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Mar 1, 2008
Mossadiq Umedaly: The New Guy at BC Hydro
David Jordan

Mossadiq Umedaly, former CEO of Xantrex Technology, saw an exciting challenge at BC Hydro and an opportunity to make a difference. When Mossadiq Umedaly stepped down as CEO of Xantrex Technology Inc. in 2003, it was a safe bet that he didn’t have golf on his mind. Having built a hospital in Pakistan, worked side-by-side with Firoz Rasul to get Ballard Power Systems Inc. off the ground and then guided Xantrex from start-up to the eve of a $67-million IPO, he would be...

Mar 1, 2008
Karimah Es Sabar
BCBusiness D.B.

Is this your regular look?This is how I dress for work. So you keep it looking professional.I’m very formal; I’m classic conservative. It’s what I’m most comfortable in. I like straight classical clothes, and I like a lot of accessories. I love jewellery and nice foulards, scarves, bags and shoes and...

Mar 1, 2008
How to Stop Corporate Leaks
Jessica Werb

Handling sensitive company information is a challenge, especially in the well-connected world of social media. Whether they occur in your laundry room or your company, leaks are a messy business. And when they strike, they can take months or even years of painstaking work with them down the drain. When it comes to keeping a secret, here’s how to build a solid plug and avoid being left covered in sludge. Be a little paranoid

Mar 1, 2008
Genetrack Biolabs: When Labs Attack
Peter Severinson

Genetrack Biolabs Inc. got a lesson in the scary rules of retail after the Vancouver-based genetic-testing lab released its first consumer product. The lab analyzes DNA for such clients as the Canadian court system and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Its commercial software, a Facebook-like social-networking service focused on genetics, recently became a consumer hit. Then things got nasty.

Mar 1, 2008
Nick Harrison's Fight Club
Jessica Werb

Some people have BlackBerrys. Some have home offices. Nick Harrison has an armoury. “I’ve got two full suits of armour; I have two leather suits of armour; I have about 300 weapons consisting of long swords, broad swords, sabres, cutlasses, boarding cutlasses, épées,” the 39-year-old nonchalantly confesses.

Mar 1, 2008
Suzy Birstein: Pitcher Perfect
Jessica Werb

Suzy Birstein is looking a little bit tired on a January afternoon. The Vancouver ceramic artist and art teacher has been putting the finishing touches on 38 hand-crafted pitchers for a very important client – and she’s got another 42 to go.

Feb 26, 2008
Chain Gang: B.C. Mountain Biking
Andrew Findlay

I’m peering over my handlebars down the precipitous southwest flank of Idaho Peak at one of B.C.’s raw resources. Wind ripples the surface of Slocan Lake far below, and the granite ramparts of the Valhalla Range beyond form spiky silhouettes...

Feb 26, 2008
Neighbourhood Watch: Vancouver Real Estate's Affordable Housing
Peter Mitham

Six greater Vancouver areas – Mission, Surrey, Burnaby/New Westminster, Southeast Vancouver, Hastings Street and Squamish – still have deals on offer for the savvy buyer willing to look beyond the central city real estate market.

Feb 1, 2008
Travelling to La Paz, Bolivia
Andrew Findlay

I’m sitting in a café next to the Plaza Murillo waiting, somewhat voyeuristically, for a riot. A battalion of police, decked in fatigues, has taken up temporary residence here in the centre of La Paz, Bolivia’s capital city. The waitress...

Feb 1, 2008
Performing a PESTEL on B.C.
By Tony Wanless

A PESTEL is a planning tool smart companies use to survey the business landscape – a look at where things have gone and where they're going. Officially, it stands for a study of Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Environmental and Legal trends, but really it's a kind of free-form look at...

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