BC Business Magazine - - Contents - Nick Rockel, Ed­i­tor-in-chief bcb@canadaw­ide.com / @Bcbusi­ness

Turn­ing 45 never felt so good

At the Bctech Sum­mit in March, I strolled through an ex­hi­bi­tion hall brim­ming with in­ge­nu­ity. The tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies that gath­ered at the Van­cou­ver Con­ven­tion Cen­tre rep­re­sent Bri­tish Columbia's fu­ture. OK, but how many of them will still be around in 45 years?

By any stan­dard, stay­ing in the game that long is an im­pres­sive achieve­ment. I'm proud to helm the mag­a­zine that be­gan its life in 1972 as Busi­ness in B.C., un­der found­ing ed­i­tor and pub­lisher Joe Martin. What's now called Bcbusi­ness changed own­ers twice dur­ing the 1980s, get­ting picked up by Jim Pat­ti­son be­fore Peter Legge and Neil Soper bought it in 1990. As part of Canada Wide Me­dia Ltd., it's be­come an in­dis­pens­able re­source for any­one who cares about busi­ness in this prov­ince.

When Martin kicked things off 45 years ago, B.C. was home to just 2.3 mil­lion peo­ple, less than half its cur­rent pop­u­la­tion. The av­er­age Van­cou­ver-area home went for about $31,500, ac­cord­ing to the Real Es­tate Board of Greater Van­cou­ver, less than three times typ­i­cal fam­ily in­come. Back then, no one could have fore­seen the events that would trans­form the prov­ince and how it does busi­ness, from Expo 86 to the rise of the In­ter­net. The fu­ture has a funny way of not turn­ing out as ex­pected. (Re­mem­ber peak oil, the Seg­way—and a Hil­lary Clin­ton pres­i­dency?)

That didn't stop us from look­ing ahead in “Edge of To­mor­row.” Be­sides break­ing new ground in fields like mixed re­al­ity and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, the 10 com­pa­nies high­lighted start­ing on page 31 are tack­ling cli­mate change and en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion. A spe­cial thank you to one of them, Fin­ger Food Stu­dios Inc., for pro­vid­ing the lo­ca­tion and Mi­crosoft Hololens glasses for the cover shoot. To mark our an­niver­sary, this story in­cludes a time­line—con­trib­uted by my pre­de­ces­sor, Matt O'grady—that fol­lows B.C. busi­ness through five decades.

We also look for­ward in Andrew Find­lay's “Clean Break” (p.44), which pro­files six lo­cal al­ter­na­tive en­ergy plays. Fos­sil fu­els re­main cru­cial to the Cana­dian econ­omy, but watch for re­new­ables to keep gain­ing mar­ket share. That trend will be good for B.C., home to hun­dreds of clean­tech out­fits, es­pe­cially if tal­ents like hy­dro­gen power cham­pion and re­cent 30 Un­der 30 win­ner Si­mon Pickup can ex­port their prod­ucts and ser­vices.

On that note, I'm op­ti­mistic about to­mor­row. I couldn't ask for a bet­ter team, or a bet­ter place to edit a busi­ness mag­a­zine. Bring on the next 45 years.

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