• Dom Ohl posted an article
    Innovation commission to support B.C. commercialization, jobs and economy see more


    Innovation commission to support B.C. commercialization, jobs and economy

    Technology entrepreneurs and businesses throughout British Columbia will be better able to access provincial funding and support through Innovate BC, the Province’s new innovation commission.

    The British Columbia Innovation Council Amendment Act, introduced in the legislature today, proposes to expand the mandate of the BC Innovation Council. The Crown agency will be renamed Innovate BC.

    “Innovation is the lifeblood of a successful economy, and your government is working to ensure the benefits of our tech and innovation sector are felt by people in all regions of our province,” said Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology Bruce Ralston. “By making Innovate BC a single point of contact for entrepreneurs and businesses across B.C., we will ensure people get the help they need to create good jobs and benefit from the opportunities of the emerging economy.”

    The innovation commission is a component of the Confidence and Supply Agreement with the B.C. Green Party caucus, to provide a single point of contact for tech businesses throughout the province looking to build capacity, reach global markets, attract new investment and access startup capital. Recognizing its potential to support B.C. tech, the provincial government has adopted the concept as part of its efforts to help B.C. innovators thrive.

    Innovate BC will be B.C.’s primary agency to promote company growth, resulting in jobs, increased revenue and economic development, and ensuring that all regions of the province benefit from the opportunities of the emerging economy.

    “Innovate BC will help entrepreneurs seize the exciting opportunities of the 21st-century economy,” said B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver. “This key B.C. Green platform commitment was developed through consultation with tech sector leaders. Their creativity and ambition are deeply inspiring, and I am delighted to support them as they drive B.C.’s economy. In addition to supporting the thriving tech sector in our cities, Innovate BC’s provincewide mandate will help link tech with our resource centres so that communities across the province can benefit from these exciting opportunities.”

    The Crown agency will also provide tech entrepreneurs provincewide with tools, resources and expert guidance, and support Indigenous entrepreneurship by working with the First Nations Technology Council.

    Innovate BC will absorb all the programs and services currently delivered by the BC Innovation Council, in addition to expanding its mandate. These changes will ensure that B.C. is more competitive nationally and globally, and can attract additional investment to scale up the provincial tech ecosystem.

    Innovate BC will make recommendations to government on how to best create science, technology and innovation policy that promotes the commercialization of B.C. technologies.

    “With this expanded mandate, we are excited to continue to power our province’s economic engine through the exchange of innovation into traditional and emerging industries,” said BC Innovation Council president and CEO Shirley Vickers. “Across B.C., we’ll serve as a single point of contact for both tech companies and enterprise that need programs and funding that support company growth and competitiveness.”

    Innovate BC’s board of directors will have regional representation when it is announced this spring. In collaboration with the board, the B.C. government will work with industry stakeholders to review programs that support the tech and innovation sector provincewide. BC Innovation Council staff will be absorbed by Innovate BC.

    Quick Facts:

    • In February 2018, Alan Winter was appointed B.C.’s first innovation commissioner as an advocate for the tech and innovation sector in Ottawa, the Cascadia Innovation Corridor and abroad.
    • The commissioner will strengthen national and cross-border relationships and help leverage federal funding programs in support of B.C.’s tech and innovation sector to benefit B.C. innovators and employers.
    • Innovate BC and the innovation commissioner are separate entities, but they will work together closely to ensure alignment of efforts.
    • The Government of British Columbia and the State of Washington have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop the Cascadia Innovation Corridor to grow cross-border innovation.
    • The BC Innovation Council was established in 2004.

  • Kevin Oke posted an article
    LlamaZOO wins Innovation Award at 2016 Greater Victoria Business Awards see more

    Victoria, BC - April 22, 2016 - LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. was named the Innovation Award winner at the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Greater Victoria Business Awards.  This award recognizes LlamaZOO for its efforts to revolutionize education through the creation of an interactive 3D learning platform.

    “Innovation is interesting because it’s constantly advancing.” says Charles Lavigne, LlamaZOO’s co-founder and CEO. “For us, winning an innovation award represents that we’re still on the cusp of innovation. What we’re trying to do is incredibly difficult, and getting recognition along the way feels fantastic.”

    The Innovation category was narrowed down to only two finalists prior to the awards gala held at The Fairmont Empress - LlamaZOO and StarFish Medical.

    “To be alongside an amazing company like StarFish Medical is an honour, and testament to the vibrant high tech industry in our city,” says Kevin Oke, co-founder and VP of Sales.

    In addition to this Innovation Award, LlamaZOO has also been recognized as one of Douglas Magazine’s 10 to Watch in 2016, the only company in BC to receive the 2015 Futurpreneur Spin Master Innovation Fund, and Startup of the Year at the 2015 VIATEC Technology Awards. Having recently advanced to Round 2 of this year’s BCIC New Ventures Competition, LlamaZOO appears on track for even more recognition and success in the near future.

    About LlamaZOO

    LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. has set its sights on revolutionizing education by developing an e-learning platform that marries interactive 3D, with gamification, and teaching methods based on cognitive neuroscience. The first product built using the platform is “EasyAnatomy.” Catering to the fields of veterinary and animal science education, it features a fully interactive 3D canine model that can be manipulated and taken apart, layer by layer, organ by organ, on smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers.

    Founded in 2014 and privately held, LlamaZOO is headquartered in Victoria, BC, Canada.

    Media Contact:

    Charles Lavigne


  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    BCIC is pleased to announce the launch of their newest program, BCIC Ignite see more

    Source: BCIC

    Monday, February 29, 2016 - BCIC is pleased to announce the launch of their newest program, BCIC Ignite. Funded by the National Resources and Applied Sciences (NRAS) Endowment Fund, BCIC Ignite provides funding support of up to $300,000 to teams of researchers and industry partners that are conducting research leading to commercializable projects. The focus is on technologies in the natural resources and applied sciences in BC.

    You can find all the details on their new web page:

    This is an exciting opportunity to support innovations that address a demonstrated problem faced by industry. The first deadline is May 2nd for Letters of Intent for the Spring 2016 program.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Submit proposals for how your technology or idea can help address two of COSIA’s challenges. see more

    Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and BC Innovation Council (BCIC) invite you to submit proposals for how your technology or idea can help address two of COSIA’s environmental challenge areas: Greenhouse gases (GHG), and water.

    Proposal Submissions

    The following attachments outline the proposal submission process:

     Challenge Proposal Submission Process
     Non-Confidential Submission Form (Submission Template)


    COSIA Challenges

    You can review all of COSIA’s Challenge briefings online before you make a submission:

     Water Challenges
     Greenhouse Gas Challenges
     COSIA ARCTIC Waste Heat Challenge


    Ongoing Challenge Dialogue

    Questions: In-person and webcast attendees can continue to ask COSIA environmental directors and technical experts questions via the Cleantech online platform until Friday, December 4, 2015.
    Follow-up Webinar: COSIA and BCIC will host a follow-up webinar to address additional questions from attendees in January 2016. Invitations will be sent in December.

    The Cleantech Energy Innovation Challenge is an initiative of BCIC and COSIA in partnership with several energy industry partners. For any inquiries, please email

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Companies are chosen by a committee made up of technology experts/investors from across the country. see more

    TORONTO, ON – Wednesday, October 14, 2015 – Today, the Canadian Innovation Exchange announced the 2015 roster of 20 innovative technology companies that have been inducted into the annual CIX Top 20 program. Companies are chosen by a selection committee made up of technology experts and investors from across the country.

    Hundreds of profiles were submitted this year from all regions of Canada. Companies were chosen based on a number of key factors including product/service offering, depth of management, market opportunity, and business model.




    The 2015 CIX Top 20 are (in alphabetical order):

    • Aislelabs Inc., Toronto
    • Beagle Inc., Kitchener
    • Control, Vancouver
    • LeadSift, Halifax
    • Miovision, Kitchener
    • PiinPoint, Kitchener
    • Plooto, Toronto
    •, Waterloo
    • Q4 Web Systems, Toronto
    • Redtree Robotics, Waterloo
    • RtTech Software, Moncton
    • Rubikloud Technologies, Toronto
    • SilkStart Technology Inc., Victoria
    • SkySquirrel Technologies, Halifax
    • Statflo Inc., Toronto
    • Synbiota Inc., Toronto
    • Thalmic Labs, Kitchener
    • ThinkData Works Inc., Toronto
    • Trulioo, Vancouver
    • Venzee Inc., Vancouver

    "This year's Top 20 is one of our most impressive cohorts to date," said Robert Montgomery, Co-Chair of CIX. “We have many industries represented and we believe - especially in an election year - that these companies personify the potential Canada has to become a global innovation leader.”

    Each company will be at CIX 2015 on November 17 where their CEO/Founder will tell us why their product/service is so innovative to a crowd of over 650 investors and peers in the Canadian technology ecosystem. Alongside these showcases will be interactive sessions led by some of Canada’s top business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs.

    For a detailed description of each company’s product and service offering, visit

    These companies join an elite list of hot Canadian tech companies, many of which were first discovered at CIX. Past Top 20 alumni include Achievers, Axonify, Breather, Busbud, Chango, D-Wave, Figure 1, Frank & Oak, Hubba, IGLOO, Influitive, Kobo Books, Nuology, ScribbleLive, UrtheCast, Vidyard, Wattpad and Wealthsimple to name just a few. Link to CIX Top 20 Alumni.

    The other Co-Chairs of CIX are Rick Nathan, Managing Director, Kensington Capital, John Ruffolo, CEO, OMERS Ventures, Chris Arsenault, Managing Partner, iNovia Capital and Paul Lee, Managing Partner, VanEdge Capital. Link to CIX Advisory Board .

    CEO/Founders of the Top 20 companies opened the TMX market this morning – link to the video

    Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX)
    The Canadian Innovation Exchange is the ‘must attend’ event for leaders in Canada’s innovative economy. In its 8th year, the CIX repeatedly attracts 650+ technology industry leaders, tech entrepreneurs and investors (VCs, angels and accredited investors) from across the Canada and the United States. This exclusive event showcases Canada’s most innovative and promising young tech companies and provides the tools to networking, build new relationships and increase deal flow. CIX facilitates hundreds of new relationships and has fostered hundreds of millions of dollars in transactions.

    Media wishing to set up interviews, learn more about the CIX Innovator of the Year Award or attend CIX on November 17th in Toronto should reach out to Borjana Slipicevic contact information below.

    Media contact: Borjana Slipicevic Proper Propaganda (778) 858 2595