Tech & Science

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Engineer Lawrence Buchan is helping hospitals with Arbutus Medical
Jessica Natale Woollard

Life Story: While doing a master’s degree in biomedical engineering at UBC, Lawrence Buchan took a class called Engineers in Scrubs, which connects engineers with health-care providers to develop technologies to transform the medical field. Orthopedic surgeons at Vancouver General...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Arushi Raina works to heal both the body and mind
Jessica Natale Woollard

Life Story: Having lived in seven countries on four continents, Arushi Raina, born in India and raised mostly in South Africa, attributes her fearlessness to being an outsider. She earned a BA in economics and English literature at Vassar College in...

Jun 10, 2020
B.C.-based Streamline Athletes one of 12 finalists in national startup competition
Nathan Caddell

Alexandre Paré went to SFU on a track-and-field scholarship in 2010 as an 18-year-old from Sherbrooke, Quebec, with no ability to speak English. It turns out that was a relatively minor hurdle. While in Quebec in the summer of 2013, Paré suffered...

Jun 8, 2020
Island Innovation
Raghwa Gopal

BCBusiness + Innovate BC Amidst a global pandemic, innovation persists. Across Canada, our approach to flattening the curve has been a communal effort between our governments, communities, and private sector. And these efforts have been enhanced and accelerated by our country’s world-renowned...

May 28, 2020
Kelowna-based modular design company makes build-and-price tool available to the public
Alyssa Hirose

Ian Garrity and James Rosowsky, co-founders of Kelowna-based Built Prefab, have worked in modular home building for more than a decade—but until recently, their ventures have only been available to a very small (and very rich) population. “Our projects were...

May 22, 2020
Opinion: COVID-19 has put Canadian farmers in the spotlight. How can we make the most of it?
Karn Manhas

One of the unexpected twists to come out of Canada’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic is the heightened attention on an often-ignored sector of the economy: agriculture. As empty shelves at grocery stores prompt concerns about Canada’s food supply, farmers have become the subject of nightly news reports and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s nationally broadcast press conferences (not to mention tweets!). Meanwhile, independent growers are gearing up for a summer of record demand at farmers markets and selling out online while...

May 22, 2020
Shopify CEO says working remotely is the future—so what about that massive Vancouver office?
Nathan Caddell

Shopify is one of those lucky companies that appears to have been mostly unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ottawa-based e-commerce platform has employees all over the world (including several at a downtown Vancouver WeWork facility), many of whom work...

May 21, 2020
In a crisis, veteran B.C. tech investor Rich Osborn spies opportunity
William Johnson

Based purely on his mood, you wouldn’t know that Rich Osborn is a man who—like most British Columbians—has been forced to stay home for two months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re chatting over Zoom, and Osborn, the managing partner of Telus Ventures, is alert and energetic. You might even say he’s enjoying himself. For whatever reason, he seems excited...

May 19, 2020
Q&A: Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Michael Wee sizes up B.C.’s tech ecosystem
Nick Rockel

At 28, Michael Wee has already built a thriving career in Silicon Valley. Wee grew up in Vancouver, where he took programming courses at UBC before earning a BA in computer science at University of California, Berkeley. As an undergrad in...

May 15, 2020
UBC grads create app for small businesses struggling during COVID-19
Nathan Caddell

“We’re not first responders, but we know how to code,” is how Vancouverite and UBC computer science graduate Ali Serag describes what he and four friends are doing to help B.C. navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Serag, Alberto Cevallos, Salman Alam, Bolat...

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