Tech & Science

Apr 30, 2021
Breaking ground on a new HQ, biotech powerhouse AbCellera plants its flag in Vancouver
Nick Rockel

Scientifically speaking, AbCellera Biologics is used to breaking new ground. Now it’s doing so literally, too. The Vancouver-based company got the world’s attention last December with its NASDAQ Stock Exchange debut, the biggest-ever IPO by a Canadian biotechnology business. Yesterday, AbCellera—whose market capitalization sits...

Apr 28, 2021
Tech unicorn Thinkific moves to the head of the online learning class. That success didn’t happen overnight
Nick Rockel

The first time Greg Smith got the billion-dollar question was in 2015. That’s when the co-founder of Thinkific Labs had his first meeting with Fraser Hall and Jay Rhind of Rhino Ventures, which went on to become an investor in...

Apr 22, 2021
Campbell River’s NexStream Tech Competition boils down to eight finalists
By the Editors

The NexStream Tech Competition has reached its Elite Eight moment. The Campbell River contest, founded in 2019 to encourage solutions to challenges faced by the region’s industries, with a focus on clean, sustainable technology, has whittled down its 60-plus applicants to a group...

Apr 22, 2021
B.C. cleantech company hits the road to keep electric vehicles running
Nick Rockel

Mark Rabin took an unlikely route to the renewable power business. After earning a geology degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, the New Brunswick native moved to Alberta with just a backpack and a pair of skis, he says. Rabin joined...

Apr 15, 2021
Vancouver Economic Commission invites innovators to help facilitate the transition to a cleaner economy
Nathan Caddell

When John McPherson joined the Vancouver Economic Commission in the summer of 2008, the external agency of the City of Vancouver had six or seven people dedicated to supporting local business. Back then, McPherson was tasked with overseeing several departments...

Apr 7, 2021
Vancouver’s Light AI partners with WHL to provide fast, no-swab COVID-19 tests
Nathan Caddell

There are plenty of reasons to drop out of university, but Peter Whitehead has one of the better answers when he tells the story of why he left UBC in his third year. “I invented a heart catheter,” Whitehead says, so...

Apr 1, 2021
Alex Clark’s first company sold for $200 million. Can messaging app Quantum Pigeon serve as his encore?
Nathan Caddell

Alex Clark has done it before. The California native co-founded Internet of Things startup Bit Stew Systems in 2008, shortly after coming to Vancouver from Silicon Valley. One of the early investors in that company had some prudent advice he’s never forgotten. “He said...

Mar 30, 2021
Province sweetens the pot for businesses aiming to cut pollution
By the Editors

If you have any doubt that industry is on board with the B.C. government’s climate change battle, ask Jacques Perron. As part of the Province’s recent announcement that it’s setting sectoral greenhouse gas (GHG) targets and boosting support for cleantech and other businesses aiming to curb emissions, the president and CEO of Pretium Resources explained how his Vancouver-based mining company is benefiting from the CleanBC Industry Fund...

Mar 19, 2021
It’s a Good Thing: Homegrown carbon capture technology is back in the spotlight
Matt O'Grady

As Joe Biden took office on January 20, many hoped that Inauguration Day represented a pivot point for the U.S.—and, indeed, the world—when it comes to climate change. Biden was VP in the Obama administration, which was a key signatory to the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement and committed to domestic...

Mar 18, 2021
The Innovators: International Submarine Engineering’s swimming robots go to places humans can’t
Michael McCullough

When does a tool become a worker? That’s the fine line International Submarine Engineering is exploring with its autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), used for performing tasks in environments hostile to human beings, such as under polar ice sheets. Port Coquitlam–based ISE’s swimming robots are pre-programmed to do their jobs and...

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