Finger Food Studios – Helping you Drive Innovation

Finger Food is an award-winning technology company that helps businesses drive innovation and growth with solutions that utilize holographic computing, cognitive computing and the Internet of Things. Founded in 2009 by CTO Trent Shumay and led by CEO Ryan Peterson as a video game company, Finger Food pivoted in 2016 to embrace holographic technology, becoming the first company in Canada to become a Microsoft HoloLens agency partner.

With the support of its diverse and dedicated team of fearless innovators, Finger Food has built numerous large-scale holographic applications for global companies, including PACCAR, Lowe’s, Deschutes Brewery, Cirque du Soleil and more.

Constantly tackling projects with creativity and curiosity, Finger Food is home to the largest dedicated holographic development space in the world: The Holodeck. With over 25, 000 square feet of devoted warehouse space in Port Coquitlam, The Holodeck, is a game-changing, facility that enables the design and development of mixed and augmented reality applications. The applications and possibilities now available are vast and far reaching.

           

Life Tree Media – The Best of Both Worlds

With a commitment to helping, healing and inspiring its readers, Life Tree Media brings written works to life by publishing books and offering authors additional editorial and marketing services.

Founded in 2013 by Maggie Langrick, Life Tree Media has made a name for itself in the publishing industry for its commitment to aiding personal growth and conscious communication. Pushing the boundaries of the traditional publishing model, the hybrid publishing model employed by Life Tree Media is giving more self-financed authors access to the mainstream marketplace. The creative and distribution services offered by Life Tree Media has contributed to the success of its published works. To date, Life Tree Media has had its books translated into four different languages, placed on bestsellers lists and the publisher is even the recipient of an international business book award!

 

Imajin Books

An innovative publisher of quality fiction and select non-fiction e-books and trade paperbacks, Imajin Books is a go-to publisher for international authors. Imajin Books’ popularity as an established independent electronic and print publisher, stems from its ability to offer solutions to authors looking to publish works and who want to explore options outside the realm of self-publication.

With a focus on upholding environmentally sustainable publishing practices, Imajin Books has made the conscious decision to use on-demand technology and to focus on the e-book side of the industry. Publishing works since 2003, Imajin Books is also home to “Imajin Qwickies”, a novella imprint, and “Ogopogo Books”, a kids imprint. This year, Imajin books celebrates a major milestone as it is set to publish the most books it has ever published in a year!

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA HISTORICAL FEDERATION

Since 1922, the British Columbia Historical Federation, previously the British Columbia Historical Association, has operated in the non-profit space as the leading umbrella organization for historical societies in British Columbia.  By promoting the preservation of historical sites and places of historical interest, the British Columbia Historical Federation’s underlying objective is to spark public interest and encourage historical research in the province.

For further awareness of its goals, to generate interest in the history of British Colombia, the British Columbia Historical Federation produces a flagship magazine publication, British Columbia History.  With quarterly published issues, British Columbia History shares unique stories through the words and images of community writers and historians.  Every must-read issue is packed with fresh articles and photographs, as well as relevant insights into local archives.

POWELL RIVER LIVING MAGAZINE

Isabelle Southcott’s publication, Powell River Living Magazine, recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, marking over a decade of serving the local Powell River community.  Nestled on the upper Sunshine Coast, Powell River Living Magazine is a locally owned and independent, leisure and lifestyle publication that reflects the lives and needs of local residents.

Southcott, a seasoned journalist who began her successful career working with daily newspapers in Nova Scotia, launched Powell River Living Magazine after realizing that her community was being underserved by the publishing industry.  She wanted to offer her readers the option of reading a magazine that focused on human successes rather than the sensationalism that so often consumes the industry.  Today, along with her Associate Publisher, Sean Percy, Southcott continues to offer her community access to diverse perspectives with 16 issues published per year for residents to enjoy.

Caitlin Press – Where urban meets rural!

Established in 1977 and celebrating 40 years of publishing bold works by women, Caitlin Press, has made a name for itself in the publishing industry as the trade publisher of the Central Interior of British Columbia. Caitlin Press is known for continuously collaborating with other creative industries in B.C. and publishing culturally significant books that tackle important subjects such as Indigenous rights, the history of feminism, and gender identity.

In March 2008, Vici Johnstone of Halfmoon Bay purchased the press. Most recently, in 2016, this award-winning publisher launched Dagger Editions, publishing literary fiction, non-fiction and poetry by and about queer women. Coming up on the 10-year anniversary of Johnstone leading the company, Caitlin Press continues to publish books that reflect the diverse cultures of B.C. while simultaneously bridging the gap between the urban and the rural.

        

New Society Publishers – Book to Build a New Society!

For over 30 years, New Society Publishers has been inspiring the world with its cutting edge contribution to the industry by publishing books that promote an ecologically sustainable and just society. By publishing books that offer sound environmental solutions, New Society Publishers is proud to hold the highest environmental and social standards of any publisher in North America.

From the choice of printing books on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, to the commitment to print books exclusively in North America, New Society Publishers has brought environmental and social justice considerations to the forefront of dialogue within the publishing industry. It is truly a breath of fresh air to enjoy the works of a publisher that not only cares deeply about what they publish, but also about the standards that govern their business practices.

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2xMore and BC Creates host a panel discussion with top executives from DHX Media, Rainmaker Entertainment as well as “2X More” program participant Heather Hawthorn-Doyle. On Thursday, March 2, join Women in View and BC Creates as they host “She’s Calling the Shots: Advancing Women Directors in Animation and Live Scripted.” The panel discussion taking […]

Creative Industries Week 2017

British Columbia is celebrating four BC’s industries that unite to form BC’s vibrant creative economy: film + tv; digital entertainment; music + sound recording; and book and magazine publishing.

This economy is thriving with increased activity locally and expanded presence internationally. From February 27 to March 4, 2017, these four industries join government and industry stakeholders to celebrate the official Creative Industries Week. Kicking off with a launch reception and events at  the BC Legislature,  the week’s agenda will include activities that the public may join for – from the Career Expo to Digital day, and a VIFF screening to participating events at The Vancouver Writers’ Fest.

BC’s dynamic creative sector is a key contributor to our diverse and growing economy. Annual BC revenues for film, television and digital media alone combined is $3 billion. The creative industries support 65,000 full-time skilled jobs plus thousands of part-time and contract workers.

Creative Industries Week aims to:

  • increase awareness and understanding across BC of the creative industries, their growing contributions to BC’s economy and the exciting career opportunities available in this sector;
  • unite the creative industries in the co-creation of an inter-industry showcase that offers networking and engagement for all who participate;
  • provide the Province of BC and the public with direct opportunity for engagement and connection with the creative industries at a time of unprecedented opportunity and innovation.

We hope you’ll join us at one of our events! Check out the Calendar of Activities