TheoTech Solutions Ltd. announces major design partnership for its lifesaving solution: EvacCompass

TheoTech Solutions Ltd. announces major design partnership for its lifesaving solution: EvacCompass


Vancouver, B.C — TheoTech Solutions Ltd. is pleased to announce its partnership with Essential Designs Ltd. to create the interface for its lifesaving app: EvacCompass. EvacCompass is a comprehensive fire and smoke detection alarm system for multi-unit residential buildings. It features a mobile app that not only alerts residents to a potential danger, but also provides the safest route to exit the building by using real-time information about the nature and location of the danger by interpretating data from heat sensors, smoke detectors, and cameras. This information is also relayed to municipal fire departments, which enables them to faster assist those who may be in danger.

Design partnership provides foundation for working with fire departments and property managers

TheoTech Solutions Ltd. is excited to work with Essential Designs on the initial concept design for the mobile app. This design incorporates months of feedback from various stakeholders and will begin a new phase of feedback and testing with fire departments, property managers, and multiunit residents.

“We are excited to work on this project with a developer like Essential Designs. They have done several successful builds on projects that have social impact and address safety, so it was a natural fit. Going forward we have the foundational designs that we will use to get feedback from fire departments and property managers. It will take all stakeholders to realize our goal.”
— Ivan Siu, CEO of TheoTech Solutions Ltd.

Essential Designs is an app developer experienced in developing solutions that seamlessly integrate with emergency services. In 2020, Essential Designs created the interface for the Lifeguard app, which British Columbia Emergency Health Services uses to protect drug users by alerting ambulance drivers of potential overdoses.

“We are very proud to work EvacCompass. At Essential Designs, we love working with entrepreneurs on new products and ideas.  Bringing new concepts and a vision to life is very rewarding for our team.”
— Scott Jackson, President and Founder of Essential Designs

EvacCompass provides addresses safety concerns in multiunit residential

Increasingly populations are living in multiunit residential buildings rather than single detached houses. For example, data from the 2016 census shows that apartments (44%) outnumber single-detached houses (40%) as the home for Toronto residents. (Campion-Smith) As we live in denser neighbourhoods, we need systems to ensure our collective safety. Through IoT and mobile technologies, we can improve communications to first responders and residents to ensure that in the event of a fire everyone is safe and damages to buildings are minimized.

About TheoTech Solutions Ltd. / EvacCompass

TheoTech Solutions Ltd, founded in 2020, is an innovator in fire protection and life safety products. Ivan Siu, CEO of TheoTech Solutions Ltd, has over 10-years’ experience in fire safety engineering. TheoTech’s first product, EvacCompass, is a mobile app that links the fire alarm and security system with smartphones to provide alerts and safety information in the event of a building evacuation.

Evac Compass

Contact Information

Ivan Siu – CEO
Email:              [email protected]
Address:    420-744 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, V6C 1A5, Canada



Campion-Smith, Bruce. “More Toronto Residents in Apartments than Detached Houses, Census Finds.”, 3 May 2017, 

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OneFeather and Empowered Nations Partner to Support and Grow Indigenous Entrepreneurship

OneFeather and Empowered Nations Partner to Support and Grow Indigenous Entrepreneurship


July 21, 2021 – In the spirit of collaboration, OneFeather and Empowered Nations will together deepen both reach and support for ambitious Indigenous entrepreneurs and innovators by connecting seed funding to educational training opportunities. In this pilot project, participants of Empowered Nations’ Entrepreneurship and Innovation journey will have access to limited seed funding through the OneFeather APP and OneFeather PAY card.

“OneFeather’s commitment to redefining the Indigenous experience through innovation and tradition is an inspiration to what we do at Empowered Nations. It is an honour to be partnering to together empower Indigenous peoples and Nations through educational technology that supports the growth of Indigenous innovation and entrepreneurship.”

— Naheed Henderson, Empowered Nations

Empowered Nations’ training is designed by and for Indigenous peoples and guides aspiring founders on a ‘learning and doing’ journey starting with just an idea, leading to first sale. With a robust ed-tech platform at the center of the offering and a strong mentorship community as wrap-around, it means no matter location or schedule, Indigenous entrepreneurs can participate in a safe and meaningful journey and be supported throughout.

Access to entrepreneurship and innovation training, mentorship, and networking through Empowered Nations’ robust and accessible EdTech platform coupled with OneFeather’s pre-loaded OneFeather PAY cards and 1FTs (OneFeather Token Rewards) seed funding is intended to support recent alumni and summer cohort members.

“Providing a little seed funding in both cash and 1FTs (OneFeather Tokens) is full circle for OneFeather. The 1FTs are designed to give back wealth to Indigenous communities – a program funded and made possible through the OneFeather Box of Treasures Foundation. This partnership allows the Foundation to give back in a meaningful way – by fostering individual and economic prosperity of Indigenous businesses.”

— Chelsea Josue, OneFeather

Empowered Nations

Empowered Nations offers training to Indigenous entrepreneurs and innovators so they may prosper and RiseUp to their fullest potential. Our 100% virtual, welcoming, and accessible startup journey is focused on both ‘learning’ and ‘doing,’ with wrap-around support from facilitators and experienced Indigenous mentors. EN uses an award-winning educational technology platform designed by and for Indigenous peoples allowing aspiring entrepreneurs to build their new business from home, in community while becoming part of our growing community of Indigenous entrepreneurs and innovators.

Contact: Naheed Henderson, Empowered Nations | [email protected]


OneFeather is an Indigenous technology company redefining the Indigenous experience through tradition and innovation. Founded by Lawrence Lewis of We Wai Kai Nation, OneFeather is grounded in First Nations values and principles. OneFeather offers digital services for resilient Nation-building including election and voting services, data sovereignty, community engagement, and soon a full suite of banking solutions for the individual and Nations. OneFeather has served over 195 First Nations and Métis across Canada and their 237,000+ members. With the launch of dedicated Indigenous banking solutions – OneFeather APP and OneFeather PAY- online status card renewal and application services, and as a leading trust center for sovereign digital Indigenous identity and data, OneFeather continues to serve Indigenous communities across Canada.

Media contact: Chelsea Josue, Manager of Marketing and Business Development | [email protected]

UBC Innovation Grant Awarded to D.I Self-Composite Alloys Inc.

UBC Innovation Grant Awarded to D.I Self-Composite Alloys Inc.


Vancouver, B.C, Jun. 14, 2021 – The pioneering metal technology being developed by D.I. Self-Composite Alloys Inc., a Vancouver based startup in incubation both at Empowered Startups and [email protected], offers the potential to create lighter and tougher metal components and assemblies.

D.I. Self-Composite Alloys Inc. is founded by David Funes Rojas and Stefano Fregonese, both Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. candidates at UBC, and recent recipients of a $10,000 Innovation grant from UBC. This grant provides crucial support D.I. Self-Composite Alloys Inc. requires to realize their true innovation potential as it will fund continued research and the completion of mechanical tests on the primary self-composite alloy samples under development.

“We are proud to announce this important progress of our venture. Thanks to the funds received we will be able to complete an important milestone for our venture, the proof of concept of our self-composite alloys.” said Stefano Fregonese (Director at D.I. Self-Composite Alloys Inc.)

The additional funding will allow Rojas and Fregonese to complete the mechanical testing, and prove their thesis: ‘heterogeneous materials can be designed and manufactured using cold-spray additive manufacturing.’ Once proven, this mechanical testing will be a critical step of their innovation journey as the team believes heterogeneous materials have great potential that is yet to be explored and utilized. Heterogeneous materials allow for the combination of mutually exclusive properties in one material; for example an end product with a higher strength and increased pliability. Ultimately, this translates into lighter, safer, and more reliable materials.

About D.I. Self-Composite Alloys Inc.

D.I. Self-Composite Alloys Inc. develops, designs and manufactures self-composite alloys – highly optimized alloys with heterogeneous structure, designed and built from the microscopic level. They are developing a designing framework free from traditional constraints and assumptions. Their manufacturing approach is an innovative improvement based on thermal spraying additive manufacturing. The venture is focused on scalability, automation, and minimizing waste and energy consumption.

Disruptive Innovation Self-Compositing Alloys Inc

Contact Information

DI-Self Composite Alloys Inc.
Stefano Fregonese – Director
Email:              [email protected]
Phone: +1 778-251-2087


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Brett Sayles

Square Solar – Making solar energy accessible for everyone, anywhere

Square Solar – Making solar energy accessible for everyone, anywhere

Square Solar’s innovative modular solar tiles allow customers to build their own customized solar power system without high initial investments and complex installation.


Vancouver, B.C, June 9th, 2021 – The reaction to the pre-sales offer of Square Solar’s modular tile system has been overwhelmingly positive and in response the company is actively deploying the next R&D phase to meet the goal of shipping first products in the beginning of 2022.The company also plans to respond to the increasing demand by accelerating the product launch with a Kickstarter campaign by the end of the year.


Square Solar panels on an RV

Renewable energy is definitely here to stay. However, today’s solar power solutions are either space-consuming, expensive and difficult to install, or mainly focused on limited use scenarios. Square solar is a game-changer by making solar energy accessible to everyone and drastically lowering adoption barriers. The modular system allows people to build a customized solution according to their needs. It requires little space, can easily be installed on various surfaces of any size, and comes at an affordable price. The customer-centric, puzzle-like approach allows users to install the standardized tiles by themselves, saving them the hassle of hiring professionals for otherwise complex and expensive installation.


Square Solar panels on an RV.

“The solar tile is much smaller than tradition panels; it actually breaks the limitation on installation of existing solar panel”

— Kasey Chui

The product itself will be launched with a purchasable starter set of 26 tiles, however users can expand the system easily by purchasing additional tiles. A set of 26 solar tiles produces a maximum wattage of 120W, which is enough energy to power a laptop for a whole day. At less than 7″ x 7″ per time, Square Solar tiles are the most compact option available on the market. Its size and the strong suction cups allow users to install them onto limited or irregular spaces like balconies, windows or an RV roof. The hybrid plug also makes the use of the system simple and convenient. Square Solar also has more in the pipeline as it plans to add an innovative, stackable battery and monitoring software which will help support larger commercial setups in the future.


Square Solar panels backside

About Square Solar Inc.

Founded by Brigham Young University alumnus Derek Yu, Square Solar, Inc. aims to make clean, renewable energy more accessible to the public with a unique modularized system that can be configured in multiple ways whether at home or on the go.

Square Solar, Inc.’s innovative tile technology provides users with plenty of power and peace of mind. The solar tiles connect seamlessly with each other without extra wires, making them more stable than existing products. Equipped with converter modules, devices like LED lights, fans, and televisions can now also run on solar energy.

Moreover, this system is the first DIY model available in the market, eliminating the hassle and cost of installation.

With Square Solar, Inc., going green is easy— one tile at a time.

Square Solar

Contact Information

Derek Yu – Founder & CEO
Email:              [email protected]

Address:    7433 Humphries Ave,
Burnaby, BC V3N 1B1, Canada

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Voices of Empowered Nations – Nicole Hall, Indigeneyes

Voices of Empowered Nations – Nicole Hall, Indigeneyes

Nicole Hall is a knowledge seeker who believes the journey towards understanding is an essential part of the learning process. Her deep curiosity has led her down many paths – in her studies, her work and even her own history. Nicole has worked extensively with youth and has a background in writing and Indigenous studies. She is currently enrolled in a policy course in which she will be drafting a policy paper addressing Indigenous representation in education.

Nicole comes from a family of entrepreneurs and learned from her parents that she could make her dreams happen. “My mom has always been self-employed, and my older sister is starting her own business too. We have very different businesses but as a family we always talk about business ideas.”

The inspiration for Nicole’s business comes from her experiences, and frustrations, in school. “I am Salteaux Métis but I moved here from Australia when I was 10 and my family isn’t very culturally involved. I was hoping that in school I would learn about what being Métis meant, but I didn’t. It made me feel like we didn’t really matter. So, I took on my own learning journey. There’s no guidebook on how to be a good Métis person. You have to make the journey yourself. You have to go out of your way to find elders and knowledge keepers. It’s a big intimidating thing to step into that identity.”

Nicole discovered she comes from a powerful line of women as well as entrepreneurs. “My great auntie, Mae Louise Campbell, founded Clan Mothers which is quite a big organization. She’s a really awesome woman and she makes a lot of great differences in community.”

Nicole is inspired to do the same. Her business, Indigeneyes, creates digital products, specifically printable scavenger hunts, that teachers, parents, guardians or friends can use to share information with youth about Indigenous peoples and Indigenous cultures.

“I always want to be creating ideas and businesses. They are all based on empowering people and representation. I see myself trying to make change in community — that might be in this education system or through other means.”

Indigeneyes is a mirror of Nicole’s own personal experience; it’s about getting kids to use their own eyes, hands, hearts and minds to take on a learning journey about their own heritage or Indigenous Peoples more broadly. She’s hoping that through her work, she can take much of the difficulty and uncertainty out of that learning journey, creating space for the fun and adventurous side of the quest for knowledge!

Keep your eyes open for Nicole’s first Indigeneyes educational, printable scavenger hunts coming out during Indigenous History Month, June 2021!

V-Train Technologies Inc. announces milestone partnership to develop first VR curriculum for ethics and compliance

V-Train Technologies Inc. announces milestone partnership to develop first VR curriculum for ethics and compliance

Vancouver, B.C. V-Train Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce its international partnership with Singapore Financial Crime Compliance Association (SFCCA) to develop the first curriculum in its immersive compliance and ethics training (CET) program. Current CET practices in the financial services industry rely on passive learning experiences or box ticking online modules that are costly to deliver over a globally dispersed workforce, result in poor information retention, and do not deliver on insightful learning experiences and behavioural change. V-Trian seeks to revolutionize skill development through immersive learning experiences delivered through virtual reality (VR).

Partnership a collaboration of subject matter and technical expertise

V-TRAIN is excited to work in partnership with SFCAA on the initial “proof of concept” scenario in the field of Financial Crime Compliance (FCC). The scenario construction will cover a scripted interactive anti-money laundering simulation that will highlight prospective issues faced by front office relationship managers in private banking, also applicable to commercial banks and other financial institutions, in handling new client onboarding transactions or existing client transactions.

SFCCA is a compliance training firm experienced in delivering training to the global financial services industry. The primary content creator and founder, Dr Rohan Bedi, specializes in financial services compliance and has worked for over 25 years in the field, at firms including Euromoney Learning, Coutts Private Bank, JP Morgan and Bank of America.

“We were looking for a global perspective in addressing compliance and ethics issues in the financial services industry and we couldn’t be happier to find a partner in SFCCA that has that expertise in FCC training. We have some terrific Canadian technology partners lined up that we are going to be announcing shortly and over the next 6-months V-Train will have a proof of concept that will demonstrate how virtual reality can be used to create immersive learning experiences that can provide exponentially better outcomes for the end user. The partnership with SFCCA is a critical first piece.”

— Ranjeet Sibia, CEO of V-Train Technologies Inc.

The scenario developed in this partnership will then be converted into an interactive and immersive VR module, where employees in the financial services industry will get near real-word experience and feedback on the compliance and ethics challenges that they face while working in the industry.

Immersive learning experiences a game changer for financial services industry

Compliance and ethics are not easy to teach or learn. Textbooks, lectures, or multiple-choice questions do not convey the emotions, pressure, and implications that employees experience when faced with ethical dilemmas in their jobs. While some employees find compliance material dry and difficult information to retain. We can improve employee retention and decision making when faced with relevant situations by simulating scenarios employees are likely to face on the job using immersive technology and gamification.

“VR is the future of training and V-TRAIN is at the forefront of bringing these solutions to FCC training. SFCCA has always been interested in exploring next generation technologies that captivate user attention. V-TRAIN seeks to achieve precisely this through its focus on VR driven interactivity that creates strong user engagement and an “ownership” mindset. We are honoured to partner with V-TRAIN to achieve this evolutionary transformation as their content partner for this very important proof of concept.”

— Dr. Rohan Bedi, Executive Director of SFCCA

By developing employees and future leaders in the financial services industry using immersive technologies, firms will not only be able to protect themselves from compliance and ethics breaches and fines but also draw on employee “ownership mindset” as an organizational strength.

About V-Train Technologies Inc.

V-Train Technologies Inc, founded in 2020, is an innovator in delivering immersive training experiences for the global financial services industry. We ensure that the global financial services industry is a key pillar of growing economies by creating effective ethics and compliance training that use the latest in immersive technologies such as VR.

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Contact Information

Ranjeet Sibia – CEO
Email:              [email protected]

Address:    420-744 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, V6C 1A5, Canada

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