Feb 24, 2021
AbCellera founder Carl Hansen calls for lower taxes on innovation

Scientist, entrepreneur, billionaire—Carl Hansen can now add tax wonk to his list of credentials, too. The founder and CEO of AbCellera Biologics revealed that side of himself by pushing for lower taxes on innovation during a virtual chat with Wendy Hurlburt, president...

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Feb 24, 2021
Pacific Trader: Should you buy into First Quantum’s decarbonization play?
Michael McCullough

The stock: Economists sometimes put the honorific “Dr.” in front of copper for its PhD-like ability to predict the trajectory of the global economy. Right now, it’s flashing green—as are the shareholders of First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM). The Vancouver-founded company, which...

Feb 23, 2021
How a Vancouver self-publisher changed the industry and grew 50 percent during the pandemic
Nathan Caddell

The way Megan Williams tells it, she had no choice but to write a book. The New Westminster native was working in communications at the time, but began watching tons of YouTube videos and researching blogs on how to actually write...

Feb 23, 2021
The Innovators: Cmd is bringing cybersecurity to the cloud
Nick Rockel

Smartphones, laptops, tablets–when it came to cybersecurity, Jake King had seen plenty of innovation for mobile devices. But server infrastructure? King and his business partner, Milun Tesovic, spotted a gap. “We hadn’t seen the same innovation in the cloud,” recalls...

Feb 22, 2021
BC Aquaculture Innovation Awards dangle $325,000 in prizes for 3 lucky winners
By the Editors

Got an innovative idea for the B.C. aquaculture industry? The provincial Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MAFF) and Innovate BC want to hear from you soon. Applications are now open for the 2021 BC Aquaculture Innovation Awards, which will see...

Feb 19, 2021
Q&A: Corie Griffiths sees plenty more upside for $2-billion Okanagan tech sector
Nick Rockel

Corie Griffiths took an unconventional route to her current role as director of economic development for the Regional District of Central Okanagan. The California native, who has a BSc in recreation administration, started out by working for her home state’s parks system. “I met my now-husband in my last year, moved to Canada for love, did some work on the non-for-profit sector and parks and recreation,” Kelowna-based Griffiths recalls. Since joining the Regional District 15 years ago as a research...

Feb 19, 2021
On Trend: COVID-19 may mark a tipping point for virtual care
Michael McCullough

When Vancouver corporate flagship Telus bought Montreal-based Emergis in 2007, the latter’s electronic medical records (EMR) business presented an intriguing growth proposition: a platform to spearhead the digitization of patient files across Canada. Telus Health is now the country’s leading EMR provider, with 1,800 employees and relationships with 94,000 practitioners.

Feb 19, 2021
The Innovators: Lucara Diamond devised new ways to mine and market giant gems
Michael McCullough

It’s no accident that Lucara Diamond Corp. has, over the past seven years, unearthed a third of the world’s diamonds in excess of 300 carats. Granted, the Vancouver-based, Toronto Stock Exchange–listed company’s Karowe mine in Botswana is extraordinarily rich in such...

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...

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