Inclusiveness Key to Keeping Female Employees in Science, Tech

The Make the Change: Women in STEM talk at Istuary Innovation Group tomorrow will focus on the need for employers to make proactive decisions to build a more diverse, inclusive workforce. The talk will highlight specific tools that can be used in any organization to reduce bias in the recruitment process for female candidates and provide career development once they are hired.

Idea Labs and Thomson Power on Roundhouse Radio

Michael Liu, VP of Idea Labs and Thomson Power Founder and CEO, Ian McAvoy were interviewed on Roundhouse radio this morning and shared results from the recent China mission.

Istuary In China – Results from our May China Mission

This week, the teams returned from Istuary’s whirlwind China trip. This was a successful mission all around and we’ll be posting results and highlights over the next week.

Istuary Innovation Group Partners With Next Generation Health Insurance Platform League

Istuary Innovation Group selects League, the digital alternative to traditional health insurance, in an effort to ensure employees access to a full suite of insurance products on a seamless, secure, real-time platform that connects consumers to their healthcare benefits, with the touch of a button on their mobile phone.

And the Motivation Winners are…

In April, we nominated team members for Istuary’s 4th Core Value, Motivation!

Recap of Day 1 of the Istuary China Mission: Zhuhai

On May 17th, the Istuary China Mission kicked off in Zhuhai. Toronto Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong; Founder and Chairman of Istuary, Ethan Sun; “Father of wearable technology”, Professor Steve Mann; government officials from Zhuhai; and representatives from North American tech companies attended the opening event.

Istuary Idea Labs Approved as Start-Up Visa Business Incubator

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 17, 2017 /CNW/ — Istuary Idea Labs is approved as one of the business incubators in Canada under the Start-up Visa pilot program offered by the Canadian government. In an effort to attract innovative, entrepreneurial talent to Canada, the pilot program ensures strict criteria is met by participating companies including a strong track record of incubating companies before being officially designated.

Small Canadian tech team disrupts global market with big data innovation

n only one year, a small Canadian team of 20 has created an Artificial Intelligence-fuelled big-data platform that’s expected to disrupt the global market.

Blue Ice Cloud Inc., created at Istuary Innovation Labs, is launching its new AI Internet of Things (IoT) big-data platform today into the global IoT market, currently estimated at $160 billion and growing exponentially as companies harness the power of big data analytics to get ahead of their competition.

Jean Su: Technology innovation in the age of GLOCALIZATION

The first impression of Jean was that she is an intelligent, capable and grounded woman. As the Vice President of Istuary Innovation Group, she talks about the idea of glocalization with confidence and composure, and she is also open to sharing her personal life which shows a great passion for life. The Istuary office is in the heart of downtown Vancouver, and the company is dedicated in connecting Canadian technology with global market. Meanwhile, combining the best resources through technology innovation and business innovation, Jean and her team are poised to embarking on the journey of glocalization.

Exploring Business in China: Tech Firms Head Out on Istuary Trade Mission

VANCOUVER, Canada, May 4, 2017 ( – Canadian and U.S. technology firms with an eye on global expansion are headed to China for a two-week trade mission starting May 15. Istuary Idea Labs of the Istuary Innovation Group has organized a five-city tour to meet with institutional investors, distributors, potential clients and government representatives to provide the firms with firsthand advantages to grow their business in China.

Agriculture Technology Driving Force in Establishing LOI Between SRCTec and Istuary Idea Labs

stuary Idea Labs and the Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) recently signed a Letter of Intent to provide BC tech companies with education, resources and a network to tap into China, most notably in one of the largest agricultural markets in the world.

Father of Wearable Computing Steve Mann Appointed as Chief Scientist to Istuary Innovation Labs

Steve Mann, the father of wearable computing, is appointed the role of Chief Scientist to Istuary Innovation Labs in an effort to accelerate innovation in industrial wearable computing. Istuary Innovation Group, a Canadian technology company headquartered in Vancouver, sees huge benefit in the appointment as wearable computing is expected to grow to $92.1 billion by 2025 in a 2017 report by Report Linker.

Make the Change: Women in STEM

On April 6th, Istuary’s Vancouver HQ hosted Professor & Associate Dean, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Elizabeth Croft for a discussion with our VP, Engineering, Jean Su around how to increase diversity in STEM fields.

Idea Labs Lunch + Learn: Common Legal Pitfalls Startups Should Avoid

Istuary Idea Labs hosted the monthly Lunch and Learn event on March 30. We were lucky to have David McHugh, Lawyer at Segev LLP, to share with us the common legal issues startups should avoid.

Vancouver Sun: More diversity needed in B.C.’s tech sector, says female executive

An executive with a Vancouver-based technology company says the sector’s diversity, especially when it comes to the number of women in upper management, leaves much to be desired.

Jean Su, vice-president of engineering at Istuary Innovation Group, said that B.C.’s resurgent tech industry has to be more proactive in promoting women within its ranks.

Istuary’s Third Core Value: Accountability

In March, Istuarians nominated the teammate that they think best exemplifies the the TEAM Core Value of Accountability. We had over 65 nominations for employees who display integrity, reliability, and resourcefulness.

Arteris FlexNoC Interconnect IP is Licensed by Ethertone Technologies for Enterprise Storage and Networking SoCs

Arteris Inc., the innovative supplier of silicon-proven commercial system-on-chip (SoC) interconnect IP, today announced that Ethertone Technologies has licensed Arteris FlexNoC interconnect IP for use in enterprise storage controllers and networking processors.

Press Release: Istuary Innovation Group’s Commitment to Hiring Diverse Engineering Talent Leads to Workplace Gains

Istuary Innovation Group celebrates engineering excellence during National Engineering Month across Canada with a commitment to increase women engineering hires. Istuary has made significant strides in diversifying local talent with aggressive hiring across its offices since 2013.

Istuary Vancouver Welcomes a Delegation from China’s Panyu District

On February 24th, a delegation from China’s Panyu District, Guangzhou visited Istuary’s Vancouver Headquarters to tour our offices and meet with the team.

And the winners for Entrepreneurship are…

In February, we received 27 nominations from across our North American offices for the core value: ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

Pink Shirt Day at Istuary Across Canada

Last week, the Istuary teams across Canada participated in Pink Shirt day. The goal was to raise awareness and put a stop to bullying and harassment because we believe that bullying is bullying, no matter where it takes place.

Bluewrist CEO talks Expansion to China and Partnership with Istuary on BNN

Watch BNN’s Catherine Murray interview with Bluewrist CEO, Najah Ayadi, in which they discuss opportunities in China and leveraging their partnership with Istuary to reach those markets.

The Globe and Mail: Want to attract and keep top talent? Pay well and build trust

This column is part of Globe Careers’ Leadership Lab series, where executives and experts share their views and advice about leadership and management. Follow us at @Globe_Careers. Find all Leadership Lab stories here.

It always astounds me that companies believe cute recruiting techniques or employee rewards such as bean bag chairs and popcorn will make the difference in recruiting and retaining top talent. Oversized, comfy chairs and pool tables might spark initial appeal and make candidates think that working at such a company will be like a big party, but such novelties are never factors in employees’ decisions to join or leave a company.

Celebrating Istuary Toronto Capital’s Investment in Bluewrist

On February 16th, Istuary Innovation Group and Bluewrist hosted a joint event to announce Istuary Toronto Capital’s multimillion dollar investment in Bluewrist and to celebrate the start of an exciting partnership!

Istuary Innovation Group and Bluewrist Partner to Bring Robotics and Automation into China’s Manufacturing Sector

Today, Istuary Innovation Group (Istuary) and Bluewrist Inc. (Bluewrist) will enter into a new agreement to bring industrial robotics automation solutions to the Chinese market.

And the Winners for TEAMWORK are…

Istuary Innovation Group proudly announced the TEAM Leadership Recognition Program, an employee recognition program linking Istuary’s Core Values as the main criteria in defining leadership excellence – T – Teamwork; E – Entrepreneurship; A – Accountability; M – Motivation.

Business In Vancouver: Immigration helps build city’s status as technology gateway

With its location making it a prime conduit for the transport of goods and services to and from its Asia-Pacific neighbours, B.C. is poised to strengthen its role as a gateway to the Pacific.

Reverse Brain Drain – Francois on CBC Vancouver

CBC Vancouver: In the last year, Istuary has said it’s more than doubled its workforce. The Vancouver-based tech company has nearly 400 employees and it’s growing rapidly.

Idea Labs Lunch + Learn: SR&ED with Boast Capital

Idea Labs Launch + Learn event continues into 2017 in Istuary’s Vancouver headquarters. We were pleased to have Alex Popa, Managing Partner, and Sanjay Behal, Director of Business Development from Boast Capital to take attendees through the criteria and process of the SR&ED program. Over 30 entrepreneurs attended the educational session and were actively engaged in the Q&A session following the talk.

Istuary Celebrates Chinese New Year with The Honourable Teresa Wat

The Honourable Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism spoke to CCBC members and their guests at a networking reception on January 24, in celebration of Chinese New Year.

4th Annual Canada-China Business Forum Hosts Digital Entertainment & Interactive Discussions with Beijing Chaoyang District

December 1, 2016 – Vancouver, BC – At an exclusive trade and investment forum hosted by the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), the 4th Annual Canada-China Business Forum kicked off with promising statements of collaboration between Vancouver and Beijing Chaoyang District in expanding the digital entertainment and interactive sectors between the two cities.

Thank you to everyone who participated and supported Movember @ Istuary

Message to the Istuary Team from Dan Cuglietta, Recruitment Business Partner, Istuary Vancouver team: I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire Istuary team for their generous contributions and engagement throughout Movember.

Calling All Innovators @ SociaLIGHT Vancouver – Idea Labs Wants YOU!

Photos from sociaLight conference over the weekend in Vancouver. Such a blast!

PI&EC Event: Trade & Investment between Canada and China

On November 16th, 2016, PI&EC Young Professionals hosted their third event at U of T’s Rotman School of Management in partnership with the Rotman Asian Business Association. Over 40 young professionals, investors and budding entrepreneurs gathered to hear from Jeremy Laurin, President and CEO of ventureLAB; Tom Rand, Managing Partner of ArcTern Ventures and Alex Wang from Istuary Toronto Capital.

Announcement: Hugh Chow’s departure from Istuary

We announced this week that Hugh Chow has stepped away from his role as CEO of Istuary Innovation Labs.

Vancouver Sun: Chinese investors turn their attention to B.C.’s tech sector

“We just started the ‘Martian’ initiative to help good ideas in Canada to take root globally,” said Ethan Sun, chairman of Vancouver-based Istuary Innovation Group. “Why do we call it the ‘Martian’ initiative? Because, in our experience in dealing with … smaller tech firms in Canada, when they talk about reaching China, it sounds like they’re going to Mars.”

Take Our Kids to Work Day @ Istuary’s Toronto Office

We spent Take Our Kids to Work day 2016 with seven awesome 14 year-old kids! Check out what we did.

Sneak Peak of Our New Waterloo Office

On October 5th, the Istuary team put the finishing touches on our new Waterloo office. Now all we need are new Istuarians join the team and work with us in the new space! Keep an eye on our careers page for over 100 positions to be posted over the next week.

Discover More About Istuary Innovation Group

Watch our latest video to learn more about how Istuary got its start and grew so quickly!

Istuary Celebrates the Grand Opening of Our 2nd Canadian Office

On September 28th, Istuary hosted the official Grand Opening of our Markham/Toronto office and invited our partners and the community to tour the space at our Open House event.

Istuary Innovation Group Marks 3rd Year Anniversary with Rapid Growth in Canada-China Market

Istuary Innovation Group marked its 3rd year of operations with a celebratory luncheon held at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in downtown Vancouver’s waterfront area.

Over 200 guests from local and provincial government organizations, business partners and investors joined Istuary in commemorating significant achievements since its concept of “going global from Day One” was founded in 2013, to bridge Canadian technology to high growth markets such as China.

#ICYMI: Our CEO Hugh Chow on Roundhouse Radio

Catch Istuary CEO, Hugh Chow’s interview on Roundhouse Radio

Istuary Innovation Group Marks 3rd Year Anniversary

Istuary Innovation Group, a company connecting North American technology to fast-growing Chinese markets, is celebrating its third year anniversary later this month outlining a future where breakthrough North American technology is launched into fast-growing markets.

Istuary Founder, Ethan Sun at the CCBC 38th AGM

On September 1st, 2016 the Canada China Business Council held their 38th Annual Meeting in Shanghai’s Jing’an District, playing host Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong.

Building Disruptive Opportunities: Lessons from AcuityAds and The CFO Centre

On August 22nd, 2016 PI&EC Young Professionals hosted their second event at U of T’s Rotman School of Management. Over 50 young professionals and budding entrepreneurs gathered to hear from Paul Nagpal, Regional Director at The CFO Centre and Tal Hayek, CEO of AcuityAds.

OBJ Interview with Istuary CEO Hugh Chow

In a 20-year business career that has seen him tackle a variety of roles at various tech firms – including guiding a company from a startup to a successful IPO – Hugh Chow figured he had crossed just about everything off his bucket list.

Introducing the Istuary Talent Exchange Program

This summer, Istuary launched our Talent Strategy Centre, a collaboration between Istuary, Canadian university partners, and universities across China. The aim of the program is to provide opportunities for Chinese students to visit Canada and attend entrepreneurship and technical programs that develop students experience and expertise.

Pacific Innovation & Executive Club – Young Professionals

July 28th marked the Launch event for the Pacific Innovation & Executive Club- Young Professionals initiative at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Istuary Innovation Group and Accelerator Centre Announce Collaboration

Istuary Innovation Group and the Accelerator Centre announced today the signing of a Collaboration Agreement. Startups and small to medium sized technology companies within the Toronto-Waterloo Region will have greater access to global markets as a result of the new collaboration agreement.

Starting Global from Montreal at Startupfest 2016

Recap of the team’s (fun filled) trip to Montreal last week to attend Startupfest

Alex Wang: Istuary VC Managing Partner

You can make huge returns in investment during times of Structural Change. In China this phenomenon is called the “wind tunnel”. The saying goes “when standing in front of a wind tunnel, even a pig can fly”. My theory is in order to dig out the gold, you need the tools [mining analogy]. Istuary Innovation is interested in building/identifying the tools [tech] that will do this. At Istuary, they develop the best tools to get the most gold.

We Want to Send You to Startupfest!

We’re sponsoring tickets for startup founders to attend Startupfest in Montreal July 14th and 15th.

Istuary Idea Labs Hosts First Open House

On Friday, June 24th we unofficially launched our Idea Labs program with an invitation-only Open House for the companies joining the first cohort! We welcomed over 20 entrepreneurs, startup founders and ecosystem partners at our offices over drinks and pizza.

Recap from the Istuary team @ Traction Conf. 2016

Istuary’s marketing and Idea Labs teams were at Traction Conf in Vancouver and this is what we learned!

“Chow Time” with Hugh, CEO Istuary

“We are at an inflection point. We have now launched “Istuary 3.0”. If we seize the opportunity to retool ourselves we can be up to something really big and really exciting.”

Istuary at Startupfest Montreal

Startupfest has grown into a global gathering of the world’s best entrepreneurs, founders, investors, and mentors. It features world-class content, from back-of-napkin ideas to champagne-popping exits, across three days of keynotes, interactive how-to sessions, thought-provoking predictions, and a healthy dose of irreverence.

Millennials and Innovation

Millennials make up the next generation of leaders and workers, and they are driving the world’s technological transformation. They were raised in the internet era and have more skills at an earlier age when it comes to technology. In short, they have the capability to radically enhance a business.

TechNode: Meet Some Of The Best VR Headsets Coming Out of China Right Now

According to iiMedia, China’s VR industry is expected to reach 5.6 billion yuan ($850 million USD) in 2016, and exceed 55 billion yuan by 2020, up from 1.5 billion yuan in 2015. Read more about the VR headset companies competing to corner the market.

China in Major Expansion of Yuan Conversion Pilot Program

China has relaxed restrictions on foreign exchange conversions involving incidental expenses for all mainland-based non-financial companies, greatly expanding a pilot program that is part of the nation’s plans to internationalizing its currency and integrate its financial system with the rest of the world.

Building an inclusive and innovative Canada

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, put forward a vision to build Canada as a global centre of innovation—one that focuses on strengthening the middle class by creating jobs, driving growth across all industries and improving the lives of all Canadians.

The China Startup Pulse: The Hard Thing about Hard (China) Things

In this episode, podcast founders and hosts, Ryan Shuken & Todd Embley chat with TR Harrington, Founder of Darwin Marketing, about how to spot trends in the Chinese market.

Wang Yi, China foreign minister, in Ottawa for talks today

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is in Ottawa today to meet his Canadian counterpart, Stephane Dion and will also visit Trudeau’s Parliament Hill office.

Visiting foreign ministers usually stick to talking to their counterparts, but Trudeau’s insertion into Wang’s itinerary shows the importance the government is placing on China at a pivotal time.

The Chinese Government Wants A 100 Billion RMB AI Market By 2018

China’s artificial intelligence industry received a huge boost of validation from the government on Wednesday, which announced its plans to create a “100 billion level” ($15 billion USD) artificial intelligence market by 2018.

Recap of Techfest Vancouver

Techvibes’ Techfest brings together city’s fastest growing tech companies that are looking for the best talent in the city. We had a blast at the event and met so many great people with diverse skills, from development to analytics to growth hacking.


The Vancouver Tech Podcast is a weekly show focusing on the growing tech industry in the city of Vancouver. Get caught up on the events and meetups around town, startups, new businesses, developers, designers, community programs, and news. Each episode includes an interview with an outstanding member of our community.

China’s high-tech future emerges in factory town Shenzhen

Formerly a collection of fishing enclaves next door to Hong Kong that became the epicenter of China’s manufacturing-driven miracle, Shenzhen is reinventing itself again by staking its future growth on finance, technology and culture.

May Event Summary: Highlights from AccelerateOTT and OCE Discovery 2016

It has been a busy start to May for the Istuary team. After opening our Toronto office last September, we’ve been working on exciting expansion plans to Ottawa and Waterloo while also familiarizing ourselves with the Toronto tech community.

Istuary Innovation Group Selects Agnisys IDesignSpec for Enterprise Storage Chips

LOWELL, Mass.–May 12, 2016–Agnisys today announced Istuary Innovation Group has licensed IDesignSpec™ (IDS) for its Enterprise Storage IC design and verification.

Istuary Strikes Partnership Deal with Guangzhou HY Fund at China-Canada Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference

VANCOUVER, May 10, 2016 /CNW/ – Istuary Innovation Group entered into a strategic partnership agreement with Guangzhou HY Fund at the China-Canada Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference on May 9.

Istuary Innovation Group and Guangdong Chitone Group Sign Strategic Partnership Deal

Vancouver, BC – May 9, 2016 — Istuary Innovation Group announced a strategic partnership today with Guangdong Chitone Group to establish innovation resource and talent exchange programs between China and North America.

Istuary Accelerates into Ottawa’s Tech Sector With Conference Sponsorship

Ottawa, ON – May 2, 2016 — Istuary Innovation Group (Istuary) announced today its Platinum Sponsorship of Invest Ottawa’s 4th annual AccelerateOTT event on May 5, 2016.

Istuary is Recruiting at Techvibes’ Techfest on May 25

Istuary Innovation group will be at Techvibes Techfest Vancouver on May 25th and we want to talk to you! Visit us and hear our 2-minute lightning pitch on why you should join our team!

Istuary Innovation Group Selects Arteris FlexNoC Interconnect IP For Development of Proprietary Enterprise Storage Controllers

CAMPBELL, Calif. – April 19, 2016 – Arteris Inc., the inventor and industry leader in commercial network-on-chip (NoC) interconnect IPsolutions, today announced that Istuary Innovation Group has licensed its Arteris® FlexNoC interconnect IP.

Vancouver companies with Chinese links look to affirm Canadian identity

Istuary is among a number of local companies with varying degrees of ties to China that are trying to boost their Canadian identity. The company is looking to position itself more akin to Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, in supporting Canadian technology know-how in finding a global market.

Toronto Mayor John Tory Hosts Istuary Chairman Ethan Sun During Trade Mission to China

SHANGHAI, April 13, 2016 – Ethan Sun, founder and chairman of Istuary Innovation Group recently had the opportunity to meet Toronto Mayor John Tory in Shanghai during his 10-day trade mission to China and Japan.

Canadian Tech Firm Continues Rapid Expansion Across Canada

TORONTO, April 4, 2016 – Istuary Innovation Group, a Canadian innovation company that connects talent, technology, capital and resources to launch business into fast-growing markets, is continuing its rapid growth across Canada with the launch of offices in Waterloo and Ottawa.

Istuary Innovation Group Announces Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnership with Dongguan University of Technology

VANCOUVER, March 31, 2016 – Istuary Innovation Group announced a partnership today with Dongguan University of Technology to create an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre for international incubation, knowledge sharing,education and talent exchange between North America and Asia.

Istuary Recruitment Events: Toronto, Waterloo and Ottawa

Are you passionate about Technology and Innovation? Visit our upcoming recruitment events in Toronto, Waterloo and Ottawa from April 5 – April 7, 2016.

Hugh Chow joins the Istuary Team as CEO

Istuary Innovation Labs Inc. announced that Hugh Chow has been appointed as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Chow will assume the new role effective immediately.

Istuary Toronto Office Open House – January 14

Are you passionate about Technology and Innovation? Our Toronto office has 40 exciting job opportunities available in both software and hardware.

Istuary Investment Forum: Opportunities and Challenges for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in China

Over 100 of the world’s most insightful investors were there to discuss measures to build a global collaborative innovation platform, as well as opportunities and challenges to innovation and entrepreneurship in the Chinese economy.

Istuary’s First Pitch Competition an Overwhelming Success

Six finalists gave their final pitch in an attempt to win over the judges and make their entrepreneurial dream come true at the Istuary Pitch Competition.

Istuary – Toronto: Inaugural Opening & Investment Forum

September 20, 2015 marked the inaugural opening ceremony for Istuary Toronto.

Istuary Innovation Group Celebrates Anniversary with $30M Fund and Idea Labs

Istuary Innovation Group announced a newly created investment fund of US$30 million along with a new Idea Labs to boost Canadian tech innovation and startup success.

Istuary on China ICT Mission by BC Ministry of International Trade

By using its resource advantages in each market, Istuary Innovation Group (Istuary) has been establishing innovative incubation centres in North America (Canada and the United States) and in Asia (mainly China) to facilitate technology development and business cooperation across the Pacific.

Inauguration Ceremony of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management North America Alumni Association Western Canada Chapter

Istuary Innovation Group was honoured to host the Inauguration Ceremony of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management North America Alumni Association Western Canada Chapter on April 23, 2015.

Istuary Shares Insight at CABI Leadership Summit 2015 in Waterloo

Istuary Innovation Group (Istuary) recently provided Canadian business and government leaders fresh insights on incubating globally successful enterprises through the strategic exchange of key resources between North America and Asia.

Istuary-Panyu-VEC Signing Ceremony in Support of Vancouver’s Growing Innovation Economy

The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) CEO Ian McKay joined members of the Government of Panyu District/Guangzhou University Town, the CEO of Vancouver’s Istuary Group Holdings Ltd, and key members of the local Chinese business community and investors, at a news conference today.