Annual Report 2016/17

What is Genomics?

Genomics is the science that deciphers and understands the genome – the code or blueprint, of a living organism (humans, animals, plants, microbes) – to better understand biological systems at a molecular level.

The knowledge and innovations emerging from genomics are unearthing solutions to complex biological challenges including applications in health, forestry, fisheries, aquaculture, agrifood, energy, mining and environment.

In addition, these new approaches give rise to the need for dialogue regarding societal, economic and ethical implications.

Genomics in Action

Genomics could very well be described as the single most ground-breaking science of our time. Where the 20th century was dominated by computer science, the 21st century is likely to be dominated by life sciences. DNA was discovered over 100 years ago, but since the mapping of the human genome in 2003, next generation sequencing technologies and advancements in genomics research have accelerated at an incredible pace.

Now, this disruptive technology seems to be at the precipice of another turning point in history – innovations discovered in the laboratory are finding utility, realizing true potential through applications in the real world. As both a catalyst and a proponent of credible research that addresses issues of economic and social importance, Genome BC has been a driver; connecting ideas to funding, researchers to industry, people to solutions and BC to the world.

BC’s genomics capabilities are world-class, and enable us to partner with the world’s best. British Columbia is well positioned to lead the way as we apply genomics to some of life’s greatest challenges.

2015 – 2020 Our Plan

Genome BC’s 2015 – 2020 Plan, “Powering BC’s Bioeconomy” outlines our vision for BC’s bioeconomy and Genome BC’s specific role and strategies for realizing the potential of genomics research. Our plan sets out five socio-economic objectives:


Enhancing BC’s recognition as a bioeconomy leader, attracting top talent and new investments.


Supporting innovation and sustainability in BC’s key-socioeconomic sectors through translation of research.


Promoting and supporting world-class genomics research.


Developing a vibrant life science cluster.


Enhancing recognition of the value of genomics, while addressing societal concerns.

Genomics in Action

Since 2000, Genome BC has led genomics innovation on Canada’s West Coast, by facilitating the integration of genomics into society.

Managing a cumulative portfolio of over $850 million in more than 315 genomics research projects and science & technology platforms, our actions have helped to create jobs in Canada while addressing challenges in key sectors such as health, forestry, fisheries, aquaculture, agrifood, energy, mining and environment.

Health $358.3 Million

Tech Development and Platforms $119.1 Million

Agrifood $56.0 Million

Forestry $107.6 Million

Environment $16.1 Million

Fisheries and Aquaculture $65.5 Million

Mining and Energy $34.7 Million

These Figures are cumulative as of March 31, 2017

Message from the President and CEO

Pascal Spothelfer

Genome BC is an extraordinary organization with an outstanding team. My predecessor, leaves the organization with a sound strategy, an excellent reputation, and very strong relationships with stakeholders and funders...

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Message from the Board Chair

ida goodreau

In genomics, we talk about disruptive innovation. A powerful way of thinking about challenging the ideas of the status quo, introducing new ways of "thinking and doing" that change the world around us...

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Independent Auditors’ Report

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Notes to Financials

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