PM talks tech and innovation at roundtable
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Metro Vancouver Thursday to learn from local tech and business leaders how the federal government can boost B.C.’s tech sector.
The roundtable discussion was organized by the Vancouver Economic Commission and hosted in Burnaby at Electronic Arts’ Capture Lab, where the video game company behind the popular FIFA, Madden and NHL franchises records human movement to add more realism to its digital characters. Representatives from Amazon, Launch Academy, Sony Pictures, Darkhorse 101 Pictures and Front Fundr were also there.
While the roundtable was not open to media, Trudeau met beforehand with media.
“We’re going to talk about how the government can be a better partner or better get out of your way in some cases to allow you to continue to grow, to succeed, to create great opportunities to allow innovation to advance success in Canada and to create good jobs for Canadians and draw in people from around the world and continue to lead the way in the world,” he said.
“Everything from clean tech, to bio-medical advances, to innovation in digital economy — there’s a lot of very, very exciting things going on.”
The stop in Burnaby followed Trudeau’s visit to the Microsoft CEO Summit in Washington State earlier in the week, and a morning spent in Seattle, Wash. with Gov. Jay Inslee, during which the pair chatted about the Cascadia Innovation Corridor.
The Cascadia Innovation Corridor was established last year between B.C. and Washington State as a way to acknowledge and promote economic opportunities within the Pacific Northwest tech sector.
“The Prime Minister’s events in B.C. and Washington State have been part of our efforts to strengthen the cluster of technology development and innovation in the Cascadia region, encouraging investment, and growing skills and technology leadership in the region,” said press secretary Cameron Ahmad.
In addition to the roundtable, Trudeau also took in a demonstration of Electronic Arts’ directors camera, a virtual camera system that “creates organic camera curves against in-game animation,” cutting down the amount of time needed to create motion-capture sequences. The camera can also replicate virtual settings and scenes in real time streaming.
“We’re thrilled to have the prime minister here. I think the interactive entertainment industry is a key sub-sector of technology that can help grow the technology sector as a whole, both for British Columbia and Canada,” said Electronic Arts VP of financial planning and strategy Jon Lutz.
PM Justin Trudeau gets into the action behind the camera at Electronic Arts Canada’s Capture Lab in Burnaby Thursday while meeting with members of the tech sector.