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Matt O'Grady

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

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...

May 31, 2019
It's a Good Thing: Karn Manhas wants to make farming more green

Back in the spring of 2009, Karn Manhas was doing what law students do best: argue. His latest venture, a tech consulting firm named Karyon Group, had recently folded in the wake of the 2008-09 economic crisis, and the Port...

Apr 15, 2019
It's a Good Thing: Venture capitalist Brenda Irwin is betting on health care

When Brenda Irwin was invited by a friend to a Vancouver pitch event in the summer of 2013, she had no intention of investing in anything. The native of Mount Elgin, Ontario, had only left her job with Business Development...

Mar 6, 2019
It's a Good Thing: SFU's Stephanie Bertels brings sustainability to corporate boardrooms

When Stephanie Bertels walks into the fourth-floor boardroom of SFU’s Segal Graduate School of Business in downtown Vancouver, the diminutive scholar is in full outdoor apparel, wearing a tuque and winter jacket, and seemingly shrinking into her woollen cowl. It’s...

Oct 19, 2018
Upward Mobility: Is Vancouver's approach to transportation sustainable?

Vancouver is a city that enjoys basking in its own press. Each year, when the Economist or Mercer puts out its “best” or “most livable” list, Lotusland regularly cracks the top five. But every so often, a contrarian report puts Vancouver in...

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