BC Tech and innovation at its finest. 3,500 creative delegates and 1,200 organisations descended in BC to discuss the latest tech trends and ideas. In March we were thrilled to be a part of Western Canada’s largest annual innovation conference.
Fresh off the momentum from attending the BUILDEX conference, the World of Walas repurposed the European Innovations Platform and partnered with the EU Chamber of Commerce to showcase the best in European Tech developments.
Virtual Reality was at the centre of the summit and we were able to present our own take with our partners:
DutchVR, who also joined us at BUILDEX, use`s virtual and augmented reality to help builders, architects and clients experience the impact of sustainable design choices.
VR-iend enables clients with proven, user friendly and affordable VR ecosystems to create impactful VR experiences themselves.
Delegates loved our wooden booth and enjoyed learning more about the EU chamber. We had promotions on display from France, Italy, Poland and the EU Chamber itself. This is an exciting time for tech developments in Europe and our colleagues representing the European countries were thrilled to discuss and make connections with Canadian attendees.
If you attended the show (or even if you didn’t) and missed the opportunity to learn about our innovations network we’d love to catch up and you can get in contact with us here
Light, strong, fire resistant
After our BUILDEX Trade Mission in February, our innovation partners have settled into our showroom. This month we are giving special attention to CellX, which is the creator of CPX – a fire resistant cellulose fiber cardboard.
Cellulose fibre is strong and light, making it perfect for interior design, architectural structures and visual communication purposes. Another of the beautiful qualities of the cellulose fiber is that it can be reused up to 7 times, to eventually become part of the natural ecosystem again. By only using recycled core material and natural minerals, CellX is committed to a sustainable product cycle.
Curious to see more? Stop by at 1489 Frances street and let us introduce you to CellX and more.
Which route would you want to take?
A group of Vancouverites have been working hard to figure out what might be the best arterial travel route through the False Creek Flats area between Strathcona and Great Northern Way to the South. The group regularly meets at Dudoc and will be making recommendations to City Council later this year.
On Tuesday, March 5th, people are invited to participate in a public workshop hosted by the diverse Community Panel, where you can find out Panelists’ pro’s and con’s about the proposed routes and let people know your preferences.
This specific session runs from 7pm until 9pm at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre 1607 East Hastings Street. It’s an opportunity to contribute to the Panel’s research and be part of the decision making process for this long term vision.
Seating is limited, advance registration required via Eventbrite, or by calling 778-381-9121.
Between February 11th and 15th, World of Walas organized a 5-day trade mission with 11 innovation European companies. For 5 full days, participants engaged with the BC market, connected with local experts, counterparts and potential customers, and showcased their innovations at Western Canada’s largest building conference. The mission was designed to connect European innovations in sustainability to the North American market and to open dialogue in how to bring innovations to new markets.
On their first day, our partners joined us as we explore the market, and received exclusive presentations from the Vancouver Economic Commission on Vancouver’s Sustainable City Strategy, the British Columbia Provincial Energy Step Code Building Program, and the Federal Government of Canada on Canada’s Innovation Business Development support programs.
On the second day, a special Architect Evening and Social, where our CISO, Dirk van der Ven, gave a presentation to the community and network of urban professionals that we have grown for the past 4.5 years in Vancouver. Our partners mingled with the leaders and key stakeholders of Canada’s urban development economy.
On Wednesday, February 13th – Thursday, February 14th, World of Walas will return to Buildex in to present the 2019 European Innovation Pavilion. Buildex is Western Canada’s largest tradeshow and conference for the Construction, Renovation, Architecture, Interior Design and Property Management industries. Over 600 exhibits, and more than 80 educational seminars BUILDEX attract over 14,000 attendees annually. World of Walas was asked to build on the success of the European Pavilion in 2018 with an expanded program. Our CEO, Gerban van Straaten will be presenting an international Keynote (Session T34) at Buildex. Click here to register.
We collaborated with Passive House Canada to join the Passive House building community in Vancouver and our partners in European Innovations for a fun night of drinks, appetizers and casual networking.
Finally, our partners joined us once again at our Centre for Innovation for one-on-one meetings on Friday, February 15th, where they will follow-up with leads, and potential business opportunities before concluding their trade mission.
For more information on the World of Walas Trade Mission, please visit walastrademission.com.
This year, we are making a big transition. Dudoc Vancouver has for the past 5 years showcased Dutch Innovation and we are proud to have built many relationships in Vancouver and beyond. In the coming year, we will be launching additional Dudoc Centres around the world to showcase Global Innovations. As part of the opening of new centres, we will be rebranding as the Walas Innovation Centre. Stay tuned for more information and our rebrand launch party!
On February 13th – 14th 2019, World of Walas returns to Buildex in Vancouver, Canada. Buildex is Western Canada’s largest tradeshow and conference for the Construction, Renovation, Architecture, Interior Design and Property Management industries. Over 600 exhibits, and more than 80 educational seminars BUILDEX attract over 14,000 attendees annually. World of Walas was asked to build on the success of the European Pavilion in 2018 with an expanded program. This year, we offer participants the opportunity to explore the Vancouver market, network and exhibit at Buildex as part of a 5 day Walas Trade Mission.
The Walas Trade Mission is designed for market ready European innovations in sustainability, who are interested in exploring the North American market. For 5 full days, participants will engage with the BC market, connect with local experts, counterparts and potential customers, and showcase their own innovations at the conference. This offer is designed to connect European innovations in sustainability to the North American market and to open dialogue in how to bring innovations to new markets.
For more information on the World of Walas Trade Mission and Buildex, please visit walastrademission.com.
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Climate change is disruptive. We can all agree on that. But there is a path forward where we can rise above the disruptions: electrification’. This was the focus of Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC) as they hosted their first ever Global Electrification Summit on June 14, 2018 in Vancouver, BC.
BC’s brand is “supernatural” and associated with a clean, green environment. BC’s heritage hydro and the 120 small hydro, wind, solar, biogas and biomass projects in every region of the province already provide the province with one of the greenest, lowest-cost electricity systems in the world.
The theme of the conference was ‘Global Electrification Now = Low Carbon Future’.
With talks ranging from Batteries and Energy to Electric Buses and Heat Pumps used successfully by the Heiltsuk Nation, it was a productive and insightful day of sharing ideas.
World of Walas founder and CEO, Gerben van Straaten, presented a keynote at the Summit, sharing his specific insights on sustainable and innovative financial models. He gave a brief overview of several World of Walas projects, including some of our innovative financial models This is the approach used to successfully develop projects with little or no government support where no one else had been able to succeed.
As Gerben put it – ‘We must work together to build solutions for the global challenges we face. In the Netherlands, it is not enough to build a dyke in front of your own house. If we do not collaborate, we will not survive.
On June 7th, 2018, Walas presented a sneak peak on the latest European retrofitting strategies. As part of our presentation at the Building Lasting Change conference in Toronto, World of Walas showed examples of best practices from around the world that excel in sustainability and building performance.
When retrofitting buildings, developers often experience limitations that are not present in new buildings and custom designs. There may be limited space, fragile structural integrity, difficulty with layouts and outdated heating/cooling systems. When planning for retrofits, finding smart combinations that utilize latent resources can help justify the upgrade, based on the increased ROI.
Upgrades to existing systems apply to both, buildings and cities. As more people migrate to cities, and cities become increasingly dense, there is a need to either upgrade infrastructure that has been embedded into the streets and foundations of buildings decades before that, or to reduce the demand for city infrastructure.