Tech & Science

Oct 19, 2016
What to do when your business is being held ransom
Marcie Good

In June, the University of Calgary fell victim to a cyberattack, in which its email server was encrypted and millions of files were locked. An unknown person or organization demanded $20,000 ransom, and the university paid up. There were 1,800 faculty involved in the breach, facing the potential loss of valuable research. According to one Vancouver security expert, the university’s...

Sep 28, 2016
Three ways technology has improved healthcare

BCBusiness + GoeVisit Over the last two decades, technology has revolutionized the way we communicate with each other, the way we glean information and get our news, the way we shop, and even the way we date. But what if we could use our smartphone to speak to our doctor about what is ailing us, instantaneously receive a diagnosis about a...

Jul 21, 2016
How the Hardbite makers repurpose imperfect potatoes
Marcie Good

When Pete Schouten and his partners bought a chip factory in Maple Ridge from a local chef six years ago, he thought it would be a good way to use the second-grade potatoes he harvested from his fields. It didn’t turn out that way. “We’re farmers; that’s where we come from,” says Schouten, 45, speaking over the industrial harmonies of...

Jun 17, 2016
Microsoft centre big news for Vancouver, B.C., Canada, says Prime Minister Trudeau
Felicity Stone

Politicians were out in force to mark the official launch of the Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre in Vancouver on Friday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accompanied by various MPs and cabinet ministers, Premier Christy Clark and Mayor Gregor Robertson all spoke at the event. “This is big news for Microsoft, said the prime minister. “It’s also big news for Vancouver, for British...

May 23, 2016
A conversation with Immersive Media president and CEO Myles McGovern
Marcie Good

When Hollywood special-effects juggernaut Digital Domain bought tech firm Immersive Media in January for $100 million, some may have been surprised to learn that the world’s first producer of 360-degree video was based in Kelowna. Over the past decade, the company has quietly developed video recording technology, and editing and production software that has powered the latest craze in advertising...

Apr 29, 2016
Office space: Stytch's new digs bring cool to the cloud
Felicity Stone

Stytch (formerly known as Dun and Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center) is a cloud-based business intelligence and analytics company that helps businesses “stitch together” data from multiple sources to create reports and dashboards and, ultimately, get better insights from their data. In 2015, the Vancouver-based team outgrew its office space at Burrard and Pender. “I liked it down there, but when...

Apr 26, 2016
Boris Wertz: Silicon Valley contrarian
Jim Sutherland

There’s a second-storey office on Vancouver’s West Pender Street, across from Pacific Centre Mall, that seems to illustrate the way that tech startups are rescuing a British Columbia economy that would otherwise be teetering on the edge of a resource-industry cliff. Three years ago the floor was home to BuildDirect Technologies. That company connects global building supply manufacturers to the...

Apr 22, 2016
B.C. lags Ontario on environmental performance
Felicity Stone

B.C.’s provincial government may call itself a “leader in climate action by having a carbon tax,” but Ontario receives a higher grade (B). B.C. gets a C, along with Quebec and P.E.I., in a study on the provinces’ environmental performance released by the Conference Board of Canada to coincide with Earth Day.

Mar 18, 2016
How a UBC professor is spurring research into rare diseases
Roberta Staley

Dr. Millan Patel’s office at the Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of B.C. is a cozy clutter of files, bookcases, textbooks and folk art from Africa and Malaysia. Dim, wintery sunshine filters through a wood-framed window, illuminating the most striking object in the room: a rectangular whiteboard stretching almost to the ceiling and covered in skeins of red, blue and...

Jan 21, 2016
Is the B.C. government learning to love Uber?
Felicity Stone

Getting to YES!The B.C. government appears to be warming to the idea of Uber, Airbnb and similar companies in the “sharing economy.” B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone, who in 2014 said plainclothes transit agents posing as potential customers would be deployed to ensure taxis and their drivers are operating by B.C.'s rules, now says it is a matter of when—not if—ride-sharing...

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