Celebrate #BCTech during National Technology Week

British Columbia has one of the most-vibrant technology sectors in Canada, providing 86,000 jobs in over 9,300 established companies throughout the province.

Hootsuite's main headquarter offices located in Vancouver. Photo courtesy Canadian Press.

News release: Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services

VICTORIA - British Columbia is proud to recognize Nov. 1-7, 2015, as
National Technology Week.

Government is encouraging everyone to celebrate the important role
technology plays in our lives, economy and the future of B.C.

British Columbia has one of the most-vibrant technology sectors in
Canada, providing 86,000 jobs in over 9,300 established companies
throughout the province. B.C.'s technology sector generates over $9.5
billion in revenue every year. Technology will continue to be a focus
for government, including a B.C. Technology Summit in January 2016.

We rely on technology in every area of our lives, to warm and light our
homes, transport us from place to place, help heal our bodies and
entertain our minds. Technology is a major driver of the global
economy, helping to improve the quality of life for people around the
world.

Today, families, friends and communities can reach around the globe to
connect, learn and share in ways that would have been impossible
without today's computers, smart devices and satellite technology.

Our health and quality of life continues to improve thanks to
technology. Over the last 50 years, new therapies, genomics, devices
and drugs have transformed health care. These advancements are thanks
to the work of the scientists, engineers and researchers who create the
breakthroughs we rely on.

Thanks to clean technologies, the natural resource sector can develop
British Columbia's natural wealth while minimizing the impact to the
environment. B.C. has developed desalinization technology is helping to
bring fresh water to people around the globe, and B.C.-designed drones
are helping crews put out forest fires faster than ever before by
identifying trouble spots and directing resources.

This week, as you call a loved one on your computer, watch live video
from halfway around the world, marvel at the latest 3D technology on
display at your local cinema or drive your car, think about the amazing
work that went into the technology to make it all possible, and how
B.C. will be a leader in creating the next breakthroughs of the 21st
century.

Did You Know?

* Technology is responsible for 6.5% of B.C.'s GDP.

* Over 94% of British Columbians have access to high-speed Internet
service, and the B.C. government is committed to 100% access by 2021.

* Over 300 different companies are in health- and life-science
technologies in B.C., employing over 8,500 people and generating over
$800 million in revenue.

* The Government of B.C. has committed over $2 billion in direct
funding for scientific research, helping to make British Columbia a
world-class centre for science.

* Some of the most advanced next-generation quantum computers used by
Google and NASA are designed and built in B.C.

* The digital visual effects industry in B.C. includes businesses like
Sony Imageworks and Industrial Light & Magic, which are currently
putting the finishing touches on the newest Star Wars movie.

* The B.C. Technology Summit will take place in Vancouver Jan. 18-19,
2016.

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