Oct 1, 2020
Campbell River tech competition offers up to $300,000 in prizes

Innovators, wherever you are, Campbell River wants to hear from you. The coastal Vancouver Island city just launched NexStream 2.0, its second annual tech competition, which will award up to $300,000 in prizes. A partnership with the Campbell River Area Angel Group (CRAAG), the contest is taking applications that address challenges in four categories: Health and Emergency Preparedness, Sustainable Resource Management, Food Security and Wildcard...

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Sep 30, 2020
Facebook advertising and policy Hail Marys: Two former political strategists analyze what a digital campaign means for B.C.
Nathan Caddell

B.C.’s upcoming provincial election promises to be like no other. For one, it’s going to be a pretty quick campaign, with just over a month from when Premier John Horgan called the contest (September 21) and when it’ll actually take...

Sep 29, 2020
Want to get main streets back up and running? Start with good data
Nick Rockel

From Victoria to St. John’s, COVID-19 has made life difficult for main streets across the country. Cities need to give struggling retail and commercial businesses a helping hand. But to make the right decisions when it comes to economic recovery, Andy Yan says, they also need good data. To that end, Yan helped create the Main Street Data Primer: A Resource for Policymakers, Main Street Stakeholders and Urban Researchers...

Sep 29, 2020
B.C. charities face increasing demand, erosion of funds in wake of COVID-19
Nathan Caddell

Richard Pass likes to say that “serious illness doesn’t care that there’s a pandemic.” What was already a sometimes difficult job as chief executive of nonprofit Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon has gotten much tougher. The organization, which relies on donations...

Sep 29, 2020
Burnaby startup becomes the first in Canada to receive N95 authorization
By the Editors

It didn’t take long for Vitacore to make an impact on the world. The startup, founded early this year by some of the brains at Burnaby-based Strata Engineering, has already become the first Canadian company authorized by Health Canada to...

Sep 28, 2020
Canadian tech companies follow Unbounce’s lead toward equal pay
Nathan Caddell

Today, a host of Canadian tech leaders announced their intention to join forces by signing a pledge to prioritize gender pay equality. The Pay Up for Progress initiative is the brainchild of Vancouver-based landing page creator Unbounce, which recently analyzed its own...

Sep 25, 2020
2020 BC Food & Beverage Awards celebrate local producers, get tipsy with top honour
By the Editors

The 2020 BC Food & Beverage Awards gave us plenty to chew on as they celebrated a dozen winners on September 24. But the top prize at the annual shindig, hosted by industry group BC Food & Beverage (BCFB), went to a local dram. Sheringham Distillery’s Seaside Gin won the Gold Award for Product of the Year. Founded in 2015 by chef-turned-distiller Jason MacIsaac and his wife, Alayne MacIsaac, Sooke-based Sheringham also makes akvavit, vodka and coffee liqueur. Last year...

Sep 24, 2020
BC Liberals lean on business leaders to fill candidate spots across the province
Nathan Caddell

This is a pivotal election for the BC Liberal Party. After coming in as the favourite and narrowly missing out on forming government last time around, the party comes into this contest as the presumptive underdog. The current government, led by...

Sep 24, 2020
Does your company qualify for SR&ED tax credits? Don’t leave money on the table
Richard Hoy

As economic chaos breeds consolidation, COVID-19 has forced many businesses to shelve their formal research and development work. So the fact that, since the pandemic began, I’ve seen twice as many companies as usual seeking innovation-related tax relief for the...

Sep 24, 2020
Hootsuite realizes partnering with ICE is not a good look for a B Corp, cancels contract
Stacey McLachan

Hootsuite, a Vancouver-based social media software company with over 1,000 employees worldwide, announced today that they will be cancelling a controversial contract with the U.S. government's Immigration and Customs Enforcement office (ICE). We typically do not make public facing statements about...

Sep 22, 2020
Once again, no B.C. companies make LinkedIn list of top Canadian startups
Nathan Caddell

We here at BCBusiness understand that a large part of our role is to cover organizations from this province that do notable things. It’s literally in our name. Sometimes that results in us pointing out when B.C. companies make prestigious...

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