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HP opens first Canadian store in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 3, 2010 – HP today announced the opening of its first Canadian retail store, located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The HP Store offers consumers and small business owners a highly-personal shopping experience when purchasing their HP notebooks, all-in-one desktops, accessories and printers.

The HP Store features 1,000 square feet of HP products, and includes a section with solutions for small business owners, a feature innovation display and HP experience pods where customers can get their hands on the latest technology products.

Grand Opening day is December 3rd with a number of special activities planned in celebration, including doorcrasher specials on notebooks and printers, in-store draws, sweepstakes and special in-store appearances throughout December and January.

Juno-nominated band, Faber Drive will be at the store on December 4th between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to meet fans for an autograph signing session. Trevor Linden, retired NHL player from the Vancouver Canucks will make an appearance at the HP store on Saturday December 11th from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for an autograph session with fans.

“Vancouver is the first city in Canada where an HP Store will open its doors,” said Chris Fudge, Vice President, Consumer Business, HP Canada. “We really want to provide a new shopping choice for our customers where they can experience the latest HP technology, talk to our knowledgeable staff and have some fun in an interactive environment with something for everyone in the entire family.”

The HP store is located at 1162 Alberni Street in downtown Vancouver, and is operated in collaboration with British Columbia-.-based MarkR Management Inc., an IT Management Solutions company. The store is staffed by HP Experts who can help provide a custom shopping experience for each and every customer who walks through the door.


Celebrating National Science & Technology Week, November 1-5, 2010

Secondary students to visit Camosun and Tech Park to learn about science, technology and trades

Close to 400 high school students from four local school districts will learn how science relates to careers in technology and trades, November 1-5, 2010. Each day two busloads of students in grades 10 through 12 will visit Camosun’s Interurban campus and the neighbouring Vancouver Island Technology Park for a half day of presentations, tours and activities.

“This week-long event is being organized by the South Island Partnership (SIP), which includes Camosun College and our five local school districts,” says Kelly Knister, SIP coordinator. “And we are extremely pleased to welcome the Vancouver Island Technology Park and Victoria Advanced Technology Council (VIATeC) as participating sponsors.”

Students will arrive at the Tech Park at 9am, where they will be welcomed by VIATeC staff and hear about career options in the growing technology sector and take a tour of businesses within the Tech Park. Students will also learn about the many programs offered at Camosun that connect science and technology to careers.

Students will then walk over to Camosun’s Interurban campus where they’ll split into groups of 20 to participate in tours and activities. To explore the connection between science and technology, they’ll spend 45 minutes with displays and activities in a science and technology fair and a tour of the Engineering Technology labs.  To see how science relates to trades, students will visit the plumbing and pipe trades shop to learn about energy efficiency in applications such as home heating, and in the carpentry shop they’ll explore the science of materials such as concrete used in the construction trades. Students then return to their schools after the event ends at 11:30am.


HP Advanced Solutions Named One of Canada's Top 100 Employers

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Oct. 15, 2010 – HP Advanced Solutions Inc. today announced it was selected as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp Canada as featured in today’s Globe and Mail.  This builds on the previously announced recognition of being named to Mediacorp’s Top 55 BC Regional Employer competition last year.

“We couldn’t be more honoured,” said James Hamilton, president, HP Advanced Solutions Inc. “I attribute this recognition to every one of our employees; whose feedback and high levels of engagement influences our programs.  It’s our people that make our company a truly great place to work.”

Mediacorp editors examined the recruitment histories of more than 75,000 employers across the country and invited 10,000 of the fastest-growing employers to apply. HP Advanced Solutions was chosen for its new job opportunities, amenities, education and training development through tuition subsidies, health benefits extending into retirement, strong parental benefits, phased-in working retirement programs, and for its location and facility in one of the country’s most beautiful cities.

“We are in the business of providing outstanding service to our clients, to be acknowledged for providing outstanding service to our employees is very gratifying for us all,” added Hamilton. “We remain highly committed to being a best-in-class employer.”


UVic's NEPTUNE Team Completes World-First Ocean Observatory

More than two kilometres down in the inky depths of the Pacific Ocean and 300 km off the coast of Vancouver Island, Canada has just made scientific and technological history. The installation of NEPTUNE Canada the world’s largest and most advanced cabled ocean observatoryhas been completed.

The installation team returned to Esquimalt earlier this week aboard the research vessel T.G. Thompson after four weeks at sea. Most of the voyage was spent at volcanically active Endeavour Ridge, where the team installed two six-kilometre cables and 29 instruments on the seafloor and connected them to the main NEPTUNE Canada network.

“High-pressure work in harsh environments sounds like a recipe for disaster, but the excitement carried us through storms, equipment failure and long shifts. There was a pervasive feeling of being part of a significant achievement,” says Dr. Mairi Best, NEPTUNE Canada’s associate director (science) and co-leader of the expedition.


Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program Offers $40 Million Assistance

Startups! Interested in commercializing and testing your new innovation? The Government of Canada recently announced a new $40 million program to assist Canadian companies commercialize new innovations in the fields of Environment, Health, Safety and Security, and Enabling Technologies. Through this Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP), businesses can test their innovative products and services within the Government of Canada before taking them to the marketplace.

CICP helps bridge the pre-commercialization gap by:

  • Enabling Canadian businesses to showcase their innovations to potential government buyers
  • Awarding government contracts through an open, transparent, competitive and fair procurement process
  • Testing and providing feedback to entrepreneurs on the performance of their products or services
  • Empowering innovators with the opportunity to enter the marketplace with successful applications
  • Helping businesses get information on how to do business with the Government of Canada

If you would like to know more about CICP, please attend one of the two free Innovation Forums on October 13 in Vancouver or October 14 in Victoria.

October 13: Coast Plaza Hotel, 1763 Comox St., Vancouver, BC
October 14: Vancouver Island Technology Park, #2201 – 4464 Markham St., Victoria, BC

There is no cost to participate!
Get more information about the CICP and the Innovation Forums and to register, please email Byron Scheffler .

BCIC and New Ventures Launch Regional Competition

Attention technology startups located outside metro Vancouver: Invest $100 in your technology business idea and learn how to develop it into a profitable company.

Like the established New Ventures BC provincial competition – now celebrating its 10th anniversary – the BCIC-New Ventures Competition: Regional (BCIC-NVC: Regional) offers technology companies located outside Metro Vancouver, valuable networking and learning opportunities, only on a smaller scale.

Competitors in the BCIC-NVC: Regional will walk away with:

  • Incredible learnings from some of BC’s best business experts through the program’s business-education seminars
  • Valuable networking opportunities with top professionals from business, law, finance, government and academia
  • The knowledge to refine and improve business strategies through each round of competition
  • One-on-one meetings with mentors for direct feedback and advice
  • Experience pitching your business to a panel of experts

“This new competition will provide an excellent opportunity for participants to take advantage of education and mentorship designed for a companies outside Metro Vancouver,” says BCIC New Ventures Competition Executive Director, Bob de Wit.


Premier Kicks Off the Year of Science in B.C.

September 24, 2010

Premier Kicks Off the Year of Science in B.C.

Vancouver – To inspire young minds across the province and foster a culture of research and innovation Premier Gordon Campbell today proclaimed the 2010-2011 school year as the Year of Science in B.C.

Premier Campbell was joined by Moira Stilwell, Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, school children, award-winning science students and science organizations at today’s event at Science World to officially launch the Year of Science.

“Labour market forecasts predict that by the end of this decade, three quarters of all future jobs in B.C. will need some post-secondary education, and many of the most interesting and well-paying jobs will need a solid understanding of math, sciences, engineering and technologies,” said Premier Campbell. “Through the Year of Science, working in partnership with leaders in the science community, our government wants to help B.C. families connect with the passion and exhilaration of science discovery, and call attention to some of the diverse and exciting career opportunities available through science right in their own communities.”


RevenueWire Ranks #14 on 2010 PROFIT HOT 50


(Victoria, BC – September 15th, 2010) – RevenueWire, Inc., the industry’s leading digital product affiliate network, has officially been named #14 in this year’s PROFIT HOT 50 list of Canada’s Top Emerging Growth Companies.

Built on a cutting-edge sales tracking and analytics platform and a high-converting shopping cart (SafeCart®), RevenueWire helps affiliate marketers and online merchants maximize their online revenue.

“What an incredible honour to be part of such an elite group of young, successful Canadian businesses from all across the country. This recognition serves as inspiration as we continue to grow our e-commerce services and international presence,” said Bobbi Leach, General Manager of RevenueWire.

RevenueWire has quickly established a global reputation as a leader in digital product sales. The company is not stopping there, however. Strategic plans to increase its penetration in the UK and European landscape are already underway, with a view to further international growth.

Elton Pereira, Co-Founder of RevenueWire, said regarding the achievement, “THE PROFIT HOT 50 is a great indicator of how an emerging growth company stacks up against the national competition. Earning 14th spot on the 2010 list is easily the most exciting, significant achievement of our young organization’s life.”


BCTIA launches $1.2 Million Centre4Growth for BC Tech Entrepreneurs

The BCTIA has launched their new Venture Services initiative entitled Centre4Growth (C4G). The core of the Centre4Growth initiative is a one-on-one coaching program provided by seasoned CEOs in Residence.

Centre4Growth services are available to all entrepreneurs across the province and regardless of sector.  Vancouver will serve as the network hub with CEOs in Residence physically located in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna.

Most of the services are delivered at no cost and include executive education, International business linkages through trade missions, access to virtual resources through the Centre4Growth website, and affordable access to market research.

“BC is a great source for innovation, and we’ve always produced great technology here”, stated Mike Satterfield, Partner of Vancouver-based venture capital firm Yaletown Venture Partners, “However, we need programs like the Centre4Growth to ensure that we’re developing the business expertise required for our companies to maximize their opportunity in the marketplace,” Satterfield added.

“As a technology entrepreneur that has struggled to create a successful tech business in BC, I really see the benefit to entrepreneurs and managers that the Centre4Growth will deliver”, stated Jeff Booth, President and CEO of online building products wholesaler BuildDirect. “C4G will save managers and entrepreneurs a lot of time, money and heartache by learning from the successes of others in the community,” Booth added.

The Centre4Growth is funded by $1.2 Million from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

Tech firms clamour to set up shop on campus

Terry Stepien, president of Sybase iAnywhere, moved the firm to the University of Waterloo's Research and Technology Park as one of its first tenants in 2005 (seen above). SHERYL NADLER

Chris Atchison

Special to Globe and Mail UpdatePublished on Tuesday, Sep. 21, 2010 10:19AM EDTLast updated on Tuesday, Sep. 21, 2010 10:25AM EDT

When Terry Stepien, president of Sybase iAnywhere, moved the firm to the University of Waterloo’s Research and Technology Park as one of its first tenants in 2005, he was merely hoping for better access to the school’s legions of software developers.

Unbeknownst to Mr. Stepien, moving the database management software firm, a subsidiary of Sybase Inc., to the 120-acre park would provide a plethora of business benefits beyond those he’d envisioned – namely, access to an entire community of like-minded tech companies.

“The real estate has to be there, you have to have that in place, but it’s only one of about a dozen ingredients you have to have to make one of these parks work,” Mr. Stepien says.

As the demand for skilled workers in knowledge-based industries grows, high-tech firms such as Sybase are being joined by scores of other leading Canadian and international companies clamouring for space on any of the 25 university campus-based or affiliated research parks across the country.

Universities, on the other hand, are looking for ways to remain sustainable by producing relevant research and workers trained to meet industry’s needs.

To the chagrin of some academic purists, these research parks blur the lines separating academia from corporate Canada. Optimists say the parks provide a way for the two sides to share ideas and flourish.

Either way, they offer a unique atmosphere for business. As the saying goes, once you’ve seen one research park, you’ve seen one – each has its own features.