Client Stories

With support from PacifiCan, small businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators are making a big difference in their communities across British Columbia. Here are their stories.

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Publication date Location Sector(s) All Client Stories
2022-12-08 Kelowna Digital technology
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Driving innovation: How Accelerate Okanagan is transforming the Okanagan tech community

In partnership with PacifiCan since 2017, Accelerate Okanagan has overseen multiple initiatives made possible with PacifiCan funding. These initiatives have provided guidance to a growing community of entrepreneurs, helping to build the Okanagan into the fastest growing tech hub in the country

Location: Kelowna
Sector(s): Technology and non-profit

2022-12-07 Nelson Advanced Manufacturing
Image of a camera, with its protective salmon case, successfully films at a stream

West Kootenays strike gold with new technology innovation centre

Since 2015, PacifiCan has invested almost $1.5 million for KAST to help address the gap in tech resources available for West Kootenay entrepreneurs.

Location: Nelson
Sector(s): Advanced Manufacturing

2022-06-12 Kelowna Business Growth, Digital / High-tech
Kelowna Innovation Centre interior, with white staircases, people walking and brightly lit hallways

How the Kelowna Innovation Centre is transforming the Okanagan into Canada’s fastest growing tech hub

In 2017, the Centre received a $3.4 million investment from PacifiCan, which helped develop and finish a new building to house innovators and foster entrepreneurship.

Location: Kelowna
Sector(s): Business Growth, Digital / High-tech

2022-10-11 Vancouver Life Sciences
Image of a middle-aged construction professional male wearing a hard looking at his phone next to the logo of Fatigue Science. The background shows a yellow operational car and an overlay graphic. The graphic is a phone notification by Readi that says Crew Member Fatigue Alert: John Connor will reach 70 in 1 hour. Group: Haul Truck Drivers (Denver)

Tireless efforts of Vancouver innovator are preventing fatigue-related injuries and saving lives

Fatigue Science’s platform analyzes data like work hours, surveys, demographics, and optionally, sleep patterns. $300,000 in PacifiCan support allowed Fatigue Science to enhance and scale up its fatigue management information system platform, enabling more accurate and personalized predictions.

Location: Vancouver
Sector(s): Health and Life Sciences

2022 Vancouver Life Sciences
UBC Hatch Life

Three ways that Hatch Life has increased biotechnology research capacity and mentorship at UBC

The University of British Columbia has a long history of transforming research into impactful treatments, products and services that contribute to the social and economic fabric of Canada.

Location: Vancouver
Sector(s):  Life Sciences

2022 Vancouver; Burnaby Clean technology
HTEC Hydrogen Fueling Station

B.C. cleantech innovators tackle environmental issues and create a cleaner future

In 2020, we spoke with some of British Columbia’s most promising cleantech innovators to learn more about their vision for a cleaner, greener future. Since receiving funding from PacifiCan a few years ago, they have made incredible progress in that pursuit.

Location: Vancouver; Burnaby
Sector(s): Clean technology

2022 British Columbia Women, Skills & Training, Business Growth

WeBC supports women entrepreneurs through the pandemic and beyond

WeBC shares the incredible local impact of PacifiCan funding since 2020

Location: British Columbia
Sector(s): Women, Skills & Training, Business Growth

2022 Vancouver Advanced Manufacturing, Digital Technology
Making Canada a world-leading centre of innovation: How SiEPICfab is accelerating the fabrication of silicon photonics

Making Canada a world-leading centre of innovation: How SiEPICfab is accelerating the fabrication of silicon photonics

In 2019, we provided $2.95M in funding to the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute for a new world-class nanofabrication facility to support quantum technology development. Now, this infrastructure is the cornerstone of SiEPICfab, which is accelerating the fabrication of silicon photonics in Canada.

Location: Vancouver
Sector(s): Advanced Manufacturing, Digital Technology

2020-11-17 Cariboo-Chilcoti Clean technology, Indigenous, Natural resources
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British Columbia communities power up with sustainable clean energy systems

BC-based not-for-profit organization, FPInnovations, partnered with the Lhoosk'uz Dené Nation’s to develop a new biomass energy system to power community buildings, create jobs, stimulate the economy, and reduce reliance on diesel.

Location: Cariboo-Chilcotin
Sector(s): Clean technology, Indigenous, Natural resources

2020-10-23 Vancouver Women, entrepreneurship

Vancouver business creates sustainable products from recycled materials

Aisle is creating diverse and sustainable menstrual products for women across Canada.

Location: Vancouver
Sector(s): Women, entrepreneurship

2020-10-21 Victoria Business growth, women
Origin Bakery

Women’s Enterprise Initiative helps Victoria niche bakery expand

Origin Bakery co-owners Tara Black and Marion Scott have found their niche selling gluten-free goods in Victoria, British Columbia. With support from the Women’s Enterprise Center, Tara and Marion run a thriving business with a sweet future.

Location: Victoria
Sector(s): Business growth, women

2020-10-19 Vancouver Women, business growth, entrepreneurship

Coworking space in Vancouver gives entrepreneurs a taste of on-the-job work-life balance

Christina Disler started Werklab with a vision to transform our relationship to work. Now she is helping entrepreneurs and small business-owners achieve work-life balance through “The Werk”, an online health and wellness editorial platform for business owners.

Location: Vancouver
Sector(s): Women, business growth, entrepreneurship

2020-10-16 British Columbia Business growth, economic diversification, clean technology, clean resources

Four B.C. cleantech innovators envisage a cleaner, greener future

Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation (HTEC), Acuva Technologies, Quadrogen Power Systems, and BumperNow are four BC-based cleantech companies transforming the cleantech ecosystem

Publication Date: 2020-10-16
Location: British Columbia
Sector(s): Business growth, economic diversification, clean technology, clean resources

2020-08-19 Nelson Francophone, Tourism, Women
Lillie and Cohoe

Local luxury hat shop attracts cultural tourists to Nelson, B.C.

With the support of the Francophone Economic Development Organizations (FEDOs) and the Économusée network, Lillie and Cohoe is establishing its luxury hat shop as a cultural tourism destination in the heart of Nelson, B.C.

Location: Nelson
Sector(s): Francophone, Tourism, Women

2020-03-09 British Columbia Women, Francophone
Femmes entrepreneurs francophones

Francophone women entrepreneurs boost each other across British Columbia

Francophone women in British Columbia are building their businesses with each other’s support. Their secret weapon is a program called Femmes d’affaires en Mouvement (FAM), which means “businesswomen on the move”.

Location: British Columbia
Sector(s): Women, Francophone

2020-02-03 Burnaby Advanced Manufacturing

Tech firms get an advanced manufacturing lab in Burnaby to build and test nanosensors

These days, it seems like the online universe is expanding from computers to everyday items. With a smartphone, we can unlock doors and adjust thermostats.

Location: Burnaby
Sector(s): Advanced Manufacturing

2019-06-28 British Columbia Francophone
Official Languages Twinning Program

Official Languages: Who’s your “twin”?

At Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) we’re bolstering our bilingual bench strength in both official languages.

Location: British Columbia
Sector(s): Francophone

2019-02-05 British Columbia Clean technology, Digital technology

High-tech protects crops and reduces pollution from B.C. farms and orchards

Farmers and engineers are working together to keep fresh produce on our shelves. They are finding innovative solutions to challenges from climate change, harmful pesticides, and crop disease.

Location: British Columbia
Sector(s): Clean technology, Digital technology

2019-02-05 Burnaby Digital technology, Trade
OSI Maritime

Canadian naval technology makes navigation waves on a global level

Over 600 naval vessels across the globe rely on tactical navigation software from British Columbia's OSI Maritime Inc.

Location: Burnaby
Sector(s): Digital technology, Trade

2019-02-05 British Columbia Community economic development
feux de forêt

British Columbia communities rebuild after 2017 and 2018 wildfires

The 2017 and 2018 wildfire seasons were the worst in British Columbia's history. British Columbians regrouped and WD was there to help.

Location: British Columbia
Sector(s): Community economic development

2018-08-04 Maple Ridge Youth, Community economic development
Karina LeBlanc

Karina LeBlanc's Field of Dreams gives people a space for fitness and motivation

Canadian Olympic soccer star Karina Leblanc now has a sports field in Maple Ridge, BC, where she can share her passion for sports with the next generation of Canadian athletes.

Location: Maple Ridge
Sector(s): Youth, Community economic development

2018-08-04 Vancouver Clean technology
good natured Products

Vancouver company innovates with plant-based plastic packaging

If only there were durable packaging materials that were also biodegradable. A western Canadian company may have the solution.

Location: Vancouver
Sector(s): Clean technology

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