Tech & Science

Apr 5, 2018
BCIC–New Ventures Competition welcomes applicants
By the Editors

The British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) and non-profit New Ventures BC have teamed up once again for a contest that rewards the province’s best new business endeavours. The BCIC–New Ventures Competition has been running since 2000, and this year the team that places first will take home $110,000. Companies will vie for more than just cash:...

Apr 4, 2018
Local investors are missing out on profits from Metro Vancouver’s VR and AR industry
Kate Wilson and Dan Burgar

In the past year alone, surgeons have begun practising their work on digital bodies, mines have been planned in immersive 3D, and Walmart Inc. has chosen to train its employees in constructed realities. Touted in the same breath as blockchain, AI and machine learning, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality...

Mar 29, 2018
Fourth BCIC Ignite Awards celebrate industry-shifting partnerships between business and academia
Nathan Caddell

It’s become a tradition. Twice a year, the British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) identifies revolutionary new technologies and rewards them with funding. The latest edition of the BCIC Ignite Awards saw the most cash handed out so far, with four recipients receiving almost $1 million in total. BCBusiness was a media sponsor of the awards, which...

Mar 28, 2018
Weekend Warrior: Geordie Rose is hooked on grappling
Nathan Caddell

I started [wrestling] when I was 13, my first year in high school, and I was terrible, lost every single match, about 30 of them. I was going to quit and not show up for the next year, but a...

Mar 26, 2018
Fourth BCIC Ignite Awards to take place this week
By the Editors

Once again it’s time for something that’s become a rite of passage for the local technology sector: the British Columbia Innovation Council’s Ignite Awards. BCBusiness is a media sponsor of the event, which takes place on Wednesday, March 28, at Telus...

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...

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