Provided below is a listing of select
industry contacts with their Web site links.
Planning and building a successful venture
takes more than just the right staff. Your team should include
the right outside advisors, service providers, consultants
and other parties who can add real value.
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BC Securities Commission (Securities Law & Policies) –
links to the BC Securities Act, Rules and Regulations, and to BC
Securities Commission policies and instruments.
Capital Connector – links to select local
funding sources as listed on the T-Net Web site (see also
T-Net below under Technology Organizations).
Links – a HiTechBC web page provided by Mike Volker
(founder of the Vancouver Angel Network) detailing “money
links for B.C. Technology Companies” (see also HiTechBC
below under Technology Organizations).
Resources – a Vancouver Enterprise Forum web page
providing web links to select local funding sources (see
also VEF below under Technology Organizations).
- Pender West Capital
Partners – provides capital market and advisory services for
private equity clients in western Canada and the US.
Small Business BC (Financing Resources) – information on
and links to a broad variety of financing resources as provided on
the Small Business BC web site (see also Small Business BC below
under Government and Other Resources).
Michener LLP – a full-service, national firm,
serving a broad range of diverse client needs ranging from
the hi-tech sector through to advising on dealings with
the federal government and its institutions.
Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP – the largest firm in Western
Canada engaged exclusively in the practice of intellectual property law.
Bowes Harwardt – serving the corporate finance
needs of high tech, industrial and resource sector companies.
- BC Innovation Council
(ex-Advanced Systems Institute) – promoting the BC high
tech sector by fostering academic and industry collaboration through funding
programs, the ASI Business Advisory Board, and the annual
ASI Exchange conference, which showcases the high tech sector.
- BC MedTech (British
Columbia Medical Technology Industry Association) –
promoting the BC medical technology industry through education,
networking and marketing.
(British Columbia Technology Industry Association) –
which is dedicated to fostering growth and development in the
BC technology industry and member companies, through networking,
education, public awareness, marketing and government relations
– providing e-business information services and resources
dealing with the technological changes being driven by the
Internet. Through on-line resources and in-class seminars,
e-BC assists small business to adapt and grow.
FVTN (the Fraser Valley Technology Network) – located in Surrey,
BC, is an industry group supporting Fraser Valley technology companies
with regular opportunities to learn about building and financing their
businesses, to meet with other tech companies and to network.
– a web portal gateway to BC high technology resources,
web sites, events, companies and organizations.
(the Mid-Island Science, Technology and Innovation Council) –
located in Nanaimo, BC, supports mid-Vancouver Island and
Sunshine Coast technology industry small business owners and entrepreneurs
with networking, information, seminars and events.
(New Ventures BC) – the New Ventures BC “business plan” competition
aids start-up entrepreneurs. Participants work at proving-up their ventures
through seminars, mentoring and several rounds of competition. $135,000 in prizes.
– a web portal gateway serving the information and
business services needs of the BC high tech industry.
– an Internet web portal helping high-tech professionals
and businesses network, both online and offline, through
a combination of web site features and organized special
Enterprise Forum – promoting information sharing
and exchange, which educates and motivates, through hosting
regular public forums for the BC technology enterprise community.
(the Vancouver Island Advanced Technology Center) – located in Victoria, BC,
supports the development of the advanced technology industry in southern
Vancouver Island with networking, information, seminars and events.
Research Assistance Program – managed through
the National Research Council, IRAP can provide direct technical
assistance; access to the latest technological advances,
expertise, facilities, and resources, and; cost-shared financing
of innovative technical projects.
“IP Toolkit” (Canadian Intellectual Property Office) –
information and instruction on intellectual property rights
and their protection. This web site is located on the Industry Canada “Strategis” web site
(see below). The IP Toolkit includes limited on-line search access
into the Canadian Patents Database.
- Patex –
provides intellectual property patent and trademark
search and related consulting services.
- Small Business BC – located in Vancouver, BC is a resource centre for business information
and services. It offers a Resource Library, providing access to over
6000 publications and databases; personalized market research and
business planning services; and, business seminars.
- Strategis –
the award-winning Web site of Industry Canada. It provides extensive
business and consumer information, market research, business management
tools, and government services.
Economic Diversification Canada – is a department
of the Government of Canada whose mandate is to assist in
strengthening the Western Canadian economy through information,
business planning assistance, and financing. Web site features
comprehensive online business tools and guides.