VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Instead of waiting for a new NAFTA trade deal, BC’s high tech sector is developing a new breed of ‘green’ exports to help boost the economy.
It involves growth ‘rooted’ in industries like oil, mining and forestry.
Stewart Muir, the head of a group promoting the responsible extraction of natural resources, says possible investors are not limited to the US and Mexico.
“There’s already companies based in Vancouver working, for example, in Indonesia. We have environmental clean-up being done in Vietnam using processes developed to make pulp and paper in BC safer.”
He says Resource Works is also seeking government support.
“Education’s a component. We also need to communicate. We need to have basic information that quantifies what these fields are. What the potential is. When they do trade missions, they can open doors… we’re working to build awareness that BC is a high tech hub that is also world-renowned for its natural resources and those two things are very closely linked.”
Later this month, Resource Works is hosting a discussion about building BC’s economy by bringing high tech and resource companies together to create innovative exports.
“We found there’s at least 200 companies in BC –most of them in the Lower Mainland– fall into this category of being part of the green growth in the new tech economy rooted in natural resources.”
The lunch-time event will be held on November 29th at Vancouver’s Hyatt Regency hotel between 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.