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Feb 19, 2021
Russell Starr keeps being wrong about buying gold. But he still thinks he's right
Nick Rockel

When Russell Starr looks at the frothy U.S. stock market, he sees big trouble ahead. “I still think my thesis is right,” says the president and CEO of Vancouver-headquartered Trillium Gold Mines. “And that is, this just doesn’t end well.” Starr, who is based in Toronto, keeps sticking to his belief that investing in gold—and, theoretically, cryptocurrency—is a smarter bet than chasing the latest hot stock...

Feb 18, 2021
The Innovators: General Fusion is getting ready to demonstrate its limitless power
Michael McCullough

Burnaby-headquartered General Fusion has achieved a few firsts in its decades-long quest to harness the as yet untapped power of nuclear fusion, such as building the world’s largest plasma injector. (Plasma is the ionized hydrogen gas that fuels the emission-free reaction...

Feb 17, 2021
How exercise and rehab business Symmetrix pivoted and thrived during COVID-19
Nathan Caddell

Kent MacWilliam’s career path has had more twists than an episode of CSI. The Vancouverite studied science at McGill University in Montreal and worked as a geologist all over the world, including stints in northern B.C., Alaska and Quebec. But after...

Feb 16, 2021
Young Guns: Emma Reynolds and Shannon Edlington created a side hustle to make their way in fashion
Nathan Caddell

Starting a company when you already have a full-time job is no easy task. But Emma Reynolds and Shannon Edlington admit that it’s not quite as hard when you and your co-founder live in the same apartment building. The two met...

Feb 16, 2021
The Innovators: Visier helps organizations get to know their true selves
Nick Rockel

Ryan Wong wants organizations to see the truth about themselves so they can create a better future. That means making data-driven decisions–the kind enabled by Visier, the cloud-based people analytics and workforce planning platform he founded with John Schwarz in...

Feb 16, 2021
Outside the Box
Jessica Kirby

BCBusiness + 34F Design Inc. The business rules have changed again. In today’s world, staying true your business model is foundational to being creative and maintaining the status quo. As businesses partner to survive COVID 19’s impact, what is the new baseline? How does one compete? How does a business maintain an...

Feb 12, 2021
Arts Umbrella’s massive Granville Island expansion nears fundraising goal
Nathan Caddell

Now is a tenuous moment to undertake a huge business expansion, but for Arts Umbrella president and CEO Paul Larocque, it’s been a long time coming. The nonprofit arts education centre has been a Lower Mainland fixture since it opened in 1979 to 45 students in...

Feb 11, 2021
B.C.’s Most Resilient Cities in 2021
Andrew Macaulay

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve overhauled our annual ranking of B.C.’s best cities for work with an expanded list of 50 communities, a revamped methodology and a shift in focus away from work and toward broader economic health.

Feb 11, 2021
B.C. startup aims to stop potential COVID spreaders in their tracks
Nick Rockel

Like many other B.C. companies, Tevano Systems found a way to pivot during the pandemic. The Vancouver startup, launched in 2018, began by developing kiosk-based payment systems. When COVID-19 hit last spring, its tech team spied an opportunity, CEO David Bajwa recalls:...

Feb 11, 2021
Opinion: B.C. employers must step up and support women’s mental health
Genesa Greening and Mike Schilling

The disparities of COVID-19’s impact are stark and shocking. Here in B.C. and around the world, the pandemic has disproportionately impacted women and worsened the inequalities they already faced. Women’s participation in the Canadian job market has fallen to its lowest level in three decades. Between February and October of last year, more than 20,000 women fell out of the workforce, while 68,000 men joined it. Almost one year into the pandemic, women continue to bear the brunt of unpaid...

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