Fraser Valley’s most established tech hub XLRator, partners with Lighthouse Labs to provide training & mentorship for those interested in a career in the high-tech sector of British Columbia.

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Abbotsford, BC, February 25, 2020 – Fraser Valley’s most established tech hub XLRator, is partnering with Vancouver-based EdTech leader Lighthouse Labs. The collaboration will bring industry-leading tools, resources, and curriculum for students, youth and tech enthusiasts alike, wanting to further their skills and career in the programming and coding field.

The partnership was announced on Tuesday, February 25th at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium in the presence of Mayor Henry Braun, City of Abbotsford, Remy Hall, General Manager (Western Canada) Lighthouse Labs, Raymond Szabada, CEO of i-Open Technologies and Chairman of XLRator, business leaders from the industry and the City officials.

The high-tech sector is booming in British Columbia. Many global tech giants are calling BC home, and this includes companies like Salesforce, Amazon, Samsung, Shopify, SAP, Microsoft, Disney, Hootsuite, Clio, and Mastercard. British Columbia is consistently ranked as the #1 startup ecosystem in Canada and is ranked 15th globally. With over 10,000 tech companies and jobs paying 75% higher than the BC average, technology is one of the fastest-growing sectors in BC – and will continue booming in the years to come.

As the demand and competition for talent become intense, working with an accredited course provider will facilitate collaboration with the local tech industry and community. This will open up new pathways for tech attraction and innovation in the Fraser Valley region.

“I’m really excited to see Lighthouse partnering with communities outside of the major city centers, like Abbotsford. The democratization of tech knowledge and talent is essential to healthy economies across the country, and to the further growth of evolving and niche future industries like agri-tech, aerospace, and other industries strongly represented in the Fraser Valley,” says Remy Hall. “Along with attracting top talent today, building future talent for tomorrow is essential for burgeoning tech regions like the Fraser Valley. I look forward to the partnership between Lighthouse Labs and XLRator, and hope it is the first of many modern training initiatives to take place in the Fraser Valley Region”

Through this alliance, XLRator and Lighthouse Labs aim to build a local tech talent base for startups, businesses and tech companies looking to hire developers and programmers. As a leading tech hub in the Fraser Valley, XLRator recognizes the need to attract and retain high-tech companies by building a comprehensive tech ecosystem.

“It is our belief that tech can be a major contributor to the local economy. With the right skills, tools, and mentorship, XLRator will work on expanding the tech talent base,” said Raymond Szabada, Chairman & CEO, XLRator. “We are very excited to bring Lighthouse Labs’ experience in providing training and mentorship to advance careers and skills that will act as a catalyst for start-ups and local tech companies.”

The goal of the partnership between XLRator and Lighthouse Labs is to teach and mentor those interested in developing a career within the fast-growing tech sector. The courses, which will be offered as a cohort or shared educational experience, will guide participants through full-stack basics. Bursaries will be available for those in need of supplementary income.

Speaking on the occasion, Mayor Braun shared the City’s vision and approach to attract tech businesses and skilled talent while outlining the need for such partnerships and programs.

xlrator lighthouse labs partnership brings tech training education fraser valley abbotsford

Lighthouse Labs is a fantastic start for the Fraser Valley, offering coding skills and mentorship to a full range of learners, from newbies to professional developers. With the support of a brilliant team of instructors and mentors, you’ll be ready to translate concepts, break down problems, while continuing to learn the basics of software development and programming.

The part-time 6-week course will be led by local mentors and is set to start on April 14, 2020. Interested in joining or know someone looking to launch a career in tech? Apply today to be part of the program.

About XLRator

As a social enterprise, XLRator aims to build a thriving tech ecosystem in the Fraser Valley offering programs and resources to founders and startups. XLRator is also a coalition of tech companies, entrepreneurs, local government, industry partners, and educational institutions determined to attract tech-based investments into the Fraser Valley and including the District of Mission, City of Abbotsford, City of Chilliwack, City of Maple Ridge and Township of Langley, British Columbia.

About Lighthouse Labs

Lighthouse Labs was created in 2013 by a team of software developers with a passion for code, mentorship, and education. Their mission is to continuously find the best ways to train the next generation of developers and transform the way tech education is delivered. They’ve introduced over 20,000 Canadians to the practice of coding and launched 1,000+ graduates into careers as professional developers. With the support of a brilliant team of instructors and mentors who view coding as the ultimate craft, Lighthouse Labs continues to empower students, launch careers, and contribute to the incredible growth of Canada’s tech industry.


For more info contact:

Gurwinder Singh

Program Manager, XLRator, 1-877-523-5543

Stephanie Wilson

Director, Government Relations, Lighthouse Labs, 1-613-858-1395