January/February 2021

In this issue

Mar 26, 2021
2021 Investment Guide: How to survive the financial apocalypse
Michael McCullough

If you’re at a loss as to where to allocate your savings in 2021, you’re not alone. All the mainstream financial asset classes seem set for a fall. There’s a glaring disparity between the recent performance of the stock market and that of the underlying economy, leading many market veterans to brace for a second COVID-induced crash. The bond market...

Mar 25, 2021
The Innovators: Structurlam Mass Timber creates the pieces for wood skyscrapers
Michael McCullough

Tall buildings made of wood are having more than a moment–the number of such construction projects worldwide has taken off over the past five years, with no sign of stopping. And one of the leading global mass timber suppliers is Penticton-based Structurlam Mass Timber Corp. After nearly six decades developing proprietary products like glue-laminated and cross-laminated timber, Structurlam’s time appears to...

Mar 19, 2021
The Innovators: A&W is bringing sustainability to fast food
Michael McCullough

What’s innovative about flipping burgers? Well, what if those burgers aren’t made with meat? In the fall of 2018, A&W Food Services of Canada became the first fast-food chain in North America to add plant protein-based Beyond Meat patties to its menu, and unlike another chain with strong Canadian ties, Tim Hortons, they stayed there. But this was just one in...

Mar 18, 2021
The Innovators: International Submarine Engineering’s swimming robots go to places humans can’t
Michael McCullough

When does a tool become a worker? That’s the fine line International Submarine Engineering is exploring with its autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), used for performing tasks in environments hostile to human beings, such as under polar ice sheets. Port Coquitlam–based ISE’s swimming robots are pre-programmed to do their jobs and even make decisions on their own. “There are no humans...

Mar 16, 2021
Inventory: These made-in-B.C. hand sanitizers are helping us keep clean in germy times
Alyssa Hirose

Good Spirits Ampersand Distilling was born in 2014 from a very passionate family: there’s Jeremy and Jessica Schacht’s love of craft cocktails, Jeremy’s father, Stephen Schacht’s, engineering training and Jeremy’s mother, Ramona Froehle-Schacht’s, organic farming know-how. They’re a dream team-turned-clean team, thanks to COVID. Their sani is as simple as it...

Mar 2, 2021
The Innovators: Intuitive AI pivoted to workplace safety in the pandemic
Nathan Caddell

Intuitive AI founders and SFU graduates Hassan Murad and Vivek Vyas were looking for a way to help solve the waste crisis. To that end, they developed an AI application named Oscar (after the Sesame Street character) that attaches to any bin and uses a camera, an ultrasonic sensor and an algorithm to tell people which section of the receptacle...

Feb 26, 2021
The Innovators: Anandia Laboratories is testing the cannabis industry’s mettle
Nick Rockel

When Aurora Cannabis bought Vancouver’s Anandia Laboratories in August 2018 for $115 million in stock, investors were still dangerously high on the federal government’s imminent legalization of recreational marijuana, which left many of them nursing an expensive hangover. (Since that deal closed, Aurora’s share price has plummeted from the $75 range to about $14 as of late February.) But the Edmonton-headquartered...

Feb 23, 2021
The Innovators: Cmd is bringing cybersecurity to the cloud
Nick Rockel

Smartphones, laptops, tablets–when it came to cybersecurity, Jake King had seen plenty of innovation for mobile devices. But server infrastructure? King and his business partner, Milun Tesovic, spotted a gap. “We hadn’t seen the same innovation in the cloud,” recalls the Australian expat, who was lead security engineer at Vancouver-based social media management company Hootsuite before founding cybersecurity startup Cmd...

Feb 19, 2021
On Trend: COVID-19 may mark a tipping point for virtual care
Michael McCullough

When Vancouver corporate flagship Telus bought Montreal-based Emergis in 2007, the latter’s electronic medical records (EMR) business presented an intriguing growth proposition: a platform to spearhead the digitization of patient files across Canada. Telus Health is now the country’s leading EMR provider, with 1,800 employees and relationships with 94,000 practitioners. ■ SAY “AHA!” If the medical profession has been slow to...

Feb 19, 2021
The Innovators: Lucara Diamond devised new ways to mine and market giant gems
Michael McCullough

It’s no accident that Lucara Diamond Corp. has, over the past seven years, unearthed a third of the world’s diamonds in excess of 300 carats. Granted, the Vancouver-based, Toronto Stock Exchange–listed company’s Karowe mine in Botswana is extraordinarily rich in such rocks. But where other diamond miners may have accidentally crushed their big stones before they ever got to the sorting...

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