Oct 16, 2020
Benefits of Employment
Jessica Kirby

BCBusiness + Ascension Benefits Stress about relationships, physical health, financial turmoil and the future abound, and employers who want to remain preferred have to get with the program when it comes to employee health. “Employee benefits alone aren’t cutting it anymore because the general model has remained static for decades,” says Jon Chescoe...

Sep 29, 2020
B.C. charities face increasing demand, erosion of funds in wake of COVID-19
Nathan Caddell

Richard Pass likes to say that “serious illness doesn’t care that there’s a pandemic.” What was already a sometimes difficult job as chief executive of nonprofit Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon has gotten much tougher. The organization, which relies on donations...

Sep 29, 2020
Burnaby startup becomes the first in Canada to receive N95 authorization
By the Editors

It didn’t take long for Vitacore to make an impact on the world. The startup, founded early this year by some of the brains at Burnaby-based Strata Engineering, has already become the first Canadian company authorized by Health Canada to...

Aug 27, 2020
B.C. biotech companies come together in support of innovative COVID-19 study
By the Editors

Some of the bigger names in B.C. biotechnology are working to support a new 15-month, $1.2-million study on how to get British Columbians back to work in the safest way possible. The SARS‐CoV‐2 Study for Eased Restrictions in British Columbia (SAfER)...

Aug 25, 2020
B.C. 2.0.: Doctors and patients learn that there's no place like home
Nick Rockel

There’s a good chance that COVID-19 has kept you away from the doctor–physically, at least. And like many other people who turned to virtual medicine during the pandemic, you probably think renewing a prescription by video beats spending hours in...

Aug 14, 2020
Pot Shots: How legal cannabis hits different in Canada and the U.S.
Guy Saddy

When it comes to cannabis, Canadians sometimes think we’re the starship Enterprise—exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life and so on. We were the first G7 country to go all-in for legalizing the demon weed on a national basis...

Aug 7, 2020
On Trend: 5 B.C. companies that make snacking easy on the body
Nathan Caddell

During Jagmeet Singh’s byelection campaign for the Burnaby South constituency, BCBusiness interviewed the federal NDP leader. We quizzed him on a number of topics, including his favourite snack, which apparently is kombucha. Although this province is home to several venerable...

Jul 20, 2020
Inventory: Beauty without the beast
Amanda Ross

From cosmetics to hair products to spa treatments, B.C. beauty and wellness brands are creating merchandise free of harmful chemicals. Vitruvi was co-founded by Sara Panton (one of our 30 Under 30 winners in 2017), who has changed the essential oil...

Jul 20, 2020
Innovate or Die
Jessica Kirby

BCBusiness + Innovative Fitness Innovative Fitness lives up to its name with a successful pivot into two-way streaming its customized personal training services. Leveraging tech and underutilized space is not a new concept, but as the sharing economy takes a hit...

Jul 13, 2020
British Columbians feel safe as the province reopens amid COVID-19, but their finances are suffering: poll
By the Editors

B.C. may have avoided the worst ravages of COVID-19, but the outbreak has hit many residents where it hurts. On behalf of BCBusiness, Mustel Group recently asked 530 British Columbians how safely they think the provincial government is reopening the economy—and if the pandemic has affected them financially.

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