Jul 10, 2020
Young Guns: Sean Burke's latest venture is about more than making money
Nathan Caddell

In his 32 years, Sean Burke has made three big career moves. The first two were unmitigated successes. After graduating from SFU with both a bachelor’s degree in accounting and the basketball team’s all-time record for assists, the North Vancouver...

Jul 8, 2020
Saje advice? The story behind the corporate takeover at one of B.C.’s best-known wellness brands
Nathan Caddell

One of Vancouver’s most successful business stories has come to an abrupt end. It all began in 1992, when Jean-Pierre and Kate Ross LeBlanc opened a small shop in North Vancouver dedicated to selling essential oils and skincare products. Since then, Saje...

Jul 3, 2020
Pot Shots: Cannabis is essential, so have people been panic-buying in the pandemic?
Guy Saddy

Gerry Butts, the former high-flying adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is in the news again. OK, not really—unless you count my cousin’s Facebook feed as a verifiable news service. (You could do worse.) On it, the finely surnamed politico...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Aaron Chin is shaking up Organika Health Products
Nick Rockel

Life Story: As a kid, Aaron Chin would make money by selling hockey cards outside the 7-Eleven near his Richmond home. Although he always wanted to work for the family business, he’s grateful that his father, Organika founder Thomas Chin...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Amin Niri is developing a fitness trainer that fits into your pocket
Dee Hon

Life Story: Amin Niri developed his passion for software from an early age. At 12, he started his own private World of Warcraft servers so he wouldn’t have to pay the game’s monthly fees. “It was really intriguing that I...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Erin Josephy founded self-care products maker Kismet Industries
Jessica Natale Woollard

Life Story: Entrepreneurship is ingrained in Erin Josephy’s life story. Her grandparents immigrated to Canada from Europe–grandpa from Germany, grandma from Holland– and started a small family farm in Quesnel. With her parents’ help, the business grew into a plant...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Jeremy Martin is the force behind Loaded Athletics
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Growing up in Kelowna, Jeremy Martin played sports around the clock, moving seamlessly from football to basketball to rugby. But Martin, who began lifting weights in his physician father’s basement gym when he was 12, started to realize...

Apr 15, 2020
COVID Relief Together

In the past few weeks, demand for services and essential resources in British Columbia has increased significantly due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. From families coping with lay-offs to people experiencing poverty and homelessness, British Columbians across the province...

Apr 2, 2020
Getting creative in a pandemic: Mustang Survival goes to gowns
By the Editors

“Survival” has taken on a different meaning in the past couple of months, and a well-known B.C. company that uses the word in its name has pivoted accordingly. Burnaby-based Mustang Survival has been creating high-end outerwear, life-jackets and other gear...

Apr 2, 2020
Government and business come together with the COVID-19 Supply Hub
Nathan Caddell

Sue Paish sums up the Canada’s Technology Supercluster quite simply. “We solve big problems, and we do it quickly,” says the CEO of the B.C.-based, federal government–funded outfit, which brings together organizations in different industries across the country in the...

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