This 20-year-old saw an opportunity to fill a niche market in Prince George, and used the training he got from the Junior Achievement program to help him draft up a business plan.
Kelowna’s Yeti Farm Creative is using a ground-breaking method to get its original shows distribution deals. And it’s creating a lot of jobs in the process.
There is no such thing as a boring industry, just boring companies. This is how Ian Crosby answers questions about why he got into the bookkeeping business.
In a world that is increasingly connected online, Community Sift is a filter that can reduce the exposure to these unwanted online interactions.
Matt Phillips had been working for a number of years for other beer companies and wanted to start out on his own, but the banks wouldn’t lend him the money. So he found a way...
Trinity Post and Panel, based in 100 Mile House, started in 2009 with five shareholders and a working crew of two people. They've grown a lot since then.
When Nancy Stibbard purchased North Vancouver‘s Capilano Suspension Bridge from her father in 1983, there were six employees. Now there's more than 450!
When the Canadian Coast Guard asked Bill English if his company could investigate some new technology he took the opportunity to lay the foundation of an internationally renowned business.
Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf tea started as two students’ final project and is now creating jobs around the world.
Chef Tojo believes that if you do something right you only have to do it once. Or at least that is how he runs his very successful restaurant.
Rob Couturier, president and founder of Summit Electric in Quesnel, along with his partner Trevor Streek, grew their company by enabling their staff to make the right decisions.
Nk’Mip (In Ka Meep) Cellars is the world’s first Aboriginal-owned vine-to-bottle winery, located in the B.C.’s beautiful South Okanagan.
Harvey Tremblay has worked on providing his crew with learning opportunities so they can work anywhere in the world.
With a focus on sustainability, BluEarth has successfully developed wind, run-of-river hydroelectric, and solar generation projects across North America.
Universal Packaging is making a big impression on bottle designs around the world while creating jobs in Vernon.
RecycleSmart uses technology to monitor their clients’ recycling and waste bins with remote “smart sensors”... saving their clients both time and money!
This First Nations-owned business is using their reputation to grow economic opportunities with Aboriginal communities.
John Harwood moved to Victoria to follow his dream career of manufacturing composites, a dream that saw fruition when he started his own company in 1999.
In order to have an innovative culture, you need to enable your crew to be creative. That’s how Hans de Visser ensures he gets the most out of his team.
Build fast, then test. That is the mindset at Hyper Hippo when it comes to their video game creation.
Harvey Kahn discovered what he really wanted to do for the rest of his life while working for the Disney Channel in 1983.
Rainmaker Entertainment has been leading the charge in CGI animation and visual effects for over 20 years.
Entrepreneurial spirit and a love for coding lead Angela Robert to co-found a B.C.-based tech company that is making headlines in the world of medicine.
Atomic Cartoons in Vancouver has grown from a small team of 20 to a diverse staff of 200 to 260 people depending on their current production schedule.
Rick Dugdale is committed to bringing more film production and jobs to Enderby, a beautiful small community just north of Vernon.
Vitalus, with a business history of over sixty years in operations, is on the leading edge of technology innovation in food ingredient processing.
White Spot president and the senior management team are growing skills and development opportunities by training staff in house to be Red Seal certified.
The Layfield Group expanded from one small shop in Edmonton to become a world leader in geosynthetic technology with their headquarters in the lower mainland.
Bardel Entertainment began as a family-based start-up in Vancouver’s fledging creative sector in 1987, and went on to become North America’s leading animation services provider.
Construction may seem like a non-traditional field for many women, but to Carla Smith construction is part of the family.
In 2011 Mojegan open Zaffron Cuisine as a home catering business. Two years later her business outgrew her home and she opened a cafe in downtown Prince George.
Four business partners from the Vancouver area will head to the Oscars in Los Angeles after winning an Academy Award for developing a unique air wall used on movie sets.
Demand is growing around the world for an environmentally friendly, made-in-B.C. building material manufactured by Trexiana in Surrey.
John Turpin, of Prince Rupert, started Inlet Express in 2007 with two employees. Since then, his marine business has morphed into something completely different.
Vernon-based Skevik Skis has developed a reputation for producing durable and high performing skis with the finest materials.
There are big changes in insurance and Victoria-based Megson Fitzpatrick is expanding as a result in the hopes of selling insurance anywhere.
Nanaimo’s Inuktun Services Ltd. (ISL) has grown from a two person start-up into a company of more than 50 people.
As CEO and Creative Director of Cloudhead Games, Denny Unger’s goal is to create a thriving tech industry on Vancouver Island.
Incorporated in 2007, the Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation focuses on profits and business sustainability, the results are job creation and training opportunities.
In August of 1996, Elana Rosenfeld sold her first pound of Kicking Horse Coffee. It quickly became Canada’s number one certified organic, fair trade coffee.
Jody Mitchell of Tumbler Ridge has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. With the downturn in the coal industry, Mitchell decided to open Filaprint 3D in the basement of her home.
In just four years, Indigena Solutions has gone from five employees to a 15,000 square foot location on Annacis Island and a staff of 60.
CBC's Dragon’s Den helped Whistler-based baby food manufacturer Love Child Organics gain national attention and investors. Now, the company has grown to seven employees.
Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse production is up to 9,000 cases this year from 7,000 last year. The number of employees is also on the rise – 30 this year compared to 20 in 2014.
“I’m always hiring. If a good person walks in the door, we’ll find a spot for them.” That attitude turned Lapointe Engineering Ltd. (LEL) into one of Kitimat’s major employers.
Coast Mountain Wireless is growing, creating stable jobs installing and maintaining wireless communication services in remote locations of the rugged North Coast.
With stores in Chilliwack and Abbotsford, The Book Man’s employee base has grown from one staff member in 1990 to 18 in 2015.
Maple Ridge based Advance Flow Systems and Surround Technologies has hired 100 people since January 2015 and expects to hire 35 more in the coming months.
In less than two years, BC-based Minimoc Moccasins have grown from selling 100 pairs of moccasins a month to thousands via their website.
Pauline Stevenson launched Excel Career College in 1989 in Courtenay as a computer college although the curriculum has expanded dramatically to keep up with changing times.
Former logger, Tom Simpson, taught himself to build burial caskets, making 30 to 36 a year and creating a job for himself and a part-time apprentice.
With six locations under its wing, Accent Inns is a small operator in a portion of the hospitality / tourism business known more for the big guys.
Brienna Remes brought elements of China’s education system back home when she returned to Kelowna and opened Building Blocks Educare.
With the help of one full-time and two part-time employees, Tracy Lydiatt bakes, packages and ships Great Bear Paleo Bites to retailers across western Canada.
International Bar Coding Systems & Consulting started in a basement, now it's located in Penticton’s industrial park with 15 to 20 employees.
Doberniggs are third generation orchardists who employ about 12 seasonal orchard workers and one staff member at their tasting room at their Vernon-based cidery.
Angela Veltri joined Kix 4 Chix in Kamloops in 2008 and was immediately hooked. Last year she was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Sisters Sandra and Shelley Milne have turned Action Health & Safety Services in Dawson Creek business into one of the fastest growing companies in Canada.
Marshall Aerospace Canada's Abbotsford operations has 45 employees supporting the Royal Canadian Air Force Hercules C-130 fleet.
Barry Bulmer, president of Bartek Wireline Services Ltd., operates a wire slickline service which provides professional, safe expertise for the natural gas industry in northern B.C.
From a one-man operation in a home office to an award-winning company with 40 employees, Chris Day has brought Fully Managed a long way.
The story of Saltworks Technologies is just one exciting example of B.C.’s technology sector exporting products and ideas around the world.
Bryan Fogelman of REO Rafting has been in the business for 32 years — tweaking and shaping his company to reflect changing times.
Work is sweet for Peter Higgins, president and chief chocolate scientist for Purdys Chocolatier. In the last 12 months, Purdys has opened seven new stores in Canada.
Vancouver's a top destination for visual effects and film production. Rory Armes's Gener8 Media is in the thick of it.
WhiteWater West Industries in Richmond is the largest designer and supplier of water slides in the world.
Canadian and U.S. economies picking up meant Cranbrook's Applied Compression Systems could grow to 12 people.
When Britco signed an agreement with the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, they were quickly introduced to new customers, elected officials and other stakeholders.
Janet Docherty & Rick Pipes own Merridale Estate Cidery in Cowichan Valley. They've gone from two employees to about 45 since 1999.
For Janine North, a telltale sign of the growth in Central and Northern B.C. is the amount of money being invested in infrastructure.
Christine Dendy and 16 other cherry shippers are now exporting their product to China. That means more picking, packing, shipping and marketing jobs.
BigSteelBox is adding a number of jobs to their B.C. operations over the next five years, from engineers to account managers.
Eight people work full-time for Takaya Tours and countless others work on contract. For First Nations guides, it’s more than a job.
In season, Rocky Mountaineer employs nearly 600 people in B.C, 100 of them in the global head office in Vancouver.
Now in its fifth year, the Vancouver Christmas Market has grown to become a major seasonal tourist attraction.
Clay Potter started out studying genetics, now he’s a respected award-winning brewmaster with a pub of his own and 22 employees.
When B.C. streets are bright with festive lights, chances are Davide Fantillo of Dekra-Lite had something to do with it.