PM talks tech and in­no­va­tion at round­table

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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.

— NICK PROCAYLO POST­MEDIA

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.

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