The Annual General Meeting of Innovation Central Society will be held on Monday December 11th at 8:00am at the Hubspace. If you are interested in attending, please contact Matt Hutcheon at email@example.com.
BC Innovation Council has been interviewing BC companies to see how they’re innovating and implementing new technology. We wanted to share some of the local Prince George superstars that were featured. On today’s podcast, we have VP of Operations at Geotech Drilling, Ryan Samis, who has been with the company for an astounding 15 of the 21 years since it was first founded in 1996. After Geotech’s 20th anniversary last year, he tells us exactly how they maintain their position as the top drilling contractor of choice in BC. Read the full article
BC Innovation Council has been interviewing BC companies to see how they're innovating and implementing new technology. We wanted to share some of the local Prince George superstars that were featured. Episode One featured the Canfor Sawmill and their tech advocate James Spankie. From the Article: "All hail the renewable resource that just keeps on giving! "Get this guys—clean energy exists right here in British Columbia’s backyard. We’re talking, green energy from TREES. Not in the way that it just helps you breathe better, they’re used in ways that you couldn’t even imagine. "We’re here today with Canfor, one of the world’s largest sawmill manufacturers in the world and one of the only paper mills in Canada. Joining us today is Director of Biofuel Development, James Spankie who has been with Canfor for a good 18 years and speaks to the history and evolution of forest products. "'Trees themselves are [...]
This year has been incredible! Between launching The Hubspace and throwing our first Tech Week, we've been busy trying to provide more value and resources to our clients and the entrepreneurial community. Here are some of the highlights of last year.
Dr. Sean Wise, the host of The Naked Entrepreneur on OWN Canada, will be in Prince George on January 24th. He believes that now is the perfect time to dream big, follow your passion and create your own path to success, and will talk about why now is the best time to be an entrepreneur. Dr. Wise’s talk is being presented by Innovation Central, in collaboration with Startup Canada, and will be held at the Hubspace downtown. “We are excited that Dr. Wise is able to visit Prince George and share with our entrepreneurial community his enthusiasm for starting businesses now” said Matt Hutcheon, Executive Director of Innovation Central. “The money required to start a business can be significantly less than it traditionally has been, launch can happen more quickly, and global markets are available from anywhere. In many ways, entrepreneurship has never been more accessible than it is now, [...]
The newly-elected Board of Directors for Innovation Central Society (ICS), the region’s technology accelerator, has the organization poised for growth in the upcoming year. The new Board Chair is Will Cadell, CEO of Sparkgeo, a local web mapping company which serves a worldwide clientele from its head office in Prince George. ”There’s this crazy idea that you need to be in a big city to do technology. Really, it’s the reverse. The great thing about tech is that you can literally do it from anywhere. Here in PG we are in the same timezone as the biggest technology hub on Earth and have much better quality of life and cost profiles. I joined ICS to underline that places like PG are PERFECT for tech. We just need to demonstrate our advantage and encourage more people to give tech a go. That’s where Innovation Central comes in!” “Sparkgeo is a great [...]
This week has been proclaimed Technology & Innovation Week in Prince George by Mayor Lyn Hall, and there are a number of events happening to showcase and celebrate innovative ideas and businesses in Prince George. “Prince George is home to a lot of great innovation and new ideas, from start-up companies with innovative ideas, to mature companies who are creating new technologies for their industry”, explains Matt Hutcheon, Executive Director of Innovation Central Society. “We have a lot of cool people doing cool things, and this week’s events are aimed at raising awareness about them, as well as planting the seeds for how others can undertake their own innovative ideas using tools and resources we have in the community. The technology sector in British Columbia now generates $23 billion dollars in annual revenues, and provides more employment than forestry, mining and oil & gas combined, and Prince George is growing [...]
Innovation Central Society is helping businesses scale and grow in the City of Prince George. Weak financial literacy is one of the single biggest reasons why small businesses don’t succeed. According to Intuit Canada, 44 per cent of small business owners have below average financial literacy skills and only 18 per cent could be considered above average. Without the technical know-how or the support to aid them, the odds are stacked against entrepreneurs who want to succeed and grow. Join us for a free 1-hour networking and learning session with financial experts. Find out the pitfalls to avoid and how companies can protect and plan for growth in their business. This is a session explaining the financial implications of growth of a business, tools and techniques to analyze and plan for growth, and the best times and best reasons to grow a business. Session Overview: This is a basic session explaining the terms and [...]
The City of Prince George is helping to bring a world-renowned economist to Prince George for a free workshop on building community prosperity. On May 30, economist and author Michael Shuman will present Local Economy Solutions, a workshop about economic development and how cities can prevent money from leaving the community. The free half-day event was organized by Simon Fraser’s Certificate Program for Community Economic Development in partnership with the City of Prince George, Integris Credit Union, and the Innovation Central Society. It will be held at the Hubspace, 1299 Third Ave. from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Residents can register at https://localeconomysolution_princegeorge.eventbrite.ca. The event is free, but registration is required. Michael Shuman will present a “local living economies” approach to economic development that focuses on building up local businesses and inviting community participation. As part of the workshop, he will guide participants through a “leakage analysis” of the community to find [...]
Shauna Harper will be proudly representing Prince George in Canada’s capital this week, meeting with Members of Parliament, Parliamentary Standing Committees and Ministers at Startup Canada Day on the Hill. Startup Canada Day on the Hill is the largest annual gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators, anchor companies, investors, industry leaders, media personalities and government decision makers to raise the bar in building Canada as an innovative, entrepreneurial nation. Shauna Harper will attend to provide direct input into the Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda on behalf of Startup Prince George. “If Canada is to become a centre of global innovation and a leader in the digital economy, Canadians must start thinking and acting like innovators.” said Harper, “ It’s time to create a new Canadian dream wherein entrepreneurship is a core value and competency of every Canadian.” “It’s time to unlock the entrepreneurial potential of every Canadian in every community across Canada,” [...]