Tech & Science

Oct 14, 2021
Peter Zandstra Wants to Change the Future of Medicine

BCBusiness + UBC Peter Zandstra was attracted to British Columbia from Ontario by a unique opportunity at the University of British Columbia—the opportunity to achieve the vision of a world where biology and technology work seamlessly to transform health and healthcare for everyone. When Zandstra joined UBC in 2017, he founded BC’s first and...

Oct 12, 2021
B.C. unicorns Dapper Labs and Trulioo named to global Fintech 250
By the Editors

From the Forbes 400 to the BC500 (huh? why not just give everyone a “Participant” ribbon?), rankings and other lists of companies and business leaders can get a little long. Still, we’re happy to see that two B.C. names made...

Oct 5, 2021
New Ventures BC Competition crowns its 2021 winners
By the Editors

The awards may have been partly virtual, but the money was very real. The 21st New Ventures BC Competition honoured eight winners last night during a hybrid ceremony at Vancouver’s Roundhouse Community Centre. Crown agency Innovate BC presented the awards, which...

Sep 28, 2021
The pandemic ignited an already strong medical equipment industry in B.C. But entering the sector remains tough
Ryan Stuart

At the height of the worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) last year, outdoor gear specialist Mustang Survival realized it could help. Mustang makes the majority of its flotation devices and waterproof clothing overseas. But the Burnaby-based company manufactures its...

Sep 14, 2021
The Rise of Ransomware
Jessica Kirby

BCBusiness + Commvault Hear that ticking? That is the clock, letting you know that hackers have taken your critical data hostage and used advanced encryption to render it inaccessible. There is only so much time to give into their demands for money to decrypt it—How will you respond? Can you ensure the...

Sep 13, 2021
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 winner: Judi Hess turbocharged Copperleaf by reinventing its company culture
Nathan Caddell

When Judi Hess joined Copperleaf Technologies as CEO in 2009, the Vancouver-based decision analytics software firm looked very different than it does now. “I always say it was both the worst and best decision of my life,” Hess recalls with...

Sep 13, 2021
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 winner: Rizwan Somji proved that Cymax Group’s business has legs, with help from the pandemic e-commerce boom
Nathan Caddell

Just a few things have happened since Rizwan Somji was appointed CEO of Burnaby-based furniture dropshipper and e-commerce firm Cymax Group in January 2019. Somji, who got the top job after four years with the company in various roles, found...

Sep 13, 2021
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 winners: Catherine Dahl and Reza Sanaie make the numbers work for accounting automation
Nick Rockel

Catherine Dahl found herself out of a job back in late 2011. Bean Services, the startup she’d joined as COO and CFO the previous year, had just been shut down after its investor pulled all of his money. “We were...

Sep 13, 2021
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 winners: Alison Taylor and Trevor Johnston succeed by helping the helpers
Nathan Caddell

“I think it’s interesting when people ask kids what they want to be when they grow up. Because they know, like, four professions,” Alison Taylor says. “They know what their parents do and what their teacher does and whoever else...

Sep 13, 2021
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 winner: Carl Hansen engineered AbCellera’s rise to biotech powerhouse
Nick Rockel

They may not know it, but thousands of people who escaped death from COVID-19 owe a debt of gratitude to Carl Hansen and AbCellera Biologics. “Last year, we had the opportunity to show the world the power of the technology...

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