Richmond News

Amrik Virk talks innovation with leading Richmond businesses
Date:  6/9/2016
ArticleType:  Press Release




The Hon. Amrik Virk, BC’s Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services sat down with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Innovation Committee for an informal discussion.


RICHMOND ,BC –The Province’s Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizen’s Services, Amrik Virk was at the Stuart Olson Centre for Building Performance Wednesday, discussing British Columbia’s opportunity to lead the global clean technology market. Virk sat down for a conversation with members of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Innovation Committee; among them local leaders in sustainable technologies ZE Power Group, Corvus Energy, YVR and Stuart Olson.

The discussion touched on the impacts of Canadian buildings on the environment. The over 445,000 commercial and institutional buildings in Canada account for approximately 13% of the nation’s carbon emissions, making the built environment second to only transportation in terms of greenhouse emissions.

“As Chair of the Richmond Chamber Innovation Committee, I am grateful for the opportunity to bring together industry leaders. Together we are discussing solutions in response to Canada’s commitment to reducing our carbon footprint. We see immediate reduction opportunities, starting with the built environment. This will help British Columbia lead the world with Clean Tech while serving our global responsibility to improve Building Performance,” said Committee Chair, Clint Undseth.

The Chamber’s innovation committee is committed to working collaboratively to spur innovation and strengthen Richmond and British Columbia’s position as a global thought leader.

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The Richmond Chamber of Commerce is a broad-based non-profit membership association, celebrating over 90 years of commitment to make Richmond the most prosperous and favorable place to do business.

Media Contact:

Shaena Furlong
Manager of Communications and Systems
Richmond Chamber of Commerce
604 278-2822
shaenaf@richmondchamber.ca

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