Poised to increase province’s tech talent pool
The CEO of Canada’s hottest startup is staking his company’s future on a locale that fosters innovation, supports tech and has a readily available skill pool.
And that means Daniel Rink of iTel Networks is hopeful that Premier Clark’s announcement at the #BCTECH Summit to increase the number of tech-grads by 1,000 per year by 2022 includes tech programming at Thompson Rivers University.
“The support from TRU and the provincial government will help the local startup community continue to take off and secure Kamloops as a future tech-hub,” said Rink, whose company received the Startup Canada award for High Growth Entrepreneurship for 2016. Rink said the award was possible in part to employees he’s recruited from TRU’s computer science programs.
“We are excited by today’s announcement from Premier Clark to increase the tech talent pool by 1,000 grads per year by 2022, with increased graduates in regions throughout the province,” said Alan Shaver, President and Vice-Chancellor. “And we look forward to participating in the creation of the new B.C. Science and Technology Research Chairs program that will support leading researchers and their teams of graduate students in work relevant to the technology and the life sciences sub-sector.”
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