Tech & Science

Jun 1, 2021
Youth Innovation Showcase announces 2021 finalists
Saphiya Zerrouk

B.C. has no shortage of innovators—and it looks like there are plenty more in the pipeline. The Science Fair Foundation of BC just announced the 10 finalists in its 2021 Youth Innovation Showcase. Their projects, which span sectors such as healthtech...

May 31, 2021
Work from home? Or back to the office? This B.C. tech firm has a post-pandemic fix
Saphiya Zerrouk

Itching to get back to the office or enjoying the commute from bed to your at-home workstation? Traction on Demand might have the perfect in-between for employees who want to ditch the loungewear and start interacting with the outside world again. Feedback...

May 26, 2021
Pacific Trader: Xenon Pharmaceuticals’ treatments seem to have hit a nerve
Michael McCullough

The stock: B.C.’s biotech sector has had a breakthrough year, what with the blockbuster IPO of AbCellera Biologics (NASDAQ:ABCL) in December, U.S. regulatory approval for Aurinia Pharmaceuticals (TSX:AUP) in January and other milestones. Next to those, the nearly 30-percent appreciation...

May 17, 2021
Cleantech player Pani Energy brings AI to the fight against water scarcity
Saphiya Zerrouk

Not yet 30, Devesh Bharadwaj is helping the world solve water scarcity. With his team, the CEO of Victoria-headquartered Pani Energy created an artificial intelligence system that can shrink energy costs for water treatment plants. Now Pani has joined forces with...

May 14, 2021
B.C. startup helps small farmers and big food brands tackle climate change
Nick Rockel

As B.C. struggles to save its forests, a local startup is helping other countries to regrow theirs. Its reforestation efforts with farmers around the world have caught the eye of major food brands—and won support from Google. In April, from among...

May 11, 2021
Despite Leaf Mobile’s huge 2020, CEO Darcy Taylor insists the company is just getting started
Nathan Caddell

You don’t meet many CEOs of video game companies who studied political science and history in university. “It allows you to win a good game of Trivial Pursuit,” Darcy Taylor says with laugh about his background in the humanities from Queen’s...

Apr 30, 2021
Breaking ground on a new HQ, biotech powerhouse AbCellera plants its flag in Vancouver
Nick Rockel

Scientifically speaking, AbCellera Biologics is used to breaking new ground. Now it’s doing so literally, too. The Vancouver-based company got the world’s attention last December with its NASDAQ Stock Exchange debut, the biggest-ever IPO by a Canadian biotechnology business. Yesterday, AbCellera—whose market capitalization sits...

Apr 28, 2021
Tech unicorn Thinkific moves to the head of the online learning class. That success didn’t happen overnight
Nick Rockel

The first time Greg Smith got the billion-dollar question was in 2015. That’s when the co-founder of Thinkific Labs had his first meeting with Fraser Hall and Jay Rhind of Rhino Ventures, which went on to become an investor in...

Apr 22, 2021
Campbell River’s NexStream Tech Competition boils down to eight finalists
By the Editors

The NexStream Tech Competition has reached its Elite Eight moment. The Campbell River contest, founded in 2019 to encourage solutions to challenges faced by the region’s industries, with a focus on clean, sustainable technology, has whittled down its 60-plus applicants to a group...

Apr 22, 2021
B.C. cleantech company hits the road to keep electric vehicles running
Nick Rockel

Mark Rabin took an unlikely route to the renewable power business. After earning a geology degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, the New Brunswick native moved to Alberta with just a backpack and a pair of skis, he says. Rabin joined...

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