In 2008

Celebrating local heroes of innovation

Do you know a business or entrepreneur that deserves to be recognized and rewarded for their innovation efforts?

For years we have heard from economic development groups, local governments and the community at large that the West Kootenay is in a transition economy; transitioning forward from our traditional resource extraction economy into the economy of the future.

Diversification is a word commonly heard as the savior of our region’s business community. To diversify is to create different and new things to lessen the risk of destruction.

To that end, the true heroes of the new economy in the West Kootenay are those who have the passion to dream, the courage to pursue those dreams and the dogged determination and willingness to sacrifice what many would not to drive that dream into reality – creating the businesses of our diversified, transitioned new economy. Now is the community’s chance to recognize and thank those that are delivering our economy to a better place.

Whether tinkering in a backyard workshop, burning the midnight oil in front of the computer, or hustling day in and day out, entrepreneurs are truly resilient folks that rarely get the recognition for the tremendous benefits their tireless efforts provide. Cue the quadrennial Spirit of Innovation awards.

To match the Olympic-sized efforts of our region’s innovators, the once-every-four-years Spirit of Innovation Awards gala, hosted by the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) is one way in which we can recognize our local entrepreneurs and businesses’ achievements in the field of innovative new business ideas.

Innovation Valley

Whereas the blessed geology of our region drove our economic foundation, the tremendous wealth of talent and enterprising spirit in the West Kootenay will drive the growth of our future.

Whether it’s designing and developing leading-edge particle accelerators, growing Indium Antimonide for use in the world’s leading thermal imaging systems, or creating a new water filtration system, the big ideas being commercialized in our own backyard are having a global impact.

“The innovation, intellectual capital and entrepreneurship in our region is truly spectacular for a relatively small population,” noted Kelvin Saldern, Executive Director of the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology. “Having worked closely with the local business community for years, I’m still regularly surprised when I discover new ideas, businesses and entrepreneurs doing tremendously high-level and sophisticated things you would might not expect to find in a rural mountainous region.”

Nominate a local business or entrepreneur by September 11, 2012

Do you know a business or entrepreneur that deserves to be recognized and rewarded for their innovation efforts? Awards will be given out for Innovator of the Year, Innovative Company of the Year, Innovative Organization of the Year and Most Promising Emerging Company of the Year.

Winners get to take home the most coveted office décor in all of West Kootenay business, our etched Spirit of Innovation glass and metal trophies, and will receive a quarter page profile in the most widely read and respected business magazine in the province, BC Business Magazine, and more.


Just Posted

Judgment reserved in Nakusp school sex trial

Trial concluded today with lawyer’s summations

Former teacher acquitted on two of four sex charges

Judge found no evidence to support sexual assault charges against Shanny McIvor

New Denver emergency ward to remain 24/7

Interior Health says it’s postponing changes to operating hours.

New Glade ferry enters testing phase

The Glade II will be able to carry heavier loads and will emit less greenhouse gases.

Smiles all around as province announces emergency ward funding

$2.1 million to go to much-needed upgrades

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Workers shouldn’t be used as ‘pawns’ in minimum wage fight: Wynne

Comments from Kathleen Wynne after demonstrators rallied outside Tim Hortons locations across Canada

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be oldest living former NHL player, dies

Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969

Most Read