Vancouver Island Sustainable Technology Association (VISTA) is a non-profit society in British Columbia, Canada helping to represent Vancouver Island based technology students / academic leaders, investors, researchers, innovators and economic development teams focused on accelerating sustainable technology and initiatives.
The primary goal of VISTA is (but not limited to) the management, coordination and operation of the annual Vancouver Island Sustainable Technology Expo which rotates each year between Nanaimo, Great Victoria and Campbell River.
VISTA Expo : By the Island - On the Island - For the Island, Region and Global Marketplace.
Vancouver Island, lying about 60 km off the coast from the city of Vancouver and about 100 miles north of Seattle, is the largest island in the Pacific east of New Zealand.
Home to the Capital of British Columbia, Vancouver Island’s vibrant technology sector is served by 3 universities and 2 multi-campus community colleges comprising of more than 50,000 students. For many years the island has focused on sustainability and the mix of university level research, government and private investment, commercialized innovation and deployed projects - including those by most of the 53 First Nations on Vancouver Island - is testimony to this.
Acknowledged more and more as engaging to help lead both west coast and national decision making Vancouver Island is now planning its 3rd annual full day Vancouver Island Sustainable Technology Expo.
The VISTA Expo aims to present some of the best sustainable technology talent, through panel discussions, poster-boards, booth exhibitors and stakeholders with island and regional experts in attendance.
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VISTA Expo 2017 Agenda
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 | 8am - 5:30pm |
Campbell River, BC
- Exhibit Booth Set Up : 7:30-8:00 am
- Media, Sponsor-Support Recognition / Networking / Registration : 8-8:30am
- Opening Remarks, Keynote Address, First Nations / Mayor Andy Adams and Welcome Panel : 8:30 - 9:45am
- Welcome Panel - "Advancing Investment, Innovation and Collaboration " - Island First Nations, Regional Investment, Entrepreneur, Research and Pacific Island Leaders
- Expo Launch / Exhibit Trade Floor Opens
- Workshop One : 10:30-11:00am Roundtable or B2B opportunity
- "Successful Launch and Deployment - Lessons Learned (so far !) " - Industry Groups, Investment Team Leads
- Two Mid Day Discussion Panels (either side of a number of 3 min industry announcements ) :
- "Island Research, Training and Employment in the Sustainable Tech Sector" - Leaders from : Island Universities, Industry and Region : 11 - Noon
- "Aquaculture, Marine Deployment - A First Nation Panel Presentation": 12:45 - 1:45pm
- Afternoon Workshops : 2:00-2:30pm Roundtable or B2B opportunity
- "Essentials for island student employment and retention" - Discussion by Island CEO's and Students
- "Feedback from Sponsors, Exhibitors and General Attendees"
- Close Down Panel / 2018 + 2019 Host Introductions : 3:45-4:45pm
- "Developing the Sustainable Technology Sector from here" - Island Industry & (Regional) Economic Leaders
- Industry Exhibitor Awards , Acknowledgements, Announcements
- Expo Close - Networking : 5:00pm