Technology and Innovation

Technology as an industry sector is growing in B.C., while innovative uses of technology are invigorating existing industries to support economic sustainability. This category looks at how technology and innovation are transforming local economies and supporting community well-being.


Innovation Centre Supporting Home Grown Tech – Salmon Arm

Salmon Arm’s Innovation Centre and Makerspace is helping to retain and grow local tech entrepreneurs in a regional setting.  


A Winning Municipal Tech Strategy: From Broadband to International Recognition as a Smart Community – Nelson

A unique community engagement strategy has helped the city of Nelson take advantage of broadband connectivity to drive the local economy. The community’s efforts to build a tech-friendly ecosystem helped earn it a spot on the coveted Intelligent Communities Forum Smart21 List in 2017.


Diversifying the Local Economy Starting with a Municipally-Owned Broadband Network – Campbell River

To attract technology and knowledge-based companies, Campbell River launched a municipally owned broadband fibre optic network, CRAdvantage. The response from businesses and the community has been extremely positive and opened up new opportunities for the coastal community.


Building a Tech Strategy with a Committed Local Task Force – 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, networks and events that have grown a tech-friendly ecosystem that supports tech workers and entrepreneurs.


Metal Tech Alley: How an Industry Town in Rural B.C. Rebuilt its Economy – Trail

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.