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May 21, 2014
Rick Brouwer is more convinced than ever the region could use a place to nurture regional creativity in the hope that what evolves could turn into a business.
The executive director of the Skeena-Nass Centre for Innovation in Resource Economics (SNCIRE) made the comment following its May 9 hosting of a competition challenging area residents to come up with products or creative ideas.
“What we saw were some very good ideas and innovation. You just get the feeling more could be accomplished if we had some way, an incubator, to take these forward,” he said of 12 entries from around the region.
The top placing entry, from Giulianna Hauknes of Prince Rupert and Christine Moody of Skidegate, won the $2,500 Terrace Community Forest Prize for Project Hlaana, natural spring water infused with traditional herbs, medicines and berries – all found on Haida Gwaii.
The prize was based on most innovative use of a bioproduct.