Matt O'Grady

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

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

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 21, 2020
It's a Good Thing: Can the B.C. forestry industry find its footing through technology?

This article was originally published in our April issue, and written before the COVID-19 pandemic came to Canada. Sometimes when you’re looking for the root of a problem, the culprit is clear. With B.C.’s forestry sector, rotten roots could be seen...

Jul 7, 2020
It's a Good Thing: The cemetery industry sees a major plot twist

Growing up in West Van, a teenaged Erik Lees pined for only one thing: “It was the late 1960s, man. I just wanted to go back to the land—to check out of the city.” He soon achieved that dream, moving...

Apr 21, 2020
It's a Good Thing: Sustainability and real estate are now a package deal

This article was originally published in our March issue, before the COVID-19 pandemic came to Canada. When BCBusiness last caught up with venture capitalist Stephen Sidwell, it was the spring of 2014, and Sidwell had just brought in Christine Day as...

Feb 21, 2020
It’s a Good Thing: Is ethical AI possible?

Last November, more than 100 people gathered in Microsoft’s airy downtown Vancouver offices to learn about the future of artificial intelligence. They listened as the panellists—Tim O’Brien, Microsoft’s GM of AI programs; Maya Medeiros, an intellectual property lawyer at Norton...

Jan 7, 2020
It's a Good Thing: Telus aims for a healthy bottom line

In every election, including the one just past, Canadians put health care at the top of their political priorities. We have a love-hate relationship with this country’s system: love that it’s (mostly) free and (mostly) equitable, but hate the waiting...

Nov 27, 2019
It's a Good Thing: Baby, your computer can drive my car

This fall, we’re promised, ride-hailing will arrive in B.C. after many years of obstruction and obfuscation. In fact, you may even be reading this column right now from your mobile phone, seated in the back of a Lyft or Uber...

Oct 29, 2019
It's a Good Thing: Craig Richmond makes the economic case for accessibility and inclusivity

Discrimination against persons with disabilities has been outlawed by Canada’s Human Rights Act since 1985. Over the past three decades, attitudes and laws have continued to progress—with a new British Columbia Accessibility Act, coming into effect this fall, enshrining the right to barrier-free...

Oct 3, 2019
It's a Good Thing: Green Spark Group puts the spotlight on the environment

If you ask Zena Harris why she launched Green Spark Group—a Vancouver-based consultancy, focused on sustainability in the film and television sector—you won’t hear phrases like “reducing our carbon footprint,” “greening our industry” or “saving the world.” What you will...

Jul 24, 2019
It's a Good Thing: Iskwew Air breaks both literal and figurative borders

Growing up in northern B.C., Teara Fraser had a rather limited horizon. The family bounced from town to town, and her single mother from job to job (her Métis father died when she was three). Fraser left Quesnel for Vancouver...

Jun 14, 2019
It's a Good Thing: UBC Sauder students head to Nairobi slums

In the early 1970s, a Montana professor by the name of Jess Lair published a book, I Ain’t Much, Baby—But I’m All I’ve Got, considered one of the forerunners of the self-help movement. Among the quotable quotes attributed to Lair: “If you love something, set it free.” Jeff Kroeker isn’t much of...

Jun 4, 2019
Viking Air's newly acquired Dash-8 is ready for takeoff

When Dave Curtis calls in early February, it’s the seventh time our interview has been rescheduled over the course of three months. The CEO of Viking Air has been a very busy man—and, if truth be told, a bit worried about talking to the media in the wake of his...

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