British Columbia Technology Industry Association

British Columbia Technology Industry Association

November 09, 2006 13:38 ET

British Columbia Technology Industry Association: Technology Associations From Across BC Join Forces to Accelerate Growth of Tech Industry

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 9, 2006) - The British Columbia Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) and the British Columbia Regional Science & Technology Network (BCRSTN), a not-for-profit society that comprises nine regional science and technology councils, today announced a partnership that will usher in province-wide collaboration to encourage innovation, promote commercialization of research, and support entrepreneurs and emerging technology companies.

"Our success and contributions throughout BC will be based on our ability to attract capital, build and recruit talent, and close the gap between innovation and commercial success, said Rob Cruickshank, president of BCTIA. "Over the past few years the technology industry has been fragmented. Our unified efforts will ensure a stronger voice on issues that are important to the industry as a whole across BC. This kind of collaboration is imperative to the future growth and prosperity of BC's technology industry."

Under the terms of the partnership, technology companies within each BCRSTN region receive full BCTIA membership status and the associated benefits that come with membership. With a membership now spanning the entire province, all members will benefit from an expanded opportunity to foster new partnerships, networks, and business opportunities.

"This official partnership not only recognizes that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts but it ensures regional issues are considered and represented as part of BCTIA's advocacy program," says Dan Gunn, Chair of BCRSTN. "It creates a collaborative environment where we can foster the continued growth of our industry through shared networks and coordinated activities to promote our industry nationally and internationally."

About BCTIA

BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) is a not-for-profit, member-funded organization that represents start-ups to established technology companies, across the province. Incorporated in 1993, the BCTIA has served the province's technology industry for over a decade and today is recognized locally, provincially and nationally as the voice of BC's technology industry.

As the voice of BC's technology industry, BCTIA is committed to the ongoing growth, sustainability and prosperity of BC's technology industry. The Association delivers opportunities for members to connect, learn and grow their businesses in BC.

BCTIA.org

About the British Columbia Regional Science & Technology Network

The BC Regional Science & Technology Network (BCRSTN) is a not-for-profit society whose members work within their regions to enhance the application of science and technology to aid the growth and development of innovative businesses in regional BC.

The members of the BCRSTN have a long standing record of success in building the technology sector outside the Lower Mainland and represent over 30% of the technology companies residing in BC.

They provide beneficial and complementary services throughout their regions to the private sector, community agencies and post-secondary institutions.

BCRSTN Members



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Innovation Resource Centre (IRC) North-Central Interior
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Interior Science Innovation Council (ISIC) Central Interior
(Thompson - South Cariboo)
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Kootenay Association for Science West Kootenays and Boundry
and Technology (KAST)
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Kootenay Rockies Innovation Council (KRIC) East Kootenays
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Mid Island Science, Technology & Vancouver Island (except
Innovation Council (MISTIC) Victoria) and Sunshine
Coast
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Northwest Science and Innovation Society (NSIS) Northwest BC
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Okanagan Science & Technology Council (OSTEC) Okanagan - Similkameen-
Shuswap
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Science & Technology Association of Peace Liard-Stikine
the North (Sci-Tech North)
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Vancouver Island Advanced Greater Victoria and
Technology Centre (VIATeC) Vancouver Island
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