Category Archives: Innovation Dialogue

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