Industries

Jul 1, 2008
Travelling to Lockhart, Texas
John Lee

I’m wilting in the desiccating midday sun on a crowd-free sidewalk in small-town Texas, 35 kilometres south of the Austin state capital. I cup my hands to the cool glass and squint into the blackened storefront ahead. It looks like...

Jul 1, 2008
How to Pick a Retail Spot
Jessica Werb

A retail business can stand or fall depending on its location. Pick the right spot and you’re in the money; get it wrong and you can kiss your profits goodbye. So how do you pick your lucky locale? Experts David Gray, principal of DIG360 Consulting Ltd.; Jim Smerdon, senior associate with Colliers International Realty Advisors Inc.; and Stephen Knight, president of Sitings Realty Ltd., share some insights into the mysterious art and science of location scouting. Finesse your brand...

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
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
Greener Pastures
by Vanessa Richmond

Or, excuse me, that should read: many triple-bottom-line sustainability consultants have now formed strategic alliances with brand-management and strategy firms. Does this kind of doublespeak prove that sustainability has finally arrived? Or does it simply show that the new greenwashing machines are spinning faster than ever? The most recent, and possibly biggest...

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
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...

Jul 1, 2008
Cross Border Car Trade: Deal Breaker
Peter Severinson

Different players cite different reasons for the discrepancy: manufacturers say it’s because Canada’s smaller market isn’t as profitable as that of the U.S., while critics maintain manufacturers charge more in Canada simply because they can. Last summer, thanks largely to...

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