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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


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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Let's get together for TEDx TerraceLive

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Live streaming from TED2016 in Vancouver. Theme = DREAM

Thursday, February 18, 2016, 2 - 4pm and 4:45 - 7pm

@ SkeenaWild, 4444 Lakelse Avenue, Terrace, BC

This event is FREE but you must still get your ticket at SkeenaWild. Limited to 50 people. 

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Event sponsored by SkeenaWild and SNCIRE


2015 Winners Announced

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Twelve finalists from around Northwest BC displayed their most creative ideas and competed for thousands of dollars in cash prizes at SNCIRE's 2015 Northwest Innovation Challenge in Terrace last week. And the winners are....

Mountain Prize $1,500 - Best Innovation
Awarded on strength of innovation, regional relevancy, impact, appeal of proposed display, enthusiasm and potential for commercialization.
Sponsored by Spectra Energy and Pacific Northwest LNG.
Chris Barton – Reflectorless Survey Targets

Tree Prize $1,000 – Runner-Up Innovation
Awarded on strength of innovation, regional relevancy, impact, appeal of proposed display, enthusiasm and potential for commercialization.
Sponsored by Spectra Energy and Pacific Northwest LNG.
Alyson Watt and Simone Crook – Squeezed

Bio-Product Prize $1,500
Awarded for the most innovative use of a bio-product. Sponsored by Terrace Community Forest.
Wanita Simpson – Cardboard Cat Trees

Thrive North Commercialization Prize $1,500
Awarded to the innovation considered to have the best potential for commercialization. Sponsored by BG Canada and Futurpreneur Canada as part of the ThriveNorth Initiative.
Peter Greene and Alfred Schaefer – BC Fish App

Northwest 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 UNBC & SNCIRE.
Tony Walker – Shames Mountain Micro-Hydro

People's Choice $500
Voted on and chosen by anonymous public ballot. Sponsored by Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine.
Adon Wiebe – WormWorks Vermicompost

$250 awarded to each finalist
To create a display for the Northwest Innovation Challenge. Sponsored by Lakelse Financial, Barton Construction, Stantec, Bulkley Valley Economic Development Association and BCIC-New Ventures, McElhanney, Silvertip Signs and Promotion, Northwest Community College.

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!

Northwest Innovation Challenge is back!

Northwest Innovation Challenge poster May 21 extension

We've got $10,000 in cash prizes (at least!) to give away!

Got a great idea brewing in your brain? Enter your idea into the 2015 Northwest Innovation Challenge and win cash! Download all the info and forms you need to enter:

NEW APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, May 4, 2015 @ midnight

New Date! Final judging and event: Thursday, May 21, 2015 in Terrace, BC. 

Repeat applicants welcome.

Be creative. Be courageous. Enter the 2015 Northwest Innovation Challenge!

If you have questions, or problems downloading the applicant info package or application form, contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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SNCIRE Status Update

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Over the past year, SNCIRE has continued to promote innovation and diversification for Northwest BC. On the public front, our focus in 2014 was the Northwest Innovation Challenge, which was very well received.

The rest of our work in 2014 has been promoting regional cooperation and coordination around natural resource-based issues and initiatives. This has included discussions and meetings with municipal and regional district staff and elected officials, support and cooperation with non-governmental organizations, and support and providing information to private proponents on a demand basis.


These behind-the-scenes activities are in keeping with our current funding levels, and continuation of this approach is our expected direction for 2015, with one exception. Based on the extremely positive results and outcomes from the 2014 Northwest Innovation Challenge, we are planning this event again for 2015.


SNCIRE is also poised to ramp up operations in response to funding for a regional 'innovation and inspiration' centre, and for regional coordination of innovation and natural resource initiatives.

What's our 2014 first place Innovation Challenge winner up to?

First place winner Brandon Greenall and his pop can solar heater

Brandon Greenall won first prize at the 2014 Northwest Innovation Challenge for his Pop Can Solar Heater project. We asked Brandon what he's been up to since the competition last May and here's what he told us:

"Shortly after the competition, I was approached by a member of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition who is responsible for teaching seminars and coming up with ideas for improving energy efficiency of peoples homes and the community. He was very interested in the pop can solar heater idea, and we have been working closely planning workshops and educational seminars in which community members can come learn, construct, and operate their own solar heaters for home usage (as well as producing some units for local non-profit organizations). We hope to begin these early spring of 2015! 

As for the prize money, I plan on using it for my new energy efficiency project for next years Canada Wide Science Fair or even another Innovation Challenge? :) The remainder will be put away for my post secondary education as it's right around the corner!

Once again, thank you so much for this awesome opportunity!"