Youth entrepreneurs

#StartupDay: Youth Entrepreneur Program

Youth entrepreneursAre you a youth entrepreneur? Get your #StartupDay Agenda to see the Biggest Names in Canadian Entrepreneurship!

MitacsRECODE and the League of Innovators is designed to inspire and ignite the entrepreneurial passion of the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Be inspired to grow and innovate with cutting-edge insights from top entrepreneurs and policy leaders from Canada and the world; have a voice to government on the future of entrepreneurship and innovation in Canada; and be plugged into national and global networks to find mentors, investors, customers, and support to grow your business.

Startup Canada Day on the Hill is the largest annual national entrepreneurship event convening entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, industry executives, government representatives, and media personalities to raise the bar for Canada as a globally competitive innovation nation.

Click to see the Canada Stage Agenda and the Scale-Up Stage Agenda.


#StartupDay: Youth Entrepreneur Program

Youth under 24 years of age get in for free. Use code YOUTH100 when you get your tickets online. ID is required at registration.

If you are an existing or aspiring youth entrepreneur, this is an event you don’t want to miss!

The Program:

7.30 – 8.30 AM: Pre-Show – Leveraging Your Entrepreneur Network

Meet the leaders of Canada’s entrepreneur community and learn how you can best leverage the ecosystem to scale.

8.00 – 9.00 AM: Opening Ceremonies – Main Stage 

Join in the celebration of the 5th Annual Startup Canada Day on the Hill with the CEO of Startup Canada, Victoria Lennox, and Hon. Mary Ng, the Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion!
9.00 – 9.50 AM:  Youth Policy Hack-a-thon – Accelerating Youth Entrepreneurship
Hack the question: How can Canada become the leading country in the world in fostering youth entrepreneurship? Hon. Mary Ng, Minister for Small Business and Export Promotion

9.30 – 10.00 AM: Scale Up Keynotes
Tareq Hadhad, Founder and CEO, Peace by Chocolate
Sophie Boulanger, Co-Founder, and CEO of BonLook
Vicki Saunders, Co-Founder, and CEO of SheEO

10.00 – 11.00 AM: RECODE / Growth Fair / Mentor Genius Lounge

Check out the RECODE space in the Growth Fair (booth 28) to connect with other young innovators and Ottawa’s youth startup community;
Get your passport stamped by all 40 Growth Partners, to complete your Passport and to find partners to take your idea to the next level;
Then, #hustle over to the Mentor Genius Lounge in the Parliamentary to meet with mentors from across Canada.

11.00 AM: Lunch
Take some time to rest and recharge in the Canteen in Canada Hall 2 (Lunch for purchase). Lounge in the Growth Fair, Mentor Genius Lounge or RECODE (booth 28).

12.10 – 1.00 PMThe Naked Entrepreneur LIVE – Ryerson University
Host: Dr. Sean Wise, Host of the Naked Entrepreneur presented by Ryerson University

Awards Announcements Emceed by Renee Tavares, Entrepreneur and Ecosystem Builder

  • Recipients of the Evolocity Fund for Women Entrepreneurs
  • Recipients of the TruShield Entrepreneur Success Fund
  • Winner of the Start JLM Competition

1.00 – 2.00: Skills for the Future
Moderator: Jason Daley, Portfolio Entrepreneur and Investor

  • Iain Klugman, CEO of Communitech and Board Director of Mitacs
  • Melissa Sariffodeen, Co-Founder and CEO, Canada Learning Code
  • Natasha Dhayagude, Founder and CEO, Chinova Bioworks
  • Cameron Ritchie, Founder and CEO, Homewurk
  • Sophia Leong, Executive Director of Telfer Executive EMBA

2.00 – 3:00 PM: Canadian Export Challenge Showdown
Host: Dr. Sean Wise, Host of the Naked Entrepreneur presented by Ryerson

  • Paul Gaspar, Director of Small Business at UPS
  • Nicole Verkindt, CEO of OMX
  • W. Brett Wilson, O.C., entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist
  • Justine Hendricks, Vice-President, Working Capital Solutions, Export Development Canada

4.30 – 5.00 PM: Scaling Up Canada – Closing Keynote and Fireside Discussion
Moderator: Rivers Corbett, Host of the Startup Canada Podcast
Keynote: Frank O’Dea, Order of Canada, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
Fireside Discussion

  • Frank O’Dea, Order of Canada, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
  • Michelle Scarborough, Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives and Women in Tech
  • Brenda Halloran, Startup Canada Chair of the Board
  • Paul Gaspar, Director of Small Business at UPS Canada
  • Sergio Escobar, Startup Canada Global Ambassador

Youth under 24 years of age get in for free. Use code YOUTH100 when you get your tickets online. ID is required at registration.


THRIVE small business expo

THRIVE Business Resource Expo

We all share the same goal to help business grow, strengthen our local economy and help our communities Thrive!

Help celebrate Small Business Week by participating in THRIVE, the 1st ever South Kootenay Business Resource Expo. This event is a collaboration between Community Futures Greater Trail, Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation (LCIC), Trail & District Chamber of Commerce, and The Greater Trail Community Skills Centre.

Date: October 24, 2018
Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM PDT
Location: The Riverbelle, 1350 Esplanade Avenue in Trail

THRIVE is a FREE EVENT for the local business community, entrepreneurs, students, indigenous peoples, and anyone else needing help with their business ideas.

THRIVE will showcase local business service providers, and offer advice and resources such as:
– Business loans
– Education and training
– Starting up a new business
– Best practices on social media, advertising and promotion
– Manufacturing and exporting
– Innovation and digital technologies
– Youth entrepreneurship
And much more…

This will be an excellent business networking opportunity, creating awareness and promoting your organization in a relaxed and social evening with refreshments. There’s also a terrific DOOR PRIZE: Dinner for 2 and a 1-night stay at the beautiful Josie Hotel in Rossland, BC!

Contact Information: Loro Seymour – (250) 364-2595 ext. 21 or email.

THRIVE small business expo



Distance Venture Acceleration Program Info Session

Distance Venture Acceleration Program Info Session | October 24, 2018

New Ventures online coaching

Thinking about focusing on your startup this Fall? Set yourself up for success by finding out how New Ventures BC can help!

Whether you have a venture idea and are ready to turn it into a business or already have a startup going and are looking for more traction, the Distance Venture Accerlation Program can support you in reaching your goals. The best part? Since it’s online, the program won’t interrupt your day job, and you can participate from anywhere in BC.

The info session will share how our program works, then leaves time for you to network and ask questions. We’ll have our mentors on hand as well so you can meet them and ensure that you see a great fit, before taking the leap to apply.

October 24, 2018 | 5:30-7:30pm

Info session format:

  • 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Program overview, information, and Q&A with our Executives in Residence (mentors) + past program participants
  • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Networking and chance to chat with program staff, mentors, and fellow attendees

Participate in the session:

Please join in on Facebook as it will be streaming on Facebook Live:



#BCTECH Summit 2019

#BCTechSummit 2019 March 11-13, 2019

#BCTECH Summit 2019

#BCTechSummit 2019 is just around the corner, March 11-13, 2019 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Last year’s #BCTECH Summit 2018 broke records. Join us – the teams from KAST and MIDAS –  for the largest innovation conference in Western Canada.

Large corporations. Small companies and start-ups. Job-seekers and recruiters. Innovation leaders and media. They’re all here and looking to connect, build relationships and help the BC technology ecosystem take its place on the world stage.

Global Thought Leadership

Global thought leadership gained through keynote speakers, interactive sessions and deep dives covering innovation and its impact on the way we work, live and play. The #BCTECH Summit will bring together the world’s brightest entrepreneurs and creative minds to shape and challenge the future of business.

Largest Showcase of Innovation in B.C.

Get a glimpse of cutting-edge made-in-BC discoveries and inventions in our Marketplace, Technology Showcase, Startup Village and Ignite Research Pavilion. Collaborate with our emerging entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders and service builders.

Business Deals through B2B Matchmaking

This program connects large corporations, technology buyers, innovation scouts and government procurement specialists with B.C.-based technology solution providers.

Inspiring Youth 

There’s a career in tech waiting for our young people! Open to BC high school and post-secondary students.

Stay tuned for information about tickets (coming soon!) as well as featured speakers and other special events, including the annual #BCTECH Summit Koots meetup – more info to come!

Basin RevUp is a business growth accelerator program

Basin RevUp: New Program Accelerates Business Growth

Basin RevUp is a business growth accelerator program

While our focus is always on science and technology and doing what we can to develop these sectors, we are always, first and foremost, advocates for economic development and a growing a healthy economy for this region as a whole.

As such we’d like to help share the news about a new program to help non-tech businesses get the support they need to grow their businesses through the Trust’s new Basin RevUp program for non-technology businesses.

If you’re poised for significant growth, this accelerator business growth program can help you overcome challenges and strategize your next move through:

  • expert mentorship
  • leadership coaching
  • customized growth plans
  • targeted training and business skill development
  • peer to peer guidance

The Trust is seeking eight to ten motivated companies to participate in the first round of the program. Learn more about Basin RevUp at

Who can apply for the Trust’s new Basin RevUp program?

Non-technology based businesses based in the Columbia Basin Trust region that:

  • are positioned to grow,
  • have been operating for a minimum of two years,
  • are in a strong financial position with minimum annual revenues of $500,000,
  • have a motivated and committed senior leadership team, and
  • can confirm time commitment and financial contribution.

Ideal businesses will meet all other eligibility and commitment criteria outlined in the Program Guide.

If your business is interested in being considered for the program, review the Program Guide, and eligibility and commitment criteria. If your business is eligible, submit your expression of interest here: Basin RevUp questions and expression of interest.

If you are a technology-based business and your company is showing some revenue and investment potential but you’ve run up against some challenges, there’s a RevUp program for you too!

RevUp is a program developed by Accelerate Okanagan where it has successfully supported growth stage Okanagan companies that have created jobs and now employ over 450 people.

BC Timber Sales celebrates National Forest Week

BC Timber Sales (BCTS) Celebrates National Forest Week

BC Timber Sales celebrates National Forest Week

It’s National Forest Week and BC Timber Sales (BCTS) is on board to help celebrate!

From Sept. 23-29, this year’s theme, Research Forests: Canada’s Living Laboratories, highlights the importance of forest research for continued knowledge of climate change, biodiversity and forest management.

As a self-financing program within the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, BCTS’s primary role is to manage the harvesting and reforestation of a significant portion of the timber in British Columbia’s provincial forest.

Research is fundamental to every aspect of BCTS’s planning and operations. Forest management issues, climate change impacts, species at risk considerations and cumulative effects are a few of the research areas on which BCTS focuses.

BCTS also is working on projects to improve marten habitat, the conservation and colonization of rare lichens, and the conservation of northern goshawk breeding and forage territories.

In celebration of National Forest Week, BCTS staff will visit numerous schools to share information on silviculture, forest ecology, fire research, tree breeding and genetics. In the 100 Mile House area, BCTS foresters will lead students in grades 4 to 7 through educational stations set up in Centennial Park and introduce them to subjects including forest pathology, wildlife habitat, tree identification and orienteering.

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, an annual Forestry Day event will be held at Kokanee Provincial Park for all Grade 5 students in the Kootenay School District.

The event is organized by Selkirk Natural Resource District and BCTS staff with participation from Kalesnikoff Lumber and A.F. Timber Co. Ltd. The event will include information and activity stations on array of topics, such as forest health, wildlife, tree growth, local ecosystems, harvesting, wood products, forest sector safety and sustainable forest management practices.