BCIC’s first-ever B.C. Tech Summit ‘not just all about downtown Vancouver’

Tyler Orton | Business in Vancouver

Greg Caws wants to be clear — B.C.’s tech sector is “not just all about downtown Vancouver.”

So when the B.C. Innovation Council (BCIC) launches its first-ever B.C. Tech Summit in January, the Crown corporation’s CEO says the aim is to show how vital the sector is to the entire West Coast.

“We’re going to bring the whole province together, all technology — technologies that support traditional industries and make them more competitive such as in mining, oil and gas, and forestry,” Caws toldBusiness in Vancouver.

The summit, running January 18-19 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, will feature universities and startups showcasing their latest innovations, pitch competitions and venture capital presentations allowing entrepreneurs and investors to connect.

Keynote speakers include futurist and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) engineering director Ray Kurzweil, GE Canada CEO Elysa Allan and Deloitte chief innovation officer Terry Stuart.

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