Manufacturing & Transport

Apr 19, 2021
In Surrey, Richmond and Langley Township, manufacturing gets a shot in the arm
By the Editors

Our latest Best Cities for Work ranking focuses on B.C. communities’ economic resiliency in the face of the pandemic. The BC Tech Association has joined forces with three cities on the list to help them stay strong. With the City of...

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...

Jan 19, 2021
From small-town B.C., Metal Tech Alley seizes the national spotlight
By the Editors

Think COVID-19 has given the environment a breather? Not so much. Although the pandemic prompted the biggest-ever annual decline in carbon emissions last year, it’s also generated a mountain of garbage, from takeout containers to disposable masks. From a somewhat unlikely location in B.C., a local economic development effort aims to help change our wasteful ways. In Trail, the Lower Columbia Initiatives Corp. (LCIC) drew national attention for its efforts to tackle the climate crisis by shifting to a circular...

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...

Jan 15, 2021
B.C. beefs up financial incentives to switch to commercial electric vehicles
By the Editors

Whether they need a truck, a bus or a bike, organizations thinking about buying electric vehicles (EVs) just got a financial jolt from the provincial government. Through CleanBC’s revamped Speciality-Use Vehicle Incentive (SUVI) and its Commercial Vehicle Pilot (CVP) program, Victoria...

Jan 8, 2021
Young Guns: Ex-pro mountain biker Andrew Mitchell started an eco-friendly courier service
Nathan Caddell

It only took one incident to abruptly conclude Andrew Mitchell’s prolific athletic career. The four-time national downhill mountain biking champion was competing in California when he got thrown from his bike at 70 kilometres an hour, headfirst into a wall.

Oct 23, 2020
Alternate Routes: British Columbians have a few choices when it comes to ride-hailing
Nathan Caddell

Even though ride-hailing has been a thing for several months in (at least some parts of) our fair province, you might be surprised to know that Lyft and Uber aren’t the only companies offering transport to anyone with a charged cellphone. In fact, there are some B.C.-based businesses trying to...

Oct 20, 2020
Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Council survey reveals B.C. parties’ plans for transportation
Nathan Caddell

It turns out that not answering questions can actually catch up with politicians sometimes. Who knew? Today the Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation released its 2020 election voters guide, in which the leaders of 21 municipalities in Metro Vancouver, as...

Sep 25, 2020
2020 BC Food & Beverage Awards celebrate local producers, get tipsy with top honour
By the Editors

The 2020 BC Food & Beverage Awards gave us plenty to chew on as they celebrated a dozen winners on September 24. But the top prize at the annual shindig, hosted by industry group BC Food & Beverage (BCFB), went to a local dram. Sheringham Distillery’s Seaside Gin won the Gold Award for Product of the Year. Founded in 2015 by chef-turned-distiller Jason MacIsaac and his wife, Alayne MacIsaac, Sooke-based Sheringham also makes akvavit, vodka and coffee liqueur. Last year...

Aug 26, 2020
B.C. 2.0.: Food production's problems just got worse with the pandemic
Nathan Caddell

In B.C., food production will probably be linked with the COVID-19 pandemic for years to come. That’s troubling for an industry that was already dealing with some negative public perception. But it’s also not the full story. Though the provincial...

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