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SBC June 14th – James Bowden, P.Eng., Chief Engineer, Nicholson Manufacturing Ltd.

Good morning everyone! It’s our last SBC Meeting before the Summer break (next meeting in September)…although the last couple of days sure feel like January. 🙂

We’re excited to hear from James Bowden, P.Eng., Chief EngineerNicholson Manufacturing Ltd.. The Nicholson company is a major success story for the Peninsula Manufacturing Community. Innovation is a major theme at Nicholson’s this year and James will review and speak to this theme.

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SBC May 10th – Peter Evans, CEO – CryoLogistics Refrigeration Technologies Ltd.

Good morning everyone! I’m excited to be announcing Peter Evans as our May 10th speaker. His start-up business story has so many local nuances to it. I’m so glad to hear that the myriad of different parts (conversation, advise, persistence, relationship, financing, heart-ache, success) over the years have come together in such a success story, I cannot wait to hear Peter reflect on his start-up story regarding CryoLogistics Refrigeration Technologies Ltd. 

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SBC March 8th – Lizanne Chicanot, Principal Parkland Secondary

Good morning Sidney Breakfast Club members! I simply cannot believe that we’re already into March…I haven’t yet dealt with my X-mas over-indulgences. 🙂

Building upon our February 8th Blackline Marine (http://www.blacklinemarine.com/) guest speaker Campbell Black and successful EduTech conference of February 15th, our March 8th SBC meeting will host Lizanne Chicanot, Principal of Parkland Secondary School. Parkland has demonstrated leadership within School District #63 by delivering three Innovative programs for their school population. Lizanne will be reviewing the Parkland Marine Academy, the International Student Program and Technology & Innovation curriculum. Active, engaged and successful interaction with the Peninsula Industry community is essential for creating the workforce of the future…if not the present!

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Innovation – what does this actually mean for our community?

Last month’s article was titled “Sidney has become the Industry Innovation Capital for Vancouver Island”. This topic generated numerous conversations amongst my network, specifically questioning how to define & explain innovation based principles within a community context. Key to understanding the “Innovation Definition” is knowing that it doesn’t simply apply to technology based applications & tools. Recently there has been considerable regional economic development activity involving the Innovation Brand with the South Island Prosperity Project applying for Federal Smart Communities funding opportunities and VIATEC announcing participation within the newly formed Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network, a Partnership to fuel Innovation. Continue reading

Why Sidney has become the Industry INNOVATION CAPITAL for Vancouver Island

Lower Vancouver Island’s Peninsula based Economic Engine is geographically centered by the beautiful Town of Sidney. No longer just a town comprised of gorgeous seaside amenities and unique retail experiences, Sidney is rapidly positioning itself as the “Industry Innovation Capital” for Vancouver Island and beyond. Innovation specific to technology based learning & training adaptation…innovation specific to leading edge equipment implementation…innovation specific to continuous improvement cultural integration. Let’s review the community leadership elements that position Sidney to readily claim this exciting moniker. Continue reading

SBC meeting 7am / November 9th – John Espley, Director of Marketing & Communications @ BCHAZMAT Management Ltd.

Happy Halloween Season everyone!

Over the years, we’ve had SBC speakers that have highlighted the engineering, operations, financing and manufacturing processes of our local Industrial companies. One of the most important, yet often taken for granted business processes, is Sales. Successful sales propels cash flow, business growth and sustainable jobs.

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