British Columbia

The Best of BC

We're piling out of our (virtual) tour van on Canada's west coast in beautiful British Columbia. The province rocks the "Super, Natural" tagline, which is both clever and accurate.  On B.C. business day we're featuring known quantities like Roham Gharegozlou of Dapper Labs, and people you should know like friend of The Peak Emile Scheffel, founder of mental health non-profit Persist.

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The Peak's B.C. Power Players

Co-Founder, Boast AI

Alex Popa

Alex is on a mission to help innovative companies become successful and fuel their growth without giving up equity or dealing with the red-tape of R&D tax credits.

Executive Director, New Ventures BC

Angie Schick

Angie has served as the Executive Director at NVBC for 15 years. She runs one of the biggest startup competitions in North America, which has spawned some of the province's biggest tech companies like Aspect Biosystems, AbCellera, and Ecoation.

CTO, Pocketed

Aria Hahn

Brianna Blaney and Aria Hahn built Pocketed to solve the challenges they experienced with accessing grants for their last software start-up. They are on a mission to power economic growth by democratizing access to non-dilutive funding.

Co-Founder and CEO, Verdi

Arthur Chen

At Verdi Arthur helps farmers climate-proof their crops by customizing growing conditions for every plant.

COO and Co-Founder, Digital Technology Supercluster

Bill Tam

Bill oversaw the Supercluster’s' 60M investment into COVID-related projects over the past year; former CEO of BC Tech Association.

Founder and CEO, Pocketed

Brianna Blaney

Brianna Blaney and Aria Hahn built Pocketed to solve the challenges they experienced with accessing grants for their last software start-up. They are on a mission to power economic growth by democratizing access to non-dilutive funding.

Founder and Co-CEO of Canada Drives

Cody Green

Canada Drives is the first to bring online vehicle purchasing and delivery to BC, after having enabled auto financing for Canadians since 2010.

Founder, PERSIST

Emile Scheffel

PERSIST is a project to share the stories of people in politics and public life who battle courageously to maintain their mental health and support those around them.

CEO, Commit

Greg Gunn

Commit is the remote-first community that gives Software Engineers agency over their growth and the impact of their work.

President & CEO of the BC Tech Association

Jill Tipping

Jill's ensuring BC is the best place to grow and scale a tech company. She works to advocate for the sector and is leading the charge for ScaleUp BC.

Co-Founder, ABOzymes

John Barclay

John has well over 15 years of broad experience in the life sciences innovation ecosystem including time in one of ABOzymes' key markets, blood banking and transfusion medicine, as the Executive Director of the American Society for Apheresis.

CEO, Tribe Tech

Joseph Nakhla

Joseph Nakhla is the founder of Tribe Property Technologies, a property technology company simplifying the complexities of residential community living through the delivery of tech-enabled products and services. Tribe is on a path to leading a digital transformation in the fragmented and largely paper-based property management sector that has seen little change in decades.

Executive Director, entrepreneurship@ubc

Kari LaMotte

Kari is the Executive Director at one of the province's top accelerators, which is producing some of the country's biggest and most successful life science companies.

Managing Director, Switchboard Public Relations

Kathleen Reid

Kathleen is the MD of one of Canada's top PR firm for tech companies. She works with many BC-based companies including AbCellera, Boast.AI, BC Tech Association, Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster, and Rival Technologies.

Co-Founder and COO, Vegano Foods

Kaylee Astlee

Kaylee is a start-up fanatic, company-builder, ex-management consultant, and tech entrepreneur. She has started three companies, including MobSquad, a disruptive tech-talent company, and is currently the Co-Founder & COO at Vegano Foods.

CEO and Co-Founder, addy

Mike Stephenson

Michael is a longtime serial entrepreneur and real estate technologist. He started his entrepreneurial journey in 2000 when he co-founded Combustion Hosting (acquired 2006). He followed it up with founding Ubertor Realtor Software which won the Most Innovative Web Service Award in 2009 from Inman News (acquired 2013). This company helped sell over 120,000 homes worth over $90 Billion.

CEO, Shift

Nadia Tatlow

Nadia fell in love with startup life at the beginning of her career and hasn't stopped since. She calls Shift "by far the most exciting side-project turned scaleup," her and the team are running full steam ahead.

Launch Academy

Ray Walia

One of the province’s most recognized and outspoken tech leaders; Launch Academy has emerged as one of Western Canada’s top tech accelerators and has supported entrepreneurs from over 100 different countries

Techcouver

Rob Lewis

Rob oversaw a successful exit with Techvibes and is back with Techcouver, which has become a go-to source for Vancouver tech news.

CEO, Dapper Labs

Roham Gharegozlou

Dapper Labs is the company behind NBA Top Shot and Flow Blockchain and CryptoKitties. Before starting Dapper Labs, Roham was the CEO at Axiom Zen, an award-winning venture studio based in Vancouver, BC, creators of ZenHub, Routific, Timeline, and more.

Founder, CheckIn

Sean Burke

CheckingIn is making mental health support easy and accessible to employees in organizations of all kinds.

Co-Founder and COO, AbCellera

Veronique Lecault

Veronique is the Co-Founder and COO of AbCellera, which recently filed the largest Canadian biotech IPO in history. The company collaborated with American pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly to produce Bamlamnivimab, the first antibody therapy to be authorized to treat COVID-19 in North America and has been used to treat over 400,000 patients in the US alone.

Editor, Vancouver Tech Journal

William Johnson

William is a Vancouver-based writer who’s contributed to local, regional and national publications. He is currently editor of the Vancouver Tech Journal, which was recently named the top newsletter for technology news in Vancouver by the Georgia Straight.

The Peak's Fast Growing B.C. Businesses

ABOzymes

ABOzymes Biomedical wants to make blood types obsolete for blood transfusions and organ transplants through its blood type conversion technology. The company closed a seed round of financing earlier this year and plans to initiate its Series A financing round in the coming months.

Assembly

Assembly is rethinking digital publishing and in its first 5 years of business (2014-2019) experienced 67,000 percent revenue growth.

Bioform Solutions

Bioform manufactures inertial 3D extrusion technologies for creating plant-based hydrogels (gel-like materials composed of polymer networks suspended in mostly water) that are 100% biodegradable to replace single use plastic products.

Cubic Farm

The rapidly growing agtech startup beefed up their executive team by luring former Microsoft Vancouver GM Edo de Martin to be their new CTO. Chairman Jeff Booth is one of the province's most successful tech entrepreneurs.

Dapper Labs

Dapper Labs is the company behind CryptoKitties, the Flow blockchain and NBA Top Shot the hottest thing coming out of Vancouver in 2021.

Hubly

Hubly is powering the future of professional financial services and experienced a 4800% revenue growth in its second year of business.

Lumen5

Lumen5 is used by over 700K brands, including Salesforce, SAP, and Berkshire Hathaway.

Pocketed

Pocketed unlocks $2.9B in grant funding for Canadian businesses with our free intelligent matching platform and our grants marketplace. We built and validated our frictionless grant platform in 14 weeks, achieved 1,000% user growth from alpha to beta, and are scaling rapidly across Canada.

Shift

Shift is making the world a more productive place, helping people around the world eliminate distractions and find more focus in their work (from home) day.

Thinkific

Thinkific is a software platform that enables entrepreneurs to create, market, sell, and deliver their own online courses. The company has 270 employees and over 15 countries on the platofmr.

Tribe Property Technologies

Tribe works together with owners, residents, councils/boards, real estate developers and vendors to understand the complete community from pre-construction to post-occupancy, making community their business.

Vegano Foods

Vegano develops amazing vegan recipes and sources local ingredients to create meal kits delivered to customers doors every week.

Verdi

Verdi is climate-proofing crops by bringing the benefits of indoor farming to outdoor agriculture. Since founding in 2020, Verdi has increased its customer pipeline by 16x to $200k+ and has raised $1.25M in pre-seed funding.

addy

addy is a Vancouver-based proptech startup that is eradicating the barriers to homeownership for Canadians who've typically been priced out of the housing market, by enabling anyone to become a 'homeowner' through the opportunity to invest in real estate properties across Canada for as little as $1, up to $1,500.

The Peak's B.C. Businesses Giving Back

CheckingIn

CheckingIn is making mental health support easy and accessible to employees in organizations of all kinds.

Creator.co

Collaborating with One Tree Planted to plant a tree for every shoutout on the Creator Platform, putting them on track to plant over 10,000 trees by year's end.

Nude Beverages

BC-based spirits brand has animal welfare at its heart, having donated $230K+ to date to animal rescue charities, with goal of $1M by 2023.

PERSIST

PERSIST is a project to share the stories of people in politics and public life who battle courageously to maintain their mental health and support those around them.

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