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Tech Is Everywhere: How executives and entrepreneurs are leveraging technology to grow their business.

In a province full of limitless opportunities for technology, where can we keep track of all that innovation? On the Tech Is Everywhere podcast, host Tarah Ferguson travels throughout British Columbia's ever-growing tech sector to chat with tech entrepreneurs and non-traditional tech companies about how technology has helped them to innovate and grow their business. From forestry to agriculture, from mining to healthcare and from tourism to transportation, each week Tarah talks one on one with individuals from varying regions and industries, and uncovers that in BC, tech truly is everywhere!
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Oct 17, 2017

This week on Tech is Everywhere, we meet with the PR & Publicity Manager of AbeBooks, Richard Davies. He discusses how physical books continue to be a highly demanded commodity, despite the alternatives technology offers. We also dive into the international expansion of the company and how being acquired by Amazon has enhanced their capabilities. To learn more about innovations happening around you, head over to bcic.ca

Oct 13, 2017

In this week’s episode of Tech is Everywhere, we meet with the CIO of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Marianne Marck, to talk about technology integration. Learn how this globally recognized leader evolved from auctioning furniture store to used heavy equipment. Today, they own 44 permanent auctioning sites worldwide. Ritchie Brothers utilizes tech to empower buyers, while collecting greater insights of demands. To learn more about innovations happening around you, head on over to bcic.ca

Oct 6, 2017

In this week’s episode of Tech is Everywhere, we meet with the Founder and COO of Vancouver's fintech company Finn.ai, Natalie Cartwright. We discuss how Finn.ai is utilizing AI to help banks reach customers in a new and innovative way. This growing company provides users with access to banking info via various messaging platforms. To learn more about innovations happening around you, head on over to bcic.ca

Sep 27, 2017

On this episode of Tech Is Everywhere, we sit down with the CEO and co-founder of HRx Technology, Wyle Baoween.  After graduating at the top of his class, Wyle found it incredibly difficult to find work.  He started questioning the entire recruiting process, which eventually led to Wyle starting HRx Technology, a software company that helps organizations hire individuals based on skills and experience and rule out the unconscious biases of gender, race, or socio-economic status. 

On today's show, Wyle shares how his insights on why companies need to invest in human capital, what companies can do to mitigate unconscious bias in the workplace and within their hiring processes, and why he loves building his business in capital

Sep 21, 2017

On this episode of Tech Is Everywhere, we sit down with the CEO of Grown Here Farms, Krystine McInnes.

On today's' show, Krystine shares how she got into the farming business on somewhat of a whim, how the technology she is building will help empower farmers to make more informed business decisions, and her reasons behind the latest trend of consumers wanting to shop and support locally.

For more information, head on over to bcic.ca

Sep 12, 2017

On this episode of Tech Is Everywhere, we sit down with Ryan Peterson, the co-founder, and CEO of Finger Food Studios. Started as a gaming company in 2009, they quickly saw the opportunity in 3D virtual reality business solutions.

In today's episode, Ryan shares how companies are using VR in business saving them time and money, why he thinks all people should pick one thing and do it well and the attitude him as his team have when solving problems that have never been tackled before.

To learn more about Finger Food Studios, head on over to bcic.ca

 

 

Sep 6, 2017

On today's episode of Tech Is Everywhere, we sit down with the CEO & founder of GetintheLoop Matt Crowell. Matt founded the company five years ago as a way to find cheap tee times with friends. What started out as a way to fill up empty tee times during the off season, turned into a mobile marketing business with key partners such as Predator Ridge Resorts and Bell Media to name a few. 

 

On today's episode, Matt shares how growing up with a single mom taught him the true meaning of hard work, how a pro-hockey deal solidified his plans for entrepreneurship and why he advises all entrepreneurs to Just Start!

To find out how you can GetInTheLoop, head on over to bcic.ca

Aug 30, 2017

On this episode of Tech Is Everywhere, we head over to the PressReader headquarters in Richmond B.C. to chat with their EVP, Chief Content Officer, and General Counsel, Nikolay Malyarov.

On today's episode, Nikolay shares how PressReader transitioned from a business that printed newspapers in faraway places into a digital content aggregator for newspapers and magazines. Why he believes print is not dead, despite the critics, and PressReaders plans to be one of your top daily apps.

To find out more about PressReader, head on over to bcic.ca

 

 

Aug 22, 2017

On today's episode of Tech Is Everywhere, we sit down with the largest YouTube star north of Vancouver, Andrew Furmanczyk. With over 300,000 subscribers and over 50 million views, Andrew is considered one of the earliest YouTube stars and one of BC’s biggest. He picked up piano from his vocalist mom at the age of 5, developed a passion for piano at age 13 and was practicing day in and out for 4-6 hours a day in hopes of becoming the next Beethoven.

At 17, a life-threatening illness caused Andrew to give-up playing piano full-time. With all this acquired knowledge, however, he still maintained a strong passion for piano and decided to leverage video as a way to share his knowledge. This was the foundation of the Furmanczyk Academy Of Music.

On today's episode, Andrew shares how he built a business via YouTube, how starting his YouTube business helped him recover from his life threatening illness and his business advice for future YouTube entrepreneurs.

To find out more about Andrew, head on over to our website, bcic.ca

Aug 16, 2017

In this episode of TECH IS EVERYWHERE Tarah sits down with Layne Woodfin, the co-founder of Cotyledon Consulting.

In today's episode, Layne discusses in detail their product, Stem Shock, and how it’s RNAi technology can be used to target only weed species and what this means for the agriculture industry.

Listen in to find out more about this natural, biodegradable and GMO-free product that is eliminating invasive plant species.

Aug 9, 2017

On today’s episode of Tech Is Everywhere, we head up to Kamloops to talk with Wayne Cochran, Founder and CEO of Axis Forestry. Axis Forestry serves logging contractors worldwide. While their prime business is manufacturing parts that will fit forestry processor heads, they also rebuild parts and have recently invented their own processor head (Rebel X25) and control system (Cyprus Control).

In this episode, Wayne shares with us how he got started with Axis, how Axis Forestry is more of a technology company than a traditional forestry company and how they’re shifting the industry with mechanized forestry equipment. 

To hear from other innovative companies in B.C. doing cool things with technology, head on over to www.bcic.ca

 

 

Aug 3, 2017

On this episode of Tech Is Everywhere, we speak to Richard Henzie, Marketing Director for Buildings at Schneider Electric Canada. While Schneider is headquartered in France, a lot of innovation comes from their Canadian office in our province’s capital—Victoria!

Ten years ago, Schneider set out to be the largest global energy leader in the world, but it wasn’t possible in Canada since Power Measurement took the lead here—so an acquisition made sense.

On today's show, we chat with Richard to find out how Schneider Electric is making homes and buildings smart as well as how they are innovating in the clean energy space on a global scale from a tiny West Coast island.

 

Mar 30, 2017

Joining us today on Tech Is Everywhere is Mike Checkley, President of Kelowna-based QHR Technologies. With today’s instant access to information, med-tech seems to be falling behind, but QHR stays ready to provide the medical field with innovative tech solutions. Their line-up of solutions include Accuro, Canada’s leading EMR system and Medeo Virtual Care, a revolutionary app where you can connect with your doctor via video conference from the comfort of your couch.

For more information on how QHR Technologies is dominating the health-tech space, head on over to http://bcic.ca/news/tech-is-everywhere/

Mar 23, 2017

Joining us today is the Founder and Chief Adventurer of Elate Cosmetics, Melodie Reynolds. In today’s episode, Melodie shares with us how it’s important for all women to own their beauty, why she refers to herself as the lazy makeup artist and how her small business became a global enterprise with the help of tech.

For more information on how Elate Cosmetics is empowering individuals world-wide, head on over to www.bcic.ca/news/blog

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Mar 16, 2017

In this episode of TECH IS EVERYWHERE Tarah sits down with BCLC’s Director of Software Services, Lauren Goebel. Today, Lauren shares how BCLC has been utilizing tech to provide top-notch security and to accommodate the new generation.

For more information on how BCLC is utilizing great tech, head on over to www.bcic.ca/news/blog

Mar 9, 2017

In this episode of TECH IS EVERYWHERE Tarah sits down with Aaron Sinclaire, president of TimberTracks, to learn all about how they’ve been helping forestry become more efficient. Aaron chats all about the impact of technology adoption in the timber industry, the importance of building a product that your customers need (rather than what you need), and why he believes Prince George is a great place to build a business and a family.  

“The biggest thing is market validation,” says Aaron. “Make sure you build something your customer wants.”

 For more information on how TimberTrack has become THE tool in the forestry industry, head on over to www.bcic.ca/news/blog

Mar 2, 2017

On this episode of TECH IS EVERYWHERE Tarah heads over to Victoria BC to sit down with head brewer and co-founder of Category 12 Brewing Michael Kuzyk.

In today’s episode, Michael shares his story of leaving academia to pursue his own business in beer brewing. Once a doctorate in the sciences, he takes his knowledge of chemistry to a new level in beer brewing to make the perfect award-winning IPA.


For more information on how what Category 12 Brewing is up to, head on over to www.bcic.ca/news/blog

 

Feb 23, 2017

In this episode of TECH IS EVERYWHERE Tarah sits down with the COO and co-founder of QuestUpon, Tammy Meyers. QuestUpon is one of the top augmented reality companies allowing people to experience the world in a whole new way. In today’s episode, Tammy shares with us how they the geo-locative gaming and augmented reality company is bringing brands to life through treasure hunts, guided tours, urban races and more.

For more information on how QuestUpon is engaging people through augmented, virtual and mixed reality, head on over to www.bcic.ca/news/blog

Feb 16, 2017

In this episode of TECH IS EVERYWHERE, Tarah sits down with Dan Rink, founder and CEO at iTel Networks. iTel is in the arena competing with Canada’s biggest communication giants, and they’re winning in many ways. 

On today’s podcast we chat about iTel Network’s expansion into a new 34,000 sq. foot space and success while competing with communication giants such as Shaw and TEL

 “Under one minute hold times and high first call resolutions” is guaranteed says Dan.


Is their amazing customer service the secret to their success? Find out more on our blog www.bcic.ca/news/blog

Feb 9, 2017

In this episode of TECH IS EVERYWHERE, Tarah sits down with Ryan Samis, VP of Operations at Geotech Drilling. On today’s podcast we chat about the history of drilling, how they have managed to scale the company internationally despite being HQ in Prince George and recent acquisitions that will give them a competitive advantage in the drilling space.

“With the evolution of the world we live in… and the efficiencies of your process, you have to embrace technology at a certain capacity,” says Ryan.


What puts the “tech” in Geotech Drilling? Find out more on our blog www.bcic.ca/news/blog

Feb 2, 2017

Have you ever wondered about where your products came from and how they got to you? Well, there’s a whole transportation industry out there and it’s tough. Luckily, one BC company is making it easier with their tool, Navistream.

On today’s episode, we head up to Kamloops to chat with the VP of Sales and Marketing at Streamline Transportation Technologies, Dan De Palma.

He shares with us how the tech company was founded, why their product is finally ready for the market and how Kamloops is the best place for their employees to enjoy a work-life balance.

For more information on how Streamline is revolutionizing the transportation industry, head on over to www.bcic.ca/news/blog

Jan 26, 2017

In this episode of TECH IS EVERYWHERE Tarah sits down with co-founder of FreshGrade, Steve Wandler. In today’s episode, we talk about improvements that can be made to the education system and how FreshGrade acts as a “living report card”. Steve shows how passionate he is about making changes to better the lives of teachers, students and parents alike.

“I don’t want my kids to go through the same thing I went through when I was in school” says Steve.


What exactly did he go through? Find out more on our blog www.bcic.ca/news/blog

Jan 19, 2017

Joining us today is the CEO of Destination BC, Marsha Walden. In today’s episode, Marsha shares with us how they have been showcasing BC’s incredible experiences and opportunities through Virtual Reality experiences, Instagram and Google Trekker. #explorebc and get a real sense of what BC is all about.

“We’re so lucky to have all of these amazing experiences in such a short distance from one another,” says Marsha. “You can snowboard, sail, and golf in the same day.”

For more information on how Destination BC is amplifying BC’s visibility, head on over to www.bcic.ca/news/blog

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Jan 12, 2017

The rise in organic farming is booming and it’s only getting better! Joining us today on the Tech is Everywhere podcast is founder of BC based Ecoation Innovative Solutions (EIS), Dr. Saber Miresmailli. In today’s episode, Dr. Miresmailli gives us the scoop on how his piece of technology Crop Sense, will help farmers everywhere in eliminating the use of pesticides. It’s already being used in Benin, West Africa thanks to funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

 “There are actually lots of pesticide residue that goes straight to their brain from their caps. So they (the farmers) are the ones that are most in danger,” says Dr. Miresmailli.

For more information on how Crop Sense can save our agriculture from pesticides, head on over to www.bcic.ca/news/blog

Jan 5, 2017

Clean energy exists right here in BC’s backyard-- we’re talking about the power of trees! Joining us today on Tech Is Everywhere is Director of Biofuel Development, James Spankie an 18 year veteran with Canfor. In today’s episode, James gives us an insider’s view on how technology has revolutionized the lumber, pulp and paper industry. To date, Canfor is one of the only lumber companies in Canada to maintain its own innovation centre and is a leader in technology adoption in the province.

“Trees themselves are really just batteries, they’re carbon batteries or energy batteries in a lot ways. They absorb carbon from the atmosphere and they absorb energy from the sun” says James.

For more information just how powerful these ‘carbon batteries’ can be, head on over to www.bcic.ca/news/blog

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