Perkins+Will is an integrated architecture, interiors, and planning firm recognized for its leadership with clients in Corporate + Commercial + Civic, Healthcare, Higher Education, K-12 Education and Science + Technology. With more than 70 staff in the Vancouver office and the bench strength of 1,200 personnel in 22 offices worldwide, Perkins+Will possesses a diverse range of skills and talents—from industrial design to large-scale master-planning—enabling the firm to take on a wide variety of project types. Perkins+Will is considered one of North America’s leading green practices with the largest portfolio of built green projects in Canada. The firm also researches, educates, and is heavily involved in the development of public policy and sustainability guidelines.
Morrison Hershfield is a multidisciplinary engineering and management firm. Engineering and design build services are provided to clients in the Transportation, Building, Life Sciences, Municipal, Utilities and Telecommunications sectors.
BC Hydro provides high-value, reliable power to fuel economic growth in British Columbia. As one of the largest electric utilities in Canada, BC Hydro serves customers in an area containing over 94% of British Columbia’s population. BC Hydro endeavours to provide energy solutions to its customers in an environmentally and socially responsible way by balancing British Columbians’ energy needs with the concerns of the environment.
Echoflex was incorporated in 2005. Echoflex became one of the first companies in North America to begin developing products based on a revolutionary new wireless technology from Europe called EnOcean. EnOcean is a unique technology; integrating innovations in harvesting and storing energy with low-power radio technologies. Combining the advances in these technologies into a single radio platform created a platform for the world’s first truly sustainable control solutions. Building upon this platform, Echoflex is leading the way in North America, developing innovative yet sustainable solutions to solve control problems, improve the facilities environment and save energy.
Government & Academic Institution Partners
SDTC is a not-for-profit foundation that finances and supports the development and demonstration of clean technologies which provide solutions to issues of climate change, clean air, water quality and soil, and which deliver economic, environmental and health benefits to Canadians.
SDTC operates two funds aimed at the development and demonstration of innovative technological solutions. The $550 million SD Tech Fund™ supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water, and clean soil. The $500 million NextGen Biofuels Fund™ supports the establishment of first-of-kind large demonstration-scale facilities for the production of next-generation renewable fuels.
The Innovative Clean Energy Fund was created in 2007 to encourage the development of new sources of clean energy and technologies to help support local economies and livelihoods in communities across B.C.
Public Works and Government Services Canada’s mandate is to be a common service agency for the Government of Canada’s various departments, agencies and boards. With a strong focus on quality services and sound financial stewardship, we ensure optimum value by enabling other government departments and agencies to provide their programs and services to Canadians.
Natural Resources Canada champions innovation and expertise in earth sciences, forestry, energy and minerals and metals to ensure the responsible and sustainable development of our nation’s natural resources.
UBC is one of the world’s great public universities consistently ranking in the global top 40. The main UBC campus is situated in Vancouver, and UBC has an exceptional record of innovation and commercialization of new technologies. In the Milken Institute’s recent Mind to Market study, UBC ranked in the top ten North American universities for its commercialization activities. The University currently has over 200 licenses with companies around the world and it has created 130 spin-off companies. In 2007, UBC became the first Canadian university to break the $100m mark in cumulative licensing revenue, reflecting the fact that UBC technologies have been the basis of more than $5bn in sales.
BCIT is a leading polytechnic institute with over 16,000 full time and 32,000, part time students. It focuses on learning by doing through hands-on innovative and collaborative instruction methods. BCIT provides education in a variety of fields that leads to and enhance employment. BCIT is also the site of the first full scale demonstration of the direct sunlight illumination system.
Okanagan College is a public, comprehensive, post-secondary educational institution that was established under the provisions of the College and Institute Act (2004). Okanagan College offers a wide variety of career, continuing education, degree, developmental, trades and technologies, university studies, and vocational programs. The region served by Okanagan College covers 37,750 square kilometers, and extends from Osoyoos and Princeton in the south and west to Mica Creek and Revelstoke in the north and east.