Manufacturing & Transport

Sep 14, 2022
Vancouver-based Eevee's is bringing personal electric vehicles to the road
Nathan Caddell

A couple of years ago, Bradley Spence and Lukas Tanasiuk were laughed out of their local bank branch. The pair of long-time friends had embarked on a venture selling personal electric vehicles like scooters, electric unicycles (EUCs) and onewheels. They...

Sep 12, 2022
How a Vancouver company partnered with Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton
Nathan Caddell

Jamie Keech still remembers the words of his high school guidance counsellor. The Ontario native couldn’t decide between environmental or mining engineering as his college major. “They said if I wanted to do environmental engineering, I should do it an...

Aug 2, 2022
How Kamloops-based We Are One Composites got its carbon wheels off the ground
Andrew Findlay

Half a dozen years ago, former pro downhill mountain biker Dustin Adams had a proposal for his wife, Sherri. He wanted to mortgage the family house and stake their future on a new business designing, manufacturing and assembling high-end carbon...

Jun 30, 2022
30 Under 30: Future Tech Transport's Anil Kumar is broadening the freight brokerage industry
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: When Anil Kumar was in Grade 1, his older brother was diagnosed with a brain tumour. “He says to me on his deathbed, ‘Look, I’m going to die, nothing we can do about it. I need you to...

Jun 30, 2022
30 Under 30: Tess Gobeil and Ariss Grutter run B.C.'s only female and queer-owned leatherwork shop
Rushmila Rahman

Life Story: Ariss Grutter and Tess Gobeil knew they didn’t look like typical cobblers when they went into boot manufacturing. The co-founders of B.C.’s only female and queer-owned leatherwork and shoe repair shop connected on a very important note: they both...

Jun 27, 2022
The 2022 Top 100: B.C.'s biggest companies by industry
Michael McCullough

Climbing out of the claws of the pandemic wasn't an easy feat. The push and pull of supply chain issues and inflation impacted businesses throughout B.C. in 2021, but even with ground lost in 2020, the economy was able to...

Jun 9, 2022
How Port Coquitlam's Dōst is blazing a path through the crowded e-bike industry
Nathan Caddell

Sam Atakhanov was on the e-bike trend before most. In 2012, the self-described outdoor junkie injured his meniscus while mountain bike racing. So he built his own e-bike kit to ease the stress on his body. Two distinct voices in...

Apr 26, 2022
Founder of Good to Grow spills the beans on what it takes to build a food business in B.C.
Rushmila Rahman

For anyone associated with the food business, it’s that time of year again. Business coaching coalition Good to Grow’s annual signature event, the From the Ground Up Trade Show (FTGUTS), returns to Vancouver on May 26. The show, a collaboration with BC...

Dec 16, 2021
Everlasting Candle Co. lights a match under the industry
Nathan Caddell

Even Jesse and Tamara Furgason’s friends and family were taken aback when the couple got into the candle business. The pair of Australians came to Canada to be with family for a “year or so.” Four years and two kids later, they’re still here. Even more surprising is the...

Dec 2, 2021
Leadership 2021: Pandemic has pushed leaders to be more transparent with their people than ever, says YVR boss Tamara Vrooman
Nick Rockel

When Tamara Vrooman was committing early last year to take over as president and CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority, her new employer gave her an out. “The board and my board chair, to their credit—it was clear that the pandemic...

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