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David Turpin offered third term to head UVic

Reported by Sandra McCulloch, Times Colonist

The University of Victoria's board of governors has announced it has accepted a recommendation that the university's president David Turpin be offered a third term

"I'm honoured," Turpin said yesterday of the offer. "This is a great university and it's an honour to be part of such an incredibly productive community."

Turpin's current five-year term ends on Aug. 31, 2010.

The reappointment follows an extensive performance review which characterized the 52-year-old Turpin as "thoughtful, strategic, energetic, enthusiastic and skilful in advancing the university's interests," said a press release.

The consultation process involved 32 government, academic and community leaders in the federal, provincial and municipal levels. Turpin is paid $459,753 annually in salary and benefits, according to UVic's website.

On campus, there is "extraordinary support" for Turpin, said the release.

Turpin, who has held the position of UVic president since 2000, is equally supportive of the university.

"We've got outstanding students, outstanding faculty, dedicated staff — nothing can make me feel more proud than to play a role in this institution." As much as he loves being president, Turpin said he does miss teaching. "One of the things I miss most is being in front of large, first-year classes."

The university is becoming well known for ocean and climate research.

Research grants have tripled since Turpin's arrival, reaching $106 million in the last fiscal year.

Avocet 3D to offer services to 'Power To Be'

Avocet 3D has chosen to assist Power to Be for the coming year. We will put our services at their disposal free of charge for the “Power to Play” project.  Power to Play is a corporate challenge race with all proceeds going the Power to Be. The project is slated to commence later this year. To quote from their website “Power To Be was founded on its mission to enrich the health, education and quality of life for vulnerable youth, adults, families and the communities in which they belong”. These are values that we hold dear as well and hope we can play a small part helping them reach their goals.

LifeSciences BC Announces Recipients of the 2009 LifeSciences British Columbia Awards

LifeSciences British Columbia today announced the recipients of the 2009 LifeSciences British Columbia Awards. They are:

Genome BC Award for Scientific Excellence:
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Dr. Ben Koop, Centre for Biomedical Research, University of Victoria
  -Dr. Willie Davidson, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University

Innovation & Achievement:
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John Babcook, AMGEN British Columbia

Leadership Awards:
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Dr. Jack Saddler, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia
  -Dr. Julio Montaner, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Medical Device Company of the Year:
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Response Biomedical Corporation

Life Sciences Companies of the Year:
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OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals
  -Nexterra Energy Corporation

These awards are presented annually by LifeSciences British Columbia to recognize individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the development of British Columbia’s life sciences industry across all sub-sectors, from biopharmaceuticals and medical devices to bioproducts and bioenergy – sectors which are critical to the economic future of the province and country.

“We all know what a challenging business environment the world is facing,” commented Karimah Es Sabar, President of LifeSciences British Columbia, “So it’s even more important during such times that we celebrate and continue to nurture these great accomplishments. These recipients have all proven over the last year and during the course of their careers that great science and the application and commercialization of that science continue to be achieved right here in British Columbia.  We extend our warmest congratulations and appreciation to each of the Award recipients.”

The awards will be presented at a gala ceremony Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 in front of an audience of approximately 600 biopharmaceutical, medical device, bioproducts, bioenergy and greater life sciences community and public policy leaders at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver. Please visit www.lifesciencesbc.ca for full details.

The LifeSciences British Columbia Awards are presented by Ernst & Young; Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy, LLP; Genome British Columbia; and Rx&D (Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies). Media sponsor: Business in Vancouver Magazines.

YVR Visitors to Recieve Olympic Welcome

Visitors to British Columbia travelling through YVR will know they’ve arrived in a proud Olympic host province, thanks to a 14-metre tall Olympic rings logo, which was lit today by Premier Gordon Campbell

“The Olympic rings are an instantly recognizable symbol that will help welcome the world to British Columbia in the lead up to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Games,” said Premier Campbell. “These rings are a great way for visitors and British Columbians to share in the excitement of the Games, and the cutting-edge design and technology used will showcase the ingenuity at work here in B.C.”

The rings have 20,385 individual LED lights that can be programmed for complex light show displays. They measure 45 feet (13.7 metres) high by 96 feet (29.3 metres) wide and weigh 9,100 pounds.  As part of B.C.’s commitment to a green games the lights in the display use energy efficient bulbs that consume 8.8 per cent of the electricity of equivalent incandescent bulbs and will cost only $3.36 per day in power. 

“As B.C.’s airport, we are delighted that YVR was selected as the site for this symbol of our shared Olympic pride, which will be enjoyed by the millions of travellers who visit our airport every year,” said Larry Berg, president and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “These incredible rings will offer the thousands of expected Games-times visitors, athletes and media a great first impression from the moment they land in 2010.”

The project was designed and built by B.C. firms and resulted in over 8,000 hours of employment.

The Olympic rings are located on Grant McConachie Way, the main road leading to and from Vancouver International Airport.  

NECI Celebrates 100th Graduate

NECI, a training company that helps organizations build capacity in procurement and contract management, is pleased to announce that over 100 B.C. government employees have now graduated from the award-winning Procurement and Contract Management Program (PCMP.) NECI delivers this program on behalf of the Province of B.C.

NECI has hosted five graduation events since the program’s inception in 2004, with 107 government employees receiving their PCMP certification.

At the most recent event, held on February 20th, Richard Poutney, Assistant Deputy Minister, Common Business Services,  Ministry of Labour and Citizens’ Services, said to graduates:

Your dedication and determination is sure to result in some very tangible benefits for each of you, and I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.  I really think it’s great to celebrate the importance of developing excellence in procurement and contract management … it is very satisfying to see we now have over 100 grads.”

Syd Monteith, Operations Technician with Ministry of Forests and Range, a member of the class with the 100th grad, reported;

“I have learned a lot from the PCMP program as well as from my peers from other ministries. I appreciate the commitment from BC Timber Sales who supported me through to graduation. I use my PCMP training every week as a contract champion for my Business Area. It never ceases to amaze me, how much more there is to learn."

Unique in Canadian procurement training, the PCMP features a variety of courses such as self-directed e-learning, blended e-learning, instructor-led classes, and executive seminars. Graduates typically complete the program’s thirteen courses over a three year period.

In 2007, the program was the recipient of a Deputy Minister’s Award of Excellence in the Partnership with Stakeholder category (Province of B.C.)  In 2005, the program won the Leadership in Public Procurement Award, sponsored by the Canadian Public Procurement Council, Summit Magazine and MERX.

For more information, contact Linda Saunders, President, NECI

lindasaunders@neci-legaledge.com

www.neci-legaledge.com

www.procurementlearning.gov.bc.ca

GenoLogics Completes Additional Financing to Accelerate Translational Research Informatics Growth

GenoLogics, the leading provider of informatics solutions for translational research, today announced it has completed $5 million in financing, which will be applied towards ongoing expansion plans.

The latest round of financing was led by OVP Venture Partners of Seattle with support from Growth Works and Yaletown Venture Partners of Vancouver. The funds will be used to accelerate development and global deployment of an end-to-end informatics solution for organizations pursuing translational research initiatives.

“We feel positive that the growth GenoLogics has experienced will continue as they expand their footprint in the life sciences software market,” said Chad Waite, Managing Director at OVP Venture Partners. “We’ve already seen GenoLogics make significant inroads by establishing collaborative partnerships with leading organizations that are looking for ways to achieve their translational research outcomes.”

Last year GenoLogics announced a new product suite for biorepositories and biomedical informatics to help customers better manage their clinical information. GenoLogics has developed this product suite in collaboration with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Windber Research Institute and the University of Texas Medical Branch. When the biomedical products are deployed in combination with the GenoLogics’ research informatics solutions, clients have a comprehensive bench-to-bedside informatics platform to enable their translational research initiatives.

“Over the past year we’ve invested in enhancing the capabilities our informatics platform to integrate data from both the clinical and research domains, providing our clients with an end-to-end translational research solution,” said Michael Ball, CEO for GenoLogics. “The additional funding will allow us to accelerate deployment of our biomedical informatics product suite, as well as expand our sales and support infrastructure to sustain the rapid increase we are seeing in customer adoption.”

 

About GenoLogics

GenoLogics is the leading provider of informatics solutions for translational research, spanning both the discovery and biomedical research domains. Our science purposed modules for discovery research are complemented by a highly configurable, integrating lab informatics platform that is scalable to service many labs and sciences across an organization. Our Biomedical Informatics product suite allows labs to track and manage their biospecimen and clinical annotations data, while aggregating results with our Research Informatics solution for a holistic view. For more information, please visit www.genologics.com.

GenoLogics Completes Additional Financing

GenoLogics, the leading provider of informatics solutions for translational research, today announced it has completed $5 million in financing, which will be applied towards ongoing expansion plans.

The latest round of financing was led by OVP Venture Partners of Seattle with support from Growth Works and Yaletown Venture Partners of Vancouver. The funds will be used to accelerate development and global deployment of an end-to-end informatics solution for organizations pursuing translational research initiatives.

“We feel positive that the growth GenoLogics has experienced will continue as they expand their footprint in the life sciences software market,” said Chad Waite, Managing Director at OVP Venture Partners. “We’ve already seen GenoLogics make significant inroads by establishing collaborative partnerships with leading organizations that are looking for ways to achieve their translational research outcomes.”

Last year GenoLogics announced a new product suite for biorepositories and biomedical informatics to help customers better manage their clinical information. GenoLogics has developed this product suite in collaboration with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Windber Research Institute and the University of Texas Medical Branch. When the biomedical products are deployed in combination with the GenoLogics’ research informatics solutions, clients have a comprehensive bench-to-bedside informatics platform to enable their translational research initiatives.

“Over the past year we’ve invested in enhancing the capabilities our informatics platform to integrate data from both the clinical and research domains, providing our clients with an end-to-end translational research solution,” said Michael Ball, CEO for GenoLogics. “The additional funding will allow us to accelerate deployment of our biomedical informatics product suite, as well as expand our sales and support infrastructure to sustain the rapid increase we are seeing in customer adoption.”

Dr. Don Rix Visits Vancouver Island Technology Park

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AURP Canada Applauds British Columbia's 2009 Budget

VICTORIA, BC – In today’s Budget, the Government of British Columbia announced a $14 billion investment in infrastructure projects. “I applaud the Government on its commitment to investing in infrastructure projects such as technology parks that create jobs and will contribute to the economic recovery of British Columbia,” said Dale Gann, President of the Canadian Association of University Research Parks (AURP Canada).

 “AURP Canada will work in collaboration with the federal and provincial government to ensure that infrastructure investments are directed to projects that can be key drivers of the economy,” Gann said following the Budget speech.  “Many of these projects are already up and running and ready to take the next step.  These projects have proven records of return, which means that any new investment will start to show immediate and continuing impact to our economy.”

Of the twenty-three “shovel-ready” projects that exist across Canada, AURP Canada has identified five LEED-certified projects from three technology parks in British Columbia: Vancouver Island Technology Park, Discovery Parks, and Great Northern Way Campus.

Gann said he applauds the financial foresight of the British Columbia Government in investing in knowledge-based infrastructure like technology parks which can result in significant economic benefits for the province.

AURP Canada represents twenty-six research and technology parks across Canada and is part of the North American association that represents 155 research and technology parks in Canada and the United States.  AURP Canada is committed towards building awareness about science and technology infrastructure in Canada and its critical role it plays in future growth and sustainability of these knowledge-based communities.

 

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About AURP Canada

The Association of University Research Parks (AURP) is a North American non-profit organization that represents the 155 university research parks across the United States and Canada. In 2007, Canadian members of AURP determined that Canada’s 26 research parks required a national organization to unite   the collective efforts of each park, and to establish an advocacy strategy with provincial and federal governments that would ultimately result in enhanced support of research and innovation within Canada. On August 1st of 2007 AURP Canada became the first official chapter of AURP.  AURP Canada is to act as the united voice of Canadian university research parks to build awareness in support of science and technology infrastructure enabling all stakeholders to achieve future growth and sustainability while nurturing the economic prosperity of these knowledge-based communities. www.aurpcanada.ca

 

 

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:



Dale C. Gann

President, AURP Canada

c/o Vancouver Island Technology Park

2201-4464 Markham Street

Victoria, BC V8Z 7X8

Mobile Phone:  250.888.5830

Email:   dgann@vitp.ca

 

BC Budget 2009 Builds Stability, Confidence For the Future

VICTORIA – Budget 2009 supports infrastructure projects to create thousands of jobs and build opportunities in every region of the province while providing stability and confidence for British Columbians by investing in health, education and social services, announced Finance Minister Colin Hansen today.

  “Budget 2009 builds on B.C.’s Economic Plan to help families, communities and business alleviate the effects of the economic slowdown,” said Hansen. “Despite unprecedented global economic turmoil, we are improving public services and making critical investments to create tens of thousands of jobs and position British Columbia as a leader in the coming economic recovery.”

  Budget 2009 invests almost $14 billion in infrastructure projects in every region of British Columbia. The Province will move forward on its capital plan and partner with the federal government and municipalities to build and upgrade housing, hospitals, schools and roads. These new and accelerated investments will generate as many as 88,000 jobs across B.C.

          “Our immediate investment in infrastructure will help stimulate the economy, maintain stability and keep British Columbians working during the downturn – every job counts,” Hansen said. “With our federal and municipal partners, we will build the assets we need to support future growth and development in our province.”

          Budget 2009 enhances the fundamental public services on which British Columbians depend. As a result of a comprehensive review of government spending that began last fall, $1.9 billion will be reallocated to strengthen health, education and social services.

  Over the next three years, health-care funding will increase by $4.8 billion. By 2011/12, total provincial health spending will be $17.5 billion – an increase of 65 per cent since 2001.

  The budget maintains funding for kindergarten to Grade 12 education, resulting in per-student funding of $8,242, the highest level in B.C. history. The budget invests $228 million over three years in post-secondary education to enhance access to institutions, expand health education programs, and fulfil the commitment to increase the number of trained physicians in B.C.

              For British Columbians in need, Budget 2009 invests $351 million to support income assistance, programs for adults with developmental disabilities, and funding for healthy child and family development.

              As allowed by the recently amended Balanced Budget and Ministerial Accountability Act, Budget 2009 includes a temporary deficit for two fiscal years due to the impact of the global economic crisis on provincial revenues. The deficit is forecast to be $495 million for 2009/10 and $245 million for 2010/11, with a return to balanced budgets by 2011/12.

  “There is no doubt that volatile commodity prices, instability in financial markets and weaker global economies have had a detrimental effect on our revenues,” said Hansen. “Our enduring commitment to sound fiscal management and prudent budgeting ensures we will not leave a legacy of deficit budgets for future generations.”

              With Budget 2009, the government sets out a plan to take full advantage of four key opportunities in the coming economic recovery: being a leader in the new, green economy; building on the Asia-Pacific Gateway Strategy; becoming a centre for international commerce; and, capitalizing on the benefits of hosting the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

  “We have worked hard over the last seven years to bring British Columbia back to being a destination for people to live, work, play and invest,” said Hansen. “Our increasingly diverse economy will enable B.C. to weather the economic storm better than almost any other jurisdiction on the continent. British Columbia will emerge stronger, more confident and enter a whole new stage of growth.”

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For the finance minister’s speech and more details on Budget 2009, visit www.bcbudget.ca