May 25, 2020
Go Figure: We sketch a picture of B.C.’s private fine art world

At 1.1%, B.C. has the highest concentration of artists per capita in Canada $24,304 – Median annual salary for a B.C. painter, sculptor or visual artist in 2016 337 – B.C. galleries, studios and cooperatives listed in the Galleries West database Metro Vancouver/Whistler corridor: 178 Victoria, Island and Sunshine Coast: 89 Interior: 59 North: 11 Share that are public:...

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May 22, 2020
12 B.C. businesses and others doing good during COVID-19: Connecting seniors, free fish dinners and much more
Darian Kovacs

As we enter phase two of the pandemic in B.C., there are signs that something resembling our old way of life might start to return. Although there will be safeguards in place for the foreseeable future, knowing we’re on the path to fewer restrictions helps take the edge off. Despite these improvements, supporting small businesses, nonprofits and our communities remains the best way to move forward...

May 22, 2020
Opinion: COVID-19 has put Canadian farmers in the spotlight. How can we make the most of it?
Karn Manhas

One of the unexpected twists to come out of Canada’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic is the heightened attention on an often-ignored sector of the economy: agriculture. As empty shelves at grocery stores prompt concerns about Canada’s food supply, farmers have become the subject of nightly news reports and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s nationally broadcast press conferences (not to mention tweets!). Meanwhile, independent growers are gearing up for a summer of record demand at farmers markets and selling out online while...

May 22, 2020
Shopify CEO says working remotely is the future—so what about that massive Vancouver office?
Nathan Caddell

Shopify is one of those lucky companies that appears to have been mostly unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ottawa-based e-commerce platform has employees all over the world (including several at a downtown Vancouver WeWork facility), many of whom work...

May 21, 2020
In a crisis, veteran B.C. tech investor Rich Osborn spies opportunity
William Johnson

Based purely on his mood, you wouldn’t know that Rich Osborn is a man who—like most British Columbians—has been forced to stay home for two months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re chatting over Zoom, and Osborn, the managing partner of Telus Ventures, is alert and energetic. You might even say he’s enjoying himself. For whatever reason, he seems excited...

May 21, 2020
Tips for staying sane in a pandemic from... CuePath Innovation’s Bruce Nunn
Alyssa Hirose

When he’s not kayaking, drinking wine or playing lead guitar in his classic rock cover band, Bruce Nunn shreds up the local technology industry stage. Nunn leads sales and marketing for CuePath Innovation, a Vancouver-based health-care tech company that delivers...

May 20, 2020
Pot Shots: Cannabis drinks haven't reached the sipping point in B.C. yet
Guy Saddy

This article was originally published in our April issue, and was written before the COVID-19 pandemic came to Canada. Happy with your chocolate CBD bar? Blissed out by your banana sundae with THC sauce? Well, that’s good news! Seriously, I mean...

May 19, 2020
Q&A: Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Michael Wee sizes up B.C.’s tech ecosystem
Nick Rockel

At 28, Michael Wee has already built a thriving career in Silicon Valley. Wee grew up in Vancouver, where he took programming courses at UBC before earning a BA in computer science at University of California, Berkeley. As an undergrad in...

May 15, 2020
UBC grads create app for small businesses struggling during COVID-19
Nathan Caddell

“We’re not first responders, but we know how to code,” is how Vancouverite and UBC computer science graduate Ali Serag describes what he and four friends are doing to help B.C. navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Serag, Alberto Cevallos, Salman Alam, Bolat...

May 15, 2020
16 B.C. businesses and others doing good during COVID-19: Aritzia giveaways, help finding takeaway and much more
Darian Kovacs

Has it really been more than two months since this COVID thing went down? As the lockdown drags on, many of us continue to practise social distancing, anxiously awaiting the return of normalcy to our lives. Although it looks like positive changes may be coming with the provincial government’s plan to reopen B.C., it’s more important than ever to keep supporting our communities, businesses and essential workers. Whether it’s a local grocery store or charity, every bit of support helps...

May 15, 2020
Wholehearted Leadership Opinion: Leadership is a contact sport
David MacLean

Decades ago, I coached football. Years before that, I played football. Sometimes I joke that I used to be a really good athlete about 30 pounds ago. Football is a true contact sport. Hitting—physical contact—is a major part of the game. Hitting isn’t incidental to football; it’s the point.

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