Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP) is pleased to welcome Alberta Research Council (ARC) as its newest tenant. ARC has opened its first British Columbia-based office at VITP to access Victoria’s intellectual resources and expertise in water management, and to stimulate new opportunities for technology development and transfer across western Canada.

“I would like to congratulate the Vancouver Island Technology Park and the Alberta Research Council for their efforts in establishing ARC’s first BC-based research centre,” said Technology, Trade and Economic Development Minister Ida Chong.  “This announcement demonstrates the positive effects that can materialize within British Columbia’s technology industry when collaboration is encouraged amongst our provinces across Canada.”

ARC has a water management research and development team in Calgary, which has been focusing on ground and surface water monitoring, characterization and advanced management planning. Now, ARC will build on regional expertise and introduce a new capacity for emerging technologies, says ARC senior hydrologist and University of Victoria research professor Dr. John Gibson.

“We are using technologies such as isotope tracers, which will help manage and balance water supply needs for industry while maintaining a safe, secure and sustainable supply of water for people and the ecosystem,” says Dr. Gibson, who leads the water management research and development at the new ARC isotope laboratory.

ARC senior management will be welcoming its newest lab into the ARC family during a retreat to the facility, December 10 – 12. 

“We are delighted that the Alberta Research Council has chosen VITP as the location for their first British Columbia-based office,” said Dale Gann, Acting President, Vancouver Island Technology Park.  “We look forward to enhancing ARC’s relationships with our provincial government and our research-intensive university.”

The VITP location also provides ARC with access to a large number of B.C. government and university collaborators, and creates a more visible platform to seek industrial partnerships in B.C, the Pacific Northwest, and the Pacific Rim. “Having a high-tech water research team in Victoria will enable ARC to build regional, national and global partnerships,” says ARC vice-president of Life Sciences Shawn Gervais.

The lab provides new opportunities for graduate students seeking advanced training in isotope-based water sciences.


The ARC facility is currently investigating water eco-system issues such as the impact of the Fort McMurray oil sands on sustainability of lakes, rivers, and groundwater supplies in the region. Dr. Gibson says this research is an example of a successful program that has fostered long-term partnerships with both government and industry. “We hope to build new partnerships in B.C. and find sustainable solutions for western Canada,” he says.

About Vancouver Island Technology Park

The Vancouver Island Technology Park, a University of Victoria Enterprise, facilitates the growth of technology on Vancouver Island by providing physical infrastructure linking local, provincial, national and international resources with emerging or growing tech companies.  VITP is a highly acclaimed centre of hi-tech excellence for world class science and innovation.  Today, the existing 165,000 square feet facility is a proven model which is fully-leased to 29 hi-tech companies. VITP is home to 1,300 highly-skilled and educated workers who contribute in excess of $280M annually to the economy of British Columbia.

About Alberta Research Council Inc.

The Alberta Research Council Inc. delivers innovative science and technology solutions that meet the priorities of industry and government in Alberta and beyond.
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