Apr 15, 2021
Vancouver Economic Commission invites innovators to help facilitate the transition to a cleaner economy

When John McPherson joined the Vancouver Economic Commission in the summer of 2008, the external agency of the City of Vancouver had six or seven people dedicated to supporting local business. Back then, McPherson was tasked with overseeing several departments...

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Apr 14, 2021
How a Victoria whisky distiller pledges to fight a “ridiculous, frivolous” lawsuit
Nathan Caddell

There are a few elements to Graeme Macaloney being sued by the Scotch Whisky Association for, among other things, using his own name. The first is that Macaloney, who talks with a thick Scottish accent that shows zero sign of fading...

Apr 14, 2021
Unique Golf Experiences
Jessica Kirby

BCBusiness + Golf Kamloops Like you, we’re passionate about exploring BC—but now is not the time to travel. All nonessential travel to and within BC should be avoided. Please stay local and follow the advice of health authorities to keep yourself and others safe. Plan now to #explorekamloops soon. There is nothing quite...

Apr 14, 2021
Pacific Trader: With gold still shining, Artemis gets set to join the rush
Michael McCullough

The stock: Fresh off selling Atlantic Gold Corp. to St. Barbara in 2019 for a 1,129-percent return over its 4.5-year tenure, the management team led by chair and CEO Steven Dean formed Artemis Gold (TSXV:ARTG). Its main asset is the Blackwater project southwest of Vanderhoof, which is about a year away from starting construction. The drivers: The...

Apr 13, 2021
Go Figure: 365 Days of Solitude (and counting)
Melissa Edwards

2/3 of British Columbians say they’re coping well with the pandemic 72,063 - estimated business closures in B.C., March-October 2020 +24.6% YoY 66,484 - estimated launches +14.3% YoY B.C.’s top 5 industry winners and losers by employment, December 2019 vs. 2020 Utilities: +55.1% Agriculture: +14% Natural resources: +13.7% Manufacturing: +8.4% Professional, scientific and technical services: +6.9% Construction: -11.7% Information, culture...

Apr 13, 2021
The pandemic has left some B.C. industries languishing while others forge ahead
Frances Bula

Scott Jacob has worked in construction for 30 years. He’s seen a few recessions. But never the kind of meteor hit that happened last March, when pandemic lockdowns and panic arrived in B.C. The company he and his brother run, Jacob Bros Construction, had a dozen contracts for various improvements—parkades, asphalt aprons—at Vancouver International Airport. They were cancelled instantly, stopped mid-project with an urgent request that Jacob get his crews offsite as fast as he could...

Apr 12, 2021
5 Questions: Ravi Kahlon, B.C. minister of jobs, economic recovery and innovation
Nick Rockel

For the complete interview, which took place in late January, check out The BCBusiness Podcast. We’re still in the midst of a major crisis. Is this the time to be talking about recovery? It’s tricky, because whenever I raise the question of economic...

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

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...

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...

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