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Zhongguancun Life Science Park Visits Vancouver Island Technology Park

Today members from the Zhongguancun Life Science Park from Bejing, China paid a visit to the Vancouver Island Technology Park in hopes to create partnerships with VITP and its companies within.  The group was provided a presentation on VITP and the proposed OTP, as well as a presentation from Paul Ford, VP of Finance, GenoLogics Life Sciences Software.  After the presentation, the group went through a tour of the UVIC-Genome BC Proteomics Centre.

Live Blog Wrap-Up

Wow – what a day it was yesterday!

We'd like to thank all the teams, companies and participants for all their hard work.

Also, we were supported on the day by professional photographers from E/A Photograph, videographer Shawn Aylesworth, and the live blogging crew from who also took some impromptu photos and all the "quick and dirty" videos you'll see in the YouTube MUD playlist.

Fun in the Mud

Nothing like a day crawling through the mud followed up by jumping in the….. mud.

Check out our Youtube MUD playlist, including shots of the mudjumpers who's participation was auctioned off at the end of the event to raise over $2000 more for this great cause.


Power to Play Team-Building Photos

The day proved to be a tough challenge, but teamwork and determination prevailed. Participants worked together to overcome the obstacles and finish the difficult course. Check out the action shots!


Team Spirit….

The scary-looking Genologics crew below. Have a look at all the photos on Flickr

Power to Play Kickoff

Before the horn sounded, the organizers of Power to Play had a few things to say to the participants, volunteers, and spectators.

Check out the kickoff video on YouTube or click on the video below:

Power to Play 2009 at Vancouver Island Tech Park Greetings from the Tech Park.

Greetings from the Tech Park,

The Power to Play event is kicking off as we speak. Here's a couple photos from the registration:

Check out our complete Flickr account to see all the photos.

Check out our complete Flickr account to see all the photos.

More People Working at Saskatchewan's Research Parks

The clients at the three Innovation Place locations in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert contributed more than $647 million to the provincial economy in 2008 according to an economic impact study. This is an increase of nine per cent from 2007 and is due to a significant increase in the number of people working at Innovation Place.

The rate of new Saskatchewan jobs created in Innovation Place during 2008 approached 15 per cent outpacing the overall provincial growth rate of three per cent. Currently, there are 185 technology companies and business organizations employing 4,300 people at the research parks in Saskatoon and Regina and the Forest Centre building in Prince Albert.

"The expansion of existing companies and the addition of new startup companies at Innovation Place facilities speak to the strength of the province's knowledge economy," Enterprise and Innovation Minister Lyle Stewart said. "We are confident Innovation Place will continue to create, encourage and facilitate business opportunities for Saskatchewan's vibrant technology sector."

Seven startup companies moved into Innovation Place in 2008 and six companies relocated from outside the province. The majority of Innovation Place clients are small organizations with 60 per cent of them employing 10 people or less.

"The economic impact study shows that our clients are growing, which is very good news for the province" Innovation Place President and CEO Douglas Tastad said. "We are committed to providing the infrastructure, services and support needed for our clients to be successful."

Innovation Place is the operating name for Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation and is mandated to encourage and facilitate business opportunities in Saskatchewan through the development of research parks.

The economic impact study was conducted and analyzed by Insightrix Research Services Inc. of Saskatoon. By using information such as the purchase of local goods and services and staff salaries they determined the economic impact of the clients' activities, based upon an economic model developed at the University of Saskatchewan. The survey cost $7,823.

Start Your Soapbox Car Now for the 4th Annual Canary Derby in Victoria June 28th and Vancouver June 27th

U.S.-based Canary Foundation’s Don Listwin challenges more companies to create a derby team and support early cancer detection research. 


(Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) Don Listwin, founder of the Canary Foundation, announced the June dates today while touring the BC Cancer Agency in Victoria, B.C. The derby brings together the BC technology and business community, Canary Foundation of Canada and BC Cancer Foundation to help support early detection research.


“The derby dates have been set,” Don Listwin said today, “Victoria and Vancouver teams will be competing against each other for the second time.” “We hope the technology industry will continue to make the most important investments in your life – the early detection of cancer.” 2009 Canary Derby Race Kit 2009 Call for Teams


The fundraising goal is to raise more than $500,000 in B.C. over the next two years to support the early detection work at the BC Cancer Agency right here in B.C. Last year, the third annual derby in Victoria and the inaugural derby in Vancouver raised over $250,000 for early detection cancer research.


The funds raised in 2008 were used to purchase equipment for Dr. Brad Nelson's Canary Project lab at BC Cancer Agency's Trev & Joyce Deeley Research Centre in Victoria, BC. Dr. Nelson's Canary Project team has recently added two new employees and now comprises six full-time staff dedicated to developing blood tests to measure novel candidate biomarkers for ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, and lung cancers.


California- based and Canadian born, Don Listwin, a 25-year-veteran in the high-tech industry, began an ambitious research project that he believes will produce a simple, life-saving blood test by 2015. Mr. Listwin founded the Canary Foundation after his mother's death from ovarian cancer. The mission of Canary Foundation is to advance early detection of cancer, when it is most treatable and chances for a full recovery are greatest. 


About Canary Foundation

Canary Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to the goal of identifying cancer early through a simple blood test and then isolating it with imaging. Since 2004, Canary has raised over $27.9 million in pledges towards its goal of $100 million for early detection research. Its collaborative research programs span multiple disciplines and institutions. 100% of donations go to early detection research activities. For more information, please visit


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Power To Play feature on A-Channel News

On Saturday April 18th, 2009, 22 teams of 4 will spend roughly 4 hours running, crawling, sliding, jumping, pushing and challenging themselves and their teammates through stations of mud, water, bush, and other natural obstacles in a way that the Victoria business community has never seen before.

With a race course set up on the grounds and surrounds of the Vancouver Island Technology Park, and designed by Alan Bishop (challenge designer for TV shows Survivor and Amazing Race and past participant of The Eco Challenge), all proceeds from the event will benefit the Power To Be Wilderness School, a four year outdoor education program that helps at-risk youth ( To register please register or call Heidi at 250 818 8508 if you have any questions.