Columnists


$3 million collaboration
Accelerate Okanagan - Feb 16, 2017 - Columnists

Online child sexual exploitation could soon become a thing of the past, thanks in part to a group of unlikely heroes: graduate students at Canadian universities, armed with big data. The offensive comes as part of a new partnership signed between Kelowna startup Two Hat Security and Mitacs, a national not-for-profit research and training organization. […]

Macroeconomics and Kelowna
Imagine Kelowna - Feb 11, 2017 - Columnists

What makes a great city? Not just a liveable one, but one that people truly admire, learn from and attempt to replicate. The best cities have a strong connection to the rest of the world. They have a keen understanding of global trends and are able to adapt and thrive through changing landscapes. This is […]

Big win for Data Nerds
Accelerate Okanagan - Feb 10, 2017 - Columnists

A Kelowna startup that’s been disrupting the real estate industry with its data-driven marketing is the first Okanagan company to be accepted into the Techstars program. Data Nerds, which has been described as “CarFax for homes,” uses statistical data to help consumers make more informed decisions about buying a home. The company’s CEO, Josh Fraser, will […]

For love and football
Kevin Lavigne - Feb 03, 2017 - Columnists

Sarah Bryne of SIMs Jewellery has started off February with a few suggestions to get your heart on. She volunteered her time helping inspire a community group and then she spent the rest of her day with her mom to create some new heart design jewelry for the month. If you’ve been to any local […]

Busy week in business
Kevin Lavigne - Jan 27, 2017 - Columnists

Wow! The experts are just throwing themselves at Okanagan tech this week. It was announced yesterday that business law firm Lawson Lundell LLP is putting its experience and expertise behind companies working with Accelerate Okanagan and the Okanagan technology community. You need to read this announcement because Lawson Lundell LLP‘s experience and awards are way to long for my little […]

Work less to live better
Special to Okanagan Edge - Jan 25, 2017 - Columnists

By David Suzuki Since the 1950s, almost everything about work in the developed world has changed dramatically. Rapid technological advances continue to render many jobs obsolete. Globalization has shifted employment to parts of the world with the lowest costs and standards. Most households have gone from one income-earner to at least two. Women have fully […]

What’s your business worth?
Mark Jennings-Bates - Jan 20, 2017 - Columnists

One of the most common mistakes I see with entrepreneurs is the process (or lack of) they use in valuing their business when it comes to raising capital. In our enterprise, we have had the opportunity to analyze more than a few hundred businesses annually. There is some commonality to the errors that we see, […]