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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Streetlight Intelligence Inc. Wins BC Hydro Powersmart Excellence Award


As their name suggests, Streetlight Intelligence is a leader in developing new technology for adaptive street lighting. Streetlight Intelligence’s innovative Lumen IQ™ streetlight optimization system can be retrofitted into streetlights and uses wireless two-way communication to remotely control and dim individual streetlights during non-peak periods. A global positioning system assigns coordinates to each street light, allowing outages to be located, tracked and reported via wireless systems and the Internet. Streetlight Intelligence teamed up with the City of Prince George in a pilot project to test the Lumen IQ system in 65 luminaires—and it was a resounding success. The project employed various dimming levels.

GenoLogics, JMP Genomics to Provide End-to-End Data Management and Analysis

GenoLogics and SAS today announced plans to integrate the Geneus lab and data management solution with the JMP Genomics statistical discovery application […]

Times Colonist Reports: High-tech sector's awards gala kicks off with comeback exercise


It’s been used to rally hockey teams from third-period deficits and to spur baseball teams to victory late in the season, and now the local high-tech sector is backing a simple white towel to help pull the region out of recession.

To the strains of rock band AC/DC’s anthem Back in Black, nearly 500 “rally” towels were twirled, waved and shaken aloft last night at the Victoria Conference Centre, as the Victoria Advanced Technology Council kicked off its annual technology awards gala.

“Every year we do a little something to draw attention,” said VIATeC executive director Dan Gunn. “This year we went with rally towels, figuring the local tech sector could help rally the local economy, and we’re playing Back in Black to accompany it.”

The song was no doubt a call to lift economic fortunes out of the red ink and onto the positive side of the balance sheet.

Times Colonist Reports: UVic Entrepreneur Award goes to High-Tech Knight

Sir Terry Matthews

What you want to do in business is to catch the wave just as technology is ready to change, high-tech success story Sir Terry Matthews told UVic business students yesterday.

“Timing in life is almost everything,” he said to a classroom of about 60 students. Matthews, the UVic business faculty’s Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year, was honoured at the Victoria Conference Centre last night.

Matthews, awarded a knighthood in Britain in 2001, has helped start more than 80 companies, including tech giants Mitel and Newbridge Networks Corp. Before immigrating to Canada in 1968, he earned an honours degree in electronics at the University of Wales.

He is chairman of Wesley Clover, an investor in and a manager of investments in technology, real estate and other industries. It is headquartered in Wales and has offices in Canada.

Cisco Networkers Solutions Forum 2009 at the Vancouver Island Technology Park

Your Cisco Victoria team are pleased to bring our first “Cisco Virtual Networkers” event to Victoria. This event will be held at the Vancouver Island Technology Park on Thursday May 21st from 8am to 3:45pm. A detailed agenda has been included along with a registration link in the attached document.

Networkers events provide Cisco the opportunity to discuss evolving trends in the networking industry and announce new products and features. We will be providing an overview on our developments in the following areas:
– Enterprise Video (MediaNet) including TelePresence, Video Surveillance, Digital Media/Signage and WebEx
– Unified Computing and Server Virtualization
– Unified Communications and Collaboration Solutions
Please pass this invitation along if you know of someone who might be interested. There is no cost for these sessions and you are welcome to attend all the sessions or only those that are relevant to you. Please register via the link within the document. We look forward to seeing you there.

Centre for Drug Research and Development CEO Wins National Award for Biotech Industry Leadership

Natalie Dakers

The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) announced today that Chief Executive Officer, Natalie Dakers, has won the BIOTECanada Industry Leadership Gold Leaf award.

“Natalie Dakers has demonstrated exceptional leadership throughout her 20-year career in the biotech industry,” said Peter Brenders, President and CEO, BIOTECanada. “We are recognizing her for her vision, her leadership and her commitment to promoting and supporting the growth of the biotech industry in Canada.”

Dakers is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at the CDRD, an organization that guides and supports early-stage drug development from BC’s top academic and health research institutions, working to increase the successful commercialization of new therapeutics.

Carmanah Reports Q1 2009 Results Support Strategic Focus


Carmanah Technologies Corporation (TSX: CMH) today announces its first quarter financial results for the three-month period ending March 2009. Sales for Q1 2009 were $10.4 million, down approximately $4.7 million from the same period last year, due mainly to exiting/divesting several tactical business units during this period. Despite challenging global economic conditions, strategic sales for Q1 2009 ended at approximately the same levels as in the same period of 2008, showcasing the resilient nature of Carmanah’s strategic markets, and the ongoing demand for its core renewable-energy technology products.