Matt O'Grady

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Jul 4, 2023
30 Under 30: Zahoor Hassan's plant-based haircare company is rooted in passion

Life Story: Zahoor Hassan was born in Vancouver, and her three-year-old plant-based haircare company is based in Langley. But the roots of Wythyn Beauty can be traced back to the hardscrabble journey of her immigrant parents, who fled war-torn Somalia to build...

Jul 4, 2023
30 Under 30: Diamond Isinger advocates for change at Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada

Life Story: She hasn’t cracked 30 years of age, but already Diamond Isinger has a CV that would make many practised pols blush. In the early years of the Trudeau administration, Isinger served as special assistant to then-International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, followed by a couple years in the Prime Minister’s Office...

Jul 4, 2023
30 Under 30: Melody Lim is setting the candle market ablaze with Mala the Brand

Life Story: Sometimes, to really succeed as an entrepreneur, you need a bit of a push. For Melody Lim, that came in 2019, when a passion project—producing candles from her parents’ kitchen—raised the ire of her then-boss at a skincare...

Jul 4, 2023
30 Under 30: Vivian Liu is making lives easier with her online car buying experience for women

Life Story: From an early age, Vivian Liu had a passion for the testosterone-fuelled world of cars: “In high school, I had a lot of friends who were working in the auto shop, and we would work on cars together...

Jul 4, 2023
30 Under 30: Sukhmanjit Singh Sidhu is helping the agricultural industry digitize with Blackbuck Logistics

Life Story: For Sukhmanjit Sidhu, the decision to launch an entrepreneurial venture in transportation came naturally. Sidhu was raised by a family of entrepreneurs in India’s Punjab state: his grandfather and father had their hands in a number of endeavours...

Nov 29, 2022
It's a Good Thing: This new MBA program at UVic puts Indigenous reconciliation first

In boardrooms across Canada, in any given moment there’s a discussion ongoing about this organization’s commitment to Indigenous communities or that company’s action plan for reconciliation. A lot of the initial interest—before Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission—was spurred by the...

Oct 11, 2022
It's a Good Thing: YWCA Metro Vancouver is widening its doors to the plight of newcomers

The global reality of the Russian invasion of Ukraine is being felt in a tangible way by at least one local organization. “In our office this week, we welcomed our first group of Ukrainian mothers, who need everything from the...

Aug 5, 2022
Delphi Group leads the charge in the fight for ESG—in an increasingly hostile business environment

When news broke on February 15 that B.C. would be lifting most of its COVID-19 restrictions, including allowing indoor events to return to full capacity, few were as excited as the organizers behind the GLOBE Forum. After a two-year absence...

Jun 21, 2022
It's a Good Thing: Okanagan Spirits distills the spirit of social responsibility

In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a lot of B.C. businesses were looking for ways to help out—and the province’s original craft distillery, Okanagan Spirits, was no different. Early on, the distillery announced that for the month of...

Mar 23, 2022
It’s a Good Thing: District energy gains new converts in our warming world

Cities represent something of a climate paradox. On the one hand, they’re the answer to global warming: more efficient land use (think up, not out) means fewer people commuting, and more land for the farms and forests that sustain us. On...

Jan 24, 2022
It’s a Good Thing: How a Vancouver-based foundation is providing opportunities for at-risk youth

Few sectors have felt the impact of COVID-19 as acutely as the performing arts. For 2020 and much of 2021, staying apart was our main social focus; packing a concert hall to sing, cheer, or even lob a “bravo” at...

Dec 28, 2021
It’s a Good Thing: Institutional investors—including B.C. players—put sustainability at the fore of financial decision-making

Going into the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow this November (also known as COP 26), there were high expectations about what the world’s leading economies could accomplish. First and foremost, countries were asked to come prepared with “ambitious 2030...

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