Federal money boosts Kamloops-based tech service

Two federal politicians met the media at the Kamloops Innovation Centre Monday morning to talk about a grant that had already been given out.

The money, $37,700, went to Truvian Labs Inc., a Kamloops-based company that provides a cloud service for data, especially mapping information.

Kamloops MP Cathy McLeod and the Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen took part. Bergen talked about Ottawa's refocus of the National Research Council for technology projects.

Truvian founder and president Dan Erikson said the money helped him hire a second employee (besides himself) to boost the data hosting service.

Erikson is from Kamloops and worked in natural resource management for years before getting into his own technology business.

His company already has some small clients, such as First Nations and small municipalities in the area. Truvian handles their mapping data, such as for roads and pipes or land zoning.

While the grant he received wasn't big, it was definitely helpful for a small start-up company to get better established, he said.

The refocus of the NRC was announced on May 7, with a move to work with industry to bridge technology gaps and create a more innovative national economy.

Truvian's grant came from the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP).

The federal government's economic action plan includes $20 million over three years for a new pilot program for small to medium enterprises that's funded through IRAP.

McLeod and Bergen also had stops at Thompson Rivers University and met with staff from the Homelessness Action Plan while in Kamloops.

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