Tech & Science

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...

Apr 30, 2020
On Trend: 3D printing is hot off the presses in B.C.
Nathan Caddell

British Columbians are just starting to explore the many uses for 3D printing, but they’ve had the service at their fingertips for some time. 3DSmith Studios in downtown Vancouver and Burnaby’s Forge Labs opened their doors in 2016. Both places...

Apr 28, 2020
Getting creative in a pandemic: Vancouver startup incubator encourages businesses to adapt in the wake of COVID-19
Nathan Caddell

Like so many budding entrepreneurs, Sophie Wyne found a gap in the market. Only hers was a tad more personal. Having experienced a toxic workplace in what the Vancouver native calls “another life,” Wyne realized there were no B2B solutions...

Apr 27, 2020
Move to online platform expands reach for the Science Fair Foundation’s Youth Innovation Showcase
Alyssa Hirose

The organizers of the Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia’s Youth Innovation Showcase are setting a good example for their participants—due to the COVID-19 outbreak, they’ve shifted the applications, workshops, and final event online. “It’s sort of been a blessing in...

Apr 22, 2020
5 questions with Wendy Hurlburt, president and CEO of LifeSciences BC
Nick Rockel

This article was originally published in our March issue, before the COVID-19 pandemic came to Canada. 1. What is the role of LifeSciences BC? We are a member-driven organization, and we represent the life sciences ecosystem. We are uniquely positioned in...

Apr 20, 2020
Newly minted Trulioo CEO Steve Munford dishes on taking the reins during a pandemic, the company’s future
Nathan Caddell

“I don’t think you can use the word typical,” says Steve Munford from the other side of a computer screen with a chuckle, when asked about the first month in his new job. Fair enough. After all, Munford’s first official day...

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