Nick Rockel

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Aug 9, 2017
How B.C. developers are building the world

Ian Gillespie speaks quietly, and he doesn’t do small talk. As a Neil Young live album jangles on the stereo, the slender Westbank Projects Corp. founder sits in a corner of his roomy downtown Vancouver office, North Shore Mountains at...

Jun 27, 2017
How 4 B.C. companies took their products international—and how another plans to follow in their footsteps

Specialty: Concrete waterproofing products whose proprietary chemical technology creates crystals that grow into the materialFounded: 1973Exporting since: 1975Proportion of total sales from exports: More than 90 per centThe story so far: Ron Yuers, Kryton’s founder and chair, signed his first...

Jun 26, 2017
#TradeTalks: These teenage B.C. entrepreneurs want to turn their business ideas into global exports

Georgiy Sekretaryuk works in the jewelry business, but not in the way you might think. The 18-year-old Coquitlam resident, who speaks Russian and Mandarin in addition to English and his native Ukrainian, also has Asian markets in his sights. Sekretaryuk...

Jun 23, 2017
Vancouver fintech player wins global startup prize

Talk about going the distance. First, Vancouver-based Finn.ai was the only North American company to reach the top 10 in IT consulting giant Capgemini’s global InnovatorsRace. Then at a recent ceremony during the VivaTech conference in Paris, the financial technology outfit...

Jun 20, 2017
Looking for work this summer? Try Surrey

Attention, job seekers: human resources consulting firm ManpowerGroup just released its national Employment Outlook Survey for the third quarter of 2017. This forward-looking poll of some 1,900 hiring managers, which includes five B.C. regions, delivered good and bad news for the...

May 19, 2017
Britco Construction slashes energy costs and waste by blending modular and passive housing

You probably know Britco for its tan-and-orange rental trailers, a fixture on construction sites. But the Langley-based company has other talents. The Britco Construction division recently married its expertise in modular building design with “passive house,” a building standard that is...

May 19, 2017
Cleantech firm MineSense offers the mining industry a way to boost profits while cutting pollution

Mining companies everywhere are having a tough time finding high-grade ore because others have beaten them to it. At the same time, the industry faces pressure to clean up its environmental act. MineSense Technologies Ltd. seeks to solve both of...

May 19, 2017
Grow Financial works behind the scenes to raise the banking industry’s digital game

Banks and credit unions look to 33-year-old Kevin Sandhu to help them keep pace with changing consumer demands. “We’re really the tech in fintech—that’s the problem, at the end of the day, I think we’re solving,” says the boyish founder...

May 19, 2017
Kindred Systems wants to design artificial intelligence that learns like people do. No pressure

At the recent BCTech Summit, visitors couldn’t resist the Kindred Systems Inc. booth. No wonder: the company had a corral of furry robotic cats on display. On hand to supervise these strangely fetching felines were co-founder and CEO Geordie Rose...

May 18, 2017
Mixed reality trailblazer Finger Food Studios offers a glimpse of manufacturing’s future

Apart from the gleaming tractor unit in the middle of the room, the Holodeck looks like a big empty warehouse. Have I come to the right place? I slip on a pair of Microsoft HoloLens glasses, tightening the band against...

Apr 26, 2017
Christy Clark and rivals field a few pre-election questions

CRED: First elected MLA in 1996; former cabinet minister, deputy premier and radio talk-show host SIGNATURE LOOK: Suit and wrap CAMPAIGN PROP: Hard hat CAMPAIGN MANAGER: Laura Miller, Previously Ontario Liberal staffer STAR CANDIDATE: Ex–TV news anchor Steve Darling (Burnaby–Lougheed) 1) Maintaining the best job...

Mar 22, 2017
What's on your mind? New B.C. Chamber of Commerce head Val Litwin wants to know

What's on your mind? New B.C. Chamber of Commerce head Val Litwin wants to know. Think chambers of commerce are stuffy? Meet Val Litwin. The youngest-ever president and CEO of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, who succeeded John Winter last September, brings energy and entrepreneurial chops to his role.

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