Victoria CEO named Women in Business Thought Leader of the Year

Plus, UVic's policy on the use of AI in school, and the three new Uber Eats cities on the Island.

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Victoria CEO named Women in Business Thought Leader of the Year

Origen Air founder and CEO Susan Rae Blanchet took home gold in the Women in Business Thought Leader of the Year – Business Products category at the Stevie Awards last week.

Launched in 2002, the Stevies honor and promote the achievements and public contributions of organizations and professionals around the world. The awards program is divided into six categories, including that for Women in Business, which recognizes the achievements of female executives, entrepreneurs, and the organizations they run. The Victoria-based innovator is in good company; this year’s awards attracted over 1,600 nominations.

Founded in 2019, Origen Air was partially inspired by the health challenges of Blanchet’s father, whose work as a civil engineer may have exposed him to toxins.

Origen Air develops air purification systems that combine filtration, sensors, and a nature-inspired design with bioengineered plant technology. Origen Air’s bio-boosted plants have proven to reduce up to 40 percent of total volatile organic compounds, the company says. These super-plants, an improved version of a golden pothos ivy, are developed at the University of Washington.

Origen Air has also been nominated as Startup of the Year at the VIATEC Community Awards.

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📰 More Victoria innovation news

🍔 Grab your grub: Uber Eats added three new Vancouver Island locations to its service — Duncan, Campbell River, and Courtenay.

🔎 Take a look: West Coast Medical Imaging announced the addition of an automated breast-imaging ultrasound machine to its practice. The machine is one of the first in the province.

🤖 Think twice: The University of Victoria promised to share guidelines for students and professors on the use of AI tools such as ChatGPT. The institution said more information will be given ahead of the start of the new semester in January.

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