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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...

Oct 16, 2017
Fish feud: Will changes to the West Coast salmon industry hurt or help independent fishermen?

Classic rock blares from the wheelhouse radio. Skipper Quincy Sample layers on fibreglass in a waist-deep cockpit at the stern of his boat, making repairs to the 42-foot vessel in anticipation of a commercial salmon fishery opening in June. Gulls...

May 9, 2017
6 B.C. companies that are shaping the future of energy

New oil and gas pipelines are winning approval in B.C. and across the country, but the world is also shifting in new directions. Global investment in green energy hit a record of almost US$286 billion last year, according to the...

May 9, 2017
This Richmond company is building battery packs that can power ferries

In business, like life, timing can be everything. Late last decade, Corvus Energy co-founder Brent Perry and his partners were designing quiet-running electrical hybrid systems for the luxury yacht market. At the time, lithium battery manufacturers didn’t make anything larger...

May 9, 2017
Hydra Energy hopes to make hydrogen the clean fuel of tomorrow

For his Grade 4 science fair project, Simon Pickup wanted to “blow something up.” His father, a self-taught engineer, urged him to build a hydrogen electrolyzer instead. Born and raised in North Vancouver, Pickup eventually dropped out of high school...

May 9, 2017
Mining venture Lithium X Energy aims to cash in on the electric vehicle trend

Last summer, after Elon Musk unveiled the Model 3, Tesla Inc.’s most affordable car to date, the rush of almost 350,000 pre-orders got Brian Paes-Braga’s attention. The kicker: an expected surge in demand for lithium ion batteries. Global sales of...

May 9, 2017
SunPump Solar applies NASA-inspired tech to the residential market

Bruce Gray took his first stab at the residential solar panel business back in 2010, but he quickly learned that such systems suffer from a well-deserved reputation for being unreliable energy generators. “Sales were slow, so we surveyed our customers,”...

May 9, 2017
How Terrella Energy Systems is making the most of a miracle material—graphite

John Kenna began his career designing and making cool high-tech stuff, only to shift to the less sexy but equally vital world of manufacturing. In 1992, the American mechanical engineer joined Ballard Power Systems, which was putting Vancouver on the...

May 9, 2017
Enbala Power Networks wants to make the world’s energy grids more efficient

Job titles at Enbala Power Networks Inc. are decidedly playful: simplicity seeker, planetary activist and Mr. Roboto, the latter ascribed to president and CEO Bud Vos. These are handles you might expect to see on Lululemon Athletica Inc.’s career page...

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