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Dec 13, 2019
On Trend: 6 principles for building a zero energy home
Felicity Stone

BCIT’s Learning Centre for Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB) offers short, hands-on courses so construction industry professionals can upgrade their skills to meet new energy-efficient building codes. Its Burnaby-campus High Performance Building Lab, developed with BC Housing and BC Hydro, has...

Dec 12, 2019
Weekend Warrior: Michael Wrinch has a taste for danger
Felicity Stone

“I’ve been doing electrical engineering my whole life,” says Michael Wrinch. “I was born this way.” When Wrinch was a child, his mother noticed that he enjoyed taking things to pieces, so she asked the local TV repairman to drop off anything customers didn’t want fixed at the end of...

Dec 2, 2019
Protecting Your IP in China

BCBusiness + Oyen Wiggs By Jayde Wood, Intellectual Property Lawyer In today’s innovation-driven economy, it is often said that ideas are the new currency and their value is based on the available protection. The exclusive right to monopolize ideas is one of...

Nov 27, 2019
Igniting Innovation

BCBusiness + Innovate BC Innovate BC, the crown agency supporting the province’s thriving innovation sector, has awarded two B.C.-based research projects with a total of $448,000 through its Ignite Program. Ignite awards up to $300,000 to research projects that address an industry problem in the natural resource or applied sciences. Most compelling...

Nov 27, 2019
It's a Good Thing: Baby, your computer can drive my car
Matt O'Grady

This fall, we’re promised, ride-hailing will arrive in B.C. after many years of obstruction and obfuscation. In fact, you may even be reading this column right now from your mobile phone, seated in the back of a Lyft or Uber...

Nov 25, 2019
On Trend: Meal delivery services are bringing the heat
Felicity Stone

With online ordering and delivery of anything on the menu at eateries from coffee shops to pubs, a 2018 report from Swiss financial services giant UBS predicts that preparing food at home may be obsolete by 2030. A survey of 1,500 Canadians in May by Dalhousie University’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab...

Nov 18, 2019
Young Guns: Andy Chou sees change in the vending machine game
Nathan Caddell

The first vending machines were reportedly created around 1615 in England. Made of brass, they dispensed tobacco in exchange for coins. It’s not that far off from the contraptions we see today in schools and community centres. Sure, most have...

Nov 14, 2019
Electric Avenue: Behind Harbour Air's bid to become the world's first fossil fuel-free airline
Nathan Caddell

Greg McDougall has yet to make the cover of this magazine, and that’s probably fine in his books. “You ever hear of the BCBusiness curse?” he asks, reclining in an ergonomic chair in one of Harbour Air Seaplanes’ downtown Vancouver boardrooms.

Oct 22, 2019
Young Guns: Annika Lewis returns home to empower Vancouver's tech scene
Nathan Caddell

You know that common trope of a character in a movie or TV show moving back home from the big city and realizing that, actually, they like the small-town charms they find? Well, that’s not exactly Annika Lewis’s life, but...

Oct 15, 2019
Go Figure: The doctor is online
Melissa Edwards

12% Number of British Columbians in a 2018 survey that had tried a virtual medical consultation, the highest share for any Canadian region 69% of British Columbians think a diagnosis from a virtual appointment wouldn’t be as accurate as from in-person visit 38%...

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