Women around the world continue to be constrained when it comes to economic empowerment and advancement, due to a variety of social, legal and institutional barriers: the double burden of work and domestic responsibilities; gender stereotypes around women in the workplace; which sectors they choose; lack of female role models; and lack of opportunities to […]
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Approximately $40,000 worth of plastic is dumped into the world’s oceans every minute. Since the pandemic was declared, the amount of trash filling our oceans has only multiplied. In fact, COVID-19 has triggered an estimated global use of 129 billion face masks and 65 billion gloves every single month. Single-use plastic has exponentially increased because […]
With provincial restart plans in place, in-store shopping, indoor dining and indoor events are set to resume in the coming months. At last, a sense of normalcy is returning. Local and small businesses have been disproportionality impacted by the pandemic. In a survey we recently conducted at Interac, we found 75 per cent of Canadians […]
I have always been passionate about healthcare. Early in my life I thought I would become a doctor until I realized the sight of blood made me almost keel over. So when I let go of a future in medicine years ago, I never imagined I would be leading a virtual care division of Canada’s […]
It can be hard to feel like immigration should be a top priority right now, as we’re still mostly unable to travel, and the Canada-U.S. border is still closed to non-essential travel. But the fact is, the great reopening is right around the corner, and with the pilot of the dedicated tech talent stream of […]
How social commerce is turning a perfect storm into a prime opportunity The fallout from the pandemic-induced shuttering of Canada’s physical storefronts has been nothing short of catastrophic. As of February 2021, small businesses have collectively taken on $135 billion in debt in an attempt to survive COVID-19, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business reports. […]
For over a year now, businesses across Canada have adapted to remote or hybrid work environments made necessary by the Covid-19 pandemic. Most Canadians have now familiarized themselves with applications and virtual collaboration tools like Zoom, Skype, and Microsoft Teams to keep working, and stay connected throughout lockdowns and distancing measures. Yet even as organizations […]
In May 2010, Laszlo Hanyecz, a developer from Florida, made the first known purchase of a good with bitcoin. He was mining tens of thousands of bitcoin from his home. Even though he had large amounts, he had nowhere to spend his bitcoin. Fortunately, he was part of a Bitcoin Talk Forum started by Satoshi […]
As a teenager, I was thrilled to open my own bank account—not so that I could spend, but so that I could save. When I graduated from college, the first thing I did was buy real estate: a humble apartment suite in Vancouver, where I would work as a journalist and editor for nearly a […]
Access to top talent has long been one of the biggest constraints for founders looking to grow and scale a tech company in B.C. With the current shift towards a digital economy, skilled tech workers are in higher demand than ever. Tech job postings in Canada were up 30% from pre pandemic levels in early […]