Mar 2, 2021
The Innovators: Intuitive AI pivoted to workplace safety in the pandemic
Nathan Caddell

Intuitive AI founders and SFU graduates Hassan Murad and Vivek Vyas were looking for a way to help solve the waste crisis. To that end, they developed an AI application named Oscar (after the Sesame Street character) that attaches to...

Mar 1, 2021
Pure Sunfarms CEO Mandesh Dosanjh talks highlighting local makers and carving out a niche in the competitive cannabis industry
Nathan Caddell

On any career path, there are obvious jumping-off points where experience paves the way for someone to move on to the next opportunity. But rarely do said occasions occur as clearly as they did to Mandesh Dosanjh. The Ontario native had...

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 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 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...

Feb 2, 2021
The Innovators: AbCellera Biologics found its moment to shine amid the pandemic
Nick Rockel

When COVID-19 struck, AbCellera Biologics was better prepared than most. Since 2018, through a contract with the Pandemic Prevention Platform (P3) program run by the U.S. government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Vancouver-based biotech outfit had been using its expertise in antibody discovery and immune profiling to lead...

Jan 8, 2021
The Innovators: MetaOptima Technology brings its skin cancer-fighting AI home
Michael McCullough

Our Innovators series highlights just a few of the trailblazing companies that are helping move this province—and the world—forward in challenging times When federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains announced the first projects to be funded under...

Jan 7, 2021
Revelstoke city councillor turns entrepreneur with accurate (positive and negative) test results
Nathan Caddell

Like many businesses, Jackie Rhind’s startup ran into some problems when COVID-19 struck North America. That might be where the similarities stop, though. Rhind had the idea to launch Ovry, a company specializing in affordable and sustainable pregnancy and ovulation test...

Dec 10, 2020
How a Vancouver caterer wants to revolutionize your lunch break
Nathan Caddell

For most of Drew Munro’s life, the word “seed” was reserved for things like apples and pears. The Surrey native went to Vancouver Community College in the mid-’00s and became a private chef, mostly making meals for families. “I really thought...

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