December 2019 - January 2020 Best Cities for Work in B.C.

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( quality time ) O FF T H E C LO C K ALEC JACOBSON DECEMBER/JANUARY 2020 BCBUSINESS 59 "I 've been doing elec- trical engineering my whole life," says Michael Wrinch. "I was born this way." When Wrinch was a child, his mother noticed that he enjoyed taking things to pieces, so she asked the local TV repairman to drop off anything customers didn't want fixed at the end of the driveway. Wrinch would load them in his wagon, take them to the basement and dismantle them. He estimates he took apart 300 televisions, organiz- ing the wires by colour and collecting the tubes in a box. The latest passion for the CEO of engineering consulting firm Hedgehog Technologies is making bread and cheese. Inspired by the food he and his wife enjoyed on a trip to France, he started off making baguettes, using a stone mill to grind wheat purchased from local farms. "As an engineer I make things—that's what I like to do," Wrinch explains. So then he moved on to cheese. "Bread has about four steps that you can screw up," he says. "Cheese has about 12." The first he attempted, a brie, took 14 tries to get right— Hedgehog Technologies CEO Michael Wrinch likes making dangerous things. One of them is cheese by Felicity Stone W E E K E N D WA R R IOR WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT Michael Wrinch graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2001, after the dot-com crash and 9/11, "when everyone thought the world was going to end," he says. Returning to Vancouver to find no one was hiring, he started an engineering consulting firm, Hedgehog Technologies. The company, whose 20 staff recently moved into a larger office in Burnaby, does safety critical control; builds things that are dangerous, like submarines, roller coasters and bumper cars; and designs energy, industrial, marine and rail systems that require high performance, safety and exceptional reliability. "Basically, what we are is experts in is risk manage- ment," Wrinch says. –F.S. TASTE TEST Wrinch has learned how to produce brie in his basement "cheese factory" Risky Business O FF T H E C LO C K

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