Who We Represent
DigiBC - The Creative Technology Association of British Columbia is a member-supported non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We were incorporated in 2010 and have previous history under the two banners of the Wireless Information Network (WIN) and New Media BC. We represent the creative tech sector which is made up of the video games and interactive, visual effects, animation, and VR/AR industries.
Our members include world-class companies such as Electronic Arts, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Animal Logic, Industrial Light & Magic, The Coalition (Microsoft), Atomic Cartoons, WildBrain Studios (formerly DHX) and many others. These companies have at least one thing in common — a balanced mix of creative and tech roles across their employee base. They combine amazing creative and cutting-edge technology to create fantastic stories and experiences for audiences around the world. These innovative products include video gaming for PC, mobile and VR platforms, animation, VFX and VR/AR/XR. Collectively, BC has over 250+ creative tech companies, which employ over 14,000 people and generate $2.3 billion in annual sales – making us one of the most significant contributors to British Columbia’s economic well-being.
DigiBC Board of Directors & Staff
DigiBC acknowledges that our offices are on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) & Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.
Our Vision & Mission
Our mission is to ensure that Creative Technology, as a cornerstone of the broader technology & media ecosystems, grows and thrives in the province for the benefit of current and future generations. Our vision is to make BC the world's leading centre for Creative Technology.
Our Three Pillars
EDUCATION & PROGRAMMING - Growing the creators of tomorrow
We work to ensure our industry has the talent it needs to continue to grow and thrive. This includes dialogue around immigration and temporary foreign worker programs, curriculum and program design here in BC, as well as activities to help students in BC schools and post-secondary institutions understand the range of career opportunities that a world-leading Creative Tech sector on their doorstep represents. We currently deliver three school or community-based programs:
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ADVOCACY & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS - Tax credits, fiscal policy and labour force issues
DigiBC engages with government on a range of issues affecting our industry—this includes tax credits and fiscal policy. We advocated and worked with the province to create the Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (IDMTC) in 2010 at 17.5%, and had the sunset clause extended to 2023. We also had a win by having VR/AR included. Additionally, we work on labour force issues including advocating for access to talent both in Canada and where necessary, through foreign worker visas. Our mandate is to ensure that all sectors of the creative tech industry are supported equally as key drivers of the BC economy.
ECOSYSTEM DEVELOPMENT & EVENTS - Creating community and supporting our members
DigiBC provides opportunities for folks in the industry to get together and we strive to provide career and business development opportunities for our members. This is done through a range of international and local events including roundtables on relevant issues affecting our sector, job fairs, trade missions, webinars, B2B opportunities, professional development seminars, town halls, and networking functions.
Here's How We Can Help You:
► Get Connected: Networking, business development, special interest, awards, shaping public policy and much more! Meet industry leaders, decision-makers and peers. Get exposure and potential customers, suppliers, and investors.
► Access: Let us profile your company on our website, social media channels or monthly newsletter and have access to our Membership Directory. Special sponsorship opportunities also exist for our industry events.
► Academic Involvement: We are engaged with academic institutions all over BC who specialize in digital media. Partner with universities for educational programs, new technologies, upcoming talent, R&D partnerships.
► Public Policy: Digital media is the least funded industry in BC. We need your help and support to actively work on improving government recognition of our industry. Our conversations with provincial government are ongoing and producing results.
► Promotion: DigiBC can promote your services, ideas, comments, relationships, products, and events through to our 2,000+ subscriber directory, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, newsletter and website.