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March 2018

In this issue

Mar 20, 2018
STEM POWER: Alexandra Greenhill
Felicity Stone

A graduate of Université de Montreal and McGill University, Alexandra Greenhill practised as a physician in Quebec, Ontario and B.C. before moving into technology. From 2013-14 she was chief medical officer of Vancouver-based Medeo Virtual Care, the first direct-to-patient telehealth app in Canada, purchased by Kelowna-headquartered QHR Technologies Inc. in 2014. In 2011, Greenhill co-founded myBestHelper, a social network that matches families...

Mar 20, 2018
STEM POWER: Bethany Edmunds
Nick Rockel

Before Bethany Edmunds joined BCIT, she was headed for a career in academic research. Edmunds enjoyed computer programming as a child, and when she attended Rowan University in her native New Jersey to study elementary education, a female mentor and academic adviser encouraged her to pursue it. Having earned a BSc in computer science, Edmunds wrote flight simulators for the...

Mar 20, 2018
STEM POWER: Angela Robert
Felicity Stone

With her latest venture, Angela Robert is making the most of her video gaming background. At Electronic Arts Canada, she worked on more than 20 games in five years, including as development director for Skate and Skate 2. In 2013, Robert and her team at Conquer Mobile Inc. developed PeriopSim, which use simulation training via an iPad and virtual reality...

Mar 20, 2018
STEM POWER: Shanna Knights
Nick Rockel

When Shanna Knights was earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering at UBC during the 1980s and early 1990s, she got mixed reactions for hoosing a career path that would make use of her aptitude for science and math. “People I met casually, they would be surprised,” Knights remembers. “People who knew me weren’t surprised.” In 1988, Knights joined BC...

Mar 20, 2018
STEM POWER: Shahrzad Rafati
Nick Rockel

When Shahrzad Rafati was seeking investors for digital entertainment company BroadbandTV Corp. (BBTV) more than a decade ago, being a woman didn’t help. “A lot of the discussions that we had in the earlier days highlighted the need for me to show that I have the expertise and I really understand the space,” Rafati says. “I’m not sure if I...

Mar 20, 2018
STEM POWER: Maryam Sadeghi
Felicity Stone

“As a computer scientist, if I’m going to spend the rest of my life behind a computer, I’d like to work on things I love and I can see the impact,” says Maryam Sadeghi, whose Vancouver company, MetaOptima Technology Inc., co-founded in 2012 with her husband, Majid Razmara, develops technologies to diagnose skin conditions such as cancer: MoleScope, for example...

Mar 20, 2018
STEM POWER: Lisa Shields
Felicity Stone

In 2015, EY named Lisa Shields Entrepreneur of the Year winner in its innovative technology and financial services category for her Hyperwallet Systems Inc. The same year, Shields stepped away (she is still a board member and shareholder) to launch a new business: Fi.Span, a services management platform for banks. The 15-employee startup acquired its first customer, Beanworks Solutions Inc.

Mar 20, 2018
B.C.'s Most Influential Women 2018: Stem Stars

Norma BilnCo-founder and CEO, Augurex Life Sciences Corp., Vancouver biotechnology company developing biomarker blood tests to help patients achieve better disease outcomes; director, New Ventures BC Judy BishopManaging partner, Innovex BC, catalyst initiative of the BC Innovation Council that seeks to capitalize on business opportunities by matching top talent with innovation; former executive in residence, Accelerate Okanagan tech incubator Lara BoydProfessor, Department...

Mar 19, 2018
2018 MBA Guide
Dee Hon

Vanja Terzic is in a sunny mood, as you might expect from someone who escaped Vancouver’s November drizzle for Melbourne’s blue skies. The Bosnian-born University of Toronto mechanical engineering graduate is on a study exchange at Melbourne Business School to finish his MBA from UBC’s Sauder School of Business. When Terzic is done, he’ll take a few weeks to travel...

Mar 16, 2018
Numerology: Weighing the cost of spring break
Melissa Edwards

That’s how much the average British Columbian in a 2017 Ipsos poll said they expected to lay out for their family over March break—the highest spend in the country, more than 50 percent above the national average. But the big driver of that splurge—a longer break for most school districts, brought in over the past decade to save money—is a...

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