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Thanks to our 2018 sponsors!

Big thanks to the 2018 sponsors of SNCIRE's Northwest Innovation Challenge. 

Got a great idea brewing in your brain? Enter your idea into the 2018 Northwest Innovation Challenge and win some cash!

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Koneline: our land beautiful tours Northwest BC


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Award-winning documentary “KONELINE: our land beautiful” is touring Northwest BC. For more info and the movie trailer, go to CanadaWild website.  

From the website:

KONELĪNE: our land beautiful
is a sensual, cinematic celebration of northwestern British Columbia, and all the dreamers who move across it.

Some hunt on the land. Some mine it. They all love it. Set deep in the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation, KONELĪNE captures beauty and complexity as one of Canada’s vast wildernesses undergoes irrevocable change.

An art film with politics, drama, and humour, KONELĪNE: our land beautiful explores different ways of seeing—and being. A guide outfitter swims her horses across the vast Stikine River. The world’s biggest chopper flies 16,000-pound transmission towers over mountaintops. KONELĪNE‘s characters delight while smashing stereotypes: white hunters carry bows and arrows; members of the Tahltan First Nation hunt out of a pickup with high-powered rifles. There are diamond drillers—both Native and white—and elders who blockade them. There’s a Tahltan son struggling to preserve a dying language, and a white guy who sings “North to Alaska ” to his stuffed moose.


Smithers, B.C. @ ROI THEATRE

November 12, 2016 - 5 pm
November 13, 2016 - 5 pm



November 14, 2016 - 7 pm



November 15, 2016 - 7 pm

We've got some gooders this year!

SNCIRE finalists have been selected

The innovations just keep getting better! Come check out the 2016 Northwest Innovation Challenge finalists on May 13 at the Elks Hall (2822 Tetrault Street) in Terrace. Doors open at 6 pm. You don't want to miss this exciting and inspiring evening of innovation, impressive ideas, winners, cash prizes and good snacks. 

2016 Northwest Innovation Challenge finalists


2016 Winners Announced

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Twelve finalists from around Northwest BC displayed their innovations and competed for thousands of dollars in cash prizes at SNCIRE's third annual 2016 Northwest Innovation Challenge in Terrace last week. And the winners are....

Thrive North Commercialization Prize $2,500
Awarded to the innovation considered to have the best potential for commercialization. Sponsored by Futurpreneur Canada as part of the ThriveNorth Initiative. 
55north Hopyard Trial (now 'Hazelton Hops') - Laurie Gallant and Bill Crosson of New Hazelton

Mountain Prize $1,200 - Best Innovation
Awarded on strength of innovation, regional relevancy, impact, appeal of display, enthusiasm and potential for commercialization.
Sponsored by Spectra Energy and Prince Rupert LNG.

Heat Recovery and Control System in a Standalone Biomass Gasification CHP (Combined Heat & Power) System - John Egenolf of Smithers 

Tree Prize $800 – Runner-Up Innovation
Awarded on strength of innovation, regional relevancy, impact, appeal of display, enthusiasm and potential for commercialization. 
Sponsored by Spectra Energy and Prince Rupert LNG.
Quadracycle - Norman Wagner, Jarrod Fregin, Cole Sankey and Ken-Li Peerless of Haida Gwaii 

CityWest Regional Relevance Prize $1,000
Awarded for the innovation that best addresses the needs and opportunities of Northern B.C., the innovation that is most clearly "of the North, for the North”. Sponsored by CityWest.
Skeena Chinampa - Hans Seidemann of Prince Rupert 

Bio-Product Prize $1,000
Awarded for the most innovative use of a bio-product. Sponsored by Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, SNCIRE and Central Mountain Air/Hawkair.
Microbial Film Power Generation - Aaliyah Mahboubi of Prince Rupert 

People’s Choice Award $500
Voted on and chosen by anonymous public ballot. Sponsored by Bulkley Valley Development Association (BVEDA).
Centre pin float reel - Anika Juergensen of Terrace

Door Prize - 20 minute Helicopter Flight
Sponsored by Canadian Helicopters.
Finalist Jarrod Fregin of Haida Gwaii

$250 was also awarded to each finalist before the event to create a display for the Northwest Innovation Challenge. Sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Terrace and Prince Rupert, Stanted, McElhanney, Lakelse Financial, EventHostBC, the Wolfe family and SNCIRE.

The Northwest Innovation Challenge is an annual event that aims to celebrate and support innovation and innovators in Northwest BC.

Photos on SNCIRE's facebook page!

Save these Dates!

2016 Northwest Innovation Challenge Applications Available: Monday, February 29

Submission Deadline: Monday, April 18, midnight

Final Judging and Event: Friday, May 13 @ Elks Lodge, 2822 Tetrault St., Terrace, BC

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