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  • 20 Oct 2021 by DigiBC

    Apply today for up to $10,000 in funding toward a business or tech role

    Innovate BC’s Innovator Skills Initiative offers up to $10,000 per employee, per year, for BC-based companies, startups and non-profits to hire young professionals from under-represented groups. The program connects students and people who have already graduated or have industry certifications with an opportunity to bring their skills to a company looking for help.

    Eligible employers must be one of the following:

    • A BC-based tech company or non-profit hiring for a business or tech role
    • A BC-based non-tech company or non-profit hiring for a tech role
    • A BC-based post-secondary institution hiring for a tech role
    • A BC-based local/regional authority or Indigenous community hiring for a tech role

    Employers must also:
    • Offer valuable, paid work experience to the candidate

    • Hire a candidate who self-identifies as under-represented (Indigenous, Black and people of colour, 2SLGBTQQIA+, Neuro-diverse, Persons living with a visible or invisible disability, Women, Youth from care, Non-binary, Other)

    Additionally, did you know?

    If you've hired someone on or after July 1, 2021 then you are retroactively eligible for the program

    Companies can receive up to ten $10,000 grants for 10 different employees per year

    The application requires less than 10 minutes to complete

    Ready to hire? This program is funded by the Province of British Columbia and delivered by Innovate BC. Start your application today.

    Questions? FAQ can be found here. If you have any additional questions, please contact

  • 07 Oct 2021 by DigiBC


    DigiBC's Executive Director Loc Dao joined Business in Vancouver's Tyler Orton for the latest episode of the BIV Today podcast to discuss B.C.'s Creative Technology sector.


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    Covering everything from animation to visual effects and video games to virtual reality, B.C.’s creative technologies are some of the most dynamic components of the provincial economy. A new report from the Information and Communications Technology Council and industry association DigiBC sets about benchmarking where the sector stands at the moment and the challenges ahead. DigiBC's Executive Director Loc Dao joins BIV’s Tyler Orton to discuss.



  • 06 Oct 2021 by DigiBC

    Women Leading Change in STEM – special event hosted by the University of Victoria and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

    An evening of inspiration and empowerment celebrating women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Industry leaders will come together for a panel discussion to share their experiences and talk about increasing equality, diversity and inclusion in STEM. The list of panelists includes:

    • Julie Angus, CEO, Open Oceans Robotics (UVic alum)
    • Mina Hoorfar, Dean of Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of Victoria
    • Sue Paish, CEO, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster
    • Denise Williams, CEO, First Nations Technology Council
    • Moderated by: The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

    Date: October 13, 2021
    Time: 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Cost: Free
    Location: Farqhuar Auditorium (UVic) & livestreamed online




  • 01 Oct 2021 by DigiBC

    The VIFF Immersed Tech Crawl presented by DigiBC brings together members of BC's XR community. Attendees can get to know some of the province's top XR creators in this virtual trade show. We will be using Genius XR’s immersive platform Congrego.Tech for the event which will run from October 1-11.

    Participating Companies: Splash Mango, IM4 Media Lab, Inscape Studios, Strawberry Fields Interactive, Hammer & Tong, re:Naissance Opera