Mar 1, 2021
Pure Sunfarms CEO Mandesh Dosanjh talks highlighting local makers and carving out a niche in the competitive cannabis industry

On any career path, there are obvious jumping-off points where experience paves the way for someone to move on to the next opportunity. But rarely do said occasions occur as clearly as they did to Mandesh Dosanjh. The Ontario native had...

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Mar 1, 2021
The Power of Proximity
Jessica Kirby

BCBusiness + REEF Technology REEF Technology—through its recent acquisition of Impark—has come to Vancouver and with it, a world of possibilities. The company transforms urban spaces into neighbourhood hubs that connect people to locally curated goods, services, and experiences—an ambitious goal for Greater Vancouver, but something with the potential to bring the...

Feb 26, 2021
Ethọ́s Lab aims to boost Black representation in STEM–and help create a just and inclusive future for all
Nick Rockel

When I planned to meet Anthonia Ogundele, I had no idea we’d end up flying over a place called Sushi Island. But here I am with the founder of Ethọ́s Lab Lab, whose avatar is showing mine around Atlanthọ́s, a virtual space for youth aged 13-18 who belong to the local innovation academy. Accessible via a portal hidden in a wall, Sushi Island is just one corner of the complex, which also includes an auditorium and an art gallery. Since...

Feb 26, 2021
The Innovators: Anandia Laboratories is testing the cannabis industry’s mettle
Nick Rockel

When Aurora Cannabis bought Vancouver’s Anandia Laboratories in August 2018 for $115 million in stock, investors were still dangerously high on the federal government’s imminent legalization of recreational marijuana, which left many of them nursing an expensive hangover. (Since that...

Feb 25, 2021
You Had Me at IPO: Chip Wilson sees things with mushroom grower Optimi Health Corp.
Nathan Caddell

We take a sometimes weekly and always tongue-in-cheek look at some B.C. companies making noise with big-money raises. Don’t take this too seriously. Unless you make money off it—then we want some. Optimi Health Corp. hit the Canadian Stock Exchange today...

Feb 25, 2021
The Innovators: Form lets swimmers track their athletic stats—in real time
Nathan Caddell

After racing other people for years, Dan Eisenhardt has been just fine swimming with the sharks, too. The former competitive swimmer sold his first entrepreneurial venture, a sports eyewear technology firm called Recon Instruments, to Intel Corp. in 2015. Just...

Feb 24, 2021
AbCellera founder Carl Hansen calls for lower taxes on innovation
By the Editors

Scientist, entrepreneur, billionaire—Carl Hansen can now add tax wonk to his list of credentials, too. The founder and CEO of AbCellera Biologics revealed that side of himself by pushing for lower taxes on innovation during a virtual chat with Wendy Hurlburt, president...

Feb 24, 2021
Pacific Trader: Should you buy into First Quantum’s decarbonization play?
Michael McCullough

The stock: Economists sometimes put the honorific “Dr.” in front of copper for its PhD-like ability to predict the trajectory of the global economy. Right now, it’s flashing green—as are the shareholders of First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM). The Vancouver-founded company, which...

Feb 23, 2021
How a Vancouver self-publisher changed the industry and grew 50 percent during the pandemic
Nathan Caddell

The way Megan Williams tells it, she had no choice but to write a book. The New Westminster native was working in communications at the time, but began watching tons of YouTube videos and researching blogs on how to actually write...

Feb 23, 2021
The Innovators: Cmd is bringing cybersecurity to the cloud
Nick Rockel

Smartphones, laptops, tablets–when it came to cybersecurity, Jake King had seen plenty of innovation for mobile devices. But server infrastructure? King and his business partner, Milun Tesovic, spotted a gap. “We hadn’t seen the same innovation in the cloud,” recalls...

Feb 22, 2021
BC Aquaculture Innovation Awards dangle $325,000 in prizes for 3 lucky winners
By the Editors

Got an innovative idea for the B.C. aquaculture industry? The provincial Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MAFF) and Innovate BC want to hear from you soon. Applications are now open for the 2021 BC Aquaculture Innovation Awards, which will see...

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