Mar 7, 2021
You Had Me at IPO: No need to curb your enthusiasm for PocketPills

We take a sometimes weekly and always tongue-in-cheek look at some B.C. companies making noise with big-money raises. Don’t take this too seriously. Unless you make money off it—then we want some. An interesting role that technology has played in recent...

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Mar 5, 2021
An experienced corporate ghostwriter digs on what it’s like behind the scenes
Nathan Caddell

As with most heroes, Kirsten Campbell’s origin story happened by accident. The North Vancouver product put herself through a BBA at SFU and graduated straight into the 2008 recession. So Campbell began working in-house at tech companies, mostly in the...

Mar 5, 2021
The Innovators: Mojio is connecting cars like never before
Nick Rockel

As Internet-connected cars go mainstream, Mojio plans to be in the driver’s seat. Thanks to alliances with customers like Telus Corp., Deutsche Telekom and its U.S. subsidiary T-Mobile–all three are investors, too–the Vancouver company now has more than 1.2 million...

Mar 4, 2021
Q&A: Peter Routledge gets paid to worry about Canada’s banks. He’s also watching cryptocurrency, climate change and fintech
Nick Rockel

Who knew that the guy in charge of protecting Canadians’ bank deposits plays war games? It’s all in a day’s work for Peter Routledge, president and CEO of Canada Deposit Insurance Corp. Named head of CDIC in 2018, Ottawa-based Routledge previously help leadership posts in the financial services industry at home and abroad. At the federal Crown corporation, he leads a team of 200 whose job is to safeguard deposits at more than 80 CDIC member institutions...

Mar 4, 2021
The Innovators: Dapper Labs is developing blockchain's lighter side
Nick Rockel

The esoteric world of blockchain and cryptocurrency got a much-needed dose of fun in late 2017, when Vancouver “venture studio” Axiom Zen launched CryptoKitties. Consumers quickly took to the first game on the Ethereum network, which lets players use digital...

Mar 3, 2021
Pacific Trader: Will Well Health Technologies’ big acquisition break the fever for its stock?
Michael McCullough

The stock: The pandemic—or the markets’ reaction to it, anyway—has been a balm to Well Health Technologies (TSX:WELL). The Vancouver-based company, which offers virtual and in-person health-care services as well as electronic medical records (EMR) storage, has soared more than...

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...

Mar 1, 2021
Pure Sunfarms CEO Mandesh Dosanjh talks highlighting local makers and carving out a niche in the competitive cannabis industry
Nathan Caddell

On any career path, there are obvious jumping-off points where experience paves the way for someone to move on to the next opportunity. But rarely do said occasions occur as clearly as they did to Mandesh Dosanjh. The Ontario native had...

Mar 1, 2021
The Power of Proximity
Jessica Kirby

BCBusiness + REEF Technology REEF Technology—through its recent acquisition of Impark—has come to Vancouver and with it, a world of possibilities. The company transforms urban spaces into neighbourhood hubs that connect people to locally curated goods, services, and experiences—an ambitious goal for Greater Vancouver, but something with the potential to bring the...

Feb 26, 2021
Ethọ́s Lab aims to boost Black representation in STEM–and help create a just and inclusive future for all
Nick Rockel

When I planned to meet Anthonia Ogundele, I had no idea we’d end up flying over a place called Sushi Island. But here I am with the founder of Ethọ́s Lab Lab, whose avatar is showing mine around Atlanthọ́s, a virtual space for youth aged 13-18 who belong to the local innovation academy. Accessible via a portal hidden in a wall, Sushi Island is just one corner of the complex, which also includes an auditorium and an art gallery. Since...

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...

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