Oct 14, 2021
Stainless steel takeout containers might be the food packaging of the future
Alyssa Hirose

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in B.C., local restaurants saw an influx of takeout orders—and consumers saw an influx of takeout waste. Anastasia Kiku and Jason Hawkins, co-founders of Vancouver-based Reusables, watched as the garbage piled up. “The problem was really in our faces,”...

Oct 14, 2021
Peter Zandstra Wants to Change the Future of Medicine

BCBusiness + UBC Peter Zandstra was attracted to British Columbia from Ontario by a unique opportunity at the University of British Columbia—the opportunity to achieve the vision of a world where biology and technology work seamlessly to transform health and healthcare for everyone. When Zandstra joined UBC in 2017, he founded BC’s first and...

Oct 13, 2021
Pacific Trader: Is now the time to buy Tilray, after the cannabis sector’s great shakeout?
Michael McCullough

The stock: The irrational exuberance that greeted the legalization of recreational cannabis use in Canada came to an end. The painful retrenchment that followed will, too, to be replaced, we hope, by a more clear-eyed investment thesis based on actual...

Oct 12, 2021
B.C. unicorns Dapper Labs and Trulioo named to global Fintech 250
By the Editors

From the Forbes 400 to the BC500 (huh? why not just give everyone a “Participant” ribbon?), rankings and other lists of companies and business leaders can get a little long. Still, we’re happy to see that two B.C. names made...

Oct 5, 2021
2021 Real Estate Report: With a push from COVID, the B.C. property market is reinventing itself
Frances Bula

Lori Fell got a job a year ago as a human resources assistant at a major grocery and housewares store. The good, steady-paying work was a satisfying reward for having gone back to school in her 40s after being laid off from...

Oct 5, 2021
New Ventures BC Competition crowns its 2021 winners
By the Editors

The awards may have been partly virtual, but the money was very real. The 21st New Ventures BC Competition honoured eight winners last night during a hybrid ceremony at Vancouver’s Roundhouse Community Centre. Crown agency Innovate BC presented the awards, which...

Oct 4, 2021
It’s a Good Thing: Pioneering B.C. naval architecture firm floats greener tugboats
Matt O'Grady

As the Canadian economy sprang back to life in 2021, attention turned to what’s been happening off our coasts. After all, roughly 25 percent of Canadian exports and imports, by value, are transported by some mode of marine vessel; around...

Sep 29, 2021
Pacific Trader: Wheaton Precious Metals lets investors have their gold hedge and eat their income, too
Michael McCullough

The stock: When inflation looms and the markets look shaky, as they do now, many investors turn to gold as a hedge. Traditionally, there were two ways of investing in the metal. You could buy bullion, which then presents a...

Sep 28, 2021
The pandemic ignited an already strong medical equipment industry in B.C. But entering the sector remains tough
Ryan Stuart

At the height of the worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) last year, outdoor gear specialist Mustang Survival realized it could help. Mustang makes the majority of its flotation devices and waterproof clothing overseas. But the Burnaby-based company manufactures its...

Sep 27, 2021
Famed B.C. architect Arthur Erickson created this landmark office building. Now it bears his name
By the Editors

At BCBusiness, we get invited to a lot of events. Until now, we couldn’t say we’d attended one that finished with a light show on the face of an architectural landmark. That was the scene last Thursday evening when a crowd...

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