“Smithers has a strong history of entrepreneurship and innovation. From the invention of the egg carton by Joseph Coyle in 1911 to being the hometown of Werner Dettwiler of Macdonald-Dettwiler and Associates (now MDA corporation). This history has led to an inordinately high number of big companies with hundreds of employees have come out of Smithers such Bandstra Transportation Systems, All West Glass, Hy-Tech Diamond Drilling, Central Mountain Air, and UTM Exploration Services.
Now that so much activity is taking place with regards to resource development in the region, Smithers is a great place to launch a new venture. We have a high number of skilled workers and PhD’s who call Smithers home. These creative individuals call Smithers home because of the high number of amenities both natural and man-made, and contribute to the strong sense of community and a high level of community pride.“
– Allan Stroet, Bulkley Valley Economic Development Association