Tech & Science

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...

Sep 8, 2021
Vancouver’s Nexii Building Solutions becomes fastest-ever Canadian unicorn
Nathan Caddell

Gregor Robertson sums up the journey that Nexii Building Solutions has taken in five simple words. “It’s been quite the ride,” he says with a chuckle and a pause, before adding two more. “So far.” It has indeed. Michael and Ben Dombowsky...

Sep 3, 2021
The B.C. economy has fundamentally changed. Are we ready for tomorrow?
Nick Rockel

I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.2. Anything...

Sep 1, 2021
New Ventures BC Competition top 10 includes innovations in real estate and health
By the Editors

As always, the New Ventures BC Competition (put on by Crown agency Innovate BC) features some of the province’s top up-and-coming tech names. After three rounds, these 10 companies are still in contention for the $250,000 in cash and prizes on...

Aug 23, 2021
BlocPal International sets sights on a public listing in the near future, in line with its "vertical integration" strategy
Pallavi Rao

Digital payment apps are a dime-a-dozen, no matter where you are in the world. It makes sense then, that Vancouver-based BlocPal International is leaning hard into those apps’ success in a cash-less future. The company, which develops digital platforms for merchants...

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