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Jessica Werb

Recent Posts on BCBusiness - Page 2

Mar 16, 2018
His 3D bio-printing company hopes to one day create human tissue on demand

Life Story: Tamer Mohamed faced a tough choice in 2014. An electrical and computer engineering PhD student at UBC, where he had completed a master’s degree in electrical and biomedical engineering, Mohamed was helping refine a system to print living human tissue such as muscle and cartilage. He had also...

Mar 16, 2018
He matches students with disabilities to industry leaders for mentorships

Life Story: Making a new friend put student Naitik Mehta on a path to social entrepreneurship. Mehta, who grew up with a single mom in Pune, India, arrived in Vancouver just two years ago for a BA in interaction design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He met...

Sep 29, 2017
Entrepreneur of the Year 2017: Investment Services

A financial crisis that has equity markets plummeting isn’t exactly the perfect environment to raise capital for a venture in the commodities sector. But that was what Nolan Watson faced when he founded Vancouver gold mining financier Sandstorm Gold in...

Sep 29, 2017
Entrepreneur of the Year 2017: Technology

Some entrepreneurs seem to come into the world predisposed to doing business. Take Scott Phillips, president and CEO of StarFish Medical; while the closest most preteens come to setting up shop is operating the odd lemonade stand, Phillips launched his...

Aug 20, 2014
"You will always, at some point, need a pen"

We don’t expect people to buy a pen every time they come in—people can drop by, see what they like and it’s our social life as much as it is our business. We have a couple of customers who are here every Saturday morning for coffee. They started coming when...

Apr 10, 2014
Howard Jang Brings Business Smarts to Arts

If anyone knows how to bring profitability to the arts, it's Howard Jang, who last week announced his departure from the Arts Club Theatre Co., after 14 years as executive director. Jang, who will step down at the end of June, will be joining SFU as the new director of...

Jan 30, 2014
UBC President Headed to Toronto

When UBC president Stephen Toope announced last April that he was stepping down from his position after eight years, he gave little indication of where he was headed next—save for a vague reference to “academic and professional interests in international law and international relations.” Nine months later, it's been revealed that...

Jan 15, 2014
Gung Hay Pinot Noir

Lunar New Year is approaching, bringing with it dragon dances, red envelopes, turnip cakes, and... Pinot Noir? Incongruous as that may sound, one B.C. winery has uncorked a strategy to ride the tail of the Year of the Horse into a greater local market share. Summerland-based Okanagan Crush Pad winery has...

Oct 7, 2013
2013 Special Citation, Family Business of Excellence: Karen Flavelle

Keeping a 106-year-old business not only alive, but thriving, takes a particular blend of nostalgia and foresight. Karen Flavelle, who took the reins of Purdy’s Chocolates from her father, Charles Flavelle, in 1997, has managed to keep the company relevant without losing any of its historical charm. One of Flavelle’s...

Oct 7, 2013
2013 Emerging EOY: Shahrzad Rafati

Iran, where access to the Internet is rationed, social media is limited and television is highly controlled, would seem an unlikely breeding ground for an online-video mogul. Yet Shahrzad Rafati, 33, who immigrated to Canada at the age of 18 to study computer science at UBC, credits precisely that upbringing...

Oct 7, 2013
2013 B.C. Entrepreneur of the Year: Glenn Johnson

Glenn Johnson, 43, wants to make one thing perfectly clear: he may head a clean-energy company that builds the world’s quietest wind turbines, but he’s no bleeding-heart environmentalist. “I’m a good human, but I’m not a do-gooder,” the president and CEO of Surrey-based Endurance Wind Power asserts. “I still drive...

Sep 20, 2013
Artists See Red Over Donation Requests

It’s one of the biggest charitable art auctions of the city—the annual Arts Umbrella Splash event, where moneyed folk bid on works by some of the biggest names in the local art scene in support of the arts academy. This year’s October 19 event will feature such recognizable artists as...

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