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Mar 20, 2018
STEM POWER: Suzanne Gildert
Nick Rockel

As she outlines her new company’s plans to build highly humanlike robots that can live alongside people, Suzanne Gildert makes it all sound doable—and inevitable. Such machines would resemble those in the dystopic HBO show Westworld but “without all the...

Mar 20, 2018
STEM POWER: Julia Levy
Nick Rockel

At 83, Julia Levy is a towering figure in B.C.’s business and scientific communities. In 1981 the microbiologist founded what was later called QLT Inc. with four male colleagues, after one of them told her that the Vancouver biotechnology company...

Mar 20, 2018
STEM POWER: Amiee Chan
Nick Rockel

Amiee Chan saved Norsat International Inc. from ruin—and built it into a prime takeover target. Last summer the Richmond-based maker of satellite products for corporate, military and broadcasting clients was acquired by Hytera Communications Co. Ltd., a Chinese radio systems...

Mar 20, 2018
STEM POWER: Sarah (Sally) Otto
Felicity Stone

A dual U.S.-Canadian citizen who has a BSc and a PhD from Stanford University and did postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Edinburgh; and UBC, Sally Otto originally enrolled in genetic engineering because she mistakenly...

Mar 20, 2018
STEM POWER: Judi Hess
Felicity Stone

Copperleaf Technologies Inc. provides decision analytics software to help utilities like Hydro-Québec, Iceland’s Landsvirkjun Power Ltd. and Essential Energy in Australia manage critical infrastructure. When Hess became CEO in 2009, Copperleaf had just one client (U.S. electric power provider Duke...

Mar 20, 2018
STEM POWER: Alexandra Greenhill
Felicity Stone

A graduate of Université de Montreal and McGill University, Alexandra Greenhill practised as a physician in Quebec, Ontario and B.C. before moving into technology. From 2013-14 she was chief medical officer of Vancouver-based Medeo Virtual Care, the first direct-to-patient telehealth...

Mar 20, 2018
STEM POWER: Bethany Edmunds
Nick Rockel

Before Bethany Edmunds joined BCIT, she was headed for a career in academic research. Edmunds enjoyed computer programming as a child, and when she attended Rowan University in her native New Jersey to study elementary education, a female mentor and...

Mar 20, 2018
STEM POWER: Angela Robert
Felicity Stone

With her latest venture, Angela Robert is making the most of her video gaming background. At Electronic Arts Canada, she worked on more than 20 games in five years, including as development director for Skate and Skate 2. In 2013...

Mar 20, 2018
STEM POWER: Shanna Knights
Nick Rockel

When Shanna Knights was earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering at UBC during the 1980s and early 1990s, she got mixed reactions for hoosing a career path that would make use of her aptitude for science and math.

Mar 20, 2018
STEM POWER: Shahrzad Rafati
Nick Rockel

When Shahrzad Rafati was seeking investors for digital entertainment company BroadbandTV Corp. (BBTV) more than a decade ago, being a woman didn’t help. “A lot of the discussions that we had in the earlier days highlighted the need for me...

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