Tech & Science

Jan 29, 2021
Digital Supercluster and industry partners put their money behind helping young Canadians succeed in the digital economy
By the Editors

As COVID-19 pushes business to go digital, young Canadians on the wrong side of the technology divide just got a lifeline. On Thursday, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster unveiled the Canadian Tech Talent Accelerator, which helps support the nation’s recovery from the pandemic by providing tech skills to youth from communities underrepresented in the digital economy...

Jan 22, 2021
Sue Paish, Shahrzad Rafati and Tamara Vrooman unveil their hopes for B.C.'s regional development agency
Nathan Caddell

Before the holiday break, federal Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages Mélanie Joly announced the creation of a regional economic development agency focused squarely on B.C. Though few details have been released, Joly did say that she would be...

Jan 20, 2021
Squamish-based Carbon Engineering named North American Company of the Year by Cleantech Group
Nathan Caddell

Another day, another award for Carbon Engineering—that’s how it seems, anyway. After being recognized both locally and internationally in 2020, the Squamish-headquartered business has gotten off to a hot start this year. Today, the firm received the 2021 North American Company of...

Jan 20, 2021
A white B.C. tech CEO named Dave joins the anti-racism conversation
Nick Rockel

Dave MacLeod starts our Zoom chat with some alarming statistics. Just three African-American CEOs lead Fortune 500 companies—a number that will soon dwindle to two. And over several years, studies of that powerful group of corporations have turned up more...

Jan 15, 2021
B.C. beefs up financial incentives to switch to commercial electric vehicles
By the Editors

Whether they need a truck, a bus or a bike, organizations thinking about buying electric vehicles (EVs) just got a financial jolt from the provincial government. Through CleanBC’s revamped Speciality-Use Vehicle Incentive (SUVI) and its Commercial Vehicle Pilot (CVP) program, Victoria...

Jan 12, 2021
The Innovators: Two Hat Security creates safe havens on the internet
Michael McCullough

Our Innovators series highlights just a few of the trailblazing companies that are helping move this province—and the world—forward in challenging times. Take the perennial threats of cyberbullying, terrorist recruitment and child pornography, layer in political polarization, mass protest and foreign...

Jan 4, 2021
Kelowna animator Harley Knife wants to see more Indigenous representation in the industry
Nathan Caddell

For Harley Knife, figuring out what he wanted to do with his life was the easy part. That came at a young age, watching Sailor Moon on the couch. Pursuing a career in animation from a Saskatchewan reserve proved to be...

Dec 15, 2020
This local VR firm’s coaches are virtual, but they can get real on the job
Nick Rockel

Virtro Entertainment knew what to do when COVID-19 struck. Harnessing the power of artificial intelligence, the Vancouver-based company had spent the previous year or so developing a virtual reality platform that lets users train for a task or job by conversing...

Dec 14, 2020
Survey: Help Researchers Navigate the Benefits and Pitfalls of Wearable Sensors in the Workplace

BCBusiness + UBC and Technical Safety BC Given the seismic impacts of COVID-19 on our lives, our work, and our families, it is hard to find a lot of upside in the global pandemic that has changed our world over the past year. But one bright spot has been the realization that...

Dec 10, 2020
How a Vancouver caterer wants to revolutionize your lunch break
Nathan Caddell

For most of Drew Munro’s life, the word “seed” was reserved for things like apples and pears. The Surrey native went to Vancouver Community College in the mid-’00s and became a private chef, mostly making meals for families. “I really thought...

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