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Oct 9, 2008
Social Entrepeneur Winner: Clarence Louie
Jessica Werb

Clarence Louie Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corp. It’s the end of a long July day when Chief Clarence Louie answers the phone in his office in Oliver, B.C. Louie, president and CEO of the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corp. (OIBDC), which owns and operates 10 businesses on the 12,800-hectare Osoyoos...

Oct 9, 2008
Energy/Natural Resource Winner: Ross Beaty
Brennan Clarke

Ross Beaty Pan American Silver Corp. Fourteen years ago, Ross Beaty founded Pan American Silver Corp. with one singularly ambitious yet straightforward goal in mind: building the largest and lowest-cost silver mining company in the world. After two decades as a trained geologist and mining entrepreneur, Beaty foresaw tremendous growth...

Oct 9, 2008
Construction/Real Estate Winner: Ivan Marmatny and Ron McNeil
Brennan Clarke

Ron McNeil and Ivan Harmatny Lower Mainland Steel Lower Mainland Steel owners Ron McNeil and Ivan Harmatny have come a long way since they started out as what McNeil describes as “two guys in a pickup truck” 21 years ago. The company was originally called VanRon Construction and it generated...

Oct 9, 2008
Business Quotations: The Silver Lining
by Davinia Yip

Nobody likes the sound of failure. But if you listen to some of the brightest minds and the most accomplished leaders of our time, you’ll find that the measure of success has everything to do with our ability to embrace the value of losing.

Oct 9, 2008
Emerging Entrepeneur Winner: Davis Yung
By Jessica Werb

Davis Yung Fresh Direct Produce Ltd. If there is such a thing as the Canadian dream, Davis Yung would be the first to tell you he’s living it. Twenty-one years ago, the Hong Kong émigré was shuffling through Grade 12 orientation at King Edward high school and settling into life...

Oct 9, 2008
AG: 2008 Entrepreneurs of the Year
Valerie McTavish

A failed business venture, barely enough money to pay the mortgage, creditors knocking on the door and two young children underfoot – it’s enough to scare the heartiest of entrepreneurs back to a job. For husband-and-wife team John and Lotte...

Oct 9, 2008
2008 Entrepreneur of the Year: Brian Hill
Susan Hollis

These days, Brian Hill doesn’t spend much time on the floor of any of his Aritzia clothing stores, which he leaves in the hands of some 1,131 employees. Rather he’s charging forward with a major expansion, including a number of...

Oct 6, 2008
BizGib: As It's Spoken
Tony Wanless

As a multi-skilled individual with an eye for the bottom line and who collaborates extensively, I'm always open to opportunities. Particularly the opportunity presented by bad jargon. Like the above, which I'm sure most of you have now guessed means, roughly: For money, I'll do anything for anybody. Yes folks...

Oct 6, 2008
2008 Best Companies to Work for in B.C.
D Mdintern2

Most of us like our jobs – after all, we’re free to go elsewhere if we don’t. But how many can say we actually work for the best company in the province? Our annual Best Companies to Work for in...

Oct 1, 2008
Travelling to New Brunswick
John Lee

I’m wilting in the blistering sun on a bather-packed beach in late spring in northeastern New Brunswick, trying to remain cool for the cute, ray-worshipping bikini girl checking me out from her gold-coloured towel. The 28-degree temperature and my jeans-and-dress-shirt...

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