Rural Development Institute (RDI) State of the Basin

Rural Development Institute (RDI) State of Basin Workforce Trends Report

Rural Development Institute (RDI) State of the Basin

The goal of the State of the Basin is to monitor and report on information relating to well-being in the Columbia Basin-Boundary region.  “The mandate of the RDI is to support evidence-based decision-making in our region,” says Dr. Terri MacDonald, Regional Innovation Chair at Selkirk College’s Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute. “The State of the Basin initiative is one of the primary ways we aim to advance this mandate.”

The State of the Basin Workforce Trends Report provides a summary and details of all the indicators reflecting the state of employment throughout the region.

‘Workforce’ can be generally thought of as those people currently working, or looking for work. Often it’s discussed in relation to a certain sector (e.g., the skilled trades workforce) or geographic area (e.g., Columbia Basin-Boundary workforce). A skilled and engaged workforce is critical to the success of any economy.

Forecasts from the Kootenay Regional Workforce Table indicate 4,700 new jobs in the Kootenay Development Region by 2020, as well as 18,000 vacancies as a result of retiring workers.  To get more specific with regards to tech and knowledge workers, the report identifies that professional, scientific & technical services grew  31.6%.

Employment figures indicate whether there are increasing opportunities for the people of the region, and in which sectors they will find potential opportunities. Employment data can be used to help track economic diversity, resilience, and regional prosperity.

Read the report HERE.

 

Recruiting new Board Directors – KAST

KAST is creating an unexpected regional oasis of opportunity for people who invest, start companies and work in technology. Could you help?

We are recruiting new Board Directors for our 8 member governance board. This is a volunteer position and requires experience working with or within the technology sector, locally or globally.

KAST works to solve problems for science and technology business throughout the Kootenays.  Take a look at how we do this in the KAST Strategic Plan and 3 Stage Project Cycle.

KAST Board meets every two months.  Take a look at the detailed schedule HERE.

If you are interested in being part of growing and developing our regional science, technology and innovation business culture please fill out and submit this KAST Board Application by April 30, 2017 to info@kast.com.

Women in Business Awards Kootenays

Celebrating Women Business Leaders

Women in Business Awards KootenaysThe sixth annual Influential Women in Business Awards are fast approaching.

Kootenay Business is inviting you to nominate business women in the southeastern corner of B.C. Do you know a woman who deserves recognition for her business successes and serves as a role model in her community?

If so, Kootenay Business wants to hear from you. Last year they received over 75 nominations.

The awards will be presented to three accomplished women in the West and three in the East—recognizing them as the most Influential Women in Business for 2017.

The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2017.  Nominate an accomplished business woman HERE.

Apply for BCTECH Summit

BC Tech Summit Investment Showcase: Accredited investors

 http://bctechsummit.ca/b2bmeetings/ly for the #BCTECH Summit Investment Showcase - Deadline January 18th!

Matching BC Companies With Investors

For BC companies, the Investment Showcase will offer you the opportunity to deliver a 10-minute investment pitch to a group of truly elite national and international investors looking for technology solutions created in BC.

Sectors as part of the Investment Showcase include:

  • Advanced Materials / AgTech / CleanTech
  • Digital Media / Games /Mobile / Social / Web
  • Hardware / IoT / Traditional ICT / Wearables
  • HealthTech / Life Sciences / Medical Devices / Pharma

BC technology companies must apply to participate in the Investment Showcase. Applications are now closed for BC companies to apply to pitch.  Application deadline was January 18, 2017.

For investors interested in advanced seed to series B-stage investments, the Investment Showcase offers local and international investors a unique opportunity to explore a pre-selected portfolio of BC’s brightest tech stars. This is where you will meet innovative technology companies with a global market, strong traction and impressive teams.

Our Selection Committee made of VCs and Angel Investors have chosen this year’s companies! See the 40 companies below selected to pitch at this year’s Investment Showcase. 

By registering for the Investment Showcase, investors will also have access to the full conference on March 14th and 15th. Plus, your registration will allow you to sign up two of your portfolio companies for the price of one to attend the #BCTECH Summit! 

Accredited investors can register now by clicking HERE for your special pricing.  

Provincial 'Innovation Network' Announcement

Provincial ‘Innovation Network’ Announcement

Premier Christy Clark today named UBC president Professor Santa Ono as her Chief Advisor of the Innovation Network designed to foster greater collaboration between public post-secondary institutions and innovation-driven industries.

The creation of an Innovation Network will link post-secondary institutions to industry – helping to ensure graduates have the skills that industry and employers need from life science to digital media through to clean energy – so British Columbians are first in line for career opportunities. The Network will give industry access to leading edge researchers inside post-secondary institutions to help solve problems in the industry. The Network will also support the attraction of business and talent to the province, while ensuring that the Network in British Columbia can compete on the global stage.

“A diverse range of innovation-related industries in our province continues to outperform the general economy, and employs more than 100,000 people,” said Premier Clark. “Professor Ono is an internationally respected leader who will ensure through this collaborative effort, that homegrown talent and industry needs are aligned, while helping to spur industry innovation and continued growth of our economy.”

The Chief Advisor, working with the Premier’s Technology Council, will convene industry, post-secondary leaders and research agencies from throughout the province to build relationships, make linkages and provide a forum to support innovation in the provincial economy.

“Talent is what drives innovation. and having access to the right talent is critical to the ongoing growth of our diverse tech sector in British Columbia,” said Professor Ono. “B.C.’s colleges, institutes and universities are producing the best and brightest minds to fuel the innovation economy and have the research capacity to find solutions to the business, technical and growth challenges that the sector faces. Economies that invest and develop next generation solutions and talent will be those who grow and profit.”

In March 2017, Professor Ono will convene stakeholders in the innovation network at a forum during the #BCTECH Summit. The forum will identify current successes in talent development, cluster strengths and opportunities, and research-to-innovation models. The forum will identify focus and serve as the launch for further consultations and analysis with findings presented at #BCTECH 2018.

Over the course of the next year, Professor Ono will focus on talent, research and innovation, and super-clusters. This includes:

  • Development and implementation of strategies to attract and retain talent.
  • Alignment of tech sector needs and post-secondary training and education.
  • Identify programs and corresponding investments to meet industry demand.
  • Work with industry, post-secondary institutions and research agencies to encourage research that meets industry needs and supports innovation.
  • Undertake a gap analysis to ensure innovation clusters are best positioned to compete globally.

“An innovation-network will benefit industries throughout the province with greater co-ordination and alignment in meeting the ever-evolving needs of a diverse group of knowledge-based employers,” said Don Mattrick, co-chair of the Premier’s Technology Council. “The knock-on effect of greater collaboration between post-secondary sector and employer is the advancement of local and provincial economies.”

Read more HERE.

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