Technology Success Stories

Homegrown Innovation: How an industry town in rural B.C. rebuilt its economy based on its roots – Lower Columbia Region

For years, Trail has been recognized as an industry town, home of the Teck Metals smelter, which has operated in Trail for over 100 years producing zinc, lead, silver, gold and many other metal and chemical products. Over the years, a cluster of metallurgy and tech companies has developed in Trail and the surrounding area, and it is now a breeding ground for exciting, cutting-edge companies and thinkers.


Just like that: Building a tech strategy with local tech players – Revelstoke

When fibre optic Internet came to Revelstoke in 2015, the city wasted no time figuring out how to take full advantage of it by developing a tech strategy, with input from a tech task force made up of local tech players. The result was a host of different spaces, network s and events that have grown a tech-friendly ecosystem that supports tech workers and entrepreneurs.


Kwantlen Student Collaboration Hands-on Research –Langley

In 2015, the Township of Langley partnered with Kwantlen Polytechnic University to provide fourth-year Finance students with a “real life municipal experience.”  During the six-week project, students researched non-traditional funding sources for to finance the  installation of municipal utility services on the undeveloped lands of the municipality’s Langley Regional Airport. The airport is the second-largest airport in Canada for rotary-wing aircrafts, like helicopters, and is a desired location destination by industry stakeholders.


Make Digital Media Here – Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission

Make It Here – Innovate Kelowna” is a brand owned by the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) and shared with multiple stakeholders to build awareness of the entrepreneurial spirit in Kelowna and the Central Okanagan. It was created to attract innovative businesses and the creative class to support a knowledge-based economy in the Central Okanagan region.


SunMine – City of Kimberley

SunMine is a community-owned one megawatt peak production solar facility constructed on reclaimed mine land in the City of Kimberley. The facility features 4,032 photovoltaic panels mounted on 96 solar trackers that track the sun in two dimensions and produces power for 200 to 300 homes. The power is sold to BC Hydro through a 25 year contract.