Manufacturing & Transport

Jul 26, 2021
Nonprofit KORE is angling to make the Kootenays a hub for outdoor gear designers and makers
Andrew Findlay

Mechanical engineer and outdoor gear designer Cam Shute quit an industry job and went freelance two winters ago, just as the coronavirus pandemic was poised to send the global economy into hibernation. After spending 18 years with Vancouver-based ski and...

Jul 19, 2021
A look inside Ecologyst's new sustainable manufacturing facility in Victoria
Alyssa Hirose

As unique and diverse as we claim our home to be, there’s a few brands that really dominate the casual fashion world—especially in the summer. For activewear, it’s Lululemon. Birkenstocks have the sandal category dominated. And when the sun goes...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Adam Lando pivoted from fashion failure to fabric printing success
Nick Rockel

Life Story: His latest business started with a failure of sorts, but Adam Lando is used to adversity. Lando, who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, found high school and a brief stint at college difficult. “I did the best when...

Jul 9, 2021
30 under 30: There’s no containing Brent Nelson and Mike Ouellette
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Friends since they were kids in Surrey, Brent Nelson and Mike Ouellette had always planned to invest in real estate so they could become developers in their early 30s. But one Friday night over beers in 2018, they...

Jul 2, 2021
B.C. innovator brings hydrogen fuelling stations to the trucking industry
Nick Rockel

When you think about green vehicles, heavy-duty trucks are probably the last thing that comes to mind. Jessica Verhagen, Hydra Energy’s new CEO, wants to change that. Under Verhagen, the Vancouver company is taking steps to scale up adoption of its...

Jun 30, 2021
Cool B.C. company you (probably) haven’t heard of: Invinity Energy Systems is supercharging the battery industry
Nathan Caddell

There likely aren’t too many publicly traded companies sandwiched between two breweries in Vancouver’s Grandview-Woodlands neighbourhood. But Invinity Energy Systems’ chief commercial officer Matt Harper isn’t exactly complaining: “We’re right in the middle of Powell Brewery and Andina, so it’s...

Jun 11, 2021
Will this B.C. tech innovation help drive the cities of tomorrow?
Nick Rockel

A building as a giant rechargeable battery? Besides providing zero-emission vehicles with clean, renewable power, a local innovation could help cities run better. UBC’s faculty of applied science recently broke ground on the Renewable Energy Hub, which aims to turn a...

Jun 8, 2021
How Boeing Vancouver’s Supercluster project promises to propel aircraft maintenance forward
Nathan Caddell

You have to admire the way Jack Hsu explains the principles of Boeing’s augmented reality technology to a complete Luddite. I didn’t think I was one of those, but listening to Hsu—a senior manager at Boeing Vancouver’s Richmond facility—wax poetic...

May 18, 2021
Go Figure: We crack the tab on B.C.’s soda pop industry
Melissa Edwards

1858 B.C.’s first soda bottling works, Alexander Phillips, founded in Victoria 101 Minimum number of soda pop companies operating in the province between then and the early 1900s 74 B.C. soft drink and ice producers in 2019 21.5% of the national total 31.1% are one-person shows $1,627,700,000 Total...

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...

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