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Oct 9, 2009
The Ghost World of Immigration Consulting
Erin Millar

A young Malaysian woman named Fedelia sounds nervous as she asks for advice over the phone. She’s about to finish a one-year culinary college program, she explains to an immigration consultant we’ll call Li-Yan, and her student visa will expire the day after she graduates. She doesn’t want to leave Canada but her application for a post-graduation work permit was just rejected.


Oct 8, 2009
The 2009 Runners Up
Maged Sedky

Family Business CEO, ABC Recycling Ltd. What began as a scrap-peddling business in 1912 has since passed through the hands of four generations of the Yochlowitz family. David Yochlowitz took over as CEO in 2000, having already spent 12 years with ABC. He overcame the challenges that were dogging the company when he joined by returning to the values that his grandparents had instilled in their children and business. “Everything we do has a long-term outlook,” says Yochlowitz, “and everything we do...

Oct 8, 2009
Hunt for the Green Economy
Jock Finlayson

Everyone loves it, but does anyone know what it is?
 Governments today are keenly interested in promoting the “green economy,” and it’s easy to understand why. The International Labour Organization estimates the global market for environmental products and services will expand...

Oct 8, 2009
Spare the Change
Steve Burgess

Archie comics, espresso beans and low-fat yogurt: when to leave well enough alone. Standing in line at Safeway one day, I was gazing idly at the cover of an Archie comic – one of the new ones, with the redesigned characters...

Oct 8, 2009
Golden Opportunities
Peter Severinson

While many still fret over 
what the Games will ultimately cost, others are crunching the numbers to figure out how they’ll make a buck from the circus
. Joey Holt’s small, spotless gift shop is not designed for locals. There’s no street entrance to Fairmont Gifts; you’ll only spot it by wandering through the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The store is designed for visitors, it is packed full of Olympics merchandise and, Holt says, it is currently doing very well...

Oct 8, 2009
Oh, the Humanity!
Peter Severinson

You think your company’s got HR challenges? Try VANOC, which will have gone from zero to 50,000 and back to zero employees by the end of the Olympics roller-coaster. Back in his native Sweden, Magnus Alvarsson had an uncle who was...

Oct 8, 2009
Get a Move On
Peter Severinson

Fitting thousands more travellers onto our already-strained roads 
will be one of the Olympics 
organizers’ biggest challenges 
during the upcoming Games
. Irene Kerr, of all the Olympics officials, has perhaps the most thankless task. Kerr is the executive in charge of...

Oct 8, 2009
How I Started Bicycling in Vancouver
Bob Rennie

How I learned to stop worrying and love bicycling in Vancouver. That guy on the bike who I almost killed when I opened my car door? That girl with the purple hair pedalling so irritatingly slowly that I couldn’t pass her for two blocks? Or the couple riding side by side, talking to each other the whole time? Who the hell do they think they are? 


Oct 8, 2009
The Accidental Innovator
Tony Wanless

Sometimes you just have to create a whole new market. Blue Ocean Strategy is a phrase coined and trademarked by authors W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne to describe an innovation method in which companies combine or strip off various business...

Oct 8, 2009
When Have You Lied at Work?
BCBusiness D.B.

ANITA MODHA (left) CEO, Rollout Custom Wallpaper “I’m a bad liar. As a child, I’d cut to the chase and take the blame for my crimes. I do this at work too, although I will bend the truth when critiquing someone else’s work. The design industry is about fabrication and fantasy. We are selling dreams and, in some ways, dreams are beautiful lies. As creators we thrive on these kinds of deceits of the imagination: the lie that tells the truth.” IAN ANDREW BELL (middle)...

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