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Build In Canada Innovation Program w/ Tess Menges
Mar 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Do you have a pre-commercial innovative good or service to sell?
  • Have you created something that has not hit the marketplace yet?
  • Do you want to be able to say that the Federal Government was your companies’ first reference sale?

If you answered YES, to any of these questions, then the Build In Canada Innovation Program may be right for you!

What is the Build In Canada Innovation Program Anyway?

If you have a new, market-ready innovation, the Government of Canada wants to be your first customer! First, submit a proposal at any time to Your innovation will then be evaluated; if your innovation is deemed a significant advance on the state of the art, we will work with you to find a government testing department. Your company can be awarded a contract of up to $500,000 (nonmilitary) or $1,000,000 (military).

Are You Ready For A Challenge?

The Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) has launched its new Challenge Initiative. Government of Canada departments will solicit innovative solutions to their unique challenges!

What’s In It For You?

  • BCIP helps you land your FIRST sale!
  • Get your innovation tested in a real-life setting
  • Receive feedback to get your innovation to the market faster!

On March 8th, 2018 from 1:00 pm -4:00 pm, Tess Menges with the Build in Canada Innovation Program will be at Kamloops Innovation leading a group information session. One on one meetings are available – please contact

Accounting 101 with KPMG
Mar 14 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

From setting a budget and financing basics, to government incentives and types of expenses, Michelle Broadway from KPMG will cover a wide variety of topics from an accounting perspective when starting a business.

Have questions about accounting and tax? Bring them along!

This workshop is for:

  • Anyone interested in entrepreneurship, startups, and technology
  • Anyone who has an innovative idea or recently started a new venture and looking for support

TRU Generator is the on-campus accelerator supporting students, faculty, staff, and alumni with mentorship, events & workshops, and a drop-in workspace. These workshops are a part of the Startup Academy Series, and are open to anyone in the TRU community.

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Bitcoin contracts and the Chicago Board Options Exchange
Mar 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join TRUSobe to hear Russell Rhoads, Director of Product Advancement and Global Derivatives at the Chicago Board Options Exchange speak on the topic of Bitcoin Futures Contracts on the Cboe.

Russell Rhoads, CFA, is Director of Product Advancement and Global Derivatives at Cboe Global Markets. His career before joining Cboe included positions at a variety of firms including Highland Capital Management, Caldwell & Orkin Investment Counsel, Balyasny Asset Management, and Millennium Management. He is a financial author and editor having contributed to multiple magazines and edited several books for Wiley publishing.

Refreshments will be provided.


BCDevExchange Meetup
Mar 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Kamloops Innovation is hosting a meetup March 19th, 6pm – 8pm, for the Kamloops developer community to come down to learn about the BCDevExchange program and to hear about a project for the Ministry of Forests and Range that they’re looking for Kamloops’ developers to contribute to.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided by Kamloops Innovation.

Join us to learn about the BCDevExchange project, meet other developers in the city, and hang out with the Kamloops Innovation crew! This meetup is open to TRU students, startups, freelancers, and developers of any stack/language.

If you would like to learn more about the BCDevExchange, visit their website:

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H4CK NIGHT @ Kamloops Makerspace
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

H4CK Night is for technology-curious, like-minded people to come together to meetup, learn, share, and create.

New projects are always welcome! Bring a tech project you’re working on or an idea you want to discuss with friends! Technical and nontechnical minds welcome!

H4CK Nights are every Wednesday as an open house at the Kamloops Makerspace. Stop by for a tour of their new home, learn a new skill, and create!

Main entrance is around the back. Kamloops Makerspace is located next to the New Life Mission, across the street from Stickys Candy.


Trades and Tech Thursdays
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Got a skill with saws or a way with welding? Think about a career in trades and tech. If you’ve got more questions than answers or want to hear more from the people teaching these programs, we have the events for you.

TRU’s Trades and Tech Thursdays give you the chance to find out about all your trades and tech options while getting answers directly from those in the know.

Trades workers are in high demand and TRU’s programs give you state-of-the-art training. We can jumpstart your career in mechanics, carpentry, electrical, gas fitting, horticulture, instrumentation, plumbing/pipefitting or welding. Or consider moving into management with a bachelor’s degree in technology or in trades and technology leadership.

If you are curious, come out. If you have questions, bring them. If you think you even might be interested, get the details you need to be sure.

Bring a buddy or two, everyone is welcome. We look forward to seeing you!

Tours begin at 7 p.m. from the lobby of the Trades and Technology building (TT158).


The 2018 TRU Marketing Association Business Gala
Mar 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

TRU Marketing Association is proud to announce they will be hosting the 2nd annual Thompson Rivers University, Business Gala.

Join marketing innovators, industry leaders, business professionals and TRU Students for an evening of networking and keynote speakers for an evening of cultivating ideas. Guests will experience a unique networking opportunity on the lower floor before being brought upstairs and served an elegant dinner while the keynote speakers discuss all things modern marketing.

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Keynote Speakers

Jeff Gibbard

Jeff Gibbard is Chief Social Strategist at I’m From The Future (IFTF), a Social Media and Technical SEO Agency in Philadelphia.  He’s been working in the social media industry from the very beginning, and unlike many of those in his industry, he’s been focused on the real-life business applications from the start. 

Since starting his company, Jeff has designed strategies for clients in virtually every industry, and across all sized companies from funded startups with no revenue, to multi-billion dollar organizations. 

He is a graduate of Temple University and earned his MBA from Drexel University. 

He’s a well-respected strategist, popular keynote speaker, and a prolific blogger, podcaster, and vlogger.

Julio Viskovich

Julio joined TRU in 2016 after teaching digital marketing at UBC and Sauder School of Business (and prior at SFU). 

He is formerly the VP of Marketing at rFactr, a social media technology and consulting company and was one of the earliest employees at HootSuite, a Canadian Billion dollar social media company. 

As a recognized expert, he has appeared on national TV programs like Global News is a recognized Forbes top 30 social media influencer (#25). He has worked or partnered with innovative companies like Microsoft, Aflac, MasterCard and HootSuite to develop awareness in the North American and global markets using social media. 

Julio is your go-to guy for personal branding and on how to use LinkedIn to give yourself an unfair advantage in the job market.

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Lunch & Learn: George Emery
Apr 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join Kamloops Innovation Tuesday, April 3rd in their Coworking space for a Lunch & Learn to talk with Kamloops Innovation Fellowship recipient George Emery.

George recently became the CEO of CanShield Data Center here in Kamloops.

Bring your bagged lunch and talk with George about everything from Data Centers on BC/Canadian soil and why it is so important to many industries looking to move more of their systems to the cloud, the Kamloops Innovation Fellowship program and how it helped with bringing George and his family to Kamloops, or entrepreneurship through acquisition.

Kamloops Innovation has microwaves, cutlery and all the coffee you can drink.

About CanShield

CanShield Data Center provides secure and reliable colocation and disaster recovery services, supporting their clients through a customized data hosting solution. their team consists of industry experts who strive to provide long-term value through innovative product development and exceptional customer support. Their flexibility allows you to spin up a single server or wholesale agreement.

DevOps Days Vancouver
Apr 20 – Apr 21 all-day

DevOpsDays is a grassroots event for folks in the field connecting, sharing stories, advice, ideas, and tools relating to DevOps

DevOpsDays is returning to Vancouver in 2018.

This conference, which is now happening frequently around the globe, is THE conference for bridging the gap between developers and operations.

DevOpsDays is a grassroots event for folks in the field connecting, sharing stories, advice, ideas, and tools relating to DevOps.

It is organized by people who care about DevOps.

MVT Summer Series | Positioning Statements
Apr 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

MVT Series | Positioning Statements: How to tell your company’s story

A positioning statement is a series of sentences that define what your company is, what makes it unique, and what its value is to your audience. Not generally public facing this statement helps business owners identify their company’s core values and align their marketing to keep a cohesive messaging across all their branding and meet their business goals.

In simple terms, the positioning statement is a phrase that is used internally to help your organization understand the benefits your products or services provide to your target customers. It states how you are different from your competitors and why your audience should choose your business over your competitors. Everything from the website page copy, advertisements, images, calls to action, and slogans are all ultimately based on your positioning statement.

This introductory session is about taking your business idea and being able to condense it into a short and coercive pitch. Whether you’re connecting with a potential customer, partner, investor, or friend, being able to communicate your idea effectively is very important.

At the end of this workshop, you will know how to put together a compelling short pitch and be able to communicate an idea effectively, the first stepping stones to starting a business!

What is the MVT Series?

The MVT Series or Market Validation Training Series is an educational course offered by Kamloops Innovation as the precursor to our VAP program. This series is Free and open to any individual, company or student who is looking to start their own business.

The series is designed to guide and coach early-stage companies through defining business models for sustained growth. Kamloops Innovation does not take equity stakes in companies, making companies free to grow on their own terms.  For those individuals looking to attend specific classes, the Startup Basics Series offers more bite-sized versions of the material taught in the MVT Series through the TRU Generator.

Courses in the MVT Series Include:

  • Positioning Statements: How to tell your company’s story
  • Value Propositions: Understand the value your business idea brings to the table
  • Target Markets: Identify your first customers & how to market to them
  • Your Go-To-Market Plan: Develop an action plan to move your business idea forward
  • Sales Strategy: Practical tools so you can start generating revenue
  • Business Model Canvas: Visualize your company’s value, infrastructure, customers, and finances.