May 5, 2021
Pacific Trader: Forest products stocks have soared, but CanWel Building Materials may have room yet to grow

The stock: If you’ve made any home improvements lately, you’ll know that the price of lumber has gone through the roof, largely thanks to the pandemic-era obsession with all things domestic. Internet memes are circulating about the lumber-to-bitcoin exchange rate and street-corner sales of wood fibre in dime bags. All...

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May 4, 2021
OMG! A Canadian news organization plans to hire hundreds of journalists
Nick Rockel

As anyone who works in print and online journalism will tell you, the past decade or so hasn’t been kind to their trade. Faced with dwindling ad revenue, rounds of layoffs, fickle readers and relentless pressure to do more with...

May 4, 2021
6 British Columbians recognized as Canadian Climate Champions
By the Editors

If it’s possible for a list of climate champions to be star-studded, we saw it today. Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna (who formerly held the post of minister of environment and climate change) and B.C. environmentalist David Suzuki headline...

May 4, 2021
Inventory: These B.C. businesses run by Black entrepreneurs are walking the walk
Alyssa Hirose

Ring On It Devi Arts Collective was launched in 2013 by Bayoush Mengesha. The women-led Vancouver brand sells dainty, minimalist jewelry ideal for everyday wear. Each of their pieces is handmade using recycled or refined metals and ethically sourced gemstones, and...

May 3, 2021
Q&A: Vancouver housing market expert Ryan Berlin weighs in on COVID’s impact, supply versus demand and where prices might go next
Nick Rockel

Ryan Berlin calls himself “lead geek” at Rennie Intelligence. He doesn’t disappoint—and we mean that as a compliment. Director of intelligence and senior economist with the division of real estate marketing firm Rennie, Berlin is one of four analysts tasked with...

Apr 30, 2021
Breaking ground on a new HQ, biotech powerhouse AbCellera plants its flag in Vancouver
Nick Rockel

Scientifically speaking, AbCellera Biologics is used to breaking new ground. Now it’s doing so literally, too. The Vancouver-based company got the world’s attention last December with its NASDAQ Stock Exchange debut, the biggest-ever IPO by a Canadian biotechnology business. Yesterday, AbCellera—whose market capitalization sits...

Apr 30, 2021
Can you guess which two Canadian companies made Time’s 100 Most Influential list?
Nathan Caddell

There’s no shortage of household names on Time’s unranked list of the 100 most influential companies in the world. Apple, Nike, Twitter, Netflix, the NBA. The list goes on and on, and it’s more or less a who’s who of massive...

Apr 30, 2021
On Trend: Try these B.C.-developed apps to maintain your mental wellness
Nathan Caddell

It’s a challenging time for people across the world as the COVID-19 pandemic has taken away many of the hobbies and pleasures we used to depend on. During Mental Health Week (May 3-9), check out these locally made apps to help...

Apr 28, 2021
Tech unicorn Thinkific moves to the head of the online learning class. That success didn’t happen overnight
Nick Rockel

The first time Greg Smith got the billion-dollar question was in 2015. That’s when the co-founder of Thinkific Labs had his first meeting with Fraser Hall and Jay Rhind of Rhino Ventures, which went on to become an investor in...

Apr 28, 2021
With Boldr, Aquilini Investment Group thinks it can crack the crowded vodka soda market
Nathan Caddell

Is there a B.C. industry more absolutely stacked to the wall with competition than the flavoured vodka soda market? Maybe, but there’s no denying that the hard-drink-with-low-calories game has more rivals lurking around every corner than a Batman comic. So why...

Apr 28, 2021
Pacific Trader: Has ReconAfrica discovered the next oil gusher?
Michael McCullough

The stock: Myth: there are no explorers and producers of oil and gas based in B.C. Also a myth: nobody’s made any money in the sector since oil prices tanked in 2014. Take Vancouver-based Reconnaissance Energy Africa (TSXV:RECO), which came from penny-stock oblivion six months ago to a share price pushing...

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