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Manufacturing & Transport

Sep 11, 2017
Top 100 2017: How a Seattle transplant made his mark on TransLink
Jacob Parry

Armed with a pack of M&M’s and a wall-mounted transit map, Kevin Desmond is ready to embark on a virtual tour of the Lower Mainland. As he moves through Richmond, the TransLink CEO sees a Canada Line expansion southward. On...

Aug 24, 2017
Does B.C.'s green building sector create employment?
By BCBusiness

While the number of jobs related to the construction of new green buildings in B.C. has increased to 31,700, up from 23,200 in 2015, employment stemming from energy-efficiency retrofits for existing buildings has dropped by one third, according to the...

Jul 25, 2017
B.C. craft distiller lobbies new provincial government
By BCBusiness

Goodridge & Williams, makers of Sid’s Handcrafted Vodka and other spirits, has written an open letter to the new B.C. government on behalf of the province’s craft distilling sector, hoping to spur discussion about industry regulations. According to the company...

Jul 20, 2017
Industry Adapts To 'Sharing Economy'

BCBusiness + The Insurance Institute of British Columbia There are probably few people who are oblivious to the rise of Airbnb and its effect on the hotel industry. Ditto for Uber and its impact on the taxi trade. Such practices can be easily underestimated because they’ve been enabled purely because of technology...

Jul 14, 2017
"Go West, Young Man"

BCBusiness + Willson International Why did Willson International expand to British Columbia? Entering the Vancouver market in July of 2015 represented continuation of the vision of our founder, William Willson. His vision was to provide excellent service to a...

Jul 10, 2017
How to take the car out of carbon emissions
Felicity Stone

By 2019, every new Volvo will have an electric or hybrid engine. By 2040, France will end the sale of diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles. What will Canada do? The federal government has committed to reducing the country's greenhouse-gas emissions 30 per...

May 19, 2017
Britco Construction slashes energy costs and waste by blending modular and passive housing
Nick Rockel

You probably know Britco for its tan-and-orange rental trailers, a fixture on construction sites. But the Langley-based company has other talents. The Britco Construction division recently married its expertise in modular building design with “passive house,” a building standard that is...

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...

Apr 25, 2017
Numerology: BC Ferries' new skipper can expect rough seas ahead
Melissa Edwards

That’s how many passengers used BC Ferries in fiscal 2016—a 4.9 per cent gain from the previous year but still fewer than in 2006. Coastal communities blame steep fare increases over the past decade for the reduced traffic. As former...

Feb 16, 2017
Vancouver's bike economy: the hottest thing on two wheels
Jacob Parry

The proliferation of green-painted bike lanes around downtown Vancouver may be the surest sign of the power of the local cycling lobby, but behind store windows and in offices and garages, another revolution is underway. As residents ride their bicycles...

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