Jessica Natale Woollard

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Apr 1, 2020
2020 Women of the Year Awards: Entrepreneurial Leader

President and CEO, Astra Smart Systems and i4C Innovation Pilar Portela has founded nine companies, three of which have been acquired. Though she didn’t begin her formal post-secondary education until her late 30s, she’s been employed in the tech industry for most of her...

Apr 1, 2020
2020 Women of the Year Awards: Leader

Founder and president, Excel Career College When Pauline Stevenson hears employers say they can’t find skilled labour, she sees an opportunity: “How can we find them the people who could be their next employees?” Since 1989, Stevenson has run Excel Career College, an...

Apr 1, 2020
2020 Women of the Year Awards: Community Builder

Co-founder and CEO, Gillespie’s Fine Spirits; founder and CEO, Boozewitch Brands; founder and CEO, State B Cannabis Beverage Co.; founder, Squamish Craft Beverage Association Ancestry research confirmed that Kelly Ann Woods’s pioneering spirit and love of formulating was literally in her DNA: some of...

Oct 3, 2019
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019: Technology

Galvanizing steel or iron involves applying a coat of zinc to protect the metal against rust. In modern usage, the verb also refers to shocking or exciting someone into taking action. The word was a fitting choice for the new name of audit analytics software company ACL Services, which rebranded...

Oct 3, 2019
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019: Consumer Products + Services

Jack Nicholson’s first job in the co-operative business was frying doughnuts at the Drumheller Co-op in 1990. He became a certified baker and took advantage of educational opportunities provided to him by the co-op system. Today, Nicholson is CEO of Otter Farm and Home Co-operative, the seventh largest co-op in...

Oct 3, 2019
Entrepreneur Of the Year 2019: Social Impact

Ten trees planted for every item of apparel sold. That’s the promise of Ten Tree International, dedicated to helping each customer play a role in the company’s mission to make a big impact. “What we say internally is, ‘The world won’t be changed by 100 perfect environmentalists, it’ll get changed...

Apr 11, 2019
On Trend: Fashion recycling comes alive in B.C.'s capital

SPICE ROAD The reds, pinks, greens and golds of silk saris are repurposed into women’s attire at Chai Fashions. Owner Lindsay Jones up-cycles textiles from Indian wholesale markets, turning the fabric into light, comfortable, colourful dresses, blouses and pants sold at...

Jan 7, 2019
Constructive Relationships: The Lil’wat Nation’s plan for economic development

Midway up Blackcomb Mountain, a team from Murphy Construction Corp. is building a 23,000-square-foot storage barn for a new 10-person gondola that is expected to have the highest capacity in North America. The development is part of $66 million in...

Jul 11, 2018
The Need for Speed: High-speed internet makes its way to the province's outskirts

Self-driving cars. Augmented reality glasses. Surgeries performed remotely.Fifth-generation wireless connection is coming, and with it technologies that are the stuff of science fiction. With broadband speeds estimated to be 100 times faster than the current 4G service, 5G is poised...

May 29, 2018
5 B.C. brands that are making the case for sustainable fashion

When Vancouverite Sarah Stewart learned that the average American tosses away more than 30 kilograms of attire and textiles each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, she rolled up her sleeves and started researching the sustainability practices of various...

Mar 5, 2018
Victoria's Secret: How the government city is attracting notable retail names

Last June hundreds of shoppers lined up along Lower Johnson Street in downtown Victoria, waiting for hours in the blistering heat, to attend the opening of John Fluevog Shoes. The new store, in American Apparel’s former space, was a homecoming...

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