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Times Colonist Reports: "Data start flowing from deep ocean"

Neptune Canada

With the flick of a switch yesterday, the international spotlight focused on the mysterious world of the deep ocean off the coast of B.C.

After a decade of planning, research and input from scientists of all disciplines, led by the University of Victoria, NEPTUNE Canada, the world’s first cabled ocean observatory taking in an entire region, came on line.

Over the next 25 years, NEPTUNE — which stands for North-East Pacific Time-series Undersea Experiments — will deliver real-time scientific data to students and scientists all over the world.

Victoria solar company and First Nations community awarded for BC's largest solar instalment

Home Energy Solutions

Sum-SHA-Thut, an installation by Canadian solar energy company Home Energy Solutions, has been named ‘Solar Project of the Year’ at the 2009 Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) conference. The winning project, built for Vancouver Island’s T’Sou-ke Nation, is BC’s largest solar power installment to date and the recipient of several previous awards.

“The success of this project and the leadership demonstrated by the T’Sou-ke Nation and Chief Gordon Planes show great promise for solar electric generation in Canada,” says Dave Egles, founder and president of Home Energy Solutions. Since the July 2009 installation of Sum-SHA-Thut (the Sencoten term for ‘sunshine’), energy consumption has dropped 30 percent, making T’Sou-ke Nation the most solar-intensive nation per capita on the planet.

Karimah Es Sabar to Transition from LifeSciences British Columbia to the Centre for Drug Research and Development

Karimah Es Sabar

LifeSciences BC today announced that their President, Karimah Es Sabar will be leaving the organization in April of next year to pursue a new opportunity with the Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) in Vancouver.

“My tenure at LifeSciences BC has been one of the most personally and professionally rewarding of my career,” said Es Sabar. “It has offered me the opportunity to work with truly some of the brightest and most passionate people – people who have supported and inspired me,” she remarked. “The time has come however for me to work on building BC’s life sciences sector from a new vantage point.”

College Breaks Ground for $28M Centre of Excellence

Okanagan CollegeConstruction is set to begin on Okanagan College’s new $28-million Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation following the official groundbreaking by provincial, federal and college representatives. The project will create up to 179 direct jobs.

“The investment in Okanagan College will provide a significant economic stimulus to our community and will create jobs in this region,” said Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and MP for Okanagan-Coquihalla. “Our government is investing in innovation to create jobs, to help our economy recover quickly and to improve the quality of life for Canadians. Young people and older citizens in increased numbers will benefit from the ongoing excellence of Okanagan College.”

“This new centre for green technology at Okanagan College will stimulate Penticton’s economy and increase our community’s vitality as more youth can affordably stay here to get a world class, state of the art education,” said Bill Barisoff, MLA for Penticton. “The skills being learned here will translate into real career opportunities that capitalize on the new green economy.

Vancouver Cleantech company celebrates rapid growth

Pulse Energy

Vancouver’s Pulse Energycelebrated the move to their new downtown office last night with an official launch party drawing some big names in Vancouver. Political leaders braved a rainy winter storm to rub shoulders with the city’s business, real estate and energy sector elite.

Mayor Gregor Robertson toasted the fast-growing company on their success, and made an announcement that the City of Vancouver, in partnership with BC Hydro Power Smart, would be deploying Pulse Energy’s technology in its own buildings. Mayor Robertson told a group of 150 guests that “by improving the efficiency of our largest buildings, Pulse Energy’s energy management software will move Vancouver closer to our goal of becoming the world’s Greenest City. A great benefit of Pulse Energy’s approach is that it enables cost savings that doesn’t require expensive capital expenditures on new equipment.”

Coastal America Spirit Award to Coastal & Ocean Resources Inc.

Coastal & Ocean ResourcesCoastal & Ocean Resources Inc. (CORI) was recently awarded the Coastal America Spirit Award as part of the Alaska ShoreZone partnership.

The Coastal America Spirit Award: “recognizes exceptional projects that demonstrate the ‘spirit’ of teamwork for group efforts that are poised to address our challenging coastal issues.”

The Alaska ShoreZone program is a coastal habitat mapping program supported by over 20 federal, state and county agencies in addition to non-governmental agencies. To date, over 40,000 km of coastline have been imaged and mapped as part of the program. CORI has been the primary contractor for the program.

Times Colonist Reports: Rix was a giant in life sciences

Dr. Don RixDr. Donald Rix will be remembered today as a giant in British Columbia’s life sciences field and a major force who helped to establish the core of businesses at the Vancouver Island Technology Park in Saanich.

Rix, a physician, entrepreneur and philanthropist, founded LifeLabs (formerly MDS Laboratory Services) and gave his time, money and expertise to new and existing companies to open new markets.

Rix died of cancer on Nov. 6 at age 78. A public celebration of his life is being held this afternoon from 4 to 6 at the Hotel Vancouver.

Times Colonist Reports: Victoria's high-tech revenue hits $1.95 billion

VIATeCTotal annual revenues for Victoria’s high-tech community are at $1.95 billion and the total economic impact of the sector is in excess of $2.6 billion, according to a new economic-impact study to be released today.

The study, to be unveiled at Island Tech 2009, a showcase for the sector at the Victoria Conference Centre’s Crystal Gardens, was undertaken over the last two years and its findings are considered very conservative, according to Dan Gunn, executive director of the Victoria Advanced Technology Council.

“We wanted to make sure it was a strongly defendable number,” he said. “But in no way do we want, nor do we need to exaggerate the size or impact of the sector.”

President of ACCT Visits VITP

Janet Scholz

President of ACCT, Janet Scholz visited VITP today.

Vancouver Sun Reports: Philanthropist Don Rix leaves a legacy felt in business and charity

Dr.Don Rix

Don Rix, a man regarded as a giant in British Columbia’s technology and biotech sectors, died Friday, leaving a philanthropic legacy that will live on in institutions, programs and initiatives he was instrumental in launching across many sectors.

Rix, who was predeceased by his wife Eleanor, passed away at age 78 following a long illness.

He was known and admired as a leader and a mentor to many.

“Don was a giant,” said Darcy Rezac, the Vancouver Board of Trade’s managing director. “He was a role model to everybody in business, and in the broader community as well. He was a consummate volunteer, an engaged community leader. He was a philanthropist and a model corporate citizen.