Manufacturing & Transport

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...

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...

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