November/December 2020

In this issue

Jan 26, 2021
The Innovators: Addy Technology aims to drop the barriers to investing in real estate
Nathan Caddell

Who says you need big bucks to play the housing market? Formerly Imby, Vancouver-based Addy Technology Corp. aims to bring real estate investment to the masses, making it possible to get in on residential properties for as little as $1. Investors then reap profits through the sale of the home or from rental income. “What’s wrong with real estate is...

Jan 22, 2021
It’s a Good Thing: A growing legion of “upcyclers” is turning trash into treasure
Matt O'Grady

Recycling, as an exercise in sustainability, has always been fraught. It’s been almost 40 years since the introduction of Canada’s first municipal recycling program, and yet much of what is produced as packaging, consumer or industrial goods still doesn’t get recycled. According to a 2019 study by Deloitte for Environment and Climate Change Canada, 87 percent of plastics end up...

Jan 22, 2021
The Innovators: Nexii has concrete plans to curb carbon emissions in construction
Nick Rockel

Green building? It’s still mostly an oxymoron. Building and construction accounted for almost 40 percent of all energy-related carbon emissions as of 2017, the World Green Building Council estimates. And don’t get us started on landfill: annual construction waste will hit 2 billion tonnes by 2025, according to U.S.-headquartered Transparency Market Research, almost double the total for 2018. Nexii Building...

Jan 21, 2021
Inventory: Made-in-B.C. wares to help you stay cosy during the cold winter months
Alyssa Hirose

Bowled Over Vancouver-based Pot Inc. mostly creates high-quality aluminum planters, but founder and landscape designer Todd Holloway also crafts vessels to hold a much hotter commodity (you guessed right, it’s fire). The steel Palano Fire Bowl can keep those safe outdoor gatherings going all winter long. Online Hot Head Tired of tuques that were cosy (but ugly) or cute (but cold), Kristy...

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 clients globally in early March to more than 1,000 in September. So the company took on even more business, in...

Jan 19, 2021
On Trend: These burger patty makers are flipping the industry upside down
Nathan Caddell

A&W Canada is largely responsible for bringing the Beyond Meat trend to the nation’s fast-food consumers. But the root beer maven isn’t alone–a bevy of B.C. producers in particular are staking their reputations on plant-based meat alternatives. ■ Public Patties In late June, Victoria’s Very Good Food Co. (CSE:VERY) became the first company to go public after raising money with Vancouver-headquartered crowdsourcing investment...

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 piloted the momentous first excursion, hopes to get certification in...

Jan 15, 2021
Weekend Warrior: Denis Mikhailov's rock-climbing expeditions inspired the creation of Nomad Nutrition
Nathan Caddell

Originally, rock climbing was a way for Denis Mikhailov to procrastinate during his international relations degree at UVic. But it quickly became an obsession and, through a chance encounter, led to the start of a full-fledged business. Although Mikhailov’s passion for rock climbing and mountaineering has taken him all over the world, it was on a weeklong 2016 trip through the...

Jan 14, 2021
The Innovators: Terramera is out to transform food production
Nick Rockel

Terramera has been playing the field lately. Founded by biologist, lawyer and former MLA Karn Manhas in 2010, the company changed the agriculture game with Actigate, a technology that can make plant-based active ingredients more effective than synthetic pesticides and fertilizers by delivering them straight to target cells. Thanks to that innovation, Vancouver-based Terramera made the 2019 Global Cleantech 100...

Jan 7, 2021
Goodbye to all that: 2020's hits and misses
By the Editors

Stretchiest Valuation Helped by the COVID-19-induced shift toward leisurewear, Lululemon Athletica blew past the benchmark for the highest market capitalization of any B.C.-based company this year. At US$45 billion ($59 billion) or so last time we checked, the purveyor of high-priced sweats is now worth more than BCE, BMO and Canadian Pacific–and almost double the value of local peer Telus. Namaste. Haziest...

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