Resources / High Tech Associations by Sector
  Aerospace Industry Association of BC Firms providing equipment and services to the aircraft and space technology markets - not aviation, which is airlines, air operations.

BC Biotech   For firms developing biological, biochemical and drug related products.

BC Medical Device
  For firms developing mainly electrical or mechanical devices for medical applications.

BC Photonics Association   The BC Photonics Association's membership comprises companies that have technologies related in some way to light and optics - especially laser applications and imaging, but including a very wide variety of applications and markets.

Wireless Innovation Network   WIN's mission is to foster collaboration of early-stage British Columbia companies in the wireless technology field.WIN has a newsletter and holds educational and networking events.

The Canada West Telecom Group  

The Canada West Telecom Group is a marketing alliance of telecommunications suppliers in Western Canada.The members actively use it as a vehicle to share sales costs and personnel, as well as information and sales leads, for developing export markets. They have a CWTG trade show booth in which all the companies are represented and small groups of members form to take turns manning the booth on behalf of all the members. They will have the CWTG booth at about 12 trade shows in 2004.


New Media BC   "New Media BC is a not-for-profit association whose vision is to build BC as a center of excellence in the digital, interactive industry. Through networking events, Special Interest Group seminars, advocacy work, and marketing, New Media BC is building the new media community locally and promoting it abroad."

Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS)   CIPS is the technical professional association for Canada's IT industry. CIPS is organized on a national, provincial and local basis. CIPS has local chapters for organizing local activities in major cities across Canada, including Vancouver and Victoria.

Canada Website   A national organization, its website is organized into geographic regions, BC being one of them. It provides links to many Canadian I.T. companies and news of interest to the IT sector.

Canadian Manufacturing and Exporters Association (CME)   The CME is a national organization that was formed in 1996 from the joining of the Canadian Manufacturers' Association and the Canadian Exporters Association. It is now Canada's largest industry association. Its BC branch is very active and puts on excellent networking and educational events, focusing on both exporting and manufacturing. In these regards it is very relevant to much of the high tech industry.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)- Canada   The IEEE is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 377,000 individual members in 150 countries. In BC, local activities are organized by chapters in Vancouver and Victoria.

Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics, among others.

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC   This is the professional organization that legally licences engineers and geologists in the Province of British Columbia. A large and active organization serving the profession.