IBM, FortisBC, Government and Local Companies Seek BC Tech Solutions in Terrace

VANCOUVER, Feb. 23, 2017 /CNW/ - The BC Innovation Council—a Crown Agency of the Province— is helping B.C. companies find solutions to the challenges they face through a seven-city Regional Innovation Opportunities tour that arrives in Terrace today.

The tour is providing real business opportunities to businesses in regions throughout the province. It's bringing together over 20 companies and local business owners to gain access and insight into not only potential customers, but also global customer markets.

Home to the Northwest Science and Innovation Society (NSIS) and the Skeena-Nass Centre for Innovation in Resource Economics (SNCIRE), Terrace enjoys a growing business climate. The affordable cost of living, quality transit system and opportunities for work-life balance allow talent to thrive.

The tour is giving Terrace businesses the chance to collaborate with larger companies and government agencies and entrepreneurs, to find solutions to their business challenges. It is also an opportunity for companies to network and a chance to further build their businesses, leading to possible job opportunities and business markets that could expose companies to national and worldwide markets.

"Technology is a mobile industry and the Regional Innovation Opportunities tour is bringing new business opportunities to Terrace," said Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services. "Tech is driving our economy and this tour will connect local business leaders with government and industry to create opportunities to collaborate and grow jobs."

Examples of the companies and the types of challenges they are presenting in Terrace include:

  • IBM, seeking a way to track the location of their technicians during field operations.
  • FortisBC, seeking to leverage technology to increase the supply of renewable natural gas in a cost-effective way.
  • BCLC, seeking to develop innovative games or experiences to attract new players.
  • LM Forest Resource Solutions, seeking a more cost effective hyperspectral camera.

"Every day, we are welcomed by great stories of B.C. innovators solving challenges throughout the province," said Carl Anderson, president & CEO, BC Innovation Council. "The Regional Innovation Opportunities tour brings exciting challenges and new opportunities to B.C. innovators, so they can build their businesses where they live."

The first-of-its-kind tour will build a stronger network of tech companies throughout the province, giving local businesses in communities outside the Lower Mainland an opportunity to showcase their innovation province-wide and build their businesses in the communities they know and love.

The Regional Innovation Opportunities will have visited six other communities between February 2March 6, 2017, including Prince George, Victoria, Kamloops, Castlegar, Kelowna and Nanaimo. For more information about the challenges and the opportunities they represent, visit:

About BC Innovation Council (
The BC Innovation Council accelerates the growth and success of B.C. companies by providing resources and market opportunities for applied innovations that solve challenges and drive competitiveness in B.C. industries. Through the annual #BCTECH Summit and support of the B.C. government's #BCTECH Strategy, BCIC is fostering the growth of competitive companies that generate revenue, produce high-paying skilled jobs and drive economic development in B.C.

SOURCE BC Innovation Council

For further information: Media Contact: William Johnson, Communications Manager, BC Innovation Council, 604 602.5258,


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