For years, B.C.’s biotech sector has rested on the claim that it has spawned two local giants. But the boast is wearing thin. Does B.C. have what it takes to become the next Bay Area, or will we forever be the farm team for big pharmaceuticals eager to pluck the next great drug discovery and stay stuck in an incubation period? BCBusiness sat down with a round table to discuss.
B.C. is unique in Canada with its relationship with aboriginal people. It has the largest number of distinct groups, yet the smallest percentage of land subject to treaty negotiations. While the province and aboriginal groups argue over who has the right to control the territory, private companies seeking access to natural resources are landlocked in the middle of a fight that is not their own.
A 2004 essay titled "The Death of Environmentalism" has shifted the rhetoric between activists, industry and government, from dispute to dialogue. Problem: Opposing views become entrenched, resulting in a decades-long stalemate Solution: Break out of your rut to redefine the terms of the debate
I’m shuffling nervously before a small desk while a wiry, white-coated jeweller examines the contents of my spent champagne glass. Through the optical loupe screwed into his eye socket, he has already scrutinized dozens of fake diamonds, clasping the gems...
The Dark Horse of the Year award goes to Aspreva Pharmaceuticals. This young biotech broke through the gate to not only crack the Top 100 public companies list just four years after its inception, but also claim bragging rights as the only biotech in B.C. to record a profit in 2005.
Problem: The decimation of B.C.’s $19-billion forest industry by the mountain pine beetle. Solution: A three-pronged approach that tries to help the trees, the lumber and the communities at stake. In a world trained by half-hour television drama solutions and B-school case...
As the price of uranium hits an all-time high, B.C. junior mining companies can’t resist taking another look at the controversial hot commodity. Sky-high oil prices are giving nuclear power – with its zero greenhouse gas emissions – a rosy glow, after all.
Is it possible for water, a substance that eschews arbitrary political borders and respects only those prescribed by topography and the forces of nature, to be owned and commodified? If you mention water and privatization in the same sentence in this province, you may as well wear a mink coat to an animal rights convention.
With the Port Mann Bridge acting as the Achilles Heel of GVRD traffic systems, Charles Montgomery takes the passenger seat with B.C. Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon at the helm to learn why Falcon is pushing for the Gateway expansion project and what exactly this crisis, on overdrive to a collision course, means for the Province's economy.
Despite his tailored suit, greying hair and the photos of his four kids on his office wall, Shawn Williamson (right) can’t help but come across like a hyperactive 12-year-old boy trapped in a 40-year-old’s body. A remote control in hand...