Nelson Civic Theatre - $50,000 Grant
The Nelson Civic Theatre Society (NCTS) began as a group of local citizens with a shared vision: to restore the Civic Theatre to present first run and second run Hollywood films, independent and art films, and related activities for the entertainment, education, and inspiration of Nelson and area citizens. SIDIT grant funding will allow the Society to update and expand their concession area.
City of Kimberley SunMine Solar Project - $50,000 Grant
Kimberley's Sun Mine project will see Kimberley constructing the first on-grid large solar plant in BC and the largest solar power plant in Western Canada. The City of Kimberley will construct a 1.05 Mega Watt Peak (MWp) grid connected solar photovoltaic power plant on a brownfield in Kimberley, owned by Teck Resources Limited - the former industrial lands for the Sullivan Mine. The solar energy produced will be fed into a nearby transmission line and sold back into BC Hydro's power grid. Redevelopment of an existing brownfield site and harvesting energy from a readily available resource complement the community's desire to minimize its footprint, maximize the efficient use of existing resources, and mimic natural systems.
Dub Glas Distillery Inc. - Financing June 2014
The Dubh Glas Distillery is a Craft Distillery that will produce quality gin and fruit spirits with a focus on producing uniquely Canadian hand-crafted single malt whisky. Located in the heart of the wine region, Oliver B.C., it will focus on producing single malt whisky using British Columbian grown barley and then will be finishing the spirit in the Okanagan Valley with previously used local wine casks. The Distillery will be exclusively using B.C. produced raw ingredients in the making of their spirits in order to obtain a B.C. 'Craft Distiller' license. The use of barley and culled Okanagan fruit that would otherwise end up in a land-fill will be a direct benefit to the local agricultural community. Partnership with local wineries, restaurants and licensees to compliment the tourist industry will also be a direct impact to the local economy and an integral part of the business plan.
Loose Bay Campground -$23,000 Grant
Loose Bay Campground was established through the efforts of multiple agencies: Regional District of Okanagan Similakmeen, Town of Oliver, Oliver Rotary Club, Community Futures, Ministry of Forestry, BC Cherry Association and volunteers to address the issues of migrant farm workers in the Oliver area. Migrant workers arrive every spring to the South Okanagan providing workers for the many orchards and vineyards. Before the campground was established, unorganized camps created damage to the local environment. Loose Bay Campground provides a safe and inexpensive campsite with flush toilets, hot showers, firewood, full-time on site manager and has been self-sufficient for 10 years. However, the campground does not have a functioning water source and cannot continue without one. The implications of not having an organized camp for migrant workers are immense. The Loose Bay Campground Society will immediately use SIDIT funds to build a brand new connect to the municipal water system.
Kootenay Region Association for Community Living, Creston, BC - $20,000 Grant
The Kootenay Region Association for Community Living recognizes and supports the rights of all persons to a quality life in the community. The Society owns 26 acres of land with 4 buildings, suited to farming and other related activities which they call Spectrum Farms. They plan to develop employment programs for persons with disabilities from the Kootenay Region who can work in this environment. Persons with disabilities often have difficulty working in a profit motivated environment as their disability will often prevent them from full production performance. The Society intends to offer training and employment to stimulate these individuals' feeling of worth to society with a variety of programs. The production of saleable products will sustain the labor cost connected with production. They will be partnering with agencies who give care to persons with disabilities and the College of the Rockies who will provide Horticultural Therapy programs. The employment impact will be regional for all of the Kootenay's as disabled will be welcomed from all areas. This development will contribute to the Creston's economic sustainability with job creation and product production. The Society has committed $50,000 to the roof and building project and $200,000 to the entire project over 5 years. Their goal is to obtain matching or outright grants to fund the entire project cost. Without debt, they will be able to sustain the entire project.
Time.ly Network Inc – Financing February 2014
Rather than build another event calendar, Time.ly Network Inc. decided to create an event platform. Their motto is "Calendars of the World, Unite!" not because they offer one place that people need to go to find events, but because they provide a solution that can connect all the world's calendars into a single global network. Users will be able to access the same event data, location, attendee info, tickets and comments, regardless of the website or event app they choose to use. It is, arguably, the Internet's most complete global platform of events, consisting of over 40,000 public calendars and growing. SIDIT funds will be used to further develop the platform, increase user satisfaction and market their platform system.
Catalyst Healthcare Inc. – Financing February 2014
Catalyst is a leading provider of medication safety and workflow solutions with its head office in Kelowna. In 2010, Catalyst received SIDIT financing to hire additional staff and to maximize deployment of its software. Through linking pharmacy, healthcare facility and physician to a universal health record in real time, Catalyst oneMAR reduces points of errors throughout the medication supply chain. Currently, Catalyst oneMAR is the only product globally that provides multi-dose bar coding technology at the point of care. Further SIDIT funding will assist with growth opportunities to capture a larger market share in North America and continue with Research and Development to enhance offerings to move into other complimentary markets.
Jhaj Brothers Nurseries Ltd – Financing February 2014
Stewart Brothers Nurseries established in 1911, it is one of the oldest operating nurseries in Canada supplying retail nurseries, garden centers, wholesale nurseries, tree lots, commercial and residential landscapers, golf courses, contractors, developers, municipalities, cities and towns. Two long time employees and brothers, Avtar and Kulwant (Kal) Jhaj, who have been involved in the day to day operations of the Nursery for over 40 years, purchased the company. The head office and original nurseries are located in Kelowna, B.C., have additional growing fields located in Grand Forks and Midway B.C. The rich soils, long and dry summers throughout the Okanagan and Kootenay valleys allow the production of high quality prairie hardy nursery stock that are field grown. The Jhaj brothers plan to shift the entire nursery operation to Midway and Grand Forks directly impacting the local economy of the Kootenay Boundary region. The concentration on the nursery operations in Grand Forks and Midway will have a positive regional impact moving 4 full time and 20 seasonal employees to the area with a further 14 jobs in the next 2 years as operations grow.
Jupiter Avionics Corporation – Financing December 2013
By bringing together a team of internationally respected avionics professionals, each with more than 25 years of experience in the design, development and manufacture of airborne audio communication equipment, Jupiter Avionics Corp. (JAC) is poised to become a worldwide leader in the development of communication equipment solutions for aircraft. JAC's mission is to become the industry standard for audio avionics. JAC will produce products that reflect high levels of quality, innovation, value, and performance, and support these products with exceptional customer service.
Creston and District Community Resource Center Society - $50,000 Grant
The mission of the Creston and District Community Resource Center is to provide accessible, community-based, regional services to enhance the well-being and social development of children, individuals and families. Their project "Building for a Stronger Community" intends to enhance the economic sustainability of the community that will result in job enhancement for those currently working in part time positions and create new jobs as programming and service delivery expand. The Society plans to acquire and renovate a new, more suitable location that will function as a hub where clients who are getting back on their feet are connected to the many available resources in the valley
Valhalla Technologies Inc. - Financing October 2013
Over the past two years the company has established itself as a qualified supplier to customers of high purity metals and related products with concentration on germanium for the advanced infra-red optical market. Furthermore, the recent passage of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) means that Chinese and Russian suppliers are now precluded from selling germanium components to the United States for military applications. This leaves a large opportunity for Valhalla Technologies Inc. SIDIT funding will prepare the company to be in a competitive position to bid on contracts and ensure availability of working capital, inventory and enhance employment.
City of Nelson Broadband Initiative - $50,000 Grant
The City of Nelson has recently completed electric service upgrades to the downtown core of Nelson. This also involved laying fiber optic cable for the purpose of connecting local government buildings. Given that fibre infrastructure is in place within the downtown core of Nelson; the City of Nelson and its economic development arm, Nelson and Area Economic Development Partnership (NAEDP) propose to embark on a strategy to stimulate economic development for the community. The project will focus on providing state of the art information technology infrastructure (ITI); attracting new technology based companies; exploring economic models of ITI for public sector and large companies; and creating a sustainable revenue model for the City of Nelson.
Biotechnology Resources for Improving Water Use Efficiency in Vineyards, UBCO, Kelowna - Final contribution of $50,000 Grant
In 2012 SIDIT awarded $150,000 for a three-year research project led by Susan Murch, Canada Research Chair in Natural Products Chemistry, to develop water efficiencies in Okanagan vineyards. The project is testing a collection of novel rootstocks created in Murch's lab at UBC's Okanagan campus.
The Discovery Centre For Balanced Education at Sun Peaks - $45,000 Grant
The Sun Peaks Education Society (SPES) launched the Discovery Centre for Balanced Education, a community learning facility, in 2010. Their aim was to encourage young families who work within the community, and who have school age children to remain in the community – retention of trained hospitality staff is important for the success of the resort community. SIDIT funds will assist to purchase equipment and other resources to encourage year-round employment in Sun Peaks.
Downtown Trail Fibre Broadband Commercialization - $50,000 Grant
The Downtown Trail Fibre Broadband Commercialization project will allow business, industry and organizations in the downtown core to connect to the regional fibre optic communications infrastructure. The project goal is to help diversify the local rural economy by offering an open network for entrepreneurial technology service providers and to encourage other municipalities to utilize the regional fibre assets and potentially share IT resources to reduce costs, increase capacity and grow the network infrastructure. SIDIT funding will support the development of broadband infrastructure in the City of Trail to allow downtown Trail businesses to connect to the Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation (CBBC) fibre optic backbone.
City of Rossland - $50,000 Grant
The City of Rossland's fibre network will soon be connected to the regional Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation network, allowing Rossland to provide its residents and local businesses the opportunity to deploy and receive services on an Open Access Network. High speed communications technology supports local businesses, encourages innovation and attracts new business. The successful completion of this project will change Rossland's economic landscape dramatically.
Allen Brands, Inc. - Financing October 2013
Big Surf Beef is a craft brewery that is created by Allen Brands Inc. Development of new products requires significant expenditures relating to product formulation, production trials, packaging development, market research, and distribution support programs. SIDIT funds will be used to improve the company's competitive position in the marketplace and accommodate growth. Big Surf will be expanding its brewing and sales team and will invest in capital expansion, brand promotion and inventory.
AAA Internet Publishing, Inc. dba WTFast - financing September 2013
AAA Internet Publishing Inc. dba WTFast is the Gamers Private Network (GPN)TM, a global gaming network that optimizes connection speed and gaming performance using proprietary, patent-pending software and a dedicated network of high-powered servers placed strategically around the globe. WTFast is the only company with an end-to-end, double chain server system, and global games database to control the full game connection with increased connection speed, strength and smoothness. WTFast allows gamers to connect to over 800 (and growing) popular games; like League of Legends, DOTA 2 and Aion Online (from publishers like Riot Games, Valve and NCSoft). SIDIT loan funding will be used for infrastructure upgrades, accelerated marketing programs and engagement of new employees.
Yellowhead Community Services Society - $50,000 Grant
With expansion of their programs and services and an increase in the number of people served in recent years, Yellowhead Community Services Society (YCS) has outgrown its current location. They now have an opportunity to re-locate many of their programs into a larger, more accessible space that would also allow them to also implement new services in response to community needs. In addition, this space will allow for co-location with the District of Clearwater administrative and Council offices, which would provide operational efficiencies and cost savings. It is their intention to cluster various agencies and organizations that have a direct or indirect interest in local and regional economic development
Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club Society - $10,000 grant
The Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club, with 677 members last season, recently completed significant upgrades to its trail system this year. The much needed trail work will result in earlier and better skiing for its members as well as thousands of annual visitors.
Kettle Valley Moulding – financing August 2013
Kettle Valley Moulding & Millwork Inc. ("KVM") is the largest moulding and commercial millwork business in the Southern Interior and it intends to continue to expand its markets beyond the Okanagan. Its head office is located in Kelowna and it serves the general contractors, builders, secondary manufacturers and retail buyers in this region and is expanding to supply builders in the lower mainland and Saskatoon, Sask. KVM recently acquired 6 employees and the equipment from, Hart Millwork in February 2013. Hart Millwork was the largest commercial millwork shop in Kelowna having completed projects such as Quail's Gate Winery, Sparkling Hills Resort, Vernon Jubilee Hospital and Vernon Secondary School. The millwork team has worked together for over 17 years and is sought after by commercial general contractors in the Okanagan Valley and Lower Mainland. SIDIT's support will allow KVM to continue to expand to areas outside of the Okanagan
The Village of Kaslo & Kaslo infoNet Society - $50,000 grant
The Kaslo and Area Fiber Broadband Initiative is a project that will bring enhanced symmetrical broadband communications and high bandwidth internet capacity to the Village of Kaslo. The Village of Kaslo has approached Kaslo infoNet Society (KiN) to act as the Internet Service Provider for upgraded bandwidth service within the Village via fibre. Utilizing the greater source of bandwidth that the Kaslo fibre project makes available, KiN intends to improve Internet service to its existing wireless customers at the same time as it offers improved bandwidth to Kaslo residents.
BC Venture Acceleration Program in the Southern Interior - $244,250 grant
The BC Venture Acceleration Program is designed to guide, coach and grow ambitious early-stage technology entrepreneurs and effectively grow their technology ventures. The program helps entrepreneurs accelerate the process of defining a proven business model based on a set methodology and set of best practices for growing technology companies. The goal of the program is to drive economic development and job creation in the province of BC by accelerating the commercialization of technology, resulting in the rapid growth of technology ventures. The Venture Acceleration Program is delivered by a team of Executives in Residence (EIRs) and supported by a province-wide network of mentors through the BCIC Mentor Program. Together, they make up the BC Acceleration Network, an alliance of regional partners, EIRs and executive-level mentors. This program is funded by BCIC in partnership with the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust.
SST Wireless Inc – financing September 2013
SST Wireless Inc. is a Vernon, B.C. based technology company that helps businesses increase safety while reducing operational downtime by providing critical real-time measurements related to heat and pressure for vehicles and equipment, wirelessly. SIDIT's funding will enable SST Wireless to move to the next stage of the company`s maturity by making the necessary hires to complete the team and commercializing the product lines
Immersive Ventures Inc. – financing August 2013
Immersive Ventures Inc. the parent company of Immersive Media Company, has created a patented integrated platform for capture, storage, editing, management, distribution and playback of spherical video. The Immersive team and technology has powered solutions such as Google Streetview, Hockey Night in Canada "All Access Pass", the world's first 360 live stream to a mobile device with Doritos and L.L. Cool and very recently The PGA Championship in New York and The VEVO/Youtube American Expressed Unstaged "Kings of Leon" live in 360 from London. The immersive experience begins with a unique multi-lensed camera that captures a 360° view that surrounds the camera. You experience the sensation that you are standing in one spot and can see everything around you – up, down, sideways and all around. Once captured as a video, the software application 'stitches' the images together and streams it to your computer or mobile device. In the past year Immersive has focused on securing contracts in the three identified markets for its technology, with the Interactive Entertainment and Media market as a strong focus for further development, shifting the service business model to a licensing business model. SIDIT provided funding to assist the company's transition to a service business model and ensure marketing and growth opportunities are realized to attain profitability.
Just Be FriendsTM Network Inc. – financing August 2013
Just Be FriendsTM (jbfkids.com) is a creative social education platform designed to connect families and build community. The web-based platform is designed to provide kids and families a healthy, productive and creative social environment that promotes and celebrates friendship. SIDIT funds will be utilized to hire four additional full time employees to join the team and for marketing costs towards business development and contracts.
Village of Canal Flats - $36,000 grant
In 2010, a 2500 square foot log home was donated to the Village of Canal Flats to be used as a municipal, Ktunaxa Interpretive, Tourist and Arts centre. The building required relocation and renovations to accommodate the proposed uses and to amend the use from residential to public building. Office space has been created, accessible washrooms and entry ways installed and the interior of the basement completed.
Habitat for Humanity Society Kelowna - $10,000 grant
Habitat for Humanity Society Kelowna (HHSK) is a non-profit society and registered charity. ReStore is a small business recently opened and operated by HHSK. The society's strategic plan calls for increasing their organizational capacity so that they can increase the number of homes they build from an average of one per year to six or more per year in the Okanagan area. In 2012, ReStores across Canada kept an estimated 25,305 tonnes of re-saleable material out of landfills. SIDIT funding will be used to purchase a cube van for scheduling pickups to ensure long term sustainability.
Red Mountain Ski Resort – financing September 2013
Red Mountain Ski Resort is located in the West Kootenay community of Rossland B.C. The company is planning to add approximately 1000 acres of skiable terrain to Red Mountain for a total of approx. 2862 acres. The Grey Mountain expansion will also provide hiking access to the adjacent Mount Kirkup, establishing a side country terrain during the winter off season. Red Mountain is the largest employer in Rossland B.C. and this project will directly support economic sustainability for the West Kootenay region; creating direct job creation, along with directly supporting the growth of existing and new business opportunities in the West Kootenay region, hence job preservation and further employment opportunities to the region.
North Thompson Fall Fair Agriplex - $50,000 grant
SIDIT funding will assist with the final stages of completing the construction of the Agriplex that will be used for agricultural and non-agricultural events. The Fall Fair supports the local economy by attracting visitors to the region who contribute to the use of the services in the area such as gas, groceries and hotels. There also is a benefit for local hay sales, catering services, advertising, media services and non-profit groups who are able to help with set up and work at the events.
Cranbrook Society for Community Living – financing July 2013
The Cranbrook Society for Community Living (CSCL) is a non-profit society with charity status that was incorporated to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities within the Cranbrook community. Currently, the CSCL employs more than 40 people and provides more than two million dollars' worth of services to the community. The CSCL plans to expand and diversify by way of purchasing Highridge Health Services Ltd., a company that provides similar services. SIDIT's funding, together with funding from other financial partners, allowed CSCL complete the purchase of Highridge Health Services Ltd.
Lemonade GameLabs Ltd. – financing July 2013
Lemonade GameLabs Ltd. is a Kelowna based video game development studio. The company specializes in creating digital adaptations of designer board games for Tablets, PC's and Mobile device platforms while turning licensed brands into full brand properties, and adding unique features that bring people together face-to-face through technology. SIDIT's funding will allow the engagement of up to 10+ professional technology employees for the digital board game projects, enhance the Digiboardgames.com global blog which is averaging over a million views per month in its first 3 months of operation, and provide marketing support for added market presence in target regions.
The Grindrod Recreation Association's - $20,000 grant
The Grindrod Recreation Association's purpose is to promote community involvement in sporting, recreational, charitable, educational and social activities in the village of Grindrod. Over the years the association hosted events for Canada Day, Sports Day, Christmas and Halloween, and community pot luck suppers. The association decided to construct a new facility because the existing hall was built in 1905 and was in extremely poor condition. This new facility will accommodate larger groups than was possible before and be sustainable for the Grindrod area for many years to come.
SST Wireless Inc. – financing January 2013
SST Wireless technology helps prevent fire and streamlines production process at pellet mills. SST Wireless Inc. wireless transmitters monitor temperature changes in the bearing shaft from within the pellet mill chamber itself. SST Wireless Inc. wireless transmitters monitor temperature changes in the bearing shaft from within the pellet mill chamber itself, an extremely harsh environment, with the objective to detect possible bearing failure, excessive heat and mitigating possible fire hazard. This critical information is reported on a real-time basis to operations management. SIDIT funding will be used to increase their inventory and growth.
Country Geotourism Phase 2 - $49,000 grant
GeoTourism is the modern treasure hunt with a twist: combining the outdoor adventure and exploration activities of geocaching and letterboxing with anecdotal and historical education. The Gold Country GeorToursim project involves the identification of key sites related to history, culture and natural history. GeoTourism can inject incremental revenue into the regional economy, promote educational opportunities, encourage increased health through exercise, and provide opportunities for environmentally friendly tourism. SIDIT funding will support expansion of marketing and staff.
Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association – grant $50,000
The “Online Resource Centre” project is a critical tool in the implementation of the 10 year Regional Tourism Strategy and to building and strengthening partnerships with communities and businesses throughout the region. Through this project all tourism stakeholders will have access to new tools and technologies that would otherwise be unaffordable at the local level particularly for the small communities.
Thompson Nicola Regional District – grant $35,000
The “Invest Thompson -Nicola” Web Portal will link and compliment similar portals developed for the Cariboo and NW, NE and Northern BC and cover approximately 80% of BC. The portal will be designed to include all communities regardless of size to attract direct foreign investment as well as provincial and federal opportunities. Participation in this initiative will result in a collaborative regional and inter-jurisdictional approach to investment attraction.
Regional District Okanagan Similkameen – grant $17,500
The “Utilization of Compost” project utilizes over 4,000 metric tonnes of green-waste annually to manufacture a sustainable supply of compost. Waste being picked up from residential properties, tons of animal waste from feed lots and wood by-products are all processed into a valuable resource. Agriculture represents a significant part of the area’s economy and compost has the ability to improve production and quality resulting in a significant impact on the industry. Research of composts impact on fruit and tree root growth is positive. This project continues the research to confirm and reinforce the work completed to date and ultimately encourage the production and use of compost to eliminate the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Okanagan Similkameen Film Commission – grant $13,250
The “Okanagan Digital Media Expansion Initiative” project is focused on a website to enhance promotion of the region as a multi-faceted screen-based entertainment producer via additions of new media content and additional information links & databases. The Project aims to solidify the role of the Okanagan Film Commission as a hub for services to the CG and Flash Broadcast Television Animation and Online & Console Games industries so that opportunities between leading international industry producers, local talent, groups, networks, educational facilities (secondary, post-secondary, private and public), aboriginal and government are supported and nurtured.
Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre – grant $48,250
The Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre has attracted and serviced visitors to the South Okanagan since 2002. As one of the South Okanagan's major tourist attractions and the area's only First Nations interpretive centre the centre must continually improve to maintain the attraction effectiveness in the marketplace. Through the creation of the "Senulustun Outdoor Gallery" the Cultural Centre injects incremental revenue into the regional economy, promotes educational opportunities, provides opportunities for environmentally friendly tourism, and furthers economic diversification and new business prospects. It also develops regional resources to support sustainable year-round tourism and jobs, and preserves the area's heritage through education and increases business revenues.
Nakusp Centennial Golf Club – grant $7,300
The Nakusp Centennial Golf Club is a first class facility providing low cost of recreation to the local area and as a tourism attraction has attracted and serviced visitors to the Central Kootenay since 1967. This grant allows the club to continue to provide a first rate golf course to the locals without having to increase the cost of membership and green fees. This in turn provides incentives for both local and tourists to continue to use the course which provides employment, as well as benefiting the area as a result of increased tourism.
Red Mountain Academies – grant $15,000
Red Mountain Academies is in its 7th year of operation providing a unique blend of education and sport coaching for athletes in four sports: alpine ski racing, free ski, snowboard and Nordic ski. The Academy focuses on creating well balanced, high performing young athletes by offering a variety of services. The Out of Province Athletes Development Project is a self-perpetuating project, where an influx of resources now would ensure a sustainable program in the future. Through the Development Project, the Academy expects to increase enrolment in the program by student athletes from outside British Columbia, therefore increasing the stability of all Academy partners and adding to the economic diversification of the region. SIDIT has approved this project as a multiyear project.
Kettle Valley Moulding & Millwork Inc., Kelowna – financing February 2012
Kettle Valley Moulding & Millwork Inc. has purchased the assets of Cajun Moulding Shoppe Ltd. For Kettle Valley, SIDIT funding secured long-term jobs that would almost certainly have left for the Coast. Further, the funding assisted the company to diversify their product offering. They are proud of the products they manufacture and are selling them in the Okanagan and very shortly on the Coast and in Alberta.
Immersive Ventures Inc., Vernon – financing December 2011
Immersive Ventures Inc. ("IV") is an interactive media company founded in July, 2010 to exploit the market for interactive media technology. A Vernon studio has been established to manage all general administration, sales and marketing, content development and some research and development. "IV" has created an integrated platform for capture, storage, editing, management and distribution of spherical video. Locating an office in Vernon diversifies the local economic community and allows Vernon to participate in the recent high tech and audio/visual boom seen in Kelowna.
Gold Country Communities Society – grant $49,000
This is an expansion of the Geocaching project in the Nicola Thompson Region. GeoTourism is the modern treasure hunt with a twist; combining the outdoor adventure and exploration activities of geocaching and letterboxing, with anecdotal and historical education. The Geotourism program injects incremental revenue into the regional economy, promotes educational opportunities, encourages increased health through exercise, provides opportunities for environmentally friendly tourism, and furthers economic diversification and new business prospects. It also develops regional resources to support sustainable year-round tourism and jobs, and preserves the area's heritage through education and increases business revenues.
Grand Forks and Boundary Regional Agricultural Society - Kettle Valley Mobile Abattoir – grant $50,000
This grant enables Grand Forks and Boundary Regional Agricultural Society to support livestock producers by taking the lead in developing a way to achieve the industry side of the province-wide transition to the Meat Inspection Regulation. By building a mobile slaughter facility that meets the Meat Inspection Regulation standard the project will diversify the local economy and encourage growth in this industry.
Organic Farming, Keremeos – grant $30,000
This funding is provided to the Organic Farming Institute of British Columbia (OFIBC) to develop and implement an educational program for organic field crop production through an online learning platform and practical learning field excursions to prospective farmers. The programs are "Organic Ground Crop Production" and "Growing in the Greenhouse using Organic methods". This project contributes to the sustainability of rural farming communities through diversification of farming activities.
Vernon Community Dental Access Centre – grant $50,000
The Community Dental Access Centre's main objective is to reduce barriers to quality, restorative and preventative oral health care for low-income individuals. This new Centre has many positive outcomes for our communities such as alleviating pain and a suffering, preventing serious oral health outcomes particularly in children, ensuring employability by improving unsightly teeth, improving overall health, and relieving some of the physical and financial strain on the acute care system. In addition to providing full time sustainable employment opportunities, the Community Dental Access Centre enhances the employability of individuals who suffer as a result of poor dental health.
Village of Nakusp - Emergency Services Centre – grant $42,233
The Regional Training Centre brings economic development to the community in the form of hosting training and learning opportunities. This in turn will provide business and employment for the support and hospitality industries, provide regional access to training, and support small businesses. Students will have access to learning and job opportunities without having to leave the community.
FreshTec Systems Canada Inc. & Innovative Food Systems Corp. – financing September 2011
These companies will market and sell a revolutionary fruit, vegetable and fresh-cut flower packaging system that provides for transport of ripe ready-to-eat produce in a food safe application. The Smart Pac/Fresh Span modified atmosphere packaging system has the capability of preserving ripe fruit and vegetable and cut-flower for periods of 21 to 45 days depending upon the product. This provides tremendous opportunity for local producers to access high value Asian and European markets with premium products at lower transportation costs.
Pareto Platform Inc. – financing September 2011
Pareto Platform, an existing technology company and ISV partner with Microsoft, is expanding their operations to capitalize on the momentum they have in place with new and existing clients as well as strategic alliances. Pareto Platform is a leading provider of client relationship management dashboard and workflow solutions that addresses all of the needs of today's wealth management professionals.
Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club – Nordic Trails Improvement - $50,000 Grant
The Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club has made strategic investments of over $800,000 over the last 2 years to further enhance the quality of the cross country skiing experience. The Club's existing trail network, though fairly extensive, is limited in its ability to provide shorter distance loop trails from the Day Lodge. The Club is creating 1 km and 2.5 km loop trails off of their premier beginner trail in order to hold regional and provincial level cross country ski races as these events require shorter loop trails. Hosting race events can be a substantial economic generator for the community.
University of British Columbia – Biotechnology Resources - $50,000 Grant
This grant will assist researchers to take prototypes to field test, market and distribute products based on current laboratory-scale technologies to improve the efficiency of the agricultural water use in the Okanagan. The project will introduce new drought tolerant rootstock genotypes to the wine industry and provide a novel portable kit for early drought stress detection. The goal is to improve both water use efficiency and irrigation management practices with respect to both timing and quantity of water used for grapevine berry production.
North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo Association – Agriplex Project - $50,000. Grant
The North Thompson Agriplex is the Regional Agriplex for the Barriere region. The Agriplex provides key services to people and businesses from Blue River in the north, to Heffley Creek in the south. The Agriplex project lays the foundation for future agricultural events, thereby allowing for increased usage of land space and the potential for increased agricultural business revenues such as horse events, livestock shows, trade shows, auctions, and other community events such as concerts. More importantly it provides a stepping stone for a more generalized use of the facilities. This in turn, means increased commercial opportunities for the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo Association to attract new revenue streams thereby strengthening the association's financial stability and creating an increased demand for agricultural and support services.
Selkirk College – Count Me In: Selkirk College Studio 80 Revitalization Project - $50,000. Grant
Selkirk College launched the "Count Me In" campaign to raise $150,000 for the revitalization of the college's performance and rehearsal studio (Studio 80). The funds will enable the college to replace the existing 80 well-worn seats with 108 new seats and to buy and install new lighting and sound equipment. With these funds, the studio will be elevated from 'functional' and 'antiquated' to 'state-of-the-art'. This upgrade will benefit both performers and the audience. Their intent is to offer quality instruction to the maximum number of students applying to the Selkirk College Contemporary Music and Technology program, create seasonal and part-time employment for technical engineer/s, enhance the audience experience and comfort, and offer quality rental performance or seminar/lecture space for organizations in the arts and business communities. The studio is in the basement of the student residence which is currently being renovated and will house 103 beds. The dorms along with the theatre are potential draws for conference services. Rental profit will be used to upgrade equipment and create up to 1.5 job positions, either part-time or seasonal full time. The building and land are currently being leased from the City of Nelson and this project is fully supported by the City.
Boundary Sawmills Inc. - financing February 2011
The Boundary communities of Midway, Greenwood, Area E and Rock Creek are raising $8.4 million to purchase the vacant Pope & Talbot mill operations in Midway. The mill will be the largest direct and indirect employer in the Boundary area. Direct economic benefits are the increased tax base, providing valuable silviculture to the region’s wood supply and being the catalyst for several new businesses in the area.
Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society- financing February 2011
The Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society is a not-for-profit society that operates the Rotary Centre for the Arts as a multipurpose arts facility. The Society raises funds by donations and special events. The Society is purchasing a Bistro which is housed in the facility which will generate revenues to sustain the long term operation of the Rotary Centre for the Arts.
Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition – grant $50,000
Log homes and timber frame buildings are marquee value-added products of BC. Studies have concluded that with additional assistance there is significant opportunity for industry expansion. The BC Log Home & Timber Building Industry Association has identified insulation rating and carbon footprint issues as the most critical immediate issues to securing key markets. This project is to specifically fund the insulation factor testing and carbon footprint calculation components of log home and timber frame buildings. This project will assist the industry in maintaining and developing markets; help the industry expand and ultimately help in expanding this value -added sector.
Harrop–Procter Community Co-Operative, Procter - $50,000.
This is a ‘Growing Community Forestry’ initiative to establish a wood products manufacturing operation. This project will develop and diversify their business scope, increasing small business capacity through planning, researching and installing the most viable configuration for a manufacturing plant and integrating the new manufacturing operations with existing business functions.
O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon - $50,000.
The objective of this project is to enhance the sustainability of the O’Keefe Ranch Heritage Site by generating revenues to the Ranch from sources other than entrance fees. It includes the construction of 10 dry camping sites (no services), overnight RV parking and extended parking for special events.
Women’s Enterprise Centre, Kelowna - $7,000.
This is an initiative designed to assist women to develop their leadership presence in their business and community. Participants will develop their leadership skills, become more comfortable in the spotlight and be able to deliver their messages with strong scripts and a dynamic presence.
Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club - $50,000 Grant Oct 2010
The Black Jack Ski Club is positioning itself as a premiere Nordic destination, benefiting from an extended ski season due to its high elevation and abundant snowfall. This project will substantially improve the quality of ski experience for club members, tourist, and elite athletes by improving the quality, reliability and efficiency of trail grooming. This in turn allows for expansion to attract large and International venues to the Trail area.
BC Ventures Society- New Ventures BC Competition -$50,000 Grant Oct 2010
The New Ventures BC Competition is a regional competition aimed at new business in the SIDIT region. This is a launch of a new competition that will stimulate new company creation as well as business development of existing technology companies, leading to economic diversification of local SIDIT communities.
Community Futures Okanagan- Similkameen - Economic Gardening - $29,284 Grant Oct 2010
Community Futures is creating an incubator for organic farming projects in the Okanagan-Similkameen Region. The incubator will connect local businesses with resources and implement a market research tool that will assist in market strategies and increase revenues for local organic farmers and small businesses.
Community Futures Greater Trail – South Kootenay Business Center -$50,000 Grant Oct 2010
The South Kootenay Business Centre (SKBC) is a proposed business incubator that will help mitigate barriers to business by helping young firms survive the vulnerable start-up phase and focus on business development rather than business establishment in a professional, collaborative business environment. The primary goal of the incubator is to foster a new technology cluster by providing start-up and emerging companies with facilities, tools and resources without the normally associated start-up costs.
Britewood Industries Ltd. –financing October 2010
Britewood Industries will produce a high quality horse and animal bedding material and distribute it throughout BC, AB and North Western United States. The facility will be located near Chase BC. It will have specialized equipment constructed and installed that will utilize beetle damaged pine logs or dimensional by-products from saw mills.
GC Green Carbon Inc. –financing September 2010
GC Green Carbon is a new company in Kamloops developing the manufacturing capability of a commercial CO2 gas treatment system for the global market. This project will demonstrate a patent pending system to separate carbon and oxygen from CO2 in compact torch plants and cluster the plants in turnkey systems for large CO2 emitters. This enables companies to avoid emitting their CO2 and conserve their carbon.
Awesense Wireless Inc. –financing September 2010
Awesense Wireless from Kelowna is designing and building solutions that help utility companies identify system losses and power theft. The Awesense system consists of individual wireless nodes that can be quickly distributed within the field, such as a neighbourhood, to help identify key areas of loss or power theft. Awesense has created a unique, non-invasive, accurate wireless power loss detection system that is cost effective and widely scalable.
Valhalla Technologies Inc. - financing July 2010
Valhalla Technologies is a new high tech company in Castlegar that will be producing and manufacturing high purity germanium metal and related products for the advanced infra-red optical market.
International Road Technologies Inc. – financing May, 2010
International Road Technologies is a diverse sale, marketing and consulting company specializing in Environmental Solutions and the Road Transportation Industry at large. Products that are marketed today focus on road safety and the environment, with the company’s primary focus on a new and revolutionary designed gas cap for light duty gasoline vehicles through the automotive aftermarket, the ” Zero leak Gas Cap”. A new “Check, Test and Replace Program” will capture missing, misused or failing gas caps which lead to 108 litres of gasoline per year, per vehicle escaping into the environment.
Rhinokore Composites Ltd. - financing May, 2010
Rhinokore, from Armstrong, represents a breakthrough in engineered composites & composite products. These products, produced for oil and gas, marine applications, oil spill containment and transportation, can function under extreme climate conditions, punishing applications and at the same time meet some of the most rigorous environmental constraints.
City of Kimberley - Operable Wall Project – $50,000 Grant
The City of Kimberley constructed a Conference Centre to diversify its economy to attract Conference, meeting and incentive travel. To offer clients the meeting space appropriate to the size of the event the City proposed installing an operable wall in the Conference Centre ballroom, which would allow the room to be divided into two rooms. The operable wall would allow rental of both sides at the same time.
City of Kimberley – Audio Visual Project – $50,000 Grant
The City of Kimberley constructed a Conference Centre to diversify its economy to attract conference, meeting and incentive travel. The project was to create an Audio Visual Centre of Excellence by equipping each side of the Ballroom and each of the three breakout rooms with an innovative, fixed Audio Visual system.
Enterprising Non-Profits (Enp) - $150,000 Grant
Enp is a partnership of nine funders supporting the development and growth of social enterprises across BC. Enp’s objective is to strengthen the capacity and sustainability of local enterprising non-profit organizations to enhance their contribution to creating healthy communities through improved mission related services, more diverse economies and increased employment opportunities. Three year grant funding is restricted to SIDIT’s service area.
Thompson Rivers University – Centre for Innovation in Ranching - $150,000 Grant
To create a premier research and development institute that will improve the sustainability, viability and profitability of ranching and associated industries and improve the economy of the region. This project funded analytical, testing and development equipment for an interdisciplinary research centre that encompasses the range of economic drivers and product potentials from the pasture to the end product.
Business Development Corporation –Small Business Productivity – $37,500 Grant
Productivity and competitiveness workshops were conducted in Cranbrook. Workshop attendance consisted of 14 companies/organizations and 17 participants in Cranbrook. Diagnostics identified the range of business issues and possible improvements for the companies participating in the diagnostic process.
Christina Lake Chamber of Commerce – Christina Living Arts Centre -$150,000 Grant
The Christina Living Arts Centre project will house a number of artists and artisans providing them with the means to showcase and market their products while attracting increased tourist visits. When completed, this will be Canada’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Artisans Gallery, part of the 6,000 sq ft Centre.
City of Trail – Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH) Heliport Project - $50,000 Grant
This heliport allows door-to-door patient transfers between KBRH and the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre in Kelowna. This creates significant positive impacts across the region through improved medical services.
City of Castlegar – Hazard Beacon Project - $150,000 Grant
The beacon project lays the foundation for future commercial night flights from the airport, thereby allowing for increased emergency service response and the potential for increased airside business such as air courier services, fire protection and other air related industries to develop on the airport lands providing new employment and financial lease activity to the airport.
Invaron Pharmaceuticals Inc. - financing April 2010
Invaron has developed a global pharmaceutical distribution network that rapidly facilitates international brand adoption, specifically orphan drugs for rare diseases. For brands outside of Canada, Invaron has developed a turnkey global distribution system that will rapidly facilitate international adoption of products further enhancing the value proposition. Invaron has effectively leveraged IT into all their systems from manufacturing to promotion to communication therefore allowing their head office to be situated in Kelowna.
Catalyst Healthcare Ltd. - financing March 2010
Catalyst’s eMAR solution is the only Point of Care bar coding technology to ensure 7 rights of medication delivery within residential care facilities. The technology is founded on 3 principles of development, medication safety, inventory management and communication. Catalyst is now positioned to install, implement, train and support its rapidly growing customer bases. Kelowna is their head office location.
SST Wireless Inc. – financing February 2010
SST of Vernon has developed an advanced wireless tire pressure monitoring technology capable of measuring the temperature and pressure to tolerance ideally suited for applications where the economics of fleet management can translate precise tire performance information into financial payback.