Industries

Jan 22, 2021
Sue Paish, Shahrzad Rafati and Tamara Vrooman unveil their hopes for B.C.'s regional development agency
Nathan Caddell

Before the holiday break, federal Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages Mélanie Joly announced the creation of a regional economic development agency focused squarely on B.C. Though few details have been released, Joly did say that she would be...

Jan 22, 2021
As the world electrifies, the mining industry will strike gold, Robert Friedland predicts
By the Editors

Robert Friedland returned to his old B.C. stomping grounds this week. The legendary mining financier delivered the opening keynote speech for AME Remote Roundup, a virtual edition of the Association for Mineral Exploration’s annual conference. Friedland joined attendees via video from Singapore, his home base...

Jan 20, 2021
Squamish-based Carbon Engineering named North American Company of the Year by Cleantech Group
Nathan Caddell

Another day, another award for Carbon Engineering—that’s how it seems, anyway. After being recognized both locally and internationally in 2020, the Squamish-headquartered business has gotten off to a hot start this year. Today, the firm received the 2021 North American Company of...

Jan 20, 2021
A white B.C. tech CEO named Dave joins the anti-racism conversation
Nick Rockel

Dave MacLeod starts our Zoom chat with some alarming statistics. Just three African-American CEOs lead Fortune 500 companies—a number that will soon dwindle to two. And over several years, studies of that powerful group of corporations have turned up more...

Jan 19, 2021
The Innovators: Routific finds its way around the pandemic
Nathan Caddell

When his business thrived thanks to COVID-19, Marc Kuo made sure he gave back as much as he gained. Vancouver-based delivery optimizer Routific, which Kuo founded in 2015, started taking off in tandem with the pandemic, ballooning from about 500...

Jan 19, 2021
From small-town B.C., Metal Tech Alley seizes the national spotlight
By the Editors

Think COVID-19 has given the environment a breather? Not so much. Although the pandemic prompted the biggest-ever annual decline in carbon emissions last year, it’s also generated a mountain of garbage, from takeout containers to disposable masks. From a somewhat unlikely location in B.C., a local economic development effort aims to help change our wasteful ways. In Trail, the Lower Columbia Initiatives Corp. (LCIC) drew national attention for its efforts to tackle the climate crisis by shifting to a circular...

Jan 15, 2021
The Innovators: Harbour Air is piloting emission-free commercial aviation
Nathan Caddell

Harbour Air Seaplanes made history in December 2019 by flying the world’s first all-electric commercial aircraft. Sure, the trip out of the 350-employee company’s Richmond terminal lasted five minutes, but it was the thought that counted. That thought is a fuel-free fleet. Harbour Air’s co-founder and CEO, Greg McDougall, who...

Jan 15, 2021
B.C. beefs up financial incentives to switch to commercial electric vehicles
By the Editors

Whether they need a truck, a bus or a bike, organizations thinking about buying electric vehicles (EVs) just got a financial jolt from the provincial government. Through CleanBC’s revamped Speciality-Use Vehicle Incentive (SUVI) and its Commercial Vehicle Pilot (CVP) program, Victoria...

Jan 13, 2021
Record December sales cap the B.C. housing market’s COVID comeback
By the Editors

As if the B.C. residential property market needed any more momentum, it closed out an unexpectedly strong 2020 by setting a new sales record in December. And by the look of things, prospective buyers can expect home prices to keep rising in 2021. Residential unit sales totalled 93,953 last year, the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports. That’s a surge of 21.5 percent compared to 2019. The average MLS price for 2020 was $782,027, an 11-percent increase over the...

Jan 13, 2021
Four B.C.-based businesses make Glassdoor list of best places to work in Canada
By the Editors

Four B.C.-based companies made Glassdoor’s latest annual ranking of the best places to work in Canada, a step up from last year, when three B.C. businesses put in a showing. The Employees’ Choice Awards uses Glassdoor’s review system to accumulate results, and the...

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