BC Business Magazine - - Celebrating 45 Years -

2010: A relic of B.C.'S re­tail­ing past is brought back to life when the Wood­ward's build­ing re­opens in the fall. The Van­cou­ver de­vel­op­ment on Hast­ings–with its mix of af­ford­able and mar­ket hous­ing, gallery space, re­tail and an SFU satel­lite cam­pus–is a pivot point for Canada's “poor­est postal code.” Whether that pivot to­ward gen­tri­fi­ca­tion has been good for all con­cerned re­mains hotly de­bated. 2015: One of the most suc­cess­ful e-com­merce plays of the past decade, In­dochino, sees Vic­to­ria-based founder Kyle Vucko step down. The re­tailer, a pioneer in sell­ing made-tomea­sure suits on­line, has made the rare evo­lu­tion from web to bricks-and­mor­tar in re­cent years: by 2020, it an­tic­i­pates 150 re­tail out­lets world­wide. 2016: B.C. biotech gi­ant QLT Inc. merges with Bos­ton-based Aege­rion Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals Inc. and be­comes Nove­lion Ther­a­peu­tics Inc. QLT was started by sci­en­tist Ju­lia Levy and four oth­ers as Quadra Logic Tech­nolo­gies in 1981; its Visu­dyne, used for treat­ing mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion, would be­come the most lu­cra­tive drug in the his­tory of eye medicine.

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