Aug 26, 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 14, 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.

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...

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