Industries

Sep 3, 2008
QLT Inc: A Place Called Hope
Dee Hon

Robert Butchofsky smiles a lot for a man trying to sell the hope that his company has fallen as low as it can go. “We’re not dead,” says the president and CEO of QLT Inc. (QLT-T) as he guides this reporter out of his sleek office on Vancouver’s Great Northern Way.

Sep 3, 2008
The fight over Haida Gwaii's bear hunt
by Erin Millar

The man who introduces himself as Casey Bear is pacing quickly, flustered, having just experienced what he calls one of the most violent altercations of his life. He laughs hysterically and nervously pulls a bear mask on and off his face as he describes how a man snuck up behind...

Sep 3, 2008
Forestry Labour: Remote Recruiting
Peter Severinson

The problem with people is that, unlike coal or wood chips, they can’t simply be trucked around at the whims of supply and demand. But on June 25, a block of staff-hungry B.C. employers dispatched their recruiters to the Prince George Civic Centre to do their best. An estimated 3,000...

Sep 3, 2008
Dude, Where's My Tofino Bus?
Susan Hollis

Sometimes a personal conundrum can inspire a great business idea. For surfer Dylan Green, the 31-year-old owner of Tofino Bus Ltd., it was the lack of cheap, fast transportation between his home base in Victoria and the surf town of Tofino. In 2002 Green was a UVic student living in Victoria.

Sep 3, 2008
Video: Bear Hunting on the Queen Charlotte Islands
BCBusiness

Video footage of black bear hunting on the Queen Charlotte Islands. Despite growing opposition, an outfitting company in the Queen Charlotte Islands vows to continue its lucrative bear-hunting operation. But with the protests escalation, the question that hangs on the air—like the scent and smoke of a freshly-discharged rifle—is, For how much longer?

Sep 1, 2008
Travelling to Brighton, U.K.
John Lee

I’m perched on a pyramid of pebbles under a bright blue southern England sky raked with thin, wispy clouds. A few chocolate-coloured waves are frothing their way toward me while electronic chirruping from nearby amusement arcades and the vinegar-drenched aroma...

Aug 29, 2008
Disintermediation: Killing the Middleman
Tony Wanless

This came right after a note from a fellow consultant that he was moving back permanently to B.C. because modern communication tools meant he really didn’t have to have offices near clients any more. And this came while I was working with a company in the New Ventures B.C. contest that...

Aug 18, 2008
B.C. Clean Tech: Still Can't Make The Big Show
Tony Wanless

Unfortunately, it's also an indication that the scene still has some way to go before it becomes a player. Xantrex, along with Ballard Power, the big kahuna of the cleantech and powertech cluster in B.C., agreed in late July to being acquired by French electrical engineering group Schneider Electric SA, in...

Aug 12, 2008
Managing vs. Thinking at ICBC
Tony Wanless

Apparently, to please a government bent on cost cutting, the ICBC board formed a policy to boost revenues from the research facility and other ICBC divisions that had previously been seen as cost centres, not revenue generators. But a policy is one thing; strategy is another. And there doesn't appear to...

Aug 1, 2008
Steve Burgess Travels to Bangkok
Steve Burgess

I’m sitting in a Starbucks in Bangkok’s Siam Central plaza, reading the newspaper, when my concentration is broken by a loud bang. High on a telephone pole half a block down the street, an electrical transformer has burst into flames.

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