Apr 9, 2021
For Canadian entrepreneurs, going green is a personal mission: report

Canadian business owners believe shrinking their environmental footprint is the right thing to do, even if they have to pay the tab. That’s one of the key findings in a new national study by Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). For A...

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Apr 8, 2021
After bagging its first CEO, Herschel Supply plans to go big
Nick Rockel

Herschel Supply Co. looked far and wide for its first-ever CEO, only to find the right person in its backyard. “We hired a New York–based search firm to go scout out the market,” says Lyndon Cormack, co-founder of the Vancouver-headquartered bag maker...

Apr 7, 2021
Vancouver’s Light AI partners with WHL to provide fast, no-swab COVID-19 tests
Nathan Caddell

There are plenty of reasons to drop out of university, but Peter Whitehead has one of the better answers when he tells the story of why he left UBC in his third year. “I invented a heart catheter,” Whitehead says, so...

Apr 7, 2021
Pacific Trader: Will Westport Fuel Systems finally deliver on its carbon-cutting promise?
Michael McCullough

The stock: The markets bottomed out on March 23 last year amid the shock of COVID-19’s first wave. As a thought exercise, the Globe and Mail ’s David Milstead ran a screen on the performance of the 231 members of the TSX...

Apr 6, 2021
Pandemic has kicked the luxury real estate market into high gear: report
Nick Rockel

In B.C. and across the country, COVID-19 has created winners and losers. Among the winners is the luxury real estate market, which is booming in Canada’s major cities, thanks to a transformation driven by the pandemic. That’s the takeaway from a...

Apr 1, 2021
Female B.C. CEO helps lead a global push to advance women in business
Nick Rockel

Quick, name a few male CEOs who founded the company they lead. Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Tobi Lütke—there’s no shortage of dudes. OK, now name some female founding CEOs. Not so easy, hey? Shahrzad Rafati is the right person to help change that...

Apr 1, 2021
Alex Clark’s first company sold for $200 million. Can messaging app Quantum Pigeon serve as his encore?
Nathan Caddell

Alex Clark has done it before. The California native co-founded Internet of Things startup Bit Stew Systems in 2008, shortly after coming to Vancouver from Silicon Valley. One of the early investors in that company had some prudent advice he’s never forgotten. “He said...

Mar 31, 2021
Futurpreneur’s new Black Entrepreneur Startup Program provides funding and support for young business owners
Alyssa Hirose

In response to the disproportionate barriers to success experienced by Black entrepreneurs, national nonprofit Futurpreneur Canada just announced a new financing program tailored for young Black business owners. The Black Entrepreneur Startup Program offers $5,000 to $60,000 of loan financing to successful applicants. This new funding collaboration with Royal Bank of Canada and Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) aims to “foster greater equity and diversity among Canada’s entrepreneurs, with enhancements that will help address the systemic barriers to capital...

Mar 31, 2021
Pacific Trader: Mogo stock has been on a tear. But can the B.C. fintech realize its digital wallet dream?
Michael McCullough

The stock: Bitcoin! Free stock trades! Cash back on mortgages! Local fintech Mogo (TSX:MOGO) certainly seems to be pressing all the right buttons for investors surfing the froth of the past year’s asset rally. And those who’ve held its stock over during that time have definitely been rewarded, with returns in...

Mar 30, 2021
Province sweetens the pot for businesses aiming to cut pollution
By the Editors

If you have any doubt that industry is on board with the B.C. government’s climate change battle, ask Jacques Perron. As part of the Province’s recent announcement that it’s setting sectoral greenhouse gas (GHG) targets and boosting support for cleantech and other businesses aiming to curb emissions, the president and CEO of Pretium Resources explained how his Vancouver-based mining company is benefiting from the CleanBC Industry Fund...

Mar 30, 2021
The 2021 Business of Good Awards: Environmental Sustainability
Nathan Caddell

After a few years as a business analyst, Kamila Alikhani decided that she wanted to do something else but wasn’t sure what, exactly. “The typical millennial problem,” the 35-year-old says with a laugh. Having just given birth to a couple of children, Alikhani thought that maybe being an ultrasound technician was for her. But while taking prerequisites for a university program, she stumbled across a book called Designing Your Life by two Stanford University professors. “At the end of the...

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