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February 2019

In this issue

Feb 22, 2019
Environment: Business interests clash with caribou survival
Andrew Findlay

Ross Cloutier wants to help save B.C.’s southern mountain caribou—but not at any cost. Renewed efforts to protect the threatened animals could hit his $150-million industry hard, says the executive director of Helicat Canada, which represents the country’s heli-skiing and catskiing operators. “Things are happening very fast right now, and we have some real concerns that decisions are being made based more on opinion than science,” explains Kamloops-based Cloutier, whose group’s members include 30 companies in B.C. “I...

Feb 21, 2019
After Hours: What to read and do this February
By BCBusiness

Vancouver’s Backcountry Hut Co. supplied the concept house for last month’s Interior Design Show in Toronto. The 670-square-foot Great Lakes Cabin includes a sleeping loft and a great room, plus a glass end wall to connect the interior with nature. Inspired by Ikea’s approach to affordable, well-designed products, outdoor enthusiast Wilson Edgar and architect Michael Leckie founded BHC in 2015 to produce flat-packed prefab structures that are easy to install in...

Feb 20, 2019
On Trend: Coworking facilities find their groove
Felicity Stone

GOOD WORKS Those devoted to social impact can find like-minded coworkers at the Dock in downtown Victoria plus several spots in Vancouver. Two are in Gastown: the Hive and the Amp, the latter in the old B.C. Electric Railway building and also home to Ecotrust Canada. Not far away, 312 Main is intended to be a global centre for economic and...

Feb 19, 2019
Office Space: Vancouver-based Trulioo is growing up
Felicity Stone

Trulioo has moved up in the world. Last year, the Vancouver-based identity verification firm relocated from cramped quarters in Gastown to a 12th-floor office on West Hastings Street near Burrard. The new 12,000- square-foot digs, more than double the size of the previous ones, overlook Burrard Inlet and the green roof of the Vancouver Convention Centre. Founded in 2011 by Tanis...

Feb 15, 2019
Five questions with the NDP's Jagmeet Singh
Nathan Caddell

1. What are constituents of Burnaby South most concerned about? The biggest worry or concern that’s on people’s minds is housing. It’s everywhere I go, from homelessness to young folks not being able to find a place to rent, young families not able to find a place to buy, seniors who can’t find assisted housing. There’s a massive crisis, people can’t find...

Feb 14, 2019
Weekend Warrior: Photographer and Londre Bodywear CEO Ainsley Rose hikes in high places
Felicity Stone

In her early 20s, Ainsley Rose rebelled against her outdoorsy upbringing on Vancouver’s rugged North Shore, preferring urban pursuits. The Londre swimwear maker, who turns 29 this month, has since returned to her roots. “I started to do some smaller day hikes with my girlfriends when I was travelling, and then it developed into a passion for doing longer adventures because...

Feb 13, 2019
Carry On: Travel tips from Club Row founder Nathan Morris, plus how to fight cabin fever while flying
Charlene Rooke

Fitness Entrepreneur Nathan Morris, who kicked a career in finance to start Burnaby’s Driftwood Athletics gym, has invented a made in- B.C. workout with Club Row. At the studio on Vancouver’s east side, “rhythm row” group workouts are set to booming hip-hop, reinventing the rowing machine the way spin classes did the exercise bike. Morris would also like to reinvent the...

Feb 12, 2019
Entry Level: A day in the life of restaurateur Vincent Nguyen
Nathan Caddell

Vincent Nguyen’s parents wanted him to go to school to become a lawyer or dentist instead of joining the family business. And for a while, that’s exactly what he did. The Vancouver native spent two and a half years at medical school at the University of Newcastle in Australia. After his father died, Nguyen returned to help his mother, Ly, manage...

Feb 11, 2019
Philanthropy: Is business now in the business of saving the world?
Guy Saddy

Trevor Linden keeps on giving Trevor Linden has kept giving back to the community since he retired from the Vancouver Canucks in 2008. Simply put, he’s an icon. Drafted second overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 1988. Thirty goals in his rookie season, 867 points over the span of a storied career. And perhaps most memorably, in 1994, in a nail-biting Game...

Feb 8, 2019
Inventory: B.C.'s bean-to-bar chocolate hits the sweet spot
Felicity Stone

This Valentine’s Day, check out B.C.’s bean-to-bar chocolate makers. They craft small batches from cacao beans sourced directly from farmers, then used raw or roasted and processed in-house. 1. In 2015, Glen and Helen Davies moved their family from Vancouver to Invermere, where they launched Wild Mountain Chocolate. The couple keep their products simple, using just chocolate and sugar. At Invermere Farmers...

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