Nick Rockel

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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.

Mar 16, 2017
Why take your car into the shop when Uber for auto repair will come to you?

Khallil Mangalji calls Burnaby home, but he lives in constant motion, bouncing between B.C., Ontario and California. No matter what’s on his plate, he’s always starting something else. When Mangalji was a Grade 8 student at Meadowridge School in Maple Ridge, he sold copies of Halo to his video-game-obsessed classmates.

Mar 16, 2017
A passion for photography led her to create a cloud-based image bank used around the world

Photography and technology have always been passions for Phoebe Jiang, who found a way to spin that into a business. Jiang moved to Vancouver with her parents in 1999 from Luoyang, a city in Central China. After earning a bachelor of business administration in finance and accounting from SFU in 2010, she worked several corporate jobs

Mar 16, 2017
She had never made a pot of soup. Now she has a healthy business producing wholesome foods

Life Story: Amy Kizaki admits that before she co-founded Kitskitchen Health Foods, she had never made a pot of soup, the company’s product. If you identify a hole in the market and have a strong idea, a strategic vision and...

Mar 13, 2017
This consultant to non-profits helps them raise more money by telling better stories

Raised in rural northern California, Vanessa Chase Lockshin looked to her dad, an entrepreneur who had worked in Silicon Valley, as a role model. Chase Lockshin moved to Vancouver in 2006 to study English literature at UBC; after graduation her first job was raising money from alumni.

Mar 10, 2017
Campbell River property developer began building homes as a college student

Life Story: By middle school in his hometown of Campbell River, Brett Giese was working on construction sites with his father, who develops residential lots for sale. Giese went to UVic in 2005 to study business, but he longed to...

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