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...

Dec 8, 2020
International award just the first step for Vancouver-based ThyForLife in its goal to solve a worldwide problem
Nathan Caddell

Of all the places a budding entrepreneur can come to their aha moment, Natalia Lumen found hers face up in an operating room. The Kiev, Ukraine, native was working for a consulting firm in Singapore when she was diagnosed with thyroid...

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)...

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