Chilliwack Innovation Network

“Innovation is when new or improved ideas, products, services, technologies, or processes create more market demand or cutting-edge solutions to economic, social, and environmental challenges.”

CEPCO created the Chilliwack Innovation Network in 2017 as a standing committee tasked with developing opportunities, partnerships, projects and events that foster innovation. The committee is comprised of private sector businesses, educational institutions, and business support organizations.

The Network is focused on supporting entrepreneurs, business start-ups, and established businesses in the community that are primarily focused on technology related ideas and business practices.

The success of the network will be best achieved through the development of partnerships and grass roots initiatives that include a wide range of people interested in strengthening the entrepreneurial environment for technology based start-ups, education, and innovation in Chilliwack.  A top down driven initiative will not succeed, so the best role for CEPCO is to facilitate connections and support that are sustainable, ensure that adequate resources are available, and value is provided.

The following projects, events and groups are examples of activities currently underway or in development in Chilliwack via the efforts of people and organizations involved in the Chilliwack Innovation Network.

  • Chilliwack Tech Meet-Up

  • Events – Hackathon and /Next

  • Maker Space / Fabrication Lab

  • Mentorship Program

  • Financing Network

  • Retro-Computer Club

  • ChilliHack

  • Cowork Chilliwack and Downtown Business Centre

  • First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program

Chilliwack Innovation Network Committee

  • Rob Carnegie
    Chilliwack Retro Computing Club

  • Brian Coombes
    Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation

  • John English
    University of the Fraser Valley, Trades and Technology Centre

  • Dr. David Harper
    University of the Fraser Valley
  • Gary Jenne
    National Research Council Canada

  • Dave Leger
    Loop Energy

  • Jason Lum
    Councillor, City of Chilliwack

  • Tim McAlpine
    Currency Marketing

  • Kalvin Morrow
    Greenhouse Games

  • Colin Schmidt
    Wisebox/Chilliwack Tech Meetup

  • Netty Tam
    Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation

  • Craig Toews
    University of the Fraser Valley