CanExport, a new export development program to support SMEs seeking to develop export opportunities and markets, especially high-growth emerging markets.

    CanExport is a five-year, $50-million program that provides financial support for a wide range of export marketing activities to support international business development.  CanExport complements NRC-IRAP’s existing efforts to support the global growth of Canadian firms and provides a great opportunity to connect NRC-IRAP’s business and innovation expertise to Global Affairs Canada international network and resources.  

    CanExport is being delivered by the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) of Global Affairs Canada, in partnership with NRC-IRAP.  Specifically, TCS will complete the assessments of the applications, determine the level of funding, and be the point of contact for all questions pertaining to the Program. NRC-IRAP will administer and manage the contribution agreements centrally within IRAP Division Services. 

    As of today, SMEs can submit applications online, on a continuous intake basis, via the website of Global Affairs Canada.

    CanExport Eligibility Criteria

    ·         Be a for-profit company;
    ·         Be an incorporated legal entity or a limited liability partnership (LLP);
    ·         Have a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) business identifier number;
    ·         Have a minimum of 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee and a maximum of 250 FTE employees; 

    ·         Have no less than $200,000 and no more than $50 million in annual revenue declared in Canada.

    CanExport Key Parameters

    ·         Project activities must be incremental to the applicant’s core activities, representing new or expanded initiatives which yield incremental results;
    ·         Reimburses of up to 50 percent of eligible expenses; applicant must match funds on a one-to-one basis;
    ·         Provides a minimum contribution of $10,000 (requires that the total cost of eligible activities be at least $20,000) and a maximum contribution of $99,999 (which requires that the total cost of eligible activities be at least $199, 998).

    Complete program details can be found at

    IRAP’s Role and Referrals 

    NRC-IRAP Industrial Technology Advisors (ITAs) and Innovation Advisors (IAs) are encouraged to advise clients to discuss their international business development plans with the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) office in their region, enabling clients to obtain assistance in preparing for international markets and support throughout the implementation. Information on the TCS services offered and a list of trade commissioner contacts by region/sector can be found on the Trade Commissioner Service website at

    ITAs are also encouraged to refer clients to the CanExport program , by noting one of two types of referrals: 

    1. Normal referral to the CanExport program where an ITA can simply log a referral as an advisory service.
    2. An attestation of the firm’s ability and capacity to undertake export activities.  Global Affairs Canada will consider a firm’s previous interactions with the TCS, NRC-IRAP, and other TCS partners in their assessment of a CanExport application for funding. 
    ITAs should record CanExport referrals in SONAR. Please refer to the Field Manual for more  information.

    Please direct questions about IRAP’s role in the CanExport program to Denise Dziubaniuk, IRAP Division Services, denise.dziubaniuk@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca613-993-0336.  

  • VIATEC posted an article
    BC announces an investment of $100 million in the BCTECH Fund in first phase of #BCTECH Strategy. see more

    Source: Accelerate Okanagan
    Author: Heidi Mann

    The Province of British Columbia is creating a $100-million venture capital fund as it builds the foundation for a comprehensive technology strategy aimed at stimulating growth in the fast-moving sector, creating jobs and strengthening a diverse economy.

    Premier Christy Clark today announced the new BC Tech Fund as part of the first of three economy-building pillars in the B.C. government’s multi-year #BCTECH Strategy that will drive growth and job creation in the multi-billion dollar tech sector.

    “B.C.’s technology sector is consistently growing faster than the overall economy making this the perfect time to catch the wave and help smaller companies join in the ranks of economy builders,” said Premier Clark. “With this fund we’re creating a stronger foundation for B.C.’s technology sector, which is a major employer in communities across the province, to shine on the global stage while creating well-paying jobs back at home for British Columbians.”

    The BC Tech Fund will help promising tech companies in B.C.’s tech sector by creating an avenue for capital funding, enabling them to take the next step towards joining the ranks of other job-creating tech companies.

    The new fund will also help develop a sustainable venture capital system in the province, building on the success of the B.C. Renaissance Capital Fund (BCRCF), the province’s well developed Angel investment community, and responding to current funding needs.

    Capital is one of three pillars in the forthcoming #BCTECH Strategy. This first pillar, announced today, also includes continuing to support B.C.'s competitive tax system and research environment.

    The remaining two pillars, talent and markets, include actions to deepen the B.C. technology talent pool by developing and attracting the highest quality talent, and actions to make it easier to access new markets. The complete #BCTECH Strategy will be announced in January.

    The BC Tech Fund will be in operation in 2016 following an open procurement process to secure a private sector fund manager to administer it. The process for identifying a fund manager begins today with a posting for a Negotiated Request for Proposal (NRFP).

    B.C.’s technology sector, a key pillar of the BC Jobs Plan, is consistently growing faster than the economy overall. Its continued growth is integral to diversifying the Province’s economy, strengthening B.C.’s business landscape, and creating jobs in B.C. communities. The BC Jobs Plan builds on the strengths of B.C.'s key sectors and its educated and skilled workforce, keeping the province diverse, strong and growing.

    In partnership with the BC Innovation Council, the province is hosting B.C.’s first #BCTECH Summit, Jan. 18-19, 2016, where the #BCTECH Strategy will be released in full. The summit will showcase our tech industry and offer opportunities to connect to this growing sector. To register or learn more, go to:

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    GO Talent is a unique program, offered to IEPs who have not yet landed in Canada, yet are on route. see more

    New way to integrate global talent into the Canadian labour market

    ICTC’s immigration initiatives are paving the way towards integrating Internationally Educated ICT Professionals (IEPs) into Canada’s digital economy. GO Talent is a unique program, offered to IEPs who have not yet landed in Canada, yet are on route.

    GO Talent provides employers with early access to global ICT talent on their way to Canada, and assists internationally educated ICT professionals as they prepare to depart their home country. This combined approach directly contributes to the rapid labour-market integration of ICT professionals seeking employment in their field.

    Candidates who participate in this program generally have a background in ICT, whether it be education or work experience. Upon registering for the program, candidates are provided with virtual or in-person assistance including resume review, interview guidance and information about Canada’s ICT labour market.

    Resumes are sent to Canadian employers, and employers then have the option to interview or hire the candidate, depending on the skills match. ICTC has connections with employers nationwide, and these connections have expressed interest in hiring global talent. Over 1000 employers are already engaged through ICTC’s various immigration initiatives.

    To learn more about the initiative or to get involved, email

    Funded by:



    About ICTC:

    The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is a not-for- profit national centre of expertise for the digital economy. Through trusted research, innovative talent solutions, and practical policy advice, ICTC fosters innovative and globally competitive Canadian industries empowered by a talented and diverse digital workforce.

  • Silkstart Importer posted an article
    "This place has a very entrepreneurial attitude.” see more

    Source: Globe & Mail
    Author: Sean Silcoff

    Burgeoning tech companies are on the rise in Canada, attracting funding and IPO buzz in hubs across the country. The Globe & Mail's occasional series explores how each locale nurtures its entrepreneurs, the challenges they face and the rising stars we’re watching.

    Owen Matthews found the perfect way to convince his father, Ottawa tech pioneer Terry Matthews, to invest in a startup in his home base of Victoria: The company, Echosec Systems Ltd., can track social media postings by their geographic origin, so to demonstrate the power of the tool, the younger Mr. Matthews showed his father what had been posted to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram in the vicinity of his house. What showed up during the demonstration eight months ago shocked the billionaire: 15 pictures, including one of his grand-daughter, on his property. The first thing the elder Mr. Matthews did was track down the posters to get them to remove the pictures. The next thing he did was invest. “I like this tool, it clearly has a lot of value,” he told his son, who noted that the technology is already used by military and law enforcement agencies.

    While Terry Matthews is known as one of Ottawa’s most prominent tech investors, he and his son have also poured money and time into Victoria, another government town with a surprisingly buoyant tech ecosystem. Victoria does not have any big tech companies, but it has enough small and medium-sized firms that the sector – not government or tourism – is the top employer in the metropolis of 344,000 people. The Victoria Advanced Technology Council says there are 900 technology companies employing 15,000 people in the area, generating $4-billion in economic impact. “Most people go to Vancouver and miss Victoria because it’s a cute government town,” Owen Matthews says. “But this place has a very entrepreneurial attitude.”

    Mayor Lisa Helps argues that Victoria’s climate, abundance of restaurants, local beer and coffee, rental units and pleasant lifestyle options (“work here ends at kayak o’clock”) make it a magnet for startups. “What works in our ecosystem that makes us unique is small companies that grow rapidly and punch away above their weight on the world market,” she says.

    It’s certainly helped by the Matthews family: Owen Matthews, 43, came to University of Victoria to study computer science and psychology and never left, starting a telecommunications software company in 1998 and selling it to Vancouver’s CounterPath Corp. in 2007 (the Matthews family owns close to 30 per cent of the stock).

    He’s since helped develop the local startup scene by convincing several government and industry bodies, along with his alma mater and father, to fund the creation of the non-profit Alacrity Foundation, dedicated to helping nascent entrepreneurs get on their feet.

    Owen Matthews argues that the first six to 12 months of an entrepreneurial enterprise is too early for serious investors to commit financing. So the foundation offers training, space, mentorship, access to industry players and expense money to help get B.C.-based business and engineering graduates on their feet as entrepreneurs. The idea is that if they flourish at Alacrity, there may be investors ready to jump in after a year.

    Sure enough, several companies that have graduated from the program have landed seed investments, from the Matthews family and others. They include telecommunications software startup Tutela, online marketing firm Pretio and Echosec.

    Karl Swannie, a former partner of local geospatial technology firm CloverPoint who heads Echosec, argues that “you have to be good in Victoria to survive. Your software has to be good enough to make it off the island. Because if you don’t do well, you die.”