Manufacturing & Transport

Sep 19, 2016
Are your newest hires properly trained?

BCBusiness + WorkSafeBC New employees are usually eager to get to work and show their value to their boss and co-workers. However, it's the job of a manager to temper that enthusiasm, and take the necessary time to familiarize all first-time workers with onsite safety procedures and work practices before giving them the green light to take on all tasks. As an...

Aug 4, 2016
Molson brewery is moving to Chilliwack
Felicity Stone

Molson Coors is moving its B.C. brewery to Chilliwack. In November 2015, the company sold its iconic Vancouver brewery, the largest in Western Canada, to developer Concord Pacific. On Thursday, Molson Coors announced that after months of discussions with municipalities throughout the province, it has chosen a 36-acre site on Kerr Avenue in Chilliwack near both the Trans-Canada Highway and...

Jun 20, 2016
B.C. aerospace company takes over Bombardier’s water bomber business
J Parry

Bombardier will continue to make planes, trains and snowmobiles—but no more water bombers, thanks to a deal it’s inked with Viking Air Ltd. The North Saanich-area company has purchased Bombardier’s water bomber division which includes product support, parts and service for a fleet of 170 planes based in 11 countries around the world. The value of the deal was not...

Jun 16, 2016
Metro Vancouver to receive $740 million in transit improvements under new deal
Marcie Good

A Broadway subway line and rapid transit in Surrey are a step closer to reality after a funding deal was reached this week between the federal government, the province and TransLink. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Vancouver on Thursday to announce the deal, joined by Premier Christy Clark and Mayor Gregor Robertson. Altogether, $740 million will be put toward capital...

Jun 6, 2016
B.C. not committing to its fair share for transit funding, says non-profit
J Parry

Christy Clark’s government isn't living up to the transit funding commitments made by former premier Gordon Campbell in 2008, according to a report from the David Suzuki Foundation. On the weekend, the provincial government announced it would fund one-third of future transit projects in the Lower Mainland but only for the first three years of a 10-year plan. “If the provincial...

Apr 27, 2016
Business events and books to check out in May

IHMA CONGRESS Port Expansion: The Challenges–the theme of the 10th biennial congress of the International Harbour Masters’ Association–is especially relevant to Vancouver, the first North American port city to host the event. Port executives and harbour masters from all over the world share their expertise on topics including reclaiming land from the sea for port use, mega-ships, climate change considerations and...

Apr 18, 2016
The Single Most Costly Error Importers and Exporters Make

BCBusiness + Willson International A recent KPMG study revealed that 70 per cent of businesses are not fully leveraging their free trade agreements–a mistake that can have major strategic, financial and administrative implications. “International trade is complex, and there is a fundamental fear of the regulations and red tape,” says Peter Willson, fourth-generation CEO of Willson International, a leading U.S.-Canada customs...

Apr 4, 2016
Mayors ask feds to weigh in on Massey Tunnel replacement
Marcie Good

In an effort to stall the province’s preferred bridge replacement of the George Massey Tunnel, Metro Vancouver directors voted on Friday to ask the federal government for an environmental assessment of the controversial project. Thirty-seven of the region’s board members, with sole dissent from Delta Mayor Lois Jackson, supported a motion to write a letter to Environment and Climate Change Minister...

Mar 21, 2016
Woodfibre moves to the front of the LNG pack
J Parry

With a green light from the federal Ministry of Environment, WoodFibre's $1.6-billion proposal for a liquified natural gas plant outside of Squamish moves one step closer to construction this week. On Friday evening, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency issued its verdict on Woodfibre LNG, stating that the project is “not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects,” and issued a...

Mar 18, 2016
Seaspan CEO lashes out at rival shipbuilder's claim that it hasn't built "a single ship"
Marcie Good

The CEO of B.C.’s largest shipbuilder is lashing back at “face value” claims made in a March 17 CBC story, in which a rival shipbuilder claimed Seaspan hasn’t completed a “single ship” since being awarded a $7-billion federal contract in 2011. “All we hear are delays and cost overruns which are...

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