50 It is not uncommon to visit some of Canada’s oldest cities and find that the anchor business is new to town. As Canada turns 150, recognizing those busi- nesses that took root in communities north of the 49 th parallel in its infancy is undoubtedly an important element of national reflection. When Chris Galer, the fourth generation of his family to operate one of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia’s oldest incorporated businesses, sat down to speak with Spotlight on Business Magazine in early June it was clear that he is proud of his slice of Canadiana. Chris and his cousin Jeff run POCO Building Supplies, a fixture of the Tri-Cities of Metro Vancouver since 1921 – or even longer, depending ...

If you’re like me, you watch Discovery Channel’s How it’s Made with your thumb on the pause button. Sure, it’s neat to see how my favourite ice cream sandwich is put together from ingredients to packaging, but it’s fascinating to see in detail the machines and robots that are specifically designed to make it all happen. Can you imagine the engineering resources a company would need to be able to take an order for an industrial-sized ice cream sandwich machine with very particular specs? I’ve often wondered who makes the machines that help busi- nesses make their products. Then I spoke with Sam Lim, the Vice President of 416 Automation. 416 Automation offers superior custom solutions in the worlds of automated machinery, testing equipment, and adaptable electrical panels. Sam chatted over the phone with Spotlight on Business from 416 Automation’s Mississauga, Ontario facility in late June about what it’s like to build dream machines for the giants of the automotive industry– and more.



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