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Dec 1, 2008
Here Comes the Sun
Brenda Bouw

John MacDonald, co-founder of local high-tech pioneer MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), and Leonid Rubin, former biophysics professor at Moscow State University and one of Russia’s former top physicists, were supposed to be long retired by now. After decades of success in business and academia, respectively, both should be...

Dec 1, 2008
Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union
BCBusiness D.B.

Number of Employees: 132 Head Office: Salmon Arm “The wellness team has been very creative in providing programs promoting healthy living and activities both during and outside of work time” At a company awards night, Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union CEO...

Dec 1, 2008
1-800-Got-Junk LLC
BCBusiness D.B.

Number of Employees: 175 Head Office: Vancouver “The company bends over backwards to help out its employees. I’m completing this survey from home, where I have been working all week taking care of my dog who has just had surgery”

Dec 1, 2008
Nurse Next Door Professional Home Healthcare Services Inc.
BCBusiness D.B.

Number of Employees: 250 Head Office: Vancouver “We have a single mother in the call centre and her little boy spends an hour with us every day before he goes to daycare. Even during spring break we had a few little ones spend a day with us and no one minded”

Dec 1, 2008
Coastal Pacific Xpress Inc.
BCBusiness D.B.

Number of Employees: 450 Head Office: Surrey There’s little that will inspire staff more than letting them develop and move up through the ranks. That’s one of the main ingredients in Coastal Pacific Xpress’s upbeat corporate culture. The staff have a wide range of training courses open to them, many...

Dec 1, 2008
Blowing in the Wind
Christopher Pollon

There are few places on Earth where the forces of nature are on such violent, chaotic display as Hecate Strait, the narrow stretch of shallow ocean that separates the Queen Charlotte Islands from the B.C. coast. Winter low-pressure systems born over Alaska can push winds to 160 km/h, driving waves...

Dec 1, 2008
Boom, Bust, and Get Out
Lorraine Rieger McGregor

A business exit strategy can preserve your nest egg In Canada 1.7 million businesses are owned by baby boomers, that generation of people born in the heady, optimistic years between 1946 and 1962. About 70 per cent of those owners will attempt to sell their enterprises over the next five...

Dec 1, 2008
The Home Buying Launch Pad
Bob Rennie

All my father ever wanted was for his home, the 820-square-foot two-bedroom bungalow I grew up in, to be “clear title.” My parents bought that house on East 5th Avenue in 1953 for $7,500, and I remember like it was yesterday driving with Dad to the Royal Bank at Granville...

Dec 1, 2008
Reality Bytes
Dee Hon

It’s a hazy summer day when I tour the former Western Star truck factory in Kelowna with Brian Fry, vice-president of RackForce Gigacenter. As we talk, Fry’s teenaged son and his girlfriend skip down to the other end of the cavernous 150,000-square-foot building, practically disappearing into the horizon. Ghosts of...

Dec 1, 2008
Microsoft Canada Development Centre
Dorothy Bartoszewski

Number of Employees: 365Head Office: Richmond “Employees are made to feel that this is their company and that they are responsible for it. Leadership supports employees striking out and making positive changes for themselves and for others” It’s a story older than David and Goliath: while underdogs get the cheers, giants get...

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