Point: The “high-tech” economy has eclipsed natural resources in British Columbia, and that’s a good thing.

It is a tantalizing storyline but utterly without foundation. 


The fact is, the resource industry remains much larger than high tech, with at least 120,000 employees to the “over 84,000 people” said to be in high tech. But even that is missing the true point, which is that resources and high tech are really one and the same. British Columbia's Technology Minister Amrik Virk hit the nail on the head in this Times Colonist report: “This is not an either/or equation — this is a symbiotic relationship. It’s with tech that we have a cleaner, greener, more effective, more efficient natural-resources sector.”