MISTIC rewards innovative ideas

Nanaimo businesses shared one-third of the spotlight at the sMid-Island Science Technology and Innovation Council awards.

Matthew Harder

Matthew Harder

Nanaimo businesses shared one-third of the spotlight at the sixth annual Mid-Island Science Technology and Innovation Council Innovation Awards.

Held Wednesday at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, the event recognized 12 businesses or individuals involved in high-tech work on Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and Gulf Islands.

The four Nanaimo winners included: Nit Nannies – Island SRED Excellence in Innovation Award; Inuktun Services –  ICET Excellence in Technology Award; Twelve Cubed Homes – Innovative Start-up of the Year; and Riley Ritchers, Young Innovator Award.

“The winners of this year’s awards represent a diverse group of businesses and individuals with creativity and passion for what they do,” said Paris Gaudet, MISTIC executive director. “The caliber of finalists reinforces the fact that this region has the capacity to be a world-class technology hub, both locally, nationally and globally.”

The council is at 150 Commercial St. in Nanaimo. It is the only council north of Victoria that encourages growth of the knowledge-based industries through programs, business coaching and support for their ideas.

For more information, please go to www.mistic.bc.ca or call 250-753-8324.