The #BCTECHSummit mobile app is here! You already know about all the speakers, sessions, and sponsors that you’ll see at the event, so now it’s time for you to start making connections and creating your schedule.
Conveniently access everything you need to know about #BCTECH Summit 2019. Enhance your event experience by using the app to view the entire program, connect with other attendees and more — right at your fingertips!
- Network with fellow attendees before the event
- Personalize your agenda and add sessions to your device calendar
- Engage with speakers, sponsors and exhibitors
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Is your business growing or succession planning? Columbia Basin Trust’s Career Internship Program may be able to help meet your resourcing needs.
“This program helps create jobs and increases employment opportunities for recent college and university graduates, a workforce that is essential when it comes to meeting the Basin’s current and future business needs,” said Lisa Kilpatrick, Columbia Basin Trust Senior Manager, Economic. “At the same time, it is helping Basin businesses and organizations grow by offering competitive wages to attract a skilled workforce.”
The program was created to support businesses, as well as non-profits, Indigenous organizations and local governments in the Basin. It helps solve the puzzle of finding the capacity and resources needed to hire and train new employees or plan for succession while supporting graduates in finding employment in their chosen field.
Fernie Brewing Co. is one of the businesses currently participating in the Trust’s Career Internship Program. Fernie Brewing experienced challenges in finding the right people to meet its growth needs and balancing everything against cost constraints.
“As a smaller company, growth has to occur within an opportunity and the Career Internship Program provided that opportunity,” said Vicky Honsberger, HR Manager for Fernie Brewing. “The program allowed us to create a position that would provide value for the organization going forward and pay a competitive rate for a recent university graduate who has the potential to move into other roles and help grow the company.”
Working on the order desk at Fernie Brewing Co., Sam Higgins is learning a lot about the business and loving it.
“The Career Internship Program has provided an incredible opportunity for me. It’s allowed me to start working in the career I went to school for in a community I love and for a company I love. I feel very lucky.”
Learn more and apply at ourtrust.org/internship.
The program may fund up to 50 percent of the new employee’s wage over the first seven to 12 months, to a maximum of $25,000. The intern position must include a training plan that provides structured learning to the new employee and transitions to full-time, permanent employment at the end of the internship.
The Trust also supports workforce needs by helping businesses hire students, including apprentices, through its other wage subsidy programs, Summer Works and School Works. Basin residents can also receive the training they need to secure immediate employment through its Training Fee Support program. These are just some of the ways the Trust is helping to create a diverse and resilient Basin economy.
Applications are currently being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Learn more at ourtrust.org/economic.
Know a small business that could benefit from hiring a summer student? Let them know the Columbia Basin Trust has wage subsidies available in their Summer Works Program.
Columbia Basin Trust’s Summer Works program helps small businesses meet their seasonal employment needs and helps students gain meaningful work experience.
This valuable program provides wage subsidies to hire full-time high school and post-secondary students for entry-level and career-related jobs over the summer. By supporting the creation of up to 150 positions across the Basin, Summer Works also helps students find employment and gain experience.
Review the program guide to see if your business qualifies for a wage subsidy.
The program fills quickly so get ready by filling out the application worksheet now at ourtrust.org/summerworks.
Application Deadline: February 14, 2019 1:00 p.m. PT/2:00 p.m. MT.
This year’s keynote speakers are thought-leaders that represent world-class brands in every industry. This is your opportunity to access their knowledge, experience, and influence.
The world is changing at an unprecedented rate. KAST is excited to partner with the #BCTECHSummit to explore emerging technologies and ways to solve new challenges today’s world faces. Join us!
The #BCTECHSummit takes B.C.’s innovation economy and elevates it to a global scale by bringing together business leaders and technology experts all across B.C. and around the world to exchange ideas, insights, and opportunities.
Here is but a brief sampling (as per image above) of the talented and accomplished individuals what is an incredible lineup:
Duncan Wardle, Former Head of Innovation & Creativity, Walt Disney
Having worked for the Walt Disney Company for some 25 years, Duncan Wardle now serves as an independent innovation and design thinking consultant, helping companies around the globe embed a culture of innovation and creativity across their organizations, delivering a series of keynotes, training workshops, and leading innovation projects. His unique Design Thinking process helps people capture unlikely connections, leading to both fresh thinking and revolutionary ideas. Most recently Duncan was Head of Innovation and Creativity for the Walt Disney Company, where he helped support franchises such as Lucas Films, Pixar, Marvel, Disney Imagineering, Disney Parks, and ESPN. Working as an innovation catalyst and cultural change agent, he helped each line of business increase their capacity to innovate at scale.
Anousheh Ansari, CEO, XPRIZE Foundation
Anousheh Ansari is the CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, the world’s leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges. A serial tech entrepreneur and an active proponent of world-changing technologies, Ansari, along with her family, sponsored XPRIZE’S first competition, a $10 million initiative that ignited a new era for commercial spaceflight. Ansari is the first female private space explorer, first astronaut of Iranian descent, the first Muslim woman in space, and fourth private explorer to visit space. Previously, Ansari served as the CEO of Prodea Systems, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) technology firm she co-founded in 2006. Ansari has also co-funded The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, with a goal of investing $1 billion in women-founded companies by 2020. Prior to founding Prodea Systems, Anousheh served as co-founder, chief executive officer and chairman of the board for Telecom Technologies, Inc. After earning three key U.S. patents and growing the company to 250 employees with 100 percent sequential growth year over year since inception, the company successfully merged with Sonus Networks, Inc., a provider of IP-based voice infrastructure products. Anousheh was recognized as a Young Global leader and continues to serve the World Economic Forum as a member of Future Global Council.
Manjit Minhas, Co-Founder & CEO, Minhas Breweries, Distillery, and Winery
Dragon’s Den judge Manjit Minhas has been able to do what few ever thought possible—break into the notoriously competitive and notoriously male-dominated beer and spirits industry and grow her company to the 10th largest brewery in the world. She’s been profiled in Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail and on The National and was recently named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, a distinction honouring outstanding Canadian leaders. Minhas started Mountain Crest Liquors Inc. (MCLI) at the age of 19 in Alberta. In late 2002 she entered the beer market with Mountain Crest Classic Lager. It quickly became the first successful beer company to enter Canada in decades. MCLI is now making waves internationally, producing, developing, and marketing over 90 brands, and has served over 6 billion pints of beer. She is also the creator of Uptown Girl, a beer that is marketed and made exclusively for women. In 2006, Minhas and her brother Ravinder, purchased the second oldest brewery in the United States and renamed it The Minhas Craft Brewery, officially marking them as the Youngest Brewery Owners in The World. Their quality beers are shipped across the USA, Canada and overseas. The siblings opened The Minhas Micro Brewery in Calgary in June 2012, from which they make world-class craft beers and specialty beers such as a gluten-free beer.
Tan Le, Founder and CEO, EMOTIV
Tan Le is a top innovation and business speaker, technology entrepreneur, and the Founder and CEO of EMOTIV. She has won numerous awards, including being named Young Australian of the Year in 1998, voted one of Australia’s 30 Most Successful Women Under 30, chosen by Fast Company’s as one of the Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010, and picked by Forbes’ for 50 Names You Need to Know in 2011. Her company EMOTIV is a leader in brain wearables, which offers access to advanced brain monitoring and cognitive assessment technologies. She currently serves on the Board of Stewards on Shaping the Future of Information and Entertainment of the World Economic Forum.
Eric O’Neill, Attorney, Cybersecurity Expert & Former FBI Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence Operative, The Georgetown Group LLC
Eric O’Neill is a cyber-security keynote speaker and expert, former FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence operative, and was the inspiration for the film Breach. In 2001, Eric helped capture the most notorious spy in United States history, Robert Phillip Hanssen. Eric is also the founder of The Georgetown Group, a premier investigative and security services firm, and a National Security Strategist for Carbon Black, the leader in next-generation endpoint security.
Innovate BC’s Ignite Program provides up to $300,000 to fund innovation projects in the areas of natural resources, applied science and/or engineering.
Teams made up of industry and academia come together to solve real-life business problems in a 3-year time frame. From helping get clean drinking water into third world countries to diagnosing eye diseases faster than ever before, Ignite is bringing technology to life in BC.
Deadline to submit Letter of Intent (LOI) to Innovate BC: January 28, 2019
Proposals must involve the areas of natural resources, applied science and/or engineering, and must outline the business problem you and your team is attacking.
Applicants must be a BC-based team comprised of two or more companies, organizations and academic researchers. All teams must include an academic member and an industry partner.
Projects must secure matching funds from industry or government sources at a ratio of 2:1 matching dollars to Ignite dollars.
Projects must plan to move a proposed innovation to market within a 3-year timeframe.
Ignite Round 7
- Deadline to submit Letter of Intent (LOI) to Innovate BC: January 28, 2019
- Deadline for invited applicants to submit full proposal: April 8, 2019
- Anticipated notice of decision: Late June 2019
- Anticipated start of funding: July 2019