Growing Your Business with FTAs Presentation and Networking Event


Attend this valuable and FREE FTAs Presentation and Networking Event to learn how to boost your export opportunities. Presented by Export Navigator.

Targeting Free Trade

Seize this unique opportunity to learn about the tremendous value of free trade agreements (FTAs) for Kootenay’s active and aspiring exporters. You’ll meet Provincial representatives who negotiate BC’s interests in these agreements and who also assist businesses in overcoming tariff and non-tariff trade barriers.

Presenter: Chelsie Luciani, Senior Manager, Trade Policy & Negotiations, Ministry of Jobs, Trade, and Technology.

Export Navigator – Free Export Assistance and Coaching

Exporting allows you to expand the horizons of your business and gain a competitive advantage. Whether it’s new markets across Canada or around the world, Export Navigator’s community-based advisors are on-hand to provide FREE support to help your business grow outside of the Kootenays. Capitalize on export knowledge and resources and invaluable connections made available by this program and its advisors.

Presenter: Michael Hoher, Export Advisor, Export Navigator, Kootenay-Boundary Region

Three Convenient Kootenay Locations

Cranbrook: June 18, 2019, 12:15 – 1:30pm. Ground Floor Coworking Space, Community Futures, 131 7th Ave S, Cranbrook, BC.

Nelson: June 19, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00pm. Nelson Chamber of Commerce Boardroom, 91 Baker St, Nelson, BC.

Trail: June 19, 2019, 9:00 – 10:30am. Community Futures Trail Boardroom, 825 Spokane St, Trail, BC.

The Export Navigator Program

The Export Navigator Program offers businesses access to community-based export specialists who can provide a personalized, step-by-step approach to exporting and help connect your business to the market information, export programs, financial services, and business development experts it needs at every stage of the process.

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Canadian Technology Accelerators in the U.S. – WEBINAR

Canadian Technology Accelerators in the U.S. and Asia – WEBINAR

Canadian Technology Accelerators in the U.S. – WEBINAR

How the Canadian Technology Accelerators can help with expansion into the United States.

Despite the exciting growth opportunities, the U.S. market is often undermined as it has many challenges and deep complexities. That’s why the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) created the Canadian Technology Accelerators (CTA).

Canadian companies are naturally drawn towards to the United States when seeking to expand their business to new markets for a variety of reasons: proximity to Canada, business-friendly environment, and access to expertise, buyers, partners, and investors.

Located in America’s most prominent technology hubs -Boston, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area- CTAs provide participating companies with high-value services and customized programming focused on improving firms’ international business strategies, maximizing their market potential, identifying competitors, and connecting with global clients, partners and investors.

JOIN this helpful WEBINAR to hear about the individual market opportunities and the high-value services available to help give your companies the foothold they need to succeed. The criteria, application process and expectations will also be explained.

The CTAs are currently seeking Canadian companies with dynamic and differentiated technologies in health and digital industries for their Fall 2019 programs: Click HERE!

When: Wednesday, June 5 @ 13:00 EST

Serban Georgescu, Tech & Life Sciences CTA in Boston
Josh Kleyman, Digital CTA and HealthIT CTA in New York
Thierry Lu, Digital CTA in Silicon Valley
Iraina Miles, Health CTA in San Francisco

Why Asia? What opportunities are there? Why now?

Asia is increasingly top of mind for Canadian companies given the market size and economic growth rate in the region. Its position as a global producer of goods and services, large consumer base and increased drive for innovation offers interested companies significant business opportunities. With the diversity of markets and available opportunities, companies also have multiple entry points to the region dependent on their business strategy and strategic advantage.

New entrants, however, face an array of challenges from inadequate market data and sales channels to complex legal systems and different business cultures. That’s why the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) program of the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) has expanded its highly successful program to key Asia technology hubs including Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei, and Tokyo. The CTAs in Asia is meant to emulate the U.S. programs’ successes by providing high-value services and customized programming focused on improving firms’ international business strategies, maximizing their market potential, identifying competitors, and connecting with global clients, partners and investors.

JOIN the WEBINAR to hear about the individual market opportunities and the high-value services available to help your companies succeed and grow their business in Asia. The criteria, application process and expectations will also be explained.

The Asia CTAs are currently seeking Canadian companies with dynamic and differentiated technologies in health and healthIT, cleantech and digital industries for their Fall 2019 programs: Click HERE!

When: Wednesday, June 5 @ 19:00 EST

Richard Fong, CTA in Hong Kong
Tegan Watson, CTA in Singapore
Rowena Ko, CTA in Japan
Rupert Cao, CTA in Taipei

Mining Month Luncheon Trail BC

Mining Month Luncheon | May 28th

Mining Month Luncheon 2019

May is BC Mining Month. Around the Province, communities will commemorate this vital industry and the people involved in it.

Mining is one of BC’s largest and oldest industries and BC Mining Month is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the importance of this modern, and ever-innovating industry to British Columbians.

Activities are planned around British Columbia to recognize the people and communities that participate in this foundational industry each and every day.

Participate in the celebration!

Be sure to join us at the Mining Month Luncheon in the Muriel Griffith’s Recital Room at Selkirk College in Trail for the Mining Month Luncheon, May 28th at 12:00 pm. Lunch will be provided.

Hear Michael Goehring, President of the Mining Association of BC, speaking about the evolution of the sector, including the latest innovations in mining. Learn about:

  • automation in operations, making mines safer than ever
  • the use of drones and how they’re improving efficiency
  • how artificial intelligence is impacting the sector
  • how virtual reality is being implemented in projects to improve engagement with communities.

This is a FREE event – Click HERE to REGISTER!

For generations, mining has generated jobs and prosperity for BC families in every region of the province. Since 1901, the Mining Association of British Columbia has been the voice and advocate for BC’s mining industry.

Mining Month Luncheon in Trail BC


Nelson Innovation Centre benefits from BC Rural Dividend

Nelson Innovation Centre benefits from BC Rural Dividend

Nelson Innovation Centre benefits from BC Rural Dividend

BC Rural Dividend Program has awarded $100,000 to Community Futures Central Kootenay (CFCK) for development of the Nelson Innovation Centre.

The funds will allow CFCK to hire a manager to co-ordinate operations of the Nelson Innovation Centre, including a technology business mentorship program and membership framework.

“Nelson Innovation Centre will help to position our region as a destination for technology entrepreneurs and workers,” said Andrea Wilkey, CFCK Executive Director. “The Nelson and the Area Economic Development Partnership has been working alongside the Kootenay Association of Science and Technology to keep momentum behind this project. The support of the BC Rural Dividend Fund will support our post-launch programming, as we build up our membership and establish income streams to become self-supporting.”

Nelson Innovation Centre will be located on the first floor of the Historic CP Rail building in Nelson’s Railtown neighbourhood. It will create a hub for Nelson’s growing tech sector, with shared work and meeting spaces, business development services and skills training programs.

CFCK is one of six organizations in the Central Kootenay who are celebrating successful applications to the BC Rural Dividend Program. Other successful project proponents include the Village of Kaslo, Regional District of Central Kootenay, Nelson Civic Theatre Society, Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce, and Touchstones Nelson.

“Whether it’s promoting partnerships with First Nations at the Nelson Museum, helping the Village of Kaslo develop opportunities for aviation and recreational tourism or building local government capacity to attract new business, these grants will go a long way to boost our rural communities,” said Michelle Mungall, MLA for Nelson-Creston.

These grants help fund projects that support economic development and diversification in rural communities throughout the province. Grants can be up to $100,000 for a single applicant project or up to $500,000 for partnership projects.

“This funding supports the diverse needs of small towns throughout the province and the people who live in them,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “Our government is getting results for people in small cities and towns in every region, creating jobs and enhancing everyday services and amenities for families around the province.”

The Rural Dividend is one aspect of the Province’s rural development mandate, which commits to making rural communities more resilient.

Originally posted at CFCK.


Deer Horn Signs Strategic Partnership Agreement with Fenix Advanced Materials


Deer Horn Capital Inc. has signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement with Trail, BC’s Fenix Advanced Materials (Fenix) for potential future tellurium extraction and purification and other synergies to achieve a vertically integrated enterprise for cleantech metals.

Fenix Advanced Materials is a clean technology company specializing in the manufacture of ultra-high purity (UHP) metals. The company sells a variety of UHP metals for use in solar energy, telecommunications and infrared applications for commercial and military use. Fenix is one of the very few companies in the world achieving “six nines” (99.9999%) and even “seven nines” (99.99999%) purity in its metal products.

“Tellurium is extremely important to our vision and strategy going forward,” said Fenix CEO, and KAST Entrepreneur In Residence, Don Freschi. “We see a significant increase in tellurium demand long-term, which is why we’re partnering with a number of universities and organizations for research, extraction and processing for technologies in our pipeline that require ultra-high purity tellurium and other critical metals. The Deer Horn gold-silver-tellurium property, along with the Deer Horn’s technical team, offers us a strategic potential domestic supplier of tellurium located within the same province.”

Current strategic partners with Fenix include Teck Metals, The University of British Columbia and Redlen Technologies of Victoria, BC. The company anticipates international partnerships in education, research, mining, and critical metals processing in the coming year.

Said Deer Horn President and CEO Tyrone Docherty, “The Fenix partnership represents a key piece of the foundation we’re building for an integrated, critical metals enterprise. We’re thrilled to join the roster of exceptional strategic partners Fenix has assembled to make this happen, and we look forward to engaging with them. Going forward, we expect to announce other partnerships as part of our long-term vision and strategy to supply critical metals for clean technology and a low-carbon economy.”

“I think the world is beginning to recognize the importance of stable and domestic supplies of critical metals, especially the very rare metals like tellurium,” said Docherty. “We are preparing to help meet that need.”

To read Deer Horn Capital’s full press release click here.

Public Spaces Add State-of-the-Art Technology

Public Spaces Add State-of-the-Art Technology

Several public spaces throughout the Basin will enjoy becoming more high-tech with support from Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Technology Program.

Access to state-of-the-art technology can spark opportunities to learn, connect and bring creative ideas to life. Nine communities in the Columbia Basin will soon have new digital equipment, software and other technologies that people can use for free to enhance their digital literacy and get creative. These purchases are being made with support of over $613,000 from Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Technology Program.

“In this digital world, technological resources are important, but obtaining them individually can be beyond the means of many,” said Aimee Ambrosone, Director, Delivery of Benefits, at Columbia Basin Trust. “By installing sophisticated equipment like this in public facilities and offering digital literacy programming, people of all ages and abilities will be able to use and benefit from these tech-enabled spaces.”

The two-year, $1.5-million program provides grants to registered non-profit organizations, First Nations and local governments that operate public spaces like libraries and community centres. The grants support the purchase of equipment like 3-D printers, robotics kits, recording studio equipment and computers with specialized software. If required, the organizations may also renovate their spaces and buy furniture to create suitable venues for the equipment. Programs such as classes and workshops that train people how to use the equipment are also supported.

Here are a few of the recipients:

The Fernie Heritage Library will be creating a technology hub with three main components: a digitization station that will enable people to convert old formats (for example VHS tapes) into digital forms, an editing and creation station with computers and software, and a makerspace with equipment like a 3-D printer and laser cutter.

“The technology hub will be a place for the community to use technology to make new things,” said Director Emma Dressler. “It will be a place of innovation and inspiration, where people can interact with their environment in new ways, learn new skills and come together in new ways.”

The Okanagan Regional Library’s Golden branch will be adding a range of items that will help citizens of all skill levels do sound recordings, digitize older formats (such as slides, vinyl or tape), create and modify video projects, and learn other digital skills.

“These skills are critical for citizens of all ages in the 21st century,” said Don Nettleton, Chief Executive Officer. “Having this equipment situated in the library allows all citizens, regardless of their socioeconomic status, the opportunity to participate, provided they have a curious mind and a valid library card.”

In the Village of Slocan, the Learning Centre (photo above) will expand its current offerings by adding a laser cutter and engraver, 3-D printers, robotics kits, a video-conferencing station, and software. This space is run by the W.E. Graham Community Service Society.

“Through improved technology and programming, we hope to support our community members in enhancing their technology-related skills and ultimately quality of life,” said Learning Centre Manager Heather Clouston. “This will build skills and engage people in the community in new ways.”

The Community Technology Program has a two-stage application process. The next expression of interest deadline is May 6, 2019. Selected organizations will work with a program advisor to develop their project concept and write an application. Learn more at