Andrew Findlay

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Jul 6, 2023
B.C.'s fish farming industry is in murky waters thanks to government regulations

The fish farming industry is fighting for its life on British Columbia’s coast. For the second time in as many years, three of the biggest players in the salmon aquaculture sector have turned to the courts to challenge a decision by...

Aug 2, 2022
How Kamloops-based We Are One Composites got its carbon wheels off the ground

Half a dozen years ago, former pro downhill mountain biker Dustin Adams had a proposal for his wife, Sherri. He wanted to mortgage the family house and stake their future on a new business designing, manufacturing and assembling high-end carbon...

May 30, 2022
The Ultimate B.C. Staycation Guide: Turner Lake, the greatest canoe trip you've never heard of

The engine sputters to life, and I put on the headset to dampen the telltale roar of the de Havilland Beaver’s radial piston engine. Soon we’re taxiing along the rippled surface of Nimpo Lake. The pilot throttles up. At first...

Mar 31, 2022
By entering the tourism sector, the Xeni Gwet'in First Nation takes charge of its future

Jimmy Lulua, chief of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government, will soon celebrate another milestone with his community. In June, the small nation opens Nemiah Valley Lodge, a guest ranch that marks its formal entry into the tourism sector in...

Jul 26, 2021
Nonprofit KORE is angling to make the Kootenays a hub for outdoor gear designers and makers

Mechanical engineer and outdoor gear designer Cam Shute quit an industry job and went freelance two winters ago, just as the coronavirus pandemic was poised to send the global economy into hibernation. After spending 18 years with Vancouver-based ski and...

Nov 12, 2020
Can B.C.’s heli- and cat-ski industry survive COVID-related travel bans?

As Phase 3 of the provincial government’s plan to reopen the B.C. economy unfolded in June, COVID-19 considerations were keeping Beat Steiner, co-owner and CEO of Bella Coola Heli Sports, awake at night. “It’s pretty much all I’ve been thinking about,” Steiner says from his home office in Whistler. No...

Apr 27, 2020
Matrix: B.C.'s appetite for electric vehicles keeps growing

This article was originally published in our March issue, before the COVID-19 pandemic came to Canada. When it comes to adoption of electric cars, B.C. already has a running start. In the third quarter of last year, 10 percent of all...

Aug 19, 2019
Burning Questions: The quest to protect B.C.'s woodlands from climate change

Erik Leslie remembers walking through the woods along the west arm of Kootenay Lake in July 2017 and feeling the snap and pop of dry brush underfoot. “We had a wet fall, winter and spring, and then we didn’t get a...

Feb 22, 2019
Environment: Business interests clash with caribou survival

Ross Cloutier wants to help save B.C.’s southern mountain caribou—but not at any cost. Renewed efforts to protect the threatened animals could hit his $150-million industry hard, says the executive director of Helicat Canada, which represents the country’s heli-skiing and catskiing operators. “Things are happening very fast right now, and we...

Jan 8, 2019
Rocked: Canadian mining companies deal with fallout from Supreme Court ruling

In April 2013, a group of Guatemalan farmers, among them Adolfo Agustin Garcia, converged outside the front entrance of Vancouver-based Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine. Located in southeast Guatemala near the community of San Rafael Las Flores and operated by Tahoe...

Aug 20, 2018
Harbouring Ambitions: Nanaimo’s tech scene shines above government bickering

Talby Mckay, founder and president of Northern Biomass Consulting, folds heavily tattooed forearms over his chest and gazes at a scale model of an industrial facility that he hopes to break ground on this summer in Nanaimo. At full capacity...

Feb 14, 2018
Why B.C.'s Anandia Labs could be the leading cannabis company in North America

Bright grow lights beam upon shelves filled with lush marijuana plants, bursting with buds and ready for harvest. Jonathan Page points out a specimen that to my eye looks identical to the neighbouring flora. But this leafy and fragrant individual...

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