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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...

Jan 2, 2019
Five questions with Wayne Wachell, CEO of Genus Capital Management

1. How much does Genus Capital manage, and how do you approach investing? Genus manages about $1.5 billion of assets, and we’ve been around for coming up to 30 years [in 2019]. We’re a quantitative firm; we have models that help us select stocks. We look...

Dec 17, 2018
B.C.'s Pot Players: The Caretaker

Bonnie Henry spent three years as deputy provincial health officer before taking her current role in February. The physician and UBC clinical associate professor, who specializes in public health and preventative medicine, is the first woman to hold the job. When it comes to legalization of recreational cannabis, what expertise do...

Dec 13, 2018
B.C.'s Pot Players: The Mixer

To mark the recent legalization of recreational marijuana, we check in with some of the key players in the B.C. cannabis world. From pot growers to government officials to medical professionals, meet the people helping move the industry forward and keep British Columbians safe. Today’s subject is Keith Dolo, president and CEO of Sproutly Cannabis

Nov 30, 2018
New report card puts B.C. tech sector at the top of the Canadian class, but talent and scale challenges remain

Waiting for a report card can be stressful—especially when it takes two years. But as it turns out, the latest British Columbia technology report card contains mostly good news for the province’s tech sector. Professional services firm KPMG and the BC Tech...

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