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Apr 1, 2019
This workplace diversity and inclusion consultant has rapidly built a global clientele

Life Story: When Cicely Belle Blain launched her Vancouver-based diversity and inclusion consulting business early last year, she quickly attracted customers, thanks to connections she had made as an activist. Changing attitudes helped, too: “My clients are from so many different...

Apr 1, 2019
This data expert’s non-profit spearheaded a national tour to identify the barriers faced by women in tech

Alicia Close has loved math since she was a child, when her father, a self-employed financial adviser, would have her solve tough problems during car rides. Close, who was born in North Vancouver and raised near Toronto, earned a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, majoring in finance and international business.

Apr 1, 2019
His startup lab aims to pick a winning business by testing consumer technology ideas

Willson Cross calls his latest venture a startup lab. Launched late last year, Pattern Labs is a Vancouver-based fund that tests consumer technology ideas in industries from travel to home services to food. “We will build an enduring company around the winner, and that’s a product that will improve the lives of millions of people,” Cross says.

Apr 1, 2019
Her tech firm aims to help people without Internet access communicate electronically

Returning to her hometown of Langley after completing a BBA at SFU’s Beedie School of Business in 2015, Melissa Quinn took a maternity leave HR contract that turned into a much bigger job. At Maple Ridge–based Left, she quickly moved into corporate development with the tech outfit, which had worked in the web domain name business but was turning its attention to blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Apr 1, 2019
His anonymous messaging app has seven million users in three countries

What’s an Ivy League economics grad to do? In 2016, Matthew Segal appeared to be headed for a career in investment banking after leaving Yale University, where he rowed First Varsity for four years. But several job offers later, Segal decided his heart wasn’t in it. Back in his hometown of Vancouver, he also chose not to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, prominent developers Lorne and Joseph Segal–for now, anyway.

Apr 1, 2019
His company creates custom driving adventures for visitors to B.C. from around the world

Maxwell Webster got the idea for Hastings Overland when he took a break from work in 2016 to spend six months touring Russia, Asia and the Middle East. “I kept finding myself gravitating toward overland travel–renting vans or rickshaws or motorcycles,” says the Nanaimo native, who started his first business, a dog-walking service, when he was six and co-founded a clothing company at 18. “I realized this was an underserved market in B.C.”

Apr 1, 2019
He founded a marketing agency for the industrial market

Rather than follow his dad and his twin brother into medicine, Langley-raised Andrew Hansen earned a business administration degree from Trinity Western University in 2013. Soon he was an operations manager for the resources and transportation division of Vancouver-headquartered construction giant Ledcor Group.

Apr 1, 2019
He co-founded an agency that helps Western-branded businesses reach Chinese-speaking consumers

Since growing up as the “token Asian guy” in Tsawwassen, Alex Wan has capitalized on his knowledge of East and West: “I always found myself enjoying educating my friends on Chinese culture, which is a natural precursor to what I do now.” Wan, whose family immigrated to B.C. from Taiwan when he was five, never planned to be an entrepreneur.

Mar 15, 2019
Small Business Minister Mary Ng makes the case for female entrepreneurship

Mary Ng’s marching orders from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau come with plenty of actual legwork. The federal minister of small business and export promotion has been criss-crossing the country to boost the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES), a new $2-billion national program...

Mar 6, 2019
Barack Obama sounds alarm on inequality and climate change

Once the world’s most powerful man, Barack Obama must now settle for being its most sought-after public speaker. Yesterday at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the 44th president of the United States sat down for a long-awaited conversation with Iain Black, president...

Mar 1, 2019
Five questions: Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster CEO Sue Paish

1. What is Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster?It’s the coming to life of courageous public policy from the federal government that is designed to do a number of things. One is to encourage and promote the scaling up of small and medium-sized...

Feb 6, 2019
Is B.C. losing its edge?

It’s Saturday morning, but this feels like fright night. In the packed basement auditorium of the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre hotel, the BC Liberal Party is holding the Economy Alert rally of its annual convention. Lightning bolts flash across a...

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