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Jul 1, 2006
Ismaili Success: Made in Vancouver
Adriana Barton

Vancouver's Ismailis: Who are these modern-thinking, successful Muslims, and where did they get their Midas touch? In the last three decades, Ismailis have built some of B.C.’s biggest companies, raised stacks of cash for good causes and quietly joined the golf and country club set. But who are these modern-thinking Muslims, and where did they get their Midas touch?

Jul 1, 2006
Aboriginal Territory: Landlocked
Keith Clark

B.C. is unique in Canada with its relationship with aboriginal people. It has the largest number of distinct groups, yet the smallest percentage of land subject to treaty negotiations. While the province and aboriginal groups argue over who has the right to control the territory, private companies seeking access to natural resources are landlocked in the middle of a fight that is not their own.

Jul 1, 2006
Environmentalism: From Dispute to Dialogue
Tony Wanless

A 2004 essay titled "The Death of Environmentalism" has shifted the rhetoric between activists, industry and government, from dispute to dialogue. Problem: Opposing views become entrenched, resulting in a decades-long stalemate Solution: Break out of your rut to redefine the terms of the debate

Jul 1, 2006
How to Wind Up the Clock-Watchers
Jessica Werb

You know they’re there, counting down the seconds, ready to skip out the door as soon as the big hand strikes 12. Sure, they report for work and go through the motions, but they’re not exactly destroying the competition. How do you wind up the clock-watchers?

Jul 1, 2006
Malcolm Brodie: Chair of Translink
David Jordan

As chair of TransLink’s board of directors, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie is the point man for the outfit everyone loves to hate. Never far from public outcry (think parking tax or Air Care), TransLink now faces a defining moment as...

Jul 1, 2006
Working Relationships: When Business Gets Personal
Kevin Chong

What happens when you work in an office with the person you wake up with every morning? Meet three couples who took their ¬personal relationships into business and thrived – even when the personal, love life side hits the rocks.

Jun 25, 2006
B.C. Forestry: The Battle Against a Billion Beetles
Tony Wanless

Problem: The decimation of B.C.’s $19-billion forest industry by the mountain pine beetle. Solution: A three-pronged approach that tries to help the trees, the lumber and the communities at stake. In a world trained by half-hour television drama solutions and B-school case...

Jun 1, 2006
Business Planning: Chart a Back-up Course or Risk Going Under
Tony Wanless

Problem: Operating a business too close to the edge without a safety netSolution: Start planning early, consider every potential scenario and come up with a Plan B, C and D When launching any new venture, the first thing to do is to...

May 2, 2006
Brightlight Pictures: Profit Snatchers
Jessica Werb

Despite his tailored suit, greying hair and the photos of his four kids on his office wall, Shawn Williamson (right) can’t help but come across like a hyperactive 12-year-old boy trapped in a 40-year-old’s body. A remote control in hand...

Feb 1, 2006
On the Ledge: Jessica McDonald
Paul Willcocks

What can be said about Jessica McDonald? Her rapid ascent, according to a consultant who has done time in government, was “like taking someone seen as a good but not spectacular player from the junior league and putting them on the all-star team… People were taken aback – really shocked.”

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