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Apr 1, 2008
Lane Merrifield: Club Penguin
David Jordan

When Kelowna residents Lane Merrifield, Lance Priebe and Dave Krysko sold their Club Penguin website to the Walt Disney Co. last August for $350 million – with the option for another $350 million if certain targets are met by the end of this year – the news splashed all over the local media.

Apr 1, 2008
Economic Measures: Is Bigger Worse?
Peter Nemetz

Ever since the invention of national accounts in the 1930s (that is, methods of measuring the total economic activity of a country), the prevailing world view has been that the higher the gross domestic product, the better off we are as a nation. Any faltering in the continued increase in...

Apr 1, 2008
How Can a Business Startup Become a Market Leader?
Tony Wanless

Every year hundreds of new B.C. companies start up with a hope of someday building a list of major-league clients. But for many, especially in B.C., that A-list never happens. It’s a small-business province, and many businesses remain stuck on...

Apr 1, 2008
The Fashion of Trevor Linden
By Jessica Werb

Do hockey players wear a lot of suits? This is what I wear to work, pretty much. In Vancouver we’ve always worn suits and ties to games and on the road; when we go into an airport or check into...

Apr 1, 2008
Head Hunting 101: How to Poach an Employee
Jessica Werb

Maybe your eyes meet across a crowded convention or your heart beats faster when you hear that special someone address the Board of Trade: you know you’ve found the one you’ve been waiting for. Now how do you get that...

Apr 1, 2008
Staying Afloat in the World of Megayachts
Peter Robson

Inside the cavernous Richmond Yachts plant off Dyke Road, the smell of fibreglass permeates the air. Along half its width is an unfinished 142-foot yacht, whose sleek superstructure reaches to the ceiling. It is surrounded by a maze of scaffolding.

Apr 1, 2008
Ascending Profits: The Corporate Climb
Peter Severinson

The iconic retailer will surely score some goodwill through the donation, but there are also some less karmic business reasons for this kind of generosity. This may well be a stellar example of just the kind of corporate community involvement more and more companies are struggling to do right. Climbers have...

Apr 1, 2008
Intrawest Executive Shakeup: Moving Mountains
Peter Severinson

Long-time CEO and founder Joe Houssian retired in November 2006, shortly after the company was bought by New York-based Fortress Investment Group LLC, a sale that took the company off the stock markets and gave it some deep pockets to...

Apr 1, 2008
Dale Parker: In the TransLink Driver's Seat
David Jordan

Dale Parker’s office on the 17th floor of Metro- tower II in Burnaby’s Metrotown is stripped bare. A shelf leans askew in an empty bookcase; the polished desk surface gleams in the afternoon sunlight. A blue and white wooden pole marked “bus stop” stands in the corner, bearing an empty...

Apr 1, 2008
Lululemon's Grande Double-Shot Execs
Jessica Werb

Starbucks Corp. has had a bit of a roasting lately. Its stock price has nosedived from a high of $39.63 US in May 2006 to $17.89 US in March 2008, and in late January the java giant announced it was closing 100 stores in the U.S. and pulling the breakfast sandwiches it launched just a year ago.

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