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May 2017

In this issue

May 19, 2017
ViewsIQ helps speed up disease diagnosis anywhere in the world by taking pathology digital
Marcie Good

A small startup based in a Richmond office park is confronting an infirmity that has dogged Canadian medicine and presented around the globe—a shortage of pathologists.The specialized doctors, who diagnose diseases from tissue samples and tests, play a key role in determining treatment. As Canada’s population ages and cancer cases become more numerous and complex, there aren’t enough pathologists to...

May 19, 2017
Automaker Electra Meccanica helps commuters say goodbye to fossil fuels
Felicity Stone

An electric car is to a fossil-fuel car what the Internet is to a fax machine, says Jerry Kroll, founder and CEO of Vancouver’s Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp., which debuted its Solo one-person electric vehicle in September. “It’s less expensive, faster, cleaner, more fun,” Kroll explains. “The only difference between a fax machine and a fossil-fuel combustion vehicle is fax...

May 19, 2017
Grow Financial works behind the scenes to raise the banking industry’s digital game
Nick Rockel

Banks and credit unions look to 33-year-old Kevin Sandhu to help them keep pace with changing consumer demands. “We’re really the tech in fintech—that’s the problem, at the end of the day, I think we’re solving,” says the boyish founder and CEO of Grow Financial Inc. at his company’s bright, sparsely furnished offices in Vancouver. Grow, which specializes in white-label digital...

May 19, 2017
Raising fish in containers on land is eco-friendly. The next step is growing vegetables in the same water
Felicity Stone

Is salmon raised on land the future of seafood?” asked National Geographic in a story about Kuterra LP, a farm established in 2013 by the ’Namgis First Nation in Port Hardy on Vancouver Island to raise Atlantic salmon in tanks. West Creek Aquaculture in Fort Langley has produced tank-raised rainbow trout for 20 years and began selling coho and sockeye...

May 19, 2017
Kindred Systems wants to design artificial intelligence that learns like people do. No pressure
Nick Rockel

At the recent BCTech Summit, visitors couldn’t resist the Kindred Systems Inc. booth. No wonder: the company had a corral of furry robotic cats on display. On hand to supervise these strangely fetching felines were co-founder and CEO Geordie Rose, along with co-founder and chief scientific officer Suzanne Gildert.The cats are just one of a variety of robots built by...

May 19, 2017
Meet 10 of B.C.’s most innovative companies

Anyone curious about where British Columbia’s economy is headed could have found some answers at the recent BCTech Summit in Vancouver. In its second year, the sold-out gathering featured more than 260 B.C. companies and other organizations, including some of the businesses profiled on the following pages.B.C. was built on natural resources, but to paraphrase Yogi Berra, the future isn’t...

May 19, 2017
DIY Management: 5 tips for networking at business events
Felicity Stone

1. Size up the room Stand at the front, look for someone who’s not tied up in a conversation, then go over and talk to them, Rezac advises. “Be careful of the pounce,” Prowse says. “Sometimes we can come across as being a little too assertive and even aggressive.” To join a group, do what Rezac calls the 28-second hover. “Find...

May 18, 2017
This private island is a playground for the rich–and Hawaii's best-kept secret
Amanda Ross

There’s perhaps no bigger status buy than the private island. Thanks to Justin Trudeau’s Christmas vacation, we now all know about the Aga Khan’s Bahamian getaway, and Richard Branson has long used his Necker Island as an advertisement for the good life. But iconoclastic billionaire Larry Ellison, founder of U.S. software giant Oracle Corp., is a little different. His purchase...

May 18, 2017
Mixed reality trailblazer Finger Food Studios offers a glimpse of manufacturing’s future
Nick Rockel

Apart from the gleaming tractor unit in the middle of the room, the Holodeck looks like a big empty warehouse. Have I come to the right place? I slip on a pair of Microsoft HoloLens glasses, tightening the band against the back of my skull. Turning to the truck, I see that it has a new holographic hood; by reaching...

May 17, 2017
First Nations activists take the lead in the battle against Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
Jacob Parry

From Larry Commodore’s vantage point near Chilliwack at the top of the Fraser Valley, the Trans Mountain Expansion Project isn’t a done deal. “Not going to happen,” vows the former two-term chief of the Soowahlie nation turned grassroots activist. Commodore lays out his opposition to the pipeline: its right-of-way intersects with a burial ground; oil could spill into the Fraser...

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