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,” said Victoria Lennox, CEO and Co-Founder of Startup Canada. “We can do this by ensuring that grassroots, entrepreneur-led Startup Communities and local ecosystems are leveraged, boosted and accelerated through the Innovation Agenda. By connecting top-down policy with entrepreneurial on-the-ground momentum, we can exponentially grow our economy.”

“With ICS being a key funder of Startup PG, we are glad that our community will be so directly involved in these important discussions with top policy makers,” said Matt Hutcheon, Executive Director of Innovation Central Society. “This way, the unique challenges faced by the innovators and entrepreneurs in the Prince George region can be presented directly, and will increase the chances that resulting federal policies and programs fit the needs of our local community.”

Startup Canada is the the national rallying brand, platform, and voice for Canada’s entrepreneurship community. The Startup Canada Communities network is its flagship program that connects local entrepreneurs to each other and to a national network of opportunities, initiatives and a voice to government.

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About Startup Canada

Startup Canada is the leading national social enterprise supporting and giving a voice to entrepreneurs through online programs, national awards, flagship events, and partnerships with private sector and government to foster a community for startup and small business success across the country.


About Innovation Central Society

Innovation Central Society (ICS) is a non-profit organization that serves the North Central region of British Columbia, and is a BCIC Acceleration Network partner. The organization proudly operates with support from British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC), National Research Council (NRC-IRAP), Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT).

The mandate of ICS is to support startup ventures and develop entrepreneurs to accelerate technology commercialization by delivering target programs as well as connecting to networks, advisors & resources.  Innovation Central Society is also the organization building the Hubspace in downtown Prince George – a destination where people and ideas come together to start, build and grow sustainable businesses.


About StartupPG

Startup PG is a grassroots driven movement in Prince George dedicated to creating more entrepreneurs and innovators in Northern BC. They are not an organization, nonprofit, or business, but a group of volunteers that partner with organizations to lead a number of events throughout the year that bring together entrepreneurs, developers, designers, creators, artists and changemakers. At the beginning of 2016, StartupPG joined forces with Innovation Central Society to create the Hubspace Community.


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