• Paula Parker posted an article
    A list of funding opportunities that specifically benefit from partnerships with UVic. see more

    To support research that directly tackles the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple funding opportunities for University research have been announced. Below is a list of funding opportunities that specifically benefit from partnerships.   

    During these extraordinary times, the University of Victoria is adapting and changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The majority of our staff and researchers are working remotely and online instruction has replaced in-person interactions. With these critical measures in place to flatten the curve, the University is now focused on actively supporting measures to address this pandemic. UVic is directly supporting our frontline health care workers by donating and manufacturing PPE and will continue to support selected high priority research.

    The University will continue to work with our valuable research partners to provide a strong and concerted research effort. We invite you to share these opportunities with those who may benefit from this information. Together, we can work to tackle the challenges presented by COVID-19 and find solutions in digital technologies, public health, statistical modelling and advanced diagnostics.

    This is not an exhaustive list of funding opportunities, as new programs are being announced on a rolling basis. Please visit https://www.uvic.ca/research/conduct/index.php for an updated list of funding options for supporting University research. 

    Please note that as part of the University-wide response to limit the spread of COVID-19 many physical research labs at the university have extremely limited access. Exemptions are available for projects that are deemed to be critical research and where adherence to social distancing has been integrated into the research work plan.


    To learn more about any of these opportunities and help connecting with researchers at the University, please contact any of our Industry Liaison Officers.

    Engineering, Computer Science: Chris Flores, engr.ilo@uvic.ca

    Engineering, Science: Aislinn Sirk, uvicilo@uvic.ca

    Biomedical, Health and Life Science: Lindsay Frehlick, sciencepartnerships@uvic.ca


    COVID-19 partnership funding opportunities:

    NSERC Alliance Covid-19 Grants

    Deadline: before June 1, 2020
    Notes: Up to 1 year and $50,000 for University research

    Companies and not-for profits can submit research requests here


    Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster Call for COVID-19 Solutions

    Deadline: ongoing intake

    Notes: Please contact Chris Flores, Industry Liaison Offer (engr.ilo@uvic.ca) for more details.


    Mitacs Accelerate Internships Covid-19 Grants

    Deadline: ongoing intake

    Notes: Funding ratio is 3:1 instead of standard 2:1 Company provides $3750 for $15K Accelerate.
    This program was not yet listed on Mitacs website at time of email. Please contact Nolan Beise for details  nbeise@mitacs.ca


    Michael Smith COVID-19 Research Proposals

    Deadline: ongoing intake

    Notes: Focus on evaluation of BC’s response to the first wave of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic


    Other opportunities:

    Pandemic Response Challenge program by NRC:

    Deadline: ongoing intake

    Notes: Funding available for universities, companies and teams.  Focus is currently on Rapid detection and diagnosis; Therapeutics and vaccine development; and Digital health with more opportunities to be posted


    Innovative Solutions Canada
    Government of Canada has the following requests with plans for more asks in the following days:

    Made in Canada filtration material for the manufacture of N95 respirators and surgical masks

    Point of Care and Home Diagnostic Kit for COVID-19

    Low-cost sensor system for COVID-19 patient monitoring 


    Facilities at UVic for external users [research exemption required]

    The CAMTEC - Facility for Biosample Preparation (FBS)  is a biosafety level 2 (BSL2)-certified lab space at the University of Victoria.  The main infrastructure consists of two BSL2 rooms, a biosafety cabinet/tissue culture hood, a PCR thermocycler, a fume hood, and multiple incubators for cell growth. The facility is designed to host external users.

    Please contact Lab Manager Rebecca Hof for details :  rhof@uvic.ca 


    Funding Agencies

    Funding is rapidly changing and the following agencies may have additional opportunities:


    Social Science and Humanities Research Council

    Canadian Institute of Health Research

    National Science and Engineering Research Council


    Innovate BC

    Genome BC

    Genome Canada

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    UVic will soon be home to a national Canadian Indigenous law centre thanks to the support of $9.1M see more

    Source: VictoriaBuzz
    Author: Adam Chan

    UVic will soon be home to a national Canadian Indigenous law centre thanks to the support of a $9.1 million investment from the federal government.

    The new centre is being designed to be an accessible space for cultural engagement and discussion and will be the first institution to offer a joint degree program in Canadian Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders (JD/JID) in Canada.

    The facility will also be the first to feature an Indigenous Law Research Unit, and is intended to revitalize indigenous legal systems and the significant roles that they play in both Indigenous communities and the country as a whole.

    “Our government’s investment in the University of Victoria will create local jobs, and significant Indigenous input will go into the design and construction of the national centre for Indigenous law,” said federal Minister of Innovation, Science. and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, in a statement.

    “The building will use innovative technology to teach and connect at a national and international level regarding Indigenous law.”

    Besides the $9.1 million contribution to construct the centre, the Department of Justice Canada will also be investing $173,300 over three years to UVic’s Faculty of Law to help fund courses and field studies in Indigenous communities.

    “Canada is firmly committed to implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action to ensure Indigenous peoples and knowledge are included and respected as we build a stronger Canada,” said federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett in a statement.

    “The national centre for Indigenous law will create a space for conducting the research and providing the teaching necessary to ensure Indigenous laws will guide the paths of self-determination and reconciliation.”

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    The program hopes to address a gap in the industry with a novel approach for students. see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Spencer Harwood / The Canadian Press

    UVic program preps students for tech world

    A technology education program launching at the University of Victoria hopes to address a gap in the industry with a novel approach for students.

    HighTechU is a pilot program developed through the university’s computer science department in partnership with Victoria’s technology and education sectors. It aims to develop skills in enterprising Vancouver Island teens to make them more effective in the tech industry, beyond the primary coding and technical abilities needed.

    Andrew MacLean said he and program co-founder Ulrike Stege wanted to prepare students for the reality of the industry ahead of them, while making diversity a cornerstone of the program.

    “It really focuses on the soft skills that go along with that career, and really focuses on workplace competencies for these students,” MacLean said.

    “They get a sneak peek and to test drive a technology industry career before they even graduate from high school.”

    HighTechU has two separate programs — the Computer Science Skills Academy, a six-week program that teaches coding and practical skills, and a summer industry internship program to give those students an eight-week, paid experience with a technology company in Greater Victoria.

    MacLean said students enrolled in HighTechU are taught “soft skills” such as project management and personal communication to help them understand the breadth of roles in the tech sector.

    Stege said there appears to be a perception of what working in the tech sector is like, which she said is not necessarily in line with reality. “It’s never been right and might still not be right. A program like ours will hopefully help to correct that,” she said.

    MacLean said their mission is to impart to students how critical personal development is to a successful career in technology and that it’s as important as mastering the latest code language.

    “It’s about how to be someone who’s not just building something, but someone who’s developing something and truly bringing it from start to finish,” said MacLean.

    MacLean said HighTechU is a grassroots initiative that de-emphasizes students’ socio-economic backgrounds while it looks to narrow the diversity gap in the technology sector. They do this by focusing on groups that are underrepresented in the industry, such as women, Indigenous youth and people of colour.

    “We have six core competencies we were looking for in students,” he said.

    Those values of respect, resilience, teamwork, creativity, curiosity and innovation were specifically asked for by the industry partners who worked with MacLean and Stege through each step of their students’ application process, he noted.

    MacLean said when they pitched the project initially it started out being a coding-primary program, until conversations with several industry partners revealed a different need.

    They told MacLean they did not care as much about the technical skills as having balanced, flexible students. “They said ‘we’re looking for you to find those students that are self-motivated, passionate,”’ said MacLean, “their ‘big words’ were curious and passionate about technology, willing to learn and do the work and put in the time to be able to adapt to the changing situations [of the industry].”

    MacLean likened their approach to the old truism of the fisherman. “If you teach one programming language, that’s great for the year that language is really popular. But then when the new programming language comes out, those students need to be able to learn on their own.”

    MacLean said they worked with three school districts and several private schools in Greater Victoria to develop curriculum for the program. “A lot of the students that come through have done the computer science programs and are exceptional students before they come to us,” he said.

    One of those students from an earlier pilot program, Bridget Weston, finished high school at Victoria High in June and is already working as an intern at Victoria tech firm Sendwithus. Weston will attend UVic’s software engineering program when classes resume.

    MacLean said the demand from industry partners is so high that almost every teacher in the area would need additional training to continue educating in the field. “Schools think about it one way and we’re able to provide additional challenges that aren’t always possible in school,” said Stege.

    The program is delivered at no cost to students beyond nominal registration fees and MacLean said the next group of students will be welcomed to HighTechU’s Academy program in February.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    The school has once again cracked the Financial Times Top 100 list of masters in management programs see more

    Source: Times Colonist

    UVic business program improves global ranking

    The Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria has again cracked the Financial Times Top 100 list of masters in management programs. Gustavson School’s Masters of Global Business program is offered through the Sardul S. Gill Graduate School and has moved this year to an overall ranking of 69 from 71 in 2017. It is now ranked 12th in international mobility and 21st in the international course experience category. It remains one of only three Canadian universities to be listed in the global ranking.

    University of B.C.’s Sauder School was ranked 49, an improvement from 58 last year, while Queens slipped to 53 from 46. “Being named to FT’s top masters in management list two years in a row, and moving up in the ranking, is a great achievement and a testament to the strength of our programs,” said Gustavson dean Saul Klein. “Developing a global mindset helps our graduates better understand the world’s complex business challenges, and provides them with the courage and confidence to succeed wherever they build their careers.”

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    A high-tech whiz kid who taught himself computer code at an early age and went on to create.... see more

    Source: Times Colonist

    UVic honours tech innovator Stewart Butterfield

    Victoria honoured one of its technology innovators on Friday at a soldout black-tie gala for Stewart Butterfield, a high-tech whiz kid who taught himself computer code at an early age and went on to create communication companies worth billions.

    Butterfield was honoured as this year’s University of Victoria Peter B. Gustavson School of Business Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.

    He joins a prestigious group of previous technology winners, including Don Mattrick, former president of Microsoft Interactive Entertainment; Sir Terrance Matthews of Mitel Corp.; and Jeff Mallett, former president of Yahoo!

    Butterfield went to St. Michaels University School and graduated from UVic with a philosophy degree in 1996, earning a master’s degree from Cambridge University two years later.

    He is co-founder and chief executive of Slack, an enterprise communications platform with more than nine million weekly active users around the world.

    Slack is used by small and medium businesses, and about 40 per cent of Fortune 500 companies.

    In addition to developing Slack, Butterfield co-founded Flickr. The image- and video-hosting website was acquired by Yahoo! in 2005.

    “Stewart’s entrepreneurship is an inspiration to our students and our city,” said Saul Klein, dean of the business school. “It is wonderful to be able to celebrate a homegrown talent at our 15th annual gala.”

    The Gustavson School celebrates entrepreneurial excellence with its Distinguished Entrepreneur Award. Each year, it recognizes an inspirational entrepreneur who has had a significant impact on the global community through business leadership.

    In 2005, Butterfield was named one of Businessweek’s Top 50 leaders in the entrepreneur category. The same year, he was named to the TR35, a list created by MIT of top innovators in the world under age 35. In 2006, he was named to the Time 100, Time magazine’s list of the most influential people in the world, and also appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine.

    In November 2008, Butterfield received the Legacy Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Victoria.

    In 2015, he was named the Wall Street Journal’s Technology Innovator.


    2017: Don Mattrick, Microsoft

    2016: Linda Hasenfratz, Linamar Corp.

    2015: David Foster, music producer

    2014: Dennis Washington, industrialist

    2013: Brandt C. Louie, London Drugs

    2012: Dennis (Chip) Wilson, Lululemon

    2011: JR Shaw, Shaw Communications

    2010: Alex Campbell Sr., Thrifty Foods

    2009: Sir Terence Matthews, Mitel Corp.

    2008: Clive Beddoe, WestJet

    2007: David Black, Black Press

    2006: Gwyn Morgan, Encana

    2005: Dave Ritchie, Ritchie Bros.

    2004: Jeff Mallett, Yahoo!

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Virtually every aspect of the city's tech scene is influenced in some way by UVic Engineering. see more

    Author: Mitch Wright

    Tech Sector's strength tied to UVic Engineering

    UVic's Faculty of Engineering has been a part of Victoria's flourishing tech community from the very beginning. With students in co-op positions, faculty working with startups, and alumni as CEOs, virtually every aspect of the city's tech scene is influenced in some way by UVic Engineering. 

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  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Give students the competitive edge they need to cut through the data jungle and make informed... see more

    UVic introduces new Business Intelligence and Data Analytics program

    [Click here for full details]

    The University of Victoria has just launched the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics program. The goal of the program is to give students the competitive edge they need to cut through the data jungle and make informed business decisions.

    Recent graduates or career professionals looking to add relevant and highly marketable skills to their resume or toolkit would be interested in this program:

    Program description

    This three-course Certificate of Completion program is designed to provide you with a combination of business intelligence knowledge, skills and ability that employers will value. Using the case study model, you will work in a multi-disciplinary team to enhance your knowledge and learn industry-accepted informatics tools and strategies for analyzing a variety of data sets.

    The Certificate of Completion in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics is the first program of its kind being offered by the University of Victoria. Delivered via a unique blended learning model, you will spend the first weekend of each course on campus in the classroom and then have the flexibility of four weeks of online studies. You will complete the entire program within six months.

    Program features

    • Residency requirement for each course — this face-to-face component will require students to attend the course on campus at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC
    • Instructors are seasoned industry professionals who bring a practical, high level of knowledge to the student’s learning experience
    • Committed staff who provide excellent service to instructors and students
    • Opportunities in this field are growing at a phenomenal pace with projections estimating 30,000 new jobs to be created across Canada between 2014 and 2024*

    [Click here for full details]

  • Article
    Songhees Innovation Centre among 45 projects sharing $28M in funding see more

    Songhees Innovation Centre among 45 projects sharing $28M in funding

     The fledgling Songhees Innovation Centre received $93,410 in federal funding on Tuesday, its share of more than $27.8 million being disbursed among 45 projects to support First Nations economic development in Western Canada.

    Other Island projects include the University of Victoria’s Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs Artists Pilot Program, which will receive $567,000, and the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, which will receive $500,000 to build clean energy infrastructure.

    “These investments will help make Indigenous communities more prosperous, create new opportunities for Indigenous businesses and workers, and also these projects represent the diverse range of economic activities,” said Navdeep Bains, minister of science, innovation and economic development, who was in Victoria for the funding announcement.

    “The Songhees Innovation Centre is fostering a rich idea, to exchange and help Indigenous entrepreneurs take their business to the next level.”

    The innovation centre, a co-working space located within the Songhees Wellness Centre, helps Indigenous entrepreneurs collaborate and grow their operations, Bains said.

    “It really is where people come together, share ideas, network with one another,” he said.

    “It really is a fitting location to talk about strengthening economic development opportunities for Indigenous people.”

    Songhees Chief Ron Sam said the innovation centre has also been helped by the South Island Prosperity Project, Animikii Indigenous Technology, the Victoria Foundation and the Community Micro Lending Society.

    Sam said the federal funding is appreciated.

    “We are grateful and inspired to be the recipient of funding that supports the ongoing success of Indigenous entrepreneurs at the Songhees Innovation Centre,” he said.

    “We are witnessing the emergence of a growing number of impassioned Indigenous graduates and businesspeople, for whom the co-working environment is a natural catalyst for launching and growing entrepreneur-driven enterprises.”

    The centre gives people access to shared office space and resources.

    Early participants include Lawrence Lewis, who is working on voter-registration software for Indigenous communities through a company called OneFeather.

    Songhees Nation executive director Christina Clark said she sees “a growing sense of alignment” among the business community, educational institutions, local governments and First Nation governments.

    UVic’s Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACE) received $567,000 for its Artists Pilot Program, which can involve established artists or artists considering going into business.

    The pilot is a collaboration between ACE, an entrepreneurship-education initiative, and Tribal Resources Investment Corporation.

    Saul Klein, dean of the Gustavson School of Business, said the Artists Pilot Program is “an exciting new endeavour,” while ACE graduate Ben Davidson said he is excited to see the program become a reality.

    He said he already had a business before starting the program, which taught him the value of creating multiple revenue streams with his art.

    Bains said that fostering economic growth for First Nations is a priority for the federal government. “As you know, one of the biggest priorities is working to advance reconciliation and renew the relationship with Indigenous people,” he said.

    “As part of reconciliation, it’s really ensuring full participation in the Canadian economy.

    “In fact, the participation of Indigenous people is absolutely essential to Canada’s economic prosperity,” he said, noting that Canada’s Indigenous population grew 42.5 per cent between 2006 and 2016, while overall population growth was 11 per cent.


    Source: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/songhees-innovation-centre-among-45-projects-sharing-28m-in-funding-1.23200590

  • Article
    Check out the ‘Caboost,’ an out-of-the-bike electric motor! see more

    For Simon Park, it was the hills.

    The fourth-year mechanical engineering student (with a business minor) at the University of Victoria took it upon himself to ride his bike to classes last year as part of his commitment to a sustainable lifestyle. From the Christmas Hill neighbourhood, he needed only to make his way to the McKenzie bike lane and enjoy an easy bike commute to UVic. That said, he’s no pro cyclist, and after one day he was seeking a solution to the tiring and sweat-inducing hills along the way.

    “Right away I looked into electric bicycles but they are really expensive,” Park said.

    Instead, the mechanically inclined 21-year-old built his own solution. He mounted a small motor and battery frame, well, part of a frame, that was rescued from a discarded kids bike. It bolts on like a set of adult training wheels. Park also wired a throttle to the handlebar that trails back to the motor.

    He calls it the “Caboost,” and he hopes to one day sell them for under $500.

    On Sunday, Park is one of 10 finalists who will pitch their projects to a panel of judges at the Smart South Island Open Innovation Challenge. The top three winners will win a $15,000 investment towards their project.

    “It’s easy to say we should use [alternative transportation] instead of driving but it has to be easier,” Park said. “Not everyone is ready to get dressed in spandex and break a sweat.”

    Park describes the Caboost as an outside-of-the-bike invention, since the new wave of electric-assist bicycles come with internal motors and batteries, while after-market electric-assist kits are mounted somewhere on the frame.

    Electric-assisted bicycles are expensive, and so are the after-market kits.

    Keen to take his Caboost as far as he can, Park has already found $2,800 in support – $2,500 from the Wighton Engineering Product Development Fund and another $300 from the recent UVic Pitchit innovation contest.

    Sunday’s Open Innovation Challenge runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at Flury Hall in the Bob Wright Building of UVic. Nearby parking is free that afternoon.

    If Park earns the $15,000 grant he will take the prototype to the next stage.

    “I’d like to move from the prototype stage to the design and development stage, to create a small number of these for beta testing, and to partner with local bike shops to sell them off shelf.”


    Source: https://www.saanichnews.com/news/check-out-the-caboost-an-out-of-the-bike-electric-motor/

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    “Victoria has a lively, robust and burgeoning tech sector,” see more

    Source: Goldstream Gazette

    Funding brings more tech spaces to UVic and Camosun

    Students can look forward to the addition of hundreds of tech-related seats in Victoria, which will provide them with the relevant education and training needed to succeed in B.C.’s rapidly growing tech sector.

    “People throughout B.C. will have increased access to good-paying jobs in the booming tech sector with our government’s investment in tech seats throughout the province,” said Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Melanie Mark. “Victoria is a great place to thrive in a tech career and by funding a range of engineering, computer science and information technology programs, we are opening doors for people to reach their full potential.”

    The University of Victoria will receive $400,000 in startup funding in 2017-18 to expand its undergraduate computer science and engineering degree programs. Prospective UVic students can look forward to an additional 500 undergraduate degree spaces in computer science and engineering – including electrical, computer, software, civil, mechanical and biomedical – by 2022-23. This is expected to result in 125 additional tech graduates per year by 2023.

    “UVic’s engineering and computer science programs are well known for being a destination for B.C. high school grads and college transfer students, providing a great education with lots of hands-on learning, and a pathway to personal success and good jobs upon graduation,” said Jamie Cassels, president of UVic. “Adding tech seats to the undergraduate engineering and computer science programs is a huge benefit to students from Vancouver Island and throughout B.C. A big thanks to the ministry for supporting 500 additional spaces, allowing us to increase capacity in these programs.”

    Camosun College will receive $200,000 in startup funding in 2017-18 to support increased access to technology-related certificate programs in web technologies programming and engineering graphics, to get to a total of 40 new spaces by 2019-20. With continued government funding, Camosun will produce an additional 40 graduates per year by 2020.

    “Victoria has a vibrant, rapidly growing and diverse tech sector,” said Sherri Bell, president of Camosun College. “Students will be thrilled to know that there will be more spaces in tech, so they’re able to get the tech jobs that are in high demand.”

    Of the 83,400 job openings in tech-related fields in the next decade, 10,700 will occur in the Vancouver Island/Coast region. This provides opportunities closer to home for graduates of the expanded tech programs at UVic and Camosun, should they choose to stay.

    “Victoria has a lively, robust and burgeoning tech sector,” said Dan Gunn, executive director, Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC). “Access to qualified and talented people is mission critical. Expanding tech programs at UVic and Camosun will support the rapidly growing tech sector that is helping to drive a strong 21st-century economy.”

    These spaces are part of the investment in approximately 2,900 additional seats in tech programs at colleges, universities and institutes throughout the province, announced by Mark earlier today. Total startup funding this year is $4.4 million, and is expected to increase to $42 million as programs ramp up over the next several years.

    Quick Facts:

    * About 83,400 tech-related job openings in B.C. are expected by 2027. Of those, 10,700 will be in the Vancouver Island/Coast region – jobs like computer programmers, information system analysts and software engineers.

    * The tech sector in B.C. is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the B.C. economy, generating approximately $29 billion in revenue. The tech sector supports over 106,000 good-paying jobs and is home to more than 10,200 businesses.

    * Tech-sector workers earn weekly average salaries almost 85% higher than the average wage in B.C.

    * Post-secondary institutions in B.C. award more than 10,000 credentials annually in programs that support the tech sector: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Research hopes to get remote coastal communities off diesel-based power see more

    Source: OakBayNews.com
    Author: Travis Paterson

    UVic draws $2.4M towards harvesting clean energy from the ocean

    Research hopes to get remote coastal communities off diesel-based power

    The influx of $2.4 million into clean energy is a stepping stone towards renewable energy alternatives for B.C.’s remote coastal communities and heavy-duty marine transportation companies.

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson made the announcement at the University of Victoria on Thursday. About $1.4 million from the federally run Western Economic Diversification Canada will establish the Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery at UVic, which will strive to develop and commercialize wind, wave and tidal energy technologies.

    “Clean energy is a critical piece of the [Canadian clean growth plan], the mechanisms are obviously different here than in Saskatchewan, and the marine side of it is something we’re very interested in,” Wilkinson said. “It’s an area still developing, it offers significant promises on both the West Coast and the East Coast, where they’re interested in tidal technologies.

    “This type of technology offers the promise of being able to take [coastal communities] off diesel and put them on a renewable source.”

    The other $1 million is coming from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, in conjunction with Seaspan Shipyards, and will go to a green transportation research team at UVic. Mechanical engineer Zuomin Dong leads the team and will work with UVic’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems to find ways clean energy use can be implemented in the heavy-duty marine, mining and transportation sectors.

    Brad Buckham, mechanical engineer and lead with PRIMED, said the $1.4 million is the latest of many grants and will continue ongoing research that will eventually help remote coastal communities, including Indigenous communities, move away from using diesel fuel generators to produce electricity.

    Buckham said the more money they can put towards current research models now will save money for the communities, and companies, who eventually install the wind and ocean propulsion technologies to provide them with electricity.

    Among the projects PRIMED has worked with are the wave monitoring buoys and a turbine that monitors wind performance.

    There are several of the yellow wave monitoring buoys anchored in the Salish Sea and one off of Sombrio Beach. The wind turbine, on the other hand, is land based (mounted on a trailer) but will give way to ocean-based turbines, said Curran Crawford, a UVic associate professor and researcher with UVic’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems.

    “Putting the turbines on the ocean gets them away from people and avoids the NIMBY [issue], plus there is a lot of wind offshore,” Crawford said.

    As the costs of wind-produced power have come down, the West Coast of Vancouver Island is being eyed for turbines that either float, or are on a base driven below the sea, Cawford said.

    “As we tackle the many challenges posed by climate change, our researchers are leading the way in sustainable energy research, working closely with governments, industry and community groups to foster clean growth and low-carbon economic development,” said UVic president Jamie Cassels. “We’re very grateful to the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and Seaspan for their investments in this vital work, which responds to one of our most significant national and global challenges.”

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    UVic provides FREE legal information to anyone with a business-related issue. see more

    University of Victoria’s Business Law Clinic:

    Free Legal Information for Your Business Needs

    The University of Victoria’s Business Law Clinic provides FREE legal information to anyone with a business-related issue. This includes entrepreneurs, innovators, and members of the technology sector in the Greater Victoria Area.

    Since 1998, the students that staff the Business Law Clinic have worked to meet the legal demands of the community, notably helping those who lack the resources to retain a lawyer. Every year, the Clinic services approximately 100 clients, each with their own unique business-legal needs. Law students of the Business Law Clinic work closely with clients to assess the inquiry, and provide legal information catered to the needs of the client. Previous topics have included:

    • Incorporation (eg. sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, etc)

    • Financing (eg. the different ways to obtain capital)

    • Charitable Registration (eg. the next steps for a society)

    • Intellectual Property Protection (eg. copyrights or trademarks)

    • Business Liability (eg. your exposure and risks)

    • Partnership Agreements (eg. necessity and expansion)

    • Employment Law (eg. the rights of an employer or employee)

    The Business Law Clinic offers important educational opportunities for students entering the legal profession. Students of the Clinic benefit from developing their practical skills on client-file management, conducting effective interviews, and examining the diverse legal issues affecting their community. The students will find guidance in Michael Litchfield, an experienced business lawyer and director of the Clinic, as well as from the lawyers across British Columbia that have volunteered to mentor their future colleagues.

    Students at the Business Law Clinic are not lawyers, and therefore cannot provide legal advice, legal opinion, nor assist in active litigation. Students may only provide legal information related to business. If you require business law information and are interested in our services, please contact the Business Law Clinic today!

    The Clinic operates year-round, except for the months of April, August and December. For more information, visit the Clinic’s website at www.uvic.ca/law/jd/lawclinics/businessclinic. To book an appointment, contact the Clinic at 250-472-4522 or blc@uvic.ca

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Tech community members are invited to join these open discussions! see more

    Software Engineering Research Seminars at UVic

    A group of PhD graduate students at the University of Victoria run a weekly seminar to present and discuss current software engineering research. Presentations are conducted by UVic computer science/software engineering faculty, grad students, as well as the many visiting faculty and industry professionals that collaborate with the program. The seminars are held on Thursdays at 11am in the UVic Engineering/Computer Science building.

    Members of the Victoria tech community are invited to join these open discussions! If you would like to attend, check the seminar website to see what's being presented each week or sign up for the mailing list: https://research-seminar.github.io/. If you have an idea for a seminar or would like to present something, please contact the organizers at research-seminar@rigiresearch.com.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    It was nearly five years into the development of what was initially titled Dollhouse... see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Michael D. Reid

    Gaming guru Mattrick receives UVic honour

    Don Mattrick grins as he recalls a classic example of his legendary persistence, and how it spawned a $5-billion franchise while he was president of worldwide studios for the Electronic Arts gaming company.

    It was nearly five years into the development of what was initially titled Dollhouse, a passion project the ambitious business mogul was working on with game designer Will Wright.

    Even though his executive team threatened to resign, he soldiered on and Dollhouse morphed into the hugely successful life-simulation video-game series The Sims.

    “Literally, for five years someone would come into my office and say, ‘This is never going to ship! This is the dumbest product you’ve ever had,’” recalled the amiable tech titan at the University of Victoria Monday morning. Mattrick, who on Monday night received the 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year award, was at UVic to inspire fourth-year Peter B. Gustavson School of Business entrepreneurship students.

    “‘You have 75 full-time people working on this! All the rest of us are busy making a difference in our company,’” he said, recalling the reaction of some colleagues. “Does Will have compromising pictures of you?”

    While executives accused Mattrick of having “this huge blind spot,” the Victoria-based entrepreneur’s tenacity paid off with a product that became one of the best-selling video games in history.

    “You have to try and champion things,” said Mattrick, who has done plenty of championing since his teenage years when he offered to work for free at a ComputerLand store after unsuccessfully applying for a job there.

    The Burnaby-raised visionary’s experiences inspired him to create Distinctive Software Inc., which would become Electronic Arts. So began a career turning startups into major businesses and setting the standard for video-game development during three decades in the technology sector.

    Other career highlights include his tenure as CEO of Zynga, the social-media gaming company, and as president of Microsoft’s entertainment businesses, overseeing the growth of the Xbox console and its PC gaming businesses.

    He has served on public and private boards, including the advisory board for the USC School of Cinematic Arts and is currently serving as co-chair of the Premier’s Technology Council.

    As well, Mattrick is an honorary fellow with the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, and holds an honorary doctor of laws from Simon Fraser University.

    While Mattrick answered questions about his successes, he wasn’t above acknowledging his missteps. He recalled the one that got away in the 1980s — Tetris.

    “I’d seen the first prototype,” he said. “Three friends pulled me aside and said: ‘We could write this in three hours! You cannot pay this money to license this.”

    He said he considers having passed on the tile-matching puzzle video game released in 1984 a mistake — albeit one he’d learn from — since it went on to become a $2-billion franchise.

    “It’s overwhelming when you start something,” he said. “But it gets easier because you learn how to accept failure and success in the same way. Give yourself permission to fail.”

    Without revealing the person’s identity, other than to quip it wasn’t Mark Zuckerberg, Mattrick said he just spoke with an “Internet gazillionaire” friend. He asked for advice on how to inspire students at UVic.

    “He said: ‘Just kick them in the rear and tell them to go do it,’ ” Mattrick said with a laugh.

    “There’s no perfect entry point. The benefits of doing it are going to teach you a lot more than the benefits of trying to make a perfect choice.”

    Mattrick said he was fortunate to have some great coaches who taught him the importance of time management, setting priorities and how to think strategically.

    “At the end of the day, it’s about people and the first person you’re managing is yourself,” he said. “Be resilient.”

    He emphasized that starting a tech company is “a team sport” and that his experiences in the U.S. have confirmed that Canadian entrepreneurs are as talented and as capable of success.

    “In the U.S., they’re just more brash and competitive,” said Mattrick, who added that “I’m a bit of a hermit” who happens to be “super-competitive” but likes to think things through before taking action.

    When asked to name his proudest achievements, one of his answers took some students by surprise.

    “I married exceptionally well,” he said, referring to his wife of 25 years Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick, president and co-founder of Beehive Holdings, the investment firm that supports women entrepreneurs.

    “My wife speaks five languages, is a literature and business school grad. She pulls me aside all the time and says: ‘I can’t believe you said that in a public setting. You are such a geek!’

    “She’d remind me that most people wouldn’t care about the math. They’d care about the emotion.”


    Previous winners of the University of Victoria Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year award

    • 2016: Linda Hasenfratz, CEO Linamar

    • 2015: David Foster, businessman, philanthropist and record producer

    • 2014: Dennis Washington, founder of The Washington Companies

    • 2013: Brandt C. Louie, chairman of London Drugs

    • 2012: Dennis (Chip) Wilson, founder of Lululemon Athletica

    • 2011: J.R. Shaw, founder of Shaw Communications

    • 2010: Alex Campbell Sr., co-founder of Thrifty Foods

    • 2009: Sir Terence Matthews, chair of Mitel Corporation, and chair and founder of Wesley Clover

    • 2008: Clive Beddoe, founding shareholder in WestJet

    • 2007: David Black, president of Black Press

    • 2006: Gwyn Morgan, former president and CEO of EnCana Corp.

    • 2005: Dave Ritchie, chair and former CEO of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

    • 2004: Jeff Mallett, former president and chief operating officer of Yahoo!


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    TeamPages was just an idea that Nikolas and Mike came up with for a class assignment at UVic... see more

    Author: Mike Tan

    TeamPages joins Active Network

    What a day! It's official, TeamPages is joining Active Network :) Super excited about the future of TeamPages as part of the Active family!

    It’s crazy to think that 10 years, ago TeamPages was just an idea that Nikolas Laufer-Edel and I came up with for a class assignment at the UVic Entrepreneurship Program. And that shortly after writing that business plan, with guidance and mentorship from Jonathan Kerr, that business plan ended winning the IDC Challenge and giving us our first $10,000 in seed capital.

    A couple months after winning the IDC Challenge, in October 2006, Adam Palmblad, Jonathan Kerr and I decided to take the plunge and leave our other tech jobs to work on TeamPages full-time. And 2 months later we had converted my apartment into our office (hoisting whiteboards into the apartment from the balcony cause they wouldn’t fit in the elevator), launched our first beta of TeamPages for UVic Intramurals, and raised our first $50,000 from friends and family (instead of getting Christmas presents that December). A big thank you to Adam’s parents, Jon’s parents and uncle, my parents, William Oliver, and Nikolas Laufer-Edel for believing and investing in us early!

    I still remember the first day we launched the site and we made $0.35 cents from Google Adsense and to celebrate we ended buying beers and a pizza which costed us $20 (which at the time of earning $0.35 a day would take us almost 2 months to pay off).

    We were very fortunate early on to have an amazing Board of Advisors (Steven Dagg, Chris Taylor, Tony Melli, Robert Bennett, Eric Sei-in Remy Jordan, and Stacy Kuiack) who helped us stay focus on the right things and avoid many pitfalls early on. Thank you for of your wisdom and support over the years, the early morning meetings, the late night phone calls to go over term sheets and shareholders agreements, and always being there for us even during our most challenging times. 

    A few months after launching the site, we completely lucked out when Kyle Vucko introduced us to Hannes Blum and Boris Wertz who along with Burda Digital Ventures led our Seed Round and joined our Board of Directors. Over the years I have learned so much from the two of you and have the upmost respect for you as mentors, entrepreneurs, and investors. The two of you are two of the smartest, hardest working, and supportive people I have ever met. Thank you for showing me what true hustle and hard work looks like, the importance of tracking metrics early on, that success doesn’t come from a magic silver bullet but a lot of hard work and incremental improvements that add up over time. Thank you for all of your support, wisdom, and much needed tough love throughout the years.

    And shortly after raising our Seed Round, Derek Story joined us a co-founder and VP Sales. Since my departure as CEO in 2012, Derek and Adam took the leadership reins and have been doing a fantastic job ever since. Without their dedication, grit, and hustle, TeamPages wouldn’t be where it is today. Words can’t really express my gratitude and respect to the both of you. Thank you Derek and Adam (and Tracy Wilkinson)!

    The last 10 years has truly been a roller coaster of ups and downs, highs and lows. It’s been amazing journey along the way and one that (after a lot of rest and incorporating all the lessons learned from the mistakes made) I would definitely do again :) 

    A special thank you to Adam's parents and my parents who provided a much needed bridge investment in 2011 that helped us turn the corner and save the company. Thank you for believing in us even in the darkest of moments.

    Thank you to all of our wonderful investors (names I'll keep private but deeply thank and cherish) for all of your support and patience over the last 10 years.

    Thank you to all the amazing team members and friends who made this journey possible and for all of your support over the years: Steve Brown, Helen Wilkinson, Mark Aquino, Matthew Langlois, Minxing Wang, William Oliver, Alex Shipillo, Lesley Bidlake, Naomi Buell, Ian Douglas, Eric Brewis, Joshua Sendoro, Greg Gunn, Allan Kumka, Willem Brosz, Arturo Gomez, Sean Taylor, Oleg Matvejev, David Mikula, Jeremy Rose, Landon Trybuch, Jacob Patenaube, Juri Totaro, Jesse Appleby, William Eckhart

    A big thank you to Arik Broadbent and Mike Rawluk at Farris, Geoff Dittrich at Segev, and Sang-Kiet Ly at KPMG for helping us close this deal!

    A massive thank you to both the tech communities in Victoria and Vancouver for all the support over the years. Without the help VIATEC (Dan Gunn, Robert Bennett, Tony Melli), IRAP (Martyn Ward), and New Ventures BC (Angie Schick), TeamPages would be here today.

    And lastly, thank you to Kelly Luu for being the love of my life and all your unconditional love and support through this journey. You have always been there for me and I can't thank you enough.

    I’m really excited about the next chapter and what’s in store for TeamPages at Active.

    Thank you! And stay tuned :)