Tech & Science

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...

Aug 20, 2021
Opinion: Innovation needed from all sides to avoid climate disaster and grow B.C.'s economy
Sav Dhaliwal

As another summer in Metro Vancouver breaks records for extreme temperatures and drought conditions, the innovation desperately needed to meet our net-zero targets and thwart further climate deterioration could also grow B.C.’s economy. Metro Vancouver’s own modelling shows that implementing a...

Aug 19, 2021
B.C.’s marine tech sector is riding a wave of innovation
Dee Hon

Barkley Sound is no Silicon Valley. These are wild ocean waters on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Humpbacks, grey whales and orcas migrate through each year, dining on a rich soup of krill, plankton, capelin and salmon. Most human...

Jul 29, 2021
Opinion: How B.C. can become the Silicon Valley for carbon capture and reliable clean energy
Craig Golinowski

Over the past few decades, B.C. has built a well-deserved reputation throughout North America and beyond as a clean energy/cleantech powerhouse and hub. Now it’s well positioned to add carbon capture and storage (CCS) to that broader mix of accomplishments. Notable...

Jul 27, 2021
5 Questions: Roger Patterson, CEO of social media scheduler Later, explains why the future belongs to small business
Nathan Caddell

1. Later came out of a 2013 hackathon. How did that translate into a business? The concept that Ray Walia, Jesse Heaslip, and I had when starting Launch Academy quickly gained momentum in 2012 when we added cofounders Alex Chuang and...

Jul 19, 2021
Q&A: Dave MacLeod talks about why scaling conversations is the new must-have leadership skill—and why alignment beats employee engagement
Nick Rockel

As you’d expect from the title of his recent book, Dave MacLeod can more than hold his own in a conversation. MacLeod is co-founder and CEO of Rossland-based ThoughtExchange, whose software lets leaders quickly and inclusively consult groups of all sizes...

Jul 13, 2021
League of Innovators partners with the BEBC to launch Black Youth Entrepreneurs Growth Program
By the Editors

The Vancouver-based League of Innovators (LOI) was founded in 2017 by Hootsuite’s Ryan Holmes to accelerate young entrepreneurs. It’s hard to argue with the results: LOI has supported close to 500 Canadian youths aged 15-25 in their business endeavours. Now the...

Jul 13, 2021
Langara College awarded big cannabis research grant
By the Editors

Langara College’s slogan seems especially fitting today. The “college of higher learning” has received two sizable grants totalling $3.3 million toward cannabis education through its Applied Science for the Canadian Cannabis Industry (ASCCI) research project. The money is coming in from two...

Jul 12, 2021
Opinion: Canada needs better economic data to inform 21st-century decision-making
Jill Tipping and Eleena Marley

It’s one of the most powerful tools in economic decision-making in Canada, but how many people know what it stands for? NAICS is an acronym for “North American Industry Classification System,” and behind those innocent-sounding words is the way all governments in...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Calvin Ho and Albert Kim aren’t blowing smoke with their cannabis point-of-sale software
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Albert Kim doesn’t have a lemonade-stand story from his childhood—not quite, anyway. In high school, Kim, who grew up mostly in Richmond after immigrating to B.C. from South Korea at age five, made $400 by creating registration software...

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