CBT Summer Works Program

Columbia Basin Trust Summer Works Program

CBT Summer Works Program

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.


All Keynote Speakers #BCTECH Summit 2019

Keynote Speakers at 2019 #BCTECHSummit

All Keynote Speakers #BCTECH Summit 2019

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!

Basin-based businesses: the deadline to APPLY FOR UP TO $1,000 to offset expenses from the Columbia Basin Trust is MIDNIGHT on FEBRUARY 4, 2019.

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 Ignite Program Round 7

Innovate BC Ignite Program Round 7 – Deadline January 28, 2019

Innovate BC Ignite Program Round 7

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

Program Eligibility

Focus area

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.

Matching funds

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.

Key dates:

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


Trail BC Young Entrepreneurs program

Young Entrepreneurs Program

Trail BC Young Entrepreneurs program

Junior Achievement BC & Austin Engineering present… the Young Entrepreneurs Program with Mary Austin in Trail, BC.

Junior Achievement is a nonprofit dedicated to educating youth in business, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. We are excited to launch a series of 6 (free) workshops for local youth age 9-12 that will help inspire and educate Trail’s leaders of tomorrow.

This interactive, after-school program facilitated by Mary Austin (and guest speakers) will provide basic business concepts and help identify the key success factors needed to turn personal and team performance into profit. Through this program, local youth will be inspired and equipped with the skills to bring their entrepreneurial ideas to life.

Where: Midas Fab Lab, Trail, BC

When: Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 PM, February 6 – March 13, 2019

Ages: 9-12

Cost: Free

For more information or to register your child, please contact Alanna Tynan at alanna.tynan@jabc.org

Applied Research & Innovation: Faculty Assistant - Research Assistant

Job Posting: Applied Research and Innovation: Faculty Assistant – Research Assistant

Applied Research & Innovation: Faculty Assistant - Research Assistant

The Applied Research and Innovation Department (ARI) of Selkirk College, Castlegar Campus is seeking a highly-qualified individual to serve in the role of Faculty Assistant – Research Assistant.

Working under the direction of the Director of Applied Research and Innovation and Faculty Researchers, this position will support ARI research initiatives with assigned work primarily related to the State of the Basin program, the Local Government research program, and other projects as they emerge.

Closing Date: January 25, 2019

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Undertakes data collection, data cleaning and entry, qualitative data coding and/or quantitative analysis, report writing, and development of presentations
  • Keeps records and contributes to the completion of monthly, annual, and final project and program reporting
  • Supports, participates in, and/or facilitates research participant groups and project team meetings with external groups e.g. community groups, businesses, and project contacts as required
  • Contributes to knowledge mobilization and dissemination efforts via report writing and facilitation of extension activities
  • Contributes to proposal development and/or grant applications for program and project research funding
  • Supports student involvement in projects including research process training
  • Performs other related duties as requested by the supervisor and the Faculty Assistant –Research Assistant job description

 Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, time management, and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated experience working independently, and as part of a team
  • Initiative to maintain professional currency and ability to adapt to new technologies
  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, including descriptive statistics and qualitative coding, is required
  • Excellent computer skills including use of Word, Excel, and others where required
  • Demonstrated interest in working with students and linking research initiatives to curriculum

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferably in a field relevant to rural development is required
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of relevant experience undertaking social science research projects is required
  • Experience working with rural regions and with local government clients is required
  • Preference may be given to candidates who possess higher credentials and working knowledge of GIS technologies, software is an asset

This is a 100% short-term appointment commencing February 4, 2019 and ending February 15, 2020.

 Closing Date: January 25, 2019 

All Resumes Must Be Submitted Via Email to postings@selkirk.ca

help wanted

Wanted: Full-Time Production Technician, Fenix Advanced Materials


Fenix Advanced Materials

Fenix Advanced Materials, a Clean Technology Ultra-High Purity Metals manufacturer located in Trail, is hiring for a Full-Time Production Technician.

The Production Technician will be responsible to learn all areas of production and process operations.

Qualified applicants will possess:

  • Minimum two-year diploma in technology and/or science degree
  • Minimum two years of manufacturing work experience
  • Must be a problem solver, capable of building/assembling equipment, capable of handling fragile products, work safely with chemicals and be a Team player but also work well independently.

Please send resume with cover letter to sharon@fenixam.com. No phone calls please.

Resumes will be accepted until 4:30pm Friday January 11, 2019.