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Recenlty inducted in to the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, Ian will share with you how he never let adversity get in the way of his dreams


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May 1, 2008
The Closer: John Reynolds
by Jon Ferry

The way former Conservative Party of Canada leader John Reynolds tells it, he was 27, living in Vancouver, married with three kids and vying to become the youngest-ever Canadian manager for Ethicon Sutures Ltd., a subsidiary of U.S. pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson. He was explaining to some of the...

May 1, 2008
10 Business Tips Everyone Should Know
Vicki O’Brien

How many times have you inwardly seethed while a colleague glibly speaks up at a meeting, passing off your brilliant idea as her own? Or felt that inner alarm bell jangle when your boss spells out a plan that you know is doomed to failure? They don’t teach you how to...

May 1, 2008
Tom Albanese: Man of The North
Tony Wanless

As a youth, Tom Alban­ese fled a small industrial New Jersey town for Alaska. Albanese, now 50, is the first American CEO of the venerable London-based mining giant Rio Tinto PLC (RTP-N), which last year took over Alcan Inc. in a $38-billion deal. He went to university in Fairbanks, Alaska, for degrees in mineral economics and mining engineering.

May 1, 2008
The King's Seamstress
Brennan Clarke

The 4½-by-nine-metre section of a half-finished rumpus room is dominated by a huge plywood cutting table scattered with pincushions, button trays, oversized scissors and other tools of the tailoring trade. Three industrial-grade sewing machines and a Europro steam press occupy...

May 1, 2008
Web-friendly Fraud
Peter Severinson

When Theo Wong and a friend wanted to meet more people around Vancouver who shared their love of talking stocks, they simply logged on to their preferred social-networking website and set something up. Hardly earth-shattering stuff: these days, it takes mere minutes to find dozens of investment discussion groups in B.C. using such sites as Craigslist, Facebook or Meetup. But yawn-inspiring as most of the groups may seem, market regulators sense danger.

May 1, 2008
Seeing Green: Clean Energy in B.C.
Jeannine Mitchell

It’s well into Sunday afternoon by the time Jonathan Rhone finally gets a spare minute to take a media call. These are hectic days for the president and CEO of Vancouver-based Nexterra Energy Corp. – a “clean-tech” firm (as environmental-technology...

May 1, 2008
Brad Booth: In The Cards
Jessica Werb

“Hey, cutie,” purrs the voice on the other end of the phone line, “it’s Brad.” In most circumstances, that greeting would elicit an abrupt dial tone, but nailing down an interview with Brad Booth – a.k.a. “Yukon Brad” – is an exercise in persistence, given his insane schedule.

May 1, 2008
Domain Holdings: The Net Volley
Jessica Werb

On the Internet, dot­-com reigns supreme. But expansion of the information superhighway has necessitated the construction of other domain suffixes, or top-level domains, such as dot-ca, dot-biz, dot-info and, more recently, dot-mobi (for mobile devices). Now comes dot-asia, a regional domain for Asia and the Pacific that opened to the general public in March.

May 1, 2008
Alt-Energy: Watts for Wood Chips
Peter Severinson

BC Hydro is calling on yet another alt-energy sector to add its weight to the B.C. power grid with a recent call for bioenergy. It’s a good signal for the B.C. tech companies coaxing megawatts from wood chips and other organic waste, but it’s a fairly minor boost for a sector already doing big things outside the country.

May 1, 2008
New Taxations: Coping With Carbons
BCBusiness D.B.

When the latest B.C. budget dropped North America’s first true carbon tax in our laps, we were stunned and strangely silent. Even though the tax had been widely expected, its arrival was hard to believe. The tax is tiny today...

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