Manufacturing & Transport

Aug 4, 2020
How are B.C. airports and airlines preparing for a post-COVID future?
Matt O'Grady

When Geoff Dickson entered the aviation world 35 years ago, it was, he recalls, “quite a challenging time.” The federal government had just launched airline deregulation, and Dickson—hired as a financial analyst for Pacific Western Airlines—was helping the company shift...

Jul 16, 2020
Supply chain expert Graham Robins talks COVID-19 challenges, getting rejected at the border
Nathan Caddell

Asked how he makes a living, Graham Robins has a pretty simple answer: “Our customers basically pay us to be invisible,” he says of A & A Customs Brokers, the Surrey-based company where he serves as CEO. “They don’t want to deal...

May 28, 2020
Popular North America ride-sharing company to make long-awaited debut in B.C. soon
Nathan Caddell

U.S. ride-sharing company Turo launched in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec four years ago. It later added Nova Scotia to the mix, but B.C. remained unconquered, despite the launch of a pilot program in 2017 and endless work with the provincial...

May 8, 2020
Getting creative in a pandemic: Drop Manufacturing enters the face-shield market
Nick Rockel

For Drop Manufacturing, joining the fight against COVID-19 was a natural fit. “What we’re really strong at is engineering through to manufacturing,” says founder and CEO Anders Malpass, whose company is now making face shields for front-line workers. “So understanding how to make a product, take the outcome of that product and then develop the most simplistic way of manufacturing it for the outcome.”

May 4, 2020
Meal Ticket: Despite obvious impediments, China remains an increasingly important destination for B.C. food products
Nicole Bergot-Browning

This article was originally published in our April issue, and was written before the COVID-19 pandemic came to Canada. During my recent visit to a bustling mall in downtown Shanghai, one small, red-and-white-themed shop stood out, and the items it hawked...

Apr 27, 2020
Matrix: B.C.'s appetite for electric vehicles keeps growing
Andrew Findlay

This article was originally published in our March issue, before the COVID-19 pandemic came to Canada. When it comes to adoption of electric cars, B.C. already has a running start. In the third quarter of last year, 10 percent of all...

Apr 16, 2020
B.C. food industry workers are heroes—but will it be for more than one day?
Nick Rockel

“I don’t think most people in the food industry know how big the food industry is,” quips James Donaldson, CEO of BC Food & Beverage. In B.C., Donaldson says, it’s a $10-billion business—and that’s just food and beverage manufacturing. “If you factor in agriculture and seafood, it’s closer to $15...

Apr 8, 2020
Getting creative in a pandemic: Legends Haul goes straight to consumer
Nathan Caddell

Labelling Craig Sheridan a “food industry guy” is both fair and also a tad inaccurate, because then you’d be forgetting his dabbles in real estate and Eastwood, the downtown Vancouver cycle studio that he and his wife, Jill, founded in...

Apr 7, 2020
Getting creative in a pandemic: Burnaby’s Peregrine pivots to Plexiglas screens
Nathan Caddell

When the COVID-19 pandemic started spreading across Canada, Brian French knew he had to act fast to save his company. Burnaby-based Peregrine Retail Design Manufacturing was built on helping high-end restaurants and retailers create their front-end experiences. Peregrine counts brands like...

Apr 2, 2020
Getting creative in a pandemic: Mustang Survival goes to gowns
By the Editors

“Survival” has taken on a different meaning in the past couple of months, and a well-known B.C. company that uses the word in its name has pivoted accordingly. Burnaby-based Mustang Survival has been creating high-end outerwear, life-jackets and other gear...

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