British Columbia Integrated Technology Initiative (January 2006)
The Integrated Technology Initiative is a collaborative strategy to support
the highly competitive functional technology clusters in BC.
In January 2003, a group of technology leaders from seven leading technology
organizations and two research consortia jointly developed a white paper entitled An
Integrated Strategy for British Columbia’s Technology Clusters1 to capitalize on the
growing awareness of the link between technology and long-term economic growth and
Prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the document provides a preliminary assessment
of the leading technology clusters in the province and a call to action to advance the
progress of each of the sectors and to help accomplish the provincial goal of creating a
significant knowledge-based economy in BC. This process yielded two conclusions:
► The clusters needed a collective voice and a cohesive strategy for growth to
accelerate their individual and joint development.
► The provincial government needed a clear and objective assessment of where BC
stood relative to other regions in order to confidently develop public policy to create a
locally anchored, globally competitive technology industry in the province.
In response, the British Columbia Technology Industries Association (BCTIA), Leading
Edge British Columbia, and the Canadian Institute for Market Intelligence launched the
Integrated Technology Initiative (ITI) in June 2004. This four-phase project was to
accomplish the necessary benchmarking and development of a comprehensive action
plan to establish BC as a global competitor in technology innovation and adoption.