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Oct 9, 2008
Julie Levy
Peter Severinson

Today Julia Levy, 74, is sitting by the seaside outside her cabin on a remote B.C. island, typing away at a novel. In her long career, she toughed it out in one of the most unforgiving businesses you can name and came out a winner – at least for a...

Oct 9, 2008
Corperate Social Responsibility: Fact or Fad?
Cora Strandberg

Skeptics have given business leaders plenty of reason not to care about corporate social responsibility (CSR). It’s undemocratic, they say, because it absolves government from defending the welfare of the commons. It’s naive because it fails to recognize that corporate financial self-interest reigns supreme. It’s illegal because the Canada Business...

Oct 9, 2008
With The Right People: Serendipity Marketing
By Tony Wanless

Client consultation is the key in complex markets. All businesses develop marketing plans that they hope will power them into a marketplace and establish themselves as the go-to provider of products or services. But when your customers are complex, the usual sales tactics aren’t enough. Instead, you need to rely...

Oct 9, 2008
How to Establish Fair Compensation
Susan Hollis

Business is booming and you need to hire more staff. Figuring out what (and how) to pay new employees can be tricky. Determining a fair wage depends on the type of work, and the ilk of worker you need to hire. Human resource experts Cissy Pau of Clear HR Consulting...

Oct 9, 2008
Cellphone Love Story
Peter Severinson

Telus Corp., B.C.’s biggest company, is getting into the business of thwarted lovers, family tragedies and triumphant reunions – Bollywood style. When the dimpled hero of Surrey-based Music Waves Productions’ next film sets out to find his true love, he’ll be armed with a handy Telus Internet phone to help...

Oct 9, 2008
Innovative Cultivators: Canabis Crops
Susan Hollis

Most people wouldn’t willingly file their income taxes under the category of “marijuana grower,” but Eric Nash and his wife Wendy Little aren’t most people. The Vancouver Island residents are bona fide organic pot producers, legally selling their product to Health Canada-approved patients who use cannabis to ease medical discomfort.

Oct 9, 2008
David Sidoo: The Player
David Jordan

David Sidoo likes to say that running at anything less than flat-out just isn’t in his genes. But the 49-year-old former pro-football player and stock broker has clearly turned it down a notch since the early days of his career, when he was juggling two full-time jobs while starting a...

Oct 9, 2008
Robert Lee: Lifetime Achievement
BCBusiness D.B.

Robert Lee The Prospero Group Robert Lee has not only left a mark on his home city of Vancouver through a remarkable career in real estate but he has set the bar for community involvement through his tireless commitment to numerous boards and foundations. The UBC graduate co-founded Wall Financial...

Oct 9, 2008
Turnaround Winner: Amiee Chan
by Valerie McTavish

Amiee Chan Norsat International Inc. When Amiee Chan, 40, accepted the position of president and CEO in 2006, Norsat International (NII-T), a public company providing microwave and satellite technology, was on the brink of insolvency with a year-end loss of over $4 million. With the U.S. military as its primary...

Oct 9, 2008
Technology Winner: Kevin Ham
Kevin Chong

Kevin Ham Reinvent Technology Kevin Ham is far too low-key and modest to invite comparisons to Donald Trump. But by quietly amassing a stable of more than 300,000 web domain names, including laptop.com, attorney.com and weddingcatering.com, the CEO of Reinvent Technology is a virtual real estate titan. Having put together...

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