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Science is alive and well for British Columbia's business community. Companies offering everything from exhilarating grizzly bear and whalewatching eco tours to shellfish aquaculture are thriving in our province. Plus, organizations aimed at growing and fostering B.C.'s science and innovation sectors are providing business owners with valuable information and assistance.

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Electronic Arts Canada

Landing Pad Inventors Aaron Coret and Steve Slen

Pixar

Westport Innovations

Electronic Arts Canada

Introducing Electronic Arts

Very funny and informative Rick Mercer Report set at EA Canada in Burnaby. Rick is even the subject of a video game!

Did you know that some of the world's coolest and most electrifying video games are created and tested right here in British Columbia? The Electronic Arts Canada Burnaby campus of Electronic Arts, Inc. - an international developer, marketer, publisher and distributor of video games - is a video game development studio that employs more than 1,800 people and houses the world's largest video game test operation.

EA Canada is also home to EA's worldwide motion capture studio which helps to develop several of EA's biggest global sports franchises including FIFA Soccer, NBA Live and NHL. The motion capture studio consists of 50 to 60 cameras set up to catch action from every possible angle and is the highest-volume studio in the world, with more than a half-million seconds of animation delivered each year.

Contact Information for Electronic Arts Canada

Website: http://www.ea.com/ca/

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Landing Pad Inventors Aaron Coret and Steve Slen

Aaron Coret loved to snowboard - he practiced his jumps and flips as he shredded the snow covered slopes in pursuit of his dream of becoming a professional snowboarder. However, a tragic snowboarding accident robbed him of that dream, leaving him confined to a wheelchair, paralyzed from the neck down. Despite this major setback, Aaron decided to use his considerable engineering and scientific know-how to help other snowboarders and skiers avoid serious injury. He teamed with his best friend and fellow engineer Steve Slen to design and build an innovative safety device that would allow skiers and snowboarders to jump and flip more safely.

The young scientists and UBC Engineering students invented the Landing Pad, which looks and acts like a giant airbag. The device is laid out below a jump. If a skier or snowboarder can land on his or her feet, the device allows them to finish their trick. However, if they fall, the Landing Pad absorbs the impact, allowing people of all ages and ability levels to enjoy their sport within a safer learning environment.

Thanks to Coret’s love, passion and dedication to snowboarding, his and Slen’s mutual interest in science and engineering, as well as their enduring friendship, future generations of sliders may be able to continue creating exciting new snowboarding and ski tricks without risking life threatening or debilitating injuries.

Click here for more information about the Landing Pad, or visit the blog.

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Pixar

Introducing Pixar Canada

Pixar comes to beautiful Vancouver!

There are some animated characters which resonate in the hearts and minds of kids everywhere. Who doesn't love Woody from Toy Story or Lightning McQueen from Cars? In April 2010, Pixar, the studio that has brought so many much loved animated characters to life on screen officially opened its satellite studio in the Gastown area of Vancouver. The mission for Pixar Canada, which began work on its first short film in early August 2010, is to develop short films involving previously introduced characters, such as Woody and Lightning McQueen.

The short films will be produced as a way of keeping these characters alive and maintaining their legacies. The three to five minute films will then be aired on the Disney Channel and online and will potentially be included in DVD compilations.

Contact Information for Pixar Canada

Web: http://www.pixarcanada.com/index.html
Email: info@pixarcanada.com

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Westport Innovations - Committed to lowering harmful fuel emissions

Westport Innovations

Premier Gordon Campbell visits Westport Innovations, a cutting-edge B.C. company that is creating jobs and building clean-fuel engines for buses and trucks around the world.

Big trucks don’t have to be gas guzzlers thanks to a Vancouver-based company that recognizes natural gas vehicles as the cleanest, most practical solution for low-emissions transportation. Through partnerships with truck makers, including Cummins, Kenworth, Daimler, Sterling and Mack, British Columbia’s own Westport Innovations makes heavy truck engines that run on natural gas instead of diesel, thereby reducing the emissions produced by the large vehicles.

As a leading developer of environmental technologies that enable vehicles to operate on clean-burning alternative fuels, Westport creates complete solutions for the transition of commercial vehicle fleets from oil-based fuels to natural gas or biogas.

The company is being recognized for its commitment to cleaner, greener energy. In 2010, Westport was listed as a Top 20 innovator by BCBusiness Magazine.

Click here for more information about Westport Innovations.

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