There’s no denying, the past year has been busy in the world of local news.
In 2015 Kamloops experienced a divide in the community, changes in their daily lives, and landed on the map thanks to local entrepreneurs
As we look ahead to the New Year, KamloopsBCNow is counting down the top three ‘Newsmakers of the Year’ as chosen by our journalists.
From the classrooms of Thompson Rivers University to the top of the business community, Hummingbird Drones went from a small idea, to big business in Kamloops.
Hummingbird humble was sparked by simple need noticed by co-founders and TRU students Robert Atwood and Richard Sullivan during a summer job with the British Columbia Wildfire Service.
Since taking off earlier this year, their drones have been able to map and collect valuable information to aid firefighters in the area.
Hummingbird Drones did not develop into a success on its own. With help from Kamloops’ vibrant small business and tech community, Hummingbird received notoriety through the help from a number of local groups.
Over the past year, Hummingbird Drones has not only aided Wildfire efforts, but also teamed up with Kamloops Search and Rescue as part of a training exercise and they are now looking to implement the service for local search efforts.
The business has not gone unnoticed. Startup Canada presented the company with the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award during a ceremony in Vancouver on November 4th.
With the first year under their belt, it’s no doubt Hummingbird Drones will continue to reach new heights.