Business of Good

Jul 28, 2021
Realizing Possibility
Jessica Kirby

BCBusiness + Mission Possible Chris Middleton is no stranger to hardship. Coming from a home challenged by substance use and transitioning into foster care, he lacked stability throughout his early years. His journey through substance abuse, crime, and a disability was a challenging, non-linear path that eventually led him to Mission Possible...

Jun 18, 2021
B.C. organizations step up to help end period poverty at work and home
Saphiya Zerrouk

Half of the world’s population will experience a period—which means that all of those people need to buy menstrual hygiene products and use them monthly. For some, that isn’t an option. It isn’t just a problem for developing countries. In B.C.

Jun 16, 2021
Student-led investment group bets on beloved coffee shop in Downtown Eastside
Pallavi Rao

Student impact investors from the Vancouver Social Value Fund (VSVF) have helped raise $200,000 to finance a struggling coffee shop in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. East Van Roasters, located at 319 Carrall Street, risked permanent closure after its parent company restructured. That’s...

Mar 30, 2021
The 2021 Business of Good Awards: Environmental Sustainability
Nathan Caddell

After a few years as a business analyst, Kamila Alikhani decided that she wanted to do something else but wasn’t sure what, exactly. “The typical millennial problem,” the 35-year-old says with a laugh. Having just given birth to a couple of children, Alikhani thought that maybe being an ultrasound technician was for her. But while taking prerequisites for a university program, she stumbled across a book called Designing Your Life by two Stanford University professors. “At the end of the...

Mar 30, 2021
The 2021 Business of Good Awards: Thought Leadership
Nick Rockel

Closing its own gender pay gap was just the start for Unbounce. The Vancouver-based tech company is also challenging other businesses to pay women as much as men—and helping them make that a reality. It all began three years ago, when Unbounce—a landing page platform that marketers use to convert leads online—analyzed compensation across the business. “We unfortunately did find a couple of instances of a pay gap where some women were not being paid the same as men,” says...

Mar 30, 2021
The 2021 Business of Good Awards: Workplace Wellness
Nathan Caddell

When Ryan Tessier started at Vancouver-based workforce analytics firm Visier two years ago, he acknowledges, “we did a lot of what everyone else was doing” when it came to culture. That meant yoga classes, running groups and beer on tap, plus a slew of wellness programs for people who were physically in the office. Everything changed with the COVID-19 pandemic, which pushed the company to look at how it treated mental health for its 400 employees...

Mar 30, 2021
The 2021 Business of Good Awards: Diversity and Inclusion
Nick Rockel

Jennifer Twiner McCarron had no illusions about becoming an artist when she began her film and television career in 1999, as an office production assistant at a local animation house. “But I loved to be around creative people,” recalls the CEO of content production studio Thunderbird Entertainment. “I quickly found that my passion was trying to create an environment where people could feel safe and honoured, no one felt like a number, everyone was treated equally, and they could do...

Mar 30, 2021
The 2021 Business of Good Awards: Community Involvement
Nathan Caddell

“We do so much stuff, it’s ridiculous,” says Tony Scott. And somehow, that doesn’t seem to come from a place of ego or bravado. Rather, the founder and CEO of Richmond-based property restoration biz Platinum Pro-Claim is simply trying to recall all of the community initiatives his company has embarked on since he launched it at age 26 back in 1991.

Mar 29, 2021
The 2021 Business of Good Awards
By the Editors

We were lucky to get the inaugural Business of Good Awards off the ground right before the world shut down last March. This time around, the finalists had to do more than follow a great first act—they also needed to...

Mar 20, 2021
By helping others feed themselves, Frank Giustra aims to grow a movement
Nick Rockel

Frank Giustra knows a thing or two about gardening. “I grew up as a son of immigrant Italian parents who came to Canada with not a lot of money and who had a very large garden,” recalls the Vancouver-based financier, entrepreneur and philanthropist, noting that food plays a key role in all aspects of his life. “We grew up with a cornucopia of vegetables in a one-acre plot. I can tell you for a fact, not only was the food...

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