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Events Hosted by BCTIA

One of our most popular events, TechBrew brings together the coolest new technologies, cutting-edge innovators, and influential decision-makers, all under one roof. On January 29th, join fellow... more

News on BCTIA

DemoDay 2012: Instilling a Home Team Advantage
It was only two months ago when Adam Lorant, Cindy Pearson, and I met and brainstormed the idea of hosting our first-ever DemoDay as part of Centre4Growth.  It’s been a sprint ever... more
3,000 New Jobs forecasted for BC tech sector in 2012
Did you know the tech sector now employs more British Columbians than the forestry, mining, and oil and gas sectors combined? According to the BCTIA it's true and companies in B.C. expect to... more
2012 BC Technology Scholarship supports future tech workforce
The technology-sector can only be successful when it possesses the right mix of talent development and skilled worker attraction. Established in 2005, the industry-funded BC Technology... more
Innovation, Productivity and Jobs - Why BC Should Care
If the title of this blog post caught your eye, you should definitely check out BCTIA's TechForum lunch event this Thursday, May 19th. Innovation is the driving force behind competition,... more
Do Business Accelerators Work?
Leaders of three Canadian business accelerators painted a very clear picture of what it takes to succeed—strong connections with the surrounding tech community, industry involvement,... more
Communitech’s Venture Services Program expands to meet Waterloo tech growth
Waterloo's Communitech announced this morning that their Venture Services program is expanding to support the growing number of startups relying on Communitech for commercialization expertise. The... more
Vancouver Tech Events of the Week - Feb 28th - March 6th
Net Tuesday - Applications of Location-Based Services with Yelp, Tingle and Compass Engine Tuesday, March 1st - 5:15pm Storyeum ITAC Digital Commerce Roundtable: Finding Your Place in an... more
Vancouver Tech Events of the Week - Feb 21st - 27th
Three great events in Vancouver this week if you're in Cleantech, a Woman Entrepreneur, or looking to increase sales. VEF presents Cleantech Panel Discussion - How To Capitalize On Current... more
Register for Mac McIntosh this week and enter to win a roundtable seat
Need to generate more leads that will turn into closed sales and increased sales revenue? Thanks to BCTIA's Centre 4 Growth Mac McIntosh will be touring BC in February with stops in Kelowna,... more
Register for The Lean Startup this week and enter to win a roundtable seat with Eric Ries
Thanks to BCTIA's Centre 4 Growth Eric Ries, the founder of The Lean Startup methodology, will be touring BC in March with stops in Victoria, Kelowna and Vancouver. Entrepreneur and author of the... more
Howard Donaldson joins Centre4Growth CEO-in-Residence Program
The BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) announced today that Howard Donaldson has joined its Centre4Growth CEO-in-Residence Program. Most recently Donaldson served as Vice President, Studio... more
Mac McIntosh coming to Kelowna, Victoria, and Vancouver
Need to generate more leads that will turn into closed sales and increased sales revenue? Thanks to BCTIA's Centre 4 Growth Mac McIntosh will be touring BC in February with stops in Kelowna,... more
Lean Startup Eric Ries coming to Victoria, Kelowna and Vancouver
Thanks to BCTIA's Centre 4 Growth Eric Ries, the founder of The Lean Startup methodology, will be touring BC in March with stops in Victoria, Kelowna and Vancouver. Entrepreneur and author of the... more
Vancouver Tech Events of the Week - January 17th - 23rd
With the holidays behinds us, things are picking up in Vancouver's tech scene with a couple organizations kicking off their 2011 calendar this week. Angel Investor Overview Workshop Tuesday,... more
Vancouver Tech Events of the Week - November 29th - December 5th
It's a busy week in Vancouver thanks to the Bootup Entrepreneurial Society hosting not one, not two, but three events on Wednesday. BES presents User Experience Design with MySpace's VP of UX... more
Looking for entrepreneurial guidance? Then step into Mr. Tam's office
If you’re looking for guidance from the proven business leaders making up the roster of the BCTIA’s CEOs in Residence program, you’re in luck; one of those CEOs, Bill Tam, is... more
Vancouver Tech Events of the Week - November 8th to 14th
Bootup Presents: Facebook Developer Garage Monday, November 8th District 319 - 319 Main Street Wavefront Presents: Introduction to SingTel – The Asian Market Opportunity Tuesday,... more
Free Technology Association membership for Quebec start-ups
The Quebec Technology Association is offering 33 Quebec start-ups a free membership to their organization. Members of the AQT receive benefits like support programs and substantial savings on... more
Vancouver: Wonders Start Here [video]
BCIC's CONNECT Conference took place tonight in Vancouver and it was an unqualified success. The SOLD-OUT event took place at the new Convention Centre and prior to Lane Merrifield's keynote... more
Vancouver Tech Events of the Week - October 12th - 17th
It's a short week but a big one in Vancouver for events with BCIC's CONNECT Conference taking place tomorrow at the Vancouver Convention Centre. CONNECT: Next Happens Here Tuesday, October 12th... more
CEOs in Residence give free guidance to tomorrow's entrepreneurs
Three West Coast CEOs are putting their own corporate pursuits on the backburner for a while and are using their years of experience to guide the next generation of B.C. executives. They’ve... more
Mission Hill Winery proprietor talks about his success
The Mission Hill Winery in the wine country of B.C.’s Okanagan Valley wasn’t always an award-winning distiller. In fact, when owner Anthony von Mandl started the winery in 1981, there... more
Techvibes TV: Pascal Spothelfer at the GROW Conference
The GROW 2010 technology conference took place in August at the Vancouver Convention Center, and Techvibes was on location with an on-site studio conducting video interviews with a... more
New study shines spotlight on success factors for BC's Tech Startups
A new study titled A Study of New Product Development in British Columbia – what separates product successes from product failures was published this week by Lyn Blanchard of Creekstone... more
Is Vancouver's Tech Community Broken?
The BCTIA will discuss that question and more next week during this month's techforum event. A technology community flourishes when all players come together as one collective voice and when... more
Vancouver Tech Events of the Week - June 7th -13th
It's a light week for events in Vancouver but with the BC Technology Industry Association's annual Awards Gala is on the schedule the who's who if BC tech will be out on Tuesday. BCTIA 2010... more
Tomorrow's Titans at the Technology Impact Awards
The BCTIA is hoping to expand BC’s tech community by inviting companies to host startup tech CEOs at the upcoming 2010 Technology Impact Awards on June 8th. The initiative, called... more
This month's Impact panel features Excellence in Product Innovation
Impact is a monthly speaker series featuring the winners and finalists from the 2009 Technology Impact Award (TIAs). Impact events are good opportunities to network. There is time before and after... more
Employee stock option tax attacked
Every week Techvibes republishes an article from Business in Vancouver. This article was originally published in issue #1071 - May 4 - 10, 2010. Proposed changes to taxes on employee stock... more
Tech Events of the Week - April 12th - 18th
Pretty busy week in Vancouver for tech-related events. Work at Play presents Alfresco Enterprise CMS Lunch & Learn Tuesday, April 13th - 11:00am - 1:00pm Steamworks Brewing Company... more
Local Entrepreneurs rally for Fasken's Keith Spencer
A group of local entrepreneurs like their tech lawyer so much that they are publically rallying for him to receive this year's Bill Thompson Award at BCTIA Technology Impact Awards.  Check out... more
BC Tech Sector predicts Rebound in 2010
According to the 3rd annual TechTalent BC Labour Study issued today by the BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA), the hiring forecast for BC’s tech industry signals recovery, optimism... more
Exposure and Validation with the Technology Impact Awards
If you work for an emerging start-up in the BC technology community, getting exposure and validation for your company is important to your success. The BCTIA's Technology Impact Awards celebrate... more
Technology Forecast: Cloudy for 2010
Leading IT reseaarch firm Gartner names Cloud Computing as the Top Technology Trend for 2010 and the BCTIA wants to get your company prepared to capitalize on the opportunity. It is no mystery... more
Piracy concerns temper B.C. tech’s embrace of Chinese development boom
Every week Techvibes republishes an article from Business in Vancouver newspaper. This article was originally published in issue #1051 - Dec. 15 - 21, 2009. Members of B.C.’s forestry and... more
Mayor Robertson on Vancouver's Green Capital City vision
Next month's BCTIA TechForum luncheon event is titled Race to the Green and Mayor Gregor Robertson will be on hand to outline the Vancouver Green Capital city vision and how the tech community can... more
Engage directly with BC’s technology and business leaders.
Delivered as a monthly, interactive evening panel discussion, BCTIA's IMPACT Speaker Series features Finalists and Winners of the BCTIA Annual Technology Impact Awards – providing attendees... more
Tech Events in Vancouver - October 26 - November 1st
VEF: Fireside Chat with Leonard Brody and Michael Tippett Tuesday, October 27th - 5:30pm - 8:00pm Vancity Theatre Angel Forum: Company Directors Workshop for Investors, CEOs, and Directors... more
Iain Black on BC's Knowledge Economy
The Honourable Iain Black, BC's Minister of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development joins the BCTIA on October 1st over lunch to discuss the opportunities, issues and actions required... more
PeerFX partners with BCTIA
Vancouver startup PeerFX has partnered up with the BC Technology Industry Association to offer their members the "most competitive exchange rates possible". Do you have regular exchanges between... more
BC Budget Retains Commitment to Programs Benefiting the Technology Sector
BC has not been spared the effects of the worst global recession in 70 years and the drastic reduction of government revenues has created larger provincial deficits than the government and most... more
Financing Tech in the Wake of an Economic Crisis
Amidst this unprecedented economic climate, you may be faced with thinning options for securing the financing you need to grow your organization. On September 10th, BCTIA has invited Zeugma... more
Adopting the Harmonized Sales Tax
Last week’s announcement by the BC government to replace the current GST/PST system with the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) in 2010 came as a surprise for many British Columbians. The adoption of... more
Sierra Wireless picks up top awards at TIAs
The BCTIA hosted their annual Technology Impacts Awards (TIAs) at the new Vancouver Convention Centre tonight and they were a sold-out affair. Sierra Wireless was named Company of the Year and... more
Tech Events in Vancouver - June 15th - 22nd
It's a light week in Vancouver this week for events with the BCTIA annual Technology Impact Awards stealing the solo weekday spotlight. 2009 Technology Impact Awards Wednesday June 17th -... more
BC's Top 100 Tech companies event
BCTIA is hosting their annual BC's Top 100 Tech Companies TechForum event next week. Hear from BC Tech companies that made the Business in Vancouver Top 100 list - companies that continue to grow... more
Get your ticket for the 2009 Technology Impact Awards
Join 700+ of your peers and colleagues to celebrate our successes at the 2009 Technology Impact Awards (TIAs) on June 17th in Vancouver. The province’s largest and most prestigious awards... more
Impact Lesson Part 2: Innovation and Adaptation
At the BCTIA Impact event in downtown Vancouver this week, distinguished BC tech sector leaders and award winners gave their answers to questions that will be explored in this blog series.Question... more
Impact Lessons Part 1: Retaining and Motivating Your Team
At the BCTIA Impact event in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday evening distinguished BC tech sector leaders and award winners gave their answers to questions that will be explored in this blog... more
Elastic Path Growing and Hiring Despite Recession
Earlier today Vancouver's Elastic Path Software was named one of three finalists in the Emerging Company of the Year category at BCTIA's 2009 Technology Impact Awards. While you may not have heard... more
2009 Technology Impact Award Finalists announced
Today the BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) announced the finalists for the 2009 Technology Impact Awards (TIAs). Marking the award’s 15th year, the 2009 finalists reaffirm British... more
BC Election Platform Commentary
The May 12 provincial election race is on and both the NDP and the Liberal Party have released their election platforms. With the global economic crisis as a backdrop, jobs, social issues and the... more
Nortel’s rise and fall, as seen by their CTO
Jules Meunier, the former CTO of Nortel Networks, explained to an engaged audience at the British Columbia Technology Industry Association’s luncheon at Sutton Place on Tuesday how Nortel,... more
BC Tech Scholarships up for grabs
Know of someone graduating high school or attending University or College that is interested in a Tech Career? They may qualify to receive a BCTIA BC Technology Scholarship. The industry-funded... more
Nortel… from Superstar to Struggling for Survival
Over the past couples months Techvibes has covered Nortel multiple times - everything from lay-offs (and a former employee auctioning off their severance package on eBay) to whether the Canadian... more
Three Rising Stars share the Mike
This month's BCTIA Impact Speaker Series profiles three emerging companies that are poised to be tomorrow's powerhouses and pivotal to the growth of BC's technology industry. Day4Energy, Vision... more
Sir Terence Matthews promises to bring it to BC
The British Columbia Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) is hosting a Global Growth Symposium today at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Vancouver and Sir Terence Matthews of Mitel fame kicked it... more
2009 Provincial Budget – 'Staying True to the Brand'
With a balance between reduced government spending and modest deficits for the next two years, BC’s Budget 2009 has answered the call of the federal government to co-invest in the... more
Spring is Award nomination season
The 2009 Award nomination season is upon us and two awards series have submission deadlines fast approaching. The British Columbia Technology Industry Association is calling for submissions for... more
Terry Matthews keynotes Global Growth Symposium
The British Columbia Technology Industry Association announced today that high-tech guru Terry Matthews, Chairman, Mitel; Chairman Wesley Clover, will deliver the opening keynote at BCTIA’s... more
Small Energy Group addresses IMPACT of clean, smart energy consumption
David Helliwell of Small Energy Group was one of the experts on hand at the BCTIA’s IMPACT series, held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Vancouver this Thursday. Helliwell pointed out that... more
Strangeloop Networks scales for the future
Jonathan Bixby, the CEO of Strangeloop Networks, was on hand at the BCTIA’s IMPACT series, which took place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Vancouver Thursday evening, to explain what made... more
Jason Cohenour of Sierra Wireless on being Hell Bent on success
Jason Cohenour, the President and CEO of Sierra Wireless, was on hand at the BCTIA's Techforum luncheon (held at the Sutton Place hotel in downtown Vancouver) to explain why his company is... more
Hell Bent on Success at Sierra Wireless
On Tuesday November 18th, the British Columbia Technology Industries Association (BCTIA) hosts their next techforum event and this time around the speaker is Jason Cohenour, President and Chief... more
Kodak innovates with lasers and filters
Kodak Graphics Communications, winners of BCTIA’s 2008 Excellence in Product Innovation, attended IMPACT, a BCTIA event held Thursday evening at the Vancouver Hyatt, to demonstrate how they... more
McKesson melds the iPhone with giant touch screens in the name of science
McKesson, a Vancouver-based medical imaging company, took time at IMPACT, a BCTIA event held Thursday evening at the Vancouver Hyatt, to explain how they used innovation to redefine how medical... more
The Road to Acquisition... Avoiding the Potholes
Converting your hard work into some measure of wealth and financial security is a dream for all tech entrepreneurs. It is never too early or late in your entrepreneurial journey to obtain a... more
Opportunities Canada Aims to Attract Talent From Overseas to BC
With unemployment at historic lows, finding skilled people in BC is difficult to say the least. Some might be willing to go to the ends of the Earth to find the right people. The BCTIA and the... more
High-Tech Marketing according to Mac
The BCTIA is bringing Mac MacIntosh in next week to run a seminar called High-Tech Marketing - B2B Marketing Strategies and Tactics. Do you need to generate more leads? Do you need to increase... more
Canadian Start-ups invited to Plug & Play
Via BCTIA's opportunities section, the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco is inviting companies to the first Plug and Play Tech Centre Workshop at their Sunnyvale campus in Silicon Valley... more
Access to Capital in BC
Access to capital is a recurring theme in Vancouver's start-up community. Venture Capital is a prime source of funds, but the process to get to the funding stage is generally long, arduous and not... more
Get behind your favorite Tech Soapbox
Vancouver's Canary Derby in Gastown is 10 days away and they need our support to raise funds in support of early cancer detection. The "Race to the Steamclock" takes place on Sunday September 21st... more
Technology... Accelerating BC's Traditional Industries
The BCTIA is holding their next TechForum event on September 16th and this time around they're looking at how new technology has impacted BC's traditional industries - mining, forestry and... more

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