Andrew Findlay

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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...

Jan 16, 2017
Whistler's new owners

In early August when news broke that Whistler Blackcomb, ranked North America’s number one resort by U.S.-based Ski Magazine, had been sold to Vail Resorts Inc. for $1.4 billion, there were mixed reactions—from concern over what merging two blockbuster brands...

Sep 22, 2016
Kamloops at the crossroads

From her home in the Aberdeen subdivision high atop Kamloops, overlooking the Thompson River Valley, Helen Newmarch can smell the sagebrush and see the golden grasslands. She and her husband, Bruce, a family physician with a private practice in nearby Sahali, moved to the area in 1983 to be close...

May 1, 2016
How the new federal government is helping B.C. regain its green reputation

When former premier Gordon Campbell introduced the Climate Action Plan in 2008, it was revolutionary for North America—long considered an environmental laggard in the western world. The provincial government’s plan included a revenue-neutral carbon tax (intended to rise over time), a zero emission policy for 93 per cent of new power generation...

Jan 29, 2016
B.C. approves a multi-billion dollar ski resort that the industry doesn't want

Editor's note: on January 29th the provincial government gave environmental assessment approval to Garibaldi at Squamish. The project remains contentious. A battle over a proposed $3-billion, four-season resort on the slopes of Garibaldi Mountain is reaching a fever pitch, with the...

Oct 28, 2015
The challenges facing B.C.'s heli-skiing industry

In May 1965, Austrian-born mountain guide Hans Gmoser—prompted by Calgary geologist and avid skier Art Patterson and another friend, Brooks Dodge—assembled a group of guinea pig clients in a remote valley near the Bugaboo Range south of Golden. He used a Bell 47 helicopter to ferry the clients two at a...

Aug 21, 2015
LNG and what B.C. can learn from Norway

Hammerfest lives up to its name. Situated on a barren coastal headland 1,300 kilometres north of the capital, Oslo, and just above the Arctic Circle, this Norwegian city of 10,000 gets hammered by winter winds that whip off the Barents Sea. Fifteen years ago the port city was also getting...

Jan 19, 2015
How B.C. mining continues to feel the impact of Mount Polley

Last August, a massive slurry of heavy-metal-laced mine waste burst through a tailings impoundment pond dam at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley copper and gold mine near Likely, B.C., and onto the front pages of newspapers across Canada. In total, 25 million cubic metres of waste rock and water flooded into...

Jul 1, 2014
B.C.'s Chinese Tourism Boom

It’s the season of summer holidays and those hearty American, German and British tourists will be hitting the roads in RVs and rental cars, checklist in hand, to tackle the iconic attractions of B.C.’s great outdoors. Yet as important as this stereotypical adventurous tourist remains to the local economy, they...

Nov 4, 2013
Trawlers Get Their Sea Legs

Reg Richards sits in the wheelhouse of his 30-metre trawler, the EJ Saffrick, one hand on a well-worn wooden helm, the other on a perpetually refilled mug of coffee. After a week of bumpy seas trawling 20 kilometres of the west coast of Haida Gwaii, he’s minutes away from tying...

Sep 20, 2013
SendtoNews Inks NFL Distribution Deal

SendtoNews has acquired exclusive Canadian rights to distribute NFL video highlights through its News Partnership Network that includes most major Canadian daily newspapers and hundreds of local and regional news outlets. The Victoria-based digital sports news agency began offering online NFL highlights to the Canadian market in time for the league's...

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