MIBI News & Media Releases

Keep up to date will the latest business development and lifestyle news from the best place to live: Vancouver Island.

Nanaimo’s Own Gaming and Cosplay takes place Sept 15th & 16th at Vancouver Island Conference Centre

MCon is Nanaimo’s very own GAMING CONVENTION! Check out the exciting activities at M CON Website Founded in 2015 by Mosaic IT, MCon celebrates all things gaming and geeky! We have everything from Board games,...

Where is the PUCK going next in British Columbia, Canada

Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky is famous for saying the reason for his success was “skate to where the puck is going, not where it has been.” If we apply this advice to the business...

Nanaimo Tech Company HYAS Announces $6.2 million investment

Media Release – August 2, 2018: HYAS, headquartered in Nanaimo, with offices in Victoria and Seattle is a leading provider of attribution intelligence tools for infosec and cybersecurity professionals, today announced it has raised $6.2 million...

WCMRC selects Nanaimo to be main operations base for Vancouver Island.

Article By: Nicholas Pescod, Nanaimo News Bulletin. Western Canada Marine Response Corporation announced on Monday that it has signed an 25-year agreement with the Nanaimo Port Authority to lease nearly 12,077 square metres of land...

Engineering firm Aplin Martin establishing a presence in Nanaimo and looking to hire locally

Exciting to see a Lower Mainland Engineering Company establishing a presence in the Mid-Island and looking to hire locally. Aplin Martin was founded in 1968, and since then we’ve grown into an innovative,  multi-disciplinary...

Nanaimo based Cannabis grower Tilray valued at up to US$1.5 billion for Nasdaq IPO

The Nanaimo-based producer is the last large Canadian marijuana company to go public. By: Mark Rendell, July 9th, 2018 Nanaimo cannabis producer Tilray Inc., will be valued between US$1.3 billion and $1.5 billion when its...

First Ever Direct Flight between Nanaimo and Toronto starts Today

On June 22nd, 2018 Air Canada will commence their first direct flight between Nanaimo, (on Vancouver Island) and Toronto. To mark this occasion business and tourism leaders will travel to Toronto from Nanaimo on...

Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announces major investment of $6.3 million to the Nanaimo Port Authority

Exciting news as more investment comes to support the great work by the Nanaimo Port Authority and their partners Below Report from Transport Canada Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced a...

Over 1,250 Delegates from 50 Countries attending a 6 day Conference in Nanaimo

The Mid-Island Business Initiative is pleased to offer our congratulations to the team at Vancouver Island Conference Center for bringing the Science & Spirituality Conference to Nanaimo that has attracted over 1250 Delegates from 50...

Consul Generals Visit the Mid-Island

On May 15th MIBI working with Vancouver Island University (VIU) hosted Consul Generals in Nanaimo and Milner Gardens. The day consisted of showcasing the both the University and Business opportunities that exist for students...

Exciting to see East Side Games coming to Nanaimo

East Side Games is on the lookout for a Lead Software Engineer with Unity experience.  We want you (yes, you!) as our dedicated Lead Software Engineer who will make use of your technical experience...

Top 20 under 40 Congratulations to MIBI member Tony Harris and all the 2018 Winners

Extract from the Times Colonist, April 22nd, 2018 The Island’s Top 20 Under 40 How do you find the 20 best young entrepreneurs on Vancouver Island? For the sixth year in a row, an Island-wide...

Construction begins on Nanaimo Airport’s $15-million expansion

Carla Wilson – Times Colonist Nanaimo’s $15-million airport expansion officially kicked off Tuesday in a ground-breaking ceremony to start construction of a 14,000-square-foot terminal addition. The investment comes as the Nanaimo Airport marks eight...

Nanaimo Auto Terminal Planned for Nanaimo Assembly Wharf

The Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA) is partnering with Western Stevedoring (Western) and their affiliate organization, the Auto Division of SSA Marine (SSA) to design, build, finance and operate a multipurpose break bulk terminal with...

Inspiring Global Leaders Share their Stories In Nanaimo

On Saturday evening I had the great honour to moderate a panel of inspiring young leaders who came to Nanaimo from England, California and Toronto to share their story to an eager crowd of...

Register today to attend this weekend’s exciting Leadership Conference in Nanaimo

Vancouver Island University, through the Office of Co-Curricular Engagement and Learning, will host the 10th annual Vancouver Island Leadership Conference (VILC). The VILC is a student led, non-profit conference that aims to connect students with...

New Residential Development in Nanaimo – 2 bed strata homes for sale at $472,390

Emerald Woods Place is a north-end Nanaimo gem surrounded by forest and access to a wetland, creek and easy trail access to the Nanaimo Parkway Trail. You will also appreciate the convenience of being...

Construction has started on 91 Chapel Street condo development

This new development by Island Creek Developments is only a short distance from the Nanaimo downtown waterfront and is already reporting 80% sold. Mid-Vancouver Island is being rediscovered. Read More

Nanaimo Airport Expansion scheduled to start this spring

Construction set to begin on Nanaimo airport terminal expansion by Nicolas Pescod, Nanaimo News Now Feb. 21, 2018 First phase of construction project to begin in March or April. The Nanaimo Airport is about...

Vancouver developer announces a 90 unit boutique condo and townhouses in downtown Nanaimo

Wertman Development Corporation based in Vancouver since 1962 is seeing the potential of the Mid-Island with it’s recent development announcement in Nanaimo of a 90 unit boutique condo and townhouse development close to the ocean...

Spotlight On Nanaimo based Real Estate Webmasters

Real Estate Webmasters has grown to over 150 employees and created a tech campus in the heart of Nanaimo.  Judy Stephan interviews their new COO Kent Flint in her monthly Nanaimo Magazine Celebrity Spotlight Feature....

Prime Minister Trudeau, the Conference Board of Canada and More

Last week Prime Minister Trudeau finished a cross country series of town hall meetings in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.  This was his only stop in British Columbia. In April the Conference Board of Canada...

Conference Board of Canada returns to Nanaimo for the third year

The Western Business Outlook in Nanaimo promises to be the premier economic forecasting event on the island this year. This is the third year that the Conference Board has hosted a Western Business Outlook...

How basing your company in a smaller community can improve retention

Chris Hamilton article in the Globe and Mail “The case for basing your company in a small community” Key Highlights employee retention at Mars employees on average, our associates stay with us for nine years....

Mid-island based VMAC win BC Export Award

Manufacturing is alive and well and thriving on Mid-Vancouver Island. VMAC (Nanaimo, British Columbia) won the Manufactured Products Category at the 2017 BC Export Awards. The prestigious BC Export Awards are presented annually by...

Air Canada announces direct sevice between Nanaimo and Toronto

Further evidence of the Mid-Island emerging as a business hub. Non-stop Air Canada Rouge seasonal services start in June from Toronto-Nanaimo Today Air Canada announced new nonstop, seasonal services will begin next June from Toronto to...

Ladysmith First Avenue awarded Canadian “Great Street” winner 2017

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) 2017 Great Places in Canada Winner – Great Street (First Avenue, Ladysmith, Vancouver Island) Just more reasons to check out Mid-Vancouver Island. CIP Jury Statement: First Avenue exhibits all...

BC Export Awards shortlists Mid-Island manufacturer VMAC

VMAC is a great example of a manufacturer located on Vancouver Island successfully sending its products to global customers. VMAC has been named a finalist in the BC Export Awards’ Manufactured Products category. The...

Film studio opening in the Mid-Island labeled a ‘game changer’

Vancouver Island Film Studios officially opened Thursday in Parksville.  A small studio is currently open, with a larger one to be ready by early 2018 and two more to follow. Developer Ron Chiovetti said...

Vancouver Island has become a go-to destination for young entrepreneurs

In the October Edition of Douglas Magazine Paulina Cameron, a chartered professional accountant (CPA) and director of Futurpreneur for B.C. and the Yukon. says the Island’s lifestyle, affordability and proximity to Vancouver’s communities and resources are some...

Cruise Ship Star Princess visits Nanaimo

The Star Princess returns Thursday, October 19th at 7am and departs at 6pm. She is a Grand-class cruise ship owned and operated by Princess Cruise Lines, 290 metres in length with a beam of...

Co-Working Space Growing in the Mid-Island

The Network Hub provides on demand, short, and long term fully furnished private offices for rent with high speed internet connectivity, a meeting room, mail service and shared office equipment & kitchen. The Network...

Westjet adds new routes from the Mid-Island

WestJet announced today that it will begin operating daily, year-round service from Nanaimo Airport and Comox Valley Airport to Vancouver International Airport on WestJet Encore. “Developing service is key to Nanaimo Airport’s continued growth to ensure...

Vancouver Tech Talent Challenge is Mid-Island’s opportunity

Does the ongoing Vancouver cost challenges provide an opportunity for Mid-Vancouver Island? The Vancouver Sun recently published an article which included the following “For the last 18 months to two years, it’s been a...

Multi Family Site available in North Nanaimo

Things are really starting to happen in the Mid-Island!  An exciting opportunity is available to acquire a prime 3.2 acre high rise multifamily development site in North Nanaimo. The zoning covenant allows for two buildings...

Further growth in the Mid-island – Alkan Air official opening at YCD

Canadian aviation company Alkan Air Ltd officially opened its hangar and operations base at Nanaimo Airport. “We are delighted to welcome Alkan Air and its wide range of flight services, this growth aligns with...

Tesla selects the Mid-Island to install it’s first Superchargers on Vancouver Island

A sign of the importance of the Mid-Island is Tesla’s decision to install it’s first Tesla Superchargers on Vancouver Island in Nanaimo, not just one supercharger but 8 Superchargers all located at the island’s...

Nanaimo apartment complex sold for $4M above assessed value

The lure of the Mid-Vancouver Island is growing with multi family residential developments being planned and existing multi family units being bought and sold. Western Investor has reported that Arbutus Gardens a 55-unit rental...

Mid-Island Brewery wins big at the 2017 World Beer Awards

White Sails Brewing located in Nanaimo came home winners from the “World Beer Awards” in London, England.  Their dark beer Snake Island CDA was crowned Best Canadian and Best World Black IPA and their...

$8M infrastructure contract awarded for Foothills housing development in the Mid-Island

A multi-million dollar contract to install infrastructure services for the Lantzville Foothills development has been awarded. The developer Lone Tree Properties (a subsidiary of Calgary’s Storm Mountain Development Corp) announced it has awarded an...

Fast foot passenger ferry service between downtown Nanaimo and downtown Vancouver a step closer

Media Release: August 23, 2017 Island Ferries and Nanaimo Reach Agreement on “Offer to Lease” The Nanaimo Port Authority and Island Ferry Services Ltd. (Island Ferries) are pleased to announce that they have reached...

MIBI working closely with HQ Vancouver

MIBI and HQ Vancouver sign an MOU.  HQ Vancouver is focused on promoting Canada’s competitive advantages in key sectors to attract major international firms to establish North American head offices in British Columbia. They have...

Report finds: Amount of Vancouver office space expected to become dire.

“Unprecedented demand for office space in Vancouver is expected to drive commercial real estate vacancies to the lowest rates ever, a new report says” The Mid-Island can provide a solution and allow your team...

Northern Biomass moves its head office to Nanaimo

Northern Biomass is relocating its head office to Nanaimo and will create up to 45 new jobs in the Mid-Island Full Press Release    

Vancouver Island Named the #1 Island in Canada

Vancouver Island was named the best island to visit in Canada by Travel + Leisure. There’s no need to rough it any more than you care to on this island, which is beloved as...

Report states “The Mid-Island apartment markets are more active than ever”

The Mid-Vancouver Island apartment markets are more active than ever; specifically, Nanaimo will add 331 units of purpose built rental product in 2017 with an additional 469 units in the rezoning and development permit stage. Major market...

Time to find a new Vancouver elsewhere in British Columbia

The Western Investor concludes that   “Possible options include Nanaimo and District, a potential Silicon Valley north with a nascent high-tech industry, oceanfront, a land mass of 2,034 square kilometres, – nearly equal to Metro...

Seaspan opens its $44 Million upgraded terminal in response to rising demand on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island continued strong growth is evidenced by Seaspan opening it’s new $44 million upgraded  terminal facilities in the Mid-Island Read More  

CBRE Predicts Industrial Land in Metro Vancouver will now run out by 2020

Vancouver now has the lowest industrial availability rate in North America, according to a new report by CBRE Vancouver, and the city will be in a critical state by 2020, about 10 years earlier than...

Chesapeake Shores Season 2 Starts Filming on Vancouver Island

After becoming Hallmark’s most-watched series in its history during its first season, Chesapeake Shores season 2 starring Jesse Metcalfe and Meghan Ory starts filming on Mid-Vancouver Island.   In the communities of:- Qualicum Beach Parksville Nanoose Bay Nanaimo  ...

Further Growth and Expansion announced at Nanaimo Airport YCD

Nanaimo Airport will soon start expanding its Air Terminal Building, thanks to a $7.46 million infrastructure investment announced by the federal government. Passengers will benefit from an expanded departure lounge and security area in...

Britco in Nanaimo now part of the Black Diamond Group

Black Diamond Group Limited (“Black Diamond” or the “Company”) (TSX:BDI), a leading provider of modular work space solutions and workforce accommodations in Canada, United States and Australia, is pleased to announce it has completed...

Local University wins National MBA Games and raises record fund raising

As first-time hosts of the Games, the student organizing committee at Vancouver Island University’s faculty of management was determined to present a memorable event, held in Western Canada for the first time in 30...

Vancouver Island University (VIU) to expand trades complex and create energy system with $22.4M investment

“VIU’s District Geo-Exchange Energy System will reduce the carbon output for heating and cooling at the school’s Nanaimo campus by tapping into geothermal energy. “ will support VIU’s community sustainability mandate, allowing the...

Helijet International expands its service between Nanaimo and Vancouver.

“When we looked at how our traffic has increased since entering the Nanaimo market and at how positive the feedback has been to our superior service and reliability, we felt now was a good...

$20 Million upgrade completed at Woodgrove Shopping Mall

The new look to Vancouver Island’s largest shopping centre includes a revamped, larger food court, an improved guest services location and upgraded bathrooms. The mall was given a cleaner and brighter look, with new...

Check out the Clean Tech sector on the Mid-Island

In recent years the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Island on the West Coast of Canada have blazed a trail as the nation’s leader in green technology and sustainability. The green economy in the Mid-Island consists of...

Famed underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau described Vancouver Island as “the best temperate water diving in the world..”

The warm Pacific Ocean currents give Vancouver Island one of the mildest climates in Canada and that’s why the local waters are so sought-after not only by cold water divers. Jacques Cousteau once described...

Lowe’s opens store on the Mid-Island as part of it’s ongoing growth in Canada

The store will become the company’s first location in Nanaimo under the Lowe’s banner, and is expected to create 130 permanent positions in addition to 5-10 seasonal roles. The new Nanaimo Lowe’s will have...

Mid-Island home to a global leader in Virtual Reality “Cloudhead Games”

Cloudhead Games was recently named by Time Magazine as having one of the best HTC Vive launch games.   Read More

Bloomberg News Visits Nanaimo

In February 2016 Bloomberg News visited the Vancouver Island to see for itself how the Mid-Island was starting to be seen as a made in British Columbia solution to the growing growth challenges being...

Expedia names Nanaimo as one of the top 10 Canadian Cities you must visit

This slice of harbour front heaven is on Vancouver Island. Why do you need to pay it a visit? The reasons have a little something to do with the thriving arts district and bounty...