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New Imaging Equipment Helps UVic Researchers

How do drugs know where they’re needed to do their job in the human body? The University of Victoria-Genome BC Proteomics Centre […]

Vigil Health Solutions Reports 4th Quarter and Annual Results

Vigil Health Solutions Inc. (“Vigil”) announces the results of operations for the fiscal year (FY09) and the fourth quarter (Q4FY09), ending March […]

BusinessWeek Runs Special Report on Research and Technology Parks


Since it opened 50 years ago, North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park has been the epitome of science parks: a neatly landscaped campus of low-rise building buildings in exurbia, where scientists at aspiring technology spin-offs from nearby universities toil all day in cramped, low-rent “incubators” and then disperse each evening to fight the Interstate traffic on their way home.

The rest of the world is moving far beyond that model. As more nations try to gain an edge in the next generation of knowledge industries, stunning new high-tech meccas are going up from Asia to Europe to Latin America, a building spree that hardly has been slowed by the recession. They are nothing like the far-flung developments of old like Research Triangle Park, which was carved out of 11 square miles of pine forest near Raleigh-Durham. Many, in fact, are being constructed deep inside old cities and include nearby housing and city amenities with the intention of creating new communities.

Avison to Leave the Research Universities' Council of British Columbia

Don Avison

The Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia today confirmed that the Council’s president, Don Avison, will be leaving the organization in September of this year to pursue other opportunities.

“This is the best job I have ever had,” said Avison, “but the time has come to explore new challenges.” Avison was appointed President of the University Presidents’ Council of BC in 1999 and later became the first president of the Research Universities’ Council which now represents the interests of the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria and the University of Northern British Columbia.

Before joining British Columbia’s research universities Avison held many senior public service positions. These included Deputy Minister positions in Health, Education, Advanced Education and Crown Corporations in British Columbia, the Deputy Minister of Justice in the Northwest Territories and several senior level positions with the federal Department of Justice where he was a Regional Director, General Counsel and also served as the Director General of the Aboriginal Justice Initiative.

AURP Canada Releases Inaugral Issue of CanadaNOW Magazine

AURP Canada

The Canadian Association of University Research Parks / Association Canadienne des Parcs de Recherches d’Université (AURP Canada) is pleased to announce the release of their inaugural issue of CanadaNOW Magazine. AURP Canada represents a membership of twenty-six university related research and technology parks across Canada. This publication brings together the collaborative interests of the parks, government, business and academia spanning the breadth of the country.

Canada has a strategy for its technological future. An important part of that plan, both provincially and federally, includes university research parks. Canada’s parks play an integral role in helping government meet its economic objectives.

AURP Canada releases CanadaNOW Magazine

The Canadian Association of University Research Parks / Association Canadienne des Parcs de Recherches d'Université (AURP Canada) is pleased to announce the […]

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.