New Media BC and Wireless Innovation Network of BC announce proposed merger

For months, the tech community in British Columbia wondered who the next President of New Media BC would be. As recently as early September 2009, TechVibes’ own Warren Frey offered his best guesses on whether the new President would be one of a list of big names in the industry (Boris Mann, Rochelle Grayson, Kris Krug, Earl Hong Tai or Paul Lee). Well, we can put the speculation to rest for a bit and ponder over the next big announcement of New Media BC and the Wireless Innovation Network of British Columbia (WINBC).

The executive directors and the boards of WINBC and New Media BC have been exploring the opportunity to merge WINBC and New Media BC into one organization representing over 22,000 people, more than 1,300 companies, and annual revenues of $4 billion-plus. The goal of the proposed merged organization is “To promote, support and accelerate the growth, competitiveness and sustainability of BC’s digital media and wireless industry.”, with a vision “To make BC the most recognized and admired centre of digital media and wireless excellence in the world and to position Vancouver as the digital media capital of Canada.”

As announced by Warren Franklin, the Chair of the New Media BC Board of Directors, they are in the planning stages for an AGM in early October to present this plan to the membership and will be sending more information on that soon. This is an important and promising development in the new media and wireless industries