Tech & Science

Dec 17, 2009
Hire a Virtual Assistant
Tommy Humphreys

Oh, brave new world that has such things as virtual assitants in it. Free up your time this Christmas by outsourcing some basic tasks. Last week, I talked about giving yourself the gift of downtime for the holidays. And what better way to offload some tasks and free up your time than to hire an assistant?

Dec 3, 2009
Microsoft Canada Development Centre
BCBusiness D.B.

The thing that keeps this workplace swinging is connectivity. The research centre runs a bus service to help its Lower Mainland workers get to the front doors and offers a host of high-tech teleconferencing systems so its teams can easily collaborate with others around the world. Number of Employees: 250 Head Office: Richmond Quote: “We are constantly looking to make things possible, and the work I do will be used by hundreds of millions daily”

Dec 3, 2009
Habanero Consulting
Marlene MacIsaac

“Habanero is one of the most open companies I have ever worked for. I could approach anyone in the company and be honest with them without retribution.” Number of employees: 60 Head office: Vancouver Quote: “Habanero is one of the most open companies I have ever worked for. I could approach anyone in the company and be honest with them without retribution”

Dec 2, 2009
Size Matters in B.C. Tech
Brent Holliday

Why can’t B.C. have a game-changing industry anchor? If I am the technology industry in B.C., all I want for Christmas is a behemoth. It’s not too much to ask for, is it? I have been wishing for a gargantuan company ever since I spent time in Helsinki, Finland, and Waterloo, Ontario. It’s true. I have great-big-tech-company envy.


Nov 4, 2009
A Crazy Year in B.C. Tech
Brent Holliday

Happy anniversary? Looking back at a crazy year in tech financing in B.C. I began writing this column a year ago this September. That was right around the time that Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. ceased to exist and the banks put...

Nov 4, 2009
Best in Show in B.C. Tech
BCBusiness D.B.

The B.C. government wants a busy tech sector to boost revenues and jobs, but are politicians equipped to choose winners and losers? High tech is all about the next big thing. And here in B.C., we play the game as enthusiastically as anyone else. It was once all about satellites and wireless, then it was biotech and fuel cells, and now we’re all over digital media and cleantech. Each new technology promises to revolutionize the economy, attract foreign capital and create...

Oct 8, 2009
Enough Subsidies
Brent Holliday

Government handouts only foster a second-class industry. One of the biggest successes in B.C.’s technology industry is the emergence of the video game sector, a 6,000-employee-strong, billion-dollar-a-year fun factory. Ever since the game Evolution and its creator, Distinctive Software, emerged in...

Sep 2, 2009
QHR Technologies Is Becoming a Health Player
as told to Peter Severinson

What was once a small software startup in Kelowna is quickly growing to supply health-care authorities across Canada. QHR Technologies Inc. started in 1997 offering automated payroll software for hospital managers. It went public through a reverse takeover of a resource...

Sep 2, 2009
This Year's Model
Brent Holliday

New tech acronyms mean new investment opportunities. If you decided to leave the frenetic technology industry for a few years, pay little attention to it, then return, you might think a whole new set of industries has been born in your...

Aug 5, 2009
Ghost in the Machine
Danielle Egan

Regulatory bodies in Canada and in the US have yet to create specific rules for contract research organizations. INSIDERS CALL them a necessary evil, spawned by an industry that has itself been cast as the devil. “I prefer to call us the...

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