Apr 22, 2021
Campbell River’s NexStream Tech Competition boils down to eight finalists
By the Editors

The NexStream Tech Competition has reached its Elite Eight moment. The Campbell River contest, founded in 2019 to encourage solutions to challenges faced by the region’s industries, with a focus on clean, sustainable technology, has whittled down its 60-plus applicants to a group...

Apr 22, 2021
B.C. cleantech company hits the road to keep electric vehicles running
Nick Rockel

Mark Rabin took an unlikely route to the renewable power business. After earning a geology degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, the New Brunswick native moved to Alberta with just a backpack and a pair of skis, he says. Rabin joined...

Apr 22, 2021
Grosvenor Ambleside houses local entrepreneurs, residents and Douglas Coupland’s art
Nathan Caddell

Famed author/artist Douglas Coupland and Vancouver-based Grosvenor Americas (a subsidiary of the international real estate development firm Grosvenor Group) have something of a tight relationship. The company’s new waterfront community and shopping district, Grosvenor Ambleside, is home to 98 residences and...

Apr 21, 2021
Pacific Trader: Investors see the light with Photon Control
Michael McCullough

The stock: Add Richmond’s Photon Control (TSX:PHO) to the list of stocks making me smack my forehead with my lightsabre for not snapping up at this time last year. Shares of the maker of advanced instrumentation almost tripled to an...

Apr 19, 2021
In Surrey, Richmond and Langley Township, manufacturing gets a shot in the arm
By the Editors

Our latest Best Cities for Work ranking focuses on B.C. communities’ economic resiliency in the face of the pandemic. The BC Tech Association has joined forces with three cities on the list to help them stay strong. With the City of...

Apr 16, 2021
Why the B.C. founders of Hardpops are being forced to move their business to the U.S.
Nathan Caddell

How many theoretical businesses have been launched by two friends sipping alcohol on a patio? Most of those ideas fizzle or are forgotten the next day, but Gabrielle Mustapich and Sheereen Price never let go of the light bulb that...

Apr 15, 2021
Vancouver Economic Commission invites innovators to help facilitate the transition to a cleaner economy
Nathan Caddell

When John McPherson joined the Vancouver Economic Commission in the summer of 2008, the external agency of the City of Vancouver had six or seven people dedicated to supporting local business. Back then, McPherson was tasked with overseeing several departments...

Apr 14, 2021
Unique Golf Experiences
Jessica Kirby

BCBusiness + Golf Kamloops Like you, we’re passionate about exploring BC—but now is not the time to travel. All nonessential travel to and within BC should be avoided. Please stay local and follow the advice of health authorities to keep yourself and others safe. Plan now to #explorekamloops soon. There is nothing quite...

Apr 14, 2021
Pacific Trader: With gold still shining, Artemis gets set to join the rush
Michael McCullough

The stock: Fresh off selling Atlantic Gold Corp. to St. Barbara in 2019 for a 1,129-percent return over its 4.5-year tenure, the management team led by chair and CEO Steven Dean formed Artemis Gold (TSXV:ARTG). Its main asset is the Blackwater project southwest of Vanderhoof, which is about a year away from starting construction. The drivers: The...

Apr 13, 2021
Go Figure: 365 Days of Solitude (and counting)
Melissa Edwards

2/3 of British Columbians say they’re coping well with the pandemic 72,063 - estimated business closures in B.C., March-October 2020 +24.6% YoY 66,484 - estimated launches +14.3% YoY B.C.’s top 5 industry winners and losers by employment, December 2019 vs. 2020 Utilities: +55.1% Agriculture: +14% Natural resources: +13.7% Manufacturing: +8.4% Professional, scientific and technical services: +6.9% Construction: -11.7% Information, culture...

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