Published by: Comox Valley Echo
January 30, 2015
A tech incubator and a local economic development group are joining forces to help position the community as the perfect hub for knowledge-based digital jobs.
The Comox Valley Economic Development Society and Innovation Island Technology Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding at an emerging technologies panel discussion at North Island College attended by business leaders from around the community Jan. 23.
Paris Gaudet, executive director of IITA said innovation is a cornerstone of helping the Comox Valley grow. "It's really what defines communities and creates opportunities for growth," she said, adding the idea is to promote fearlessness and bravery. "That's what really drives our economy. It changes the way we create opportunities for growth, jobs and development."
Keynote speaker Andrew Wilkinson, minister of advanced education, said when people get together to share knowledge and resources possibilities are created. "They're in the business of priming the start-up pump," he said of IITA. "It's trite these days to talk about information networks. But you've gotta have people networks."
This is a crucial step in helping the Comox Valley stay relevant, given that the tech sector accounts for 7.6 per cent of provincial GDP and jobs for 84,000 people.