Category Archives: Prince George & area

Northern Lights Estate Winery took gold, silver and bronze as B.C.

Northern Lights Estate Winery took gold, silver and bronze as B.C. dominated the fruit wine sector of the All Canadian Wine Championships. From the 46 medals offered in the fruit wine category, 23 were awarded to British Columbia wineries with Ontario coming in second with 10 medals. Rest of the story here is link:

New design for new hotel – Marriott Courtyard

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HATS OFF!! to all those involved in the design and development of the new Marriott Courtyard Hotel here in Prince George BC. I had a tour of the property this morning and this is a first class hotel!! Its the first Gen 6 design in Canada. Big congrats. They have a awesome gym with salt water pool and loads of underground parking.


Prince George’s accommodation industry is a great example…

Here's why business people are awesome - they're the most optimistic people you can meet. Period. Yeah, they worry and even complain about tough things are, about the barriers in their way and how they're underappreciated but their actions speak way louder than their words. Just follow the money. Whether it's generous donations to their favourite local charities,...

3-day classic rock fest is coming to Prince George

Classic rock fans had best strap in. The mostly-Canadian lineup will feature Prism, Headpins, Honeymoon Suite, Nick Gilder & Sweeney Todd, Toronto, Little River Band, Kim Mitchell, Harlequin, Platinum Blonde, 54-40, and Randy Bachman. Pacific Western Brewing, in partnership with CN Centre and RG concerts, is expanding its popular yearly concert to become a full three-day festival...

UNBC Wood Innovation Research Lab is now open

The UNBC Wood Innovation Research Laboratory, a modern facility geared to building tall, large-scale wood structures, officially opened on Tuesday afternoon, with an announcement of additional funding for equipment by the provincial and federal governments. The new research lab will complement UNBC's Wood Innovation and Design Centre next door at George St. and 5th Ave., and...

Prince George becoming home

City’s international students look to stay after graduation

Prince George is seeing a significant increase in international students who are choosing to remain in the city after graduation. The number of students who have remained and are working in the city after graduation jumped more than 70 per cent in two years, rising from 75...

Canada – European Economic and Trade Agreement Forum coming to Prince George

The City of Prince George , in partnership with Global Affairs Canada, is pleased to host the European Union Export Business Forum featuring presentations on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and market opportunities in the European Union. Full info

Prince George gains new civil engineering programs

As part of a barrage of government funding announcements for tech-related programs throughout B.C., the University of Northern B.C. and the College of New Caledonia will collectively receive $650,000 in startup funds to bolster their engineering programs. Full article - UNBC JDC West Photo credit UNBC JDC West...


Courtesy of Prince George ranked very well during the 2016 Census housing numbers according to Stats Canada. One of the biggest surprises was a number of millennials who own homes says analyst Jeff Randle. “The homeownership rate among 15 to 24-year-olds in Prince George is about 23.6%, this is above the national average which is just under...

A new breast imaging clinic is now open at University Hospital of Northern B.C.

A new breast imaging clinic is now open at University Hospital of Northern B.C. With the help of "state-of-the-art" equipment, the clinic will allow women to get screening mammograms and, if required, diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds in one location...

#BCGO Tour Brings Business Opportunities to Local Tech Innovators in Prince George

More than 60 local innovators, eight presenting companies attend #BCGO kick-off event

PRINCE GEORGE, BCSept. 22, 2017 /CNW/ - The BC Innovation Council, a Crown agency of the Province, is promoting regional innovation across British Columbia through the BC Growth Opportunities Tour (#BCGO), which kicked off this morning in Prince George. The tour aims to grow regional economies across the province by connecting companies with business challenges to local innovators.

#BCGO Fall 2017 is looking to build off the success of the inaugural tour, which took place earlier this year. Since February, over 600 connections have been made, six cross-sector deals have closed, and over 30 deals are currently under discussion.

"#BCGO is helping connect large established companies, like Prince George-based TimberTracks, with local innovators to collaborate and bring new ideas to market," said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. "These partnerships have the potential to grow B.C.'s regional economies, create new jobs, bolster our innovation sector and further drive B.C.'s overall economy."

#BCGO Prince George featured eight presenting companies, which included FortisBC, Rio Tinto, and Prince George-based TimberTracks, who presented a need for real-time analytics and dynamic value-added reporting to enhance customer and industry value proposition.

"#BCGO is all about facilitating introductions between companies looking for B.C. tech solutions and business leaders across the province," said Carl Anderson, President & CEO of the BC Innovation Council. "By connecting real, market-drive challenges with local tech innovation, we're accelerating business growth in communities all throughout British Columbia."

Prince George has an emerging tech sector, with over 80 tech firms that employ nearly 1,000 people. The Prince George tech industry is buoyed by a thriving bioenergy sector, a local tech accelerator in Innovation Central Society (ICS), and two post-secondary institutions with tech-focused programming.

#BCGO Fall 2017 is off to an exciting start and will continue next week in Nelson for the second stop on the tour.  For more information about the remaining #BCGO events, click here.

September 29th – Nelson
October 13th – Victoria
October 20th – Surrey
October 27th – Kelowna
November 3rd – Kamloops

About BC Innovation Council (

BC Innovation Council (BCIC), a crown agency of the Province of British Columbia, encourages the development and application of advanced or innovative technologies to meet the needs of industry in BC. BCIC accelerates technology commercialization by supporting start-ups and developing entrepreneurs. With its partners, BCIC delivers programs and initiatives that promote company growth, resulting in jobs, increased revenue, and economic development in BC.

SOURCE BC Innovation Council