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Jul 1, 2008
Work to Scale: Tiny Tugs
Peter Severinson

“Then they realized I had some sort of talent,” he says, “but they weren’t sure what the hell to do with me.” Burchett, 60, is one of the world’s premier makers of industrial models of tugboats. He builds them out of fibreglass, aluminum and stainless steel for naval architects who want...

Jul 1, 2008
Round table: B.C. Public-Private Partnerships
BCBusiness Yip

Notice how the phrases Canada Line, Sea-to-Sky and Port Mann twinning have a different ring to them than, say, fast ferries? One of the major differences is public-private partnerships, or P3s. It’s a concept born in the U.K. for handing major responsibilities of public projects to private companies, and in Canada...

Jul 1, 2008
Urban Planning: Suburban Walking Blues
Christopher Leinberger

Let me get this out of the way right up front: I am an American. I have been visiting Vancouver for years, most recently on a beautiful spring day last April to give a speech sponsored by UBC and SFU. On the same day, I took a tour of Metro Vancouver’s walkable neighbourhoods with folks from Smart Growth BC, getting a first-hand experience of what it’s like to walk and take public transit in this region.

Jul 1, 2008
B.C.'s Wireless Ecosystem: Learning to Walk
Tony Wanless

Ascalade – which makes wireless phones and other devices – was one of the bigger players in a B.C. wireless scene that’s been exploding of late, with an ever-increasing number of competitors. While it appears Ascalade’s troubles are bigger than...

Jul 1, 2008
Kellee Irwin: Off-Roader
as told to Carla Braun

I’m not what people expect for a vice-president for underwriting: spiky-red-haired biking chick. But the motorcycle business is very dependent on insurance! I’ve been in the business for 20 years now and biking for almost 40. I started riding when I was five years old. My father taught me; he was...

Jul 1, 2008
Will Power: The Inheritance Problem
Vicki O’Brien

“My dad had done his best to control us while he was alive – now he was doing it from the grave.” What they expected to be a simple three-way division of their dad’s considerable estate turned out to be...

Jul 1, 2008
Jay Garnett: Whitefish Group
Tiffany Sloan

As the head of a brand-management company, you must take your appearance pretty seriously. Oh yeah, I do. You’ve got to look good to be successful and feel successful. How would you say you brand yourself then? I think it’s not what you wear but how you present what you wear. So...

Jul 1, 2008
Goodbye Workdays
J Bucher

They began manufacturing firearms almost immediately and within 40 years had more and better guns than any other country. After a few decades, however, guns disappeared from Japan entirely. Why? The insularity and xenophobia of the day undoubtedly played a...

Jul 1, 2008
Marcy Goldberg Rocks the Vox
Jessica Werb

The name Marcy Goldberg might not ring a bell, but you’re closer to her than you think. Chances are, if you’ve watched TV or listened to the radio in the past 24 hours, you’ve met her – or at least heard her.

Jul 1, 2008
Mark Murray: Tekmira Pharmaceuticals
Peter Severinson

When two companies have been bitter rivals – competing in the markets and clashing in the courts – how do they forgive, forget and hold hands? Burnaby-based biotechs Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp. (TKM-T) and Protiva Biotherapeutics Inc. have played out a fierce family drama in recent years. Protiva was spun out of...

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