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Nick Rockel

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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...

Nov 26, 2018
B.C.'s Pot Players: The Consultant

Deepak Anand wants the cannabis industry to look beyond its own hype. “A lot of people have this misconception about legalization being this Wild West,” says the City of Langley resident, whose Mississauga-based firm helps cannabis companies in Canada and abroad with everything from licensing and facility design to training...

Nov 23, 2018
B.C.'s Pot Players: The Gatekeeper

“Startup” isn’t a word normally associated with government, but that’s how Blain Lawson describes the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch’s cannabis division. The BCLDB has assembled a group of some 175 people, including contractors, to oversee its new role as the...

Nov 22, 2018
B.C.'s Pot Players: The Attorney

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 Kirk Tousaw, barrister with Tousaw Law Corp.

Nov 15, 2018
B.C.'s Pot Players: The Physician

A strong advocate of cannabis for medical treatment, Caroline MacCallum says her patients brought the idea to her. MacCallum grew up in Newfoundland, where she earned a pharmacy degree and began medical studies. After graduating from internal medicine at UBC in 2013, she worked at several clinics. There she met...

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