Nathan Caddell

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Mar 2, 2021
The Innovators: Intuitive AI pivoted to workplace safety in the pandemic

Intuitive AI founders and SFU graduates Hassan Murad and Vivek Vyas were looking for a way to help solve the waste crisis. To that end, they developed an AI application named Oscar (after the Sesame Street character) that attaches to...

Mar 1, 2021
Pure Sunfarms CEO Mandesh Dosanjh talks highlighting local makers and carving out a niche in the competitive cannabis industry

On any career path, there are obvious jumping-off points where experience paves the way for someone to move on to the next opportunity. But rarely do said occasions occur as clearly as they did to Mandesh Dosanjh. The Ontario native had...

Feb 25, 2021
You Had Me at IPO: Chip Wilson sees things with mushroom grower Optimi Health Corp.

We take a sometimes weekly and always tongue-in-cheek look at some B.C. companies making noise with big-money raises. Don’t take this too seriously. Unless you make money off it—then we want some. Optimi Health Corp. hit the Canadian Stock Exchange today...

Feb 25, 2021
The Innovators: Form lets swimmers track their athletic stats—in real time

After racing other people for years, Dan Eisenhardt has been just fine swimming with the sharks, too. The former competitive swimmer sold his first entrepreneurial venture, a sports eyewear technology firm called Recon Instruments, to Intel Corp. in 2015. Just...

Feb 23, 2021
How a Vancouver self-publisher changed the industry and grew 50 percent during the pandemic

The way Megan Williams tells it, she had no choice but to write a book. The New Westminster native was working in communications at the time, but began watching tons of YouTube videos and researching blogs on how to actually write...

Feb 17, 2021
How exercise and rehab business Symmetrix pivoted and thrived during COVID-19

Kent MacWilliam’s career path has had more twists than an episode of CSI. The Vancouverite studied science at McGill University in Montreal and worked as a geologist all over the world, including stints in northern B.C., Alaska and Quebec. But after...

Feb 16, 2021
Young Guns: Emma Reynolds and Shannon Edlington created a side hustle to make their way in fashion

Starting a company when you already have a full-time job is no easy task. But Emma Reynolds and Shannon Edlington admit that it’s not quite as hard when you and your co-founder live in the same apartment building. The two met...

Feb 12, 2021
Arts Umbrella’s massive Granville Island expansion nears fundraising goal

Now is a tenuous moment to undertake a huge business expansion, but for Arts Umbrella president and CEO Paul Larocque, it’s been a long time coming. The nonprofit arts education centre has been a Lower Mainland fixture since it opened in 1979 to 45 students in...

Feb 5, 2021
The 5 Canadian millennials you'll meet in stock market subreddits

You first noticed it when your carpenter friend said something about Dollarama’s market cap. And then again when your post-punk-loving barber started fiddling on Wealthsimple mid-cut. Of course, it became impossible to ignore when a group of Redditors “held the line”...

Feb 5, 2021
The Innovators: Mark Anthony Group bottles lightning—for the second time

Most times, when a company hits it big with a product, it becomes a household name. Do that twice, and full-blown ubiquity is almost guaranteed. So it’s surprising more BCers don’t know that the creator of arguably the two biggest...

Feb 4, 2021
The Innovators: Creatus Biosciences engineers tiny creatures to do our bidding

Talk about hitting the sweet spot. Creatus Biosciences has genetically engineered a new species of micro-organism to produce compounds from xylose sugars, with applications ranging from biofuels to food additives. Former BCBusiness 30 Under 30 winner Dara Djafarian, president of the...

Jan 28, 2021
The Innovators: FrontFundr opens up private equity investing to the public

Peter-Paul Van Hoeken remembers what it was like when he founded FrontFundr in 2013. The Vancouver-based crowdfunding outfit sought to open up investing in private companies to the public, something more or less unheard of in Canada. Businesses were happy...

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