April 2019

In this issue

Apr 26, 2019
Weekend Warrior: Shooting hoops helps Richard Pass work out business problems
Felicity Stone

Despite his name, these days Ronald McDonald House CEO Richard Pass keeps his basketball pretty much to himself. That’s because he no longer plays on a team as he once did—as a guard in high school and university in his hometown of Brandon, Manitoba, and in a senior league there and in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, before moving to B.C. in...

Apr 15, 2019
It's a Good Thing: Venture capitalist Brenda Irwin is betting on health care
Matt O'Grady

When Brenda Irwin was invited by a friend to a Vancouver pitch event in the summer of 2013, she had no intention of investing in anything. The native of Mount Elgin, Ontario, had only left her job with Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) 18 months prior, and she didn’t have a lot of money to toss around. But as...

Apr 12, 2019
Inventory: Street smart rain gear
Felicity Stone

DRY DENIM In 2013, Vancouver jeans maker Gary Lenett partnered with performance fabric expert Abid Hafeez to form Pimlico Performance Apparel, producing denim clothing that combines fashion with function. The company’s new Duer Weatherproof Denim jeans incorporate a wind- and waterproof membrane along with stretch, temperature-regulation and odourneutralization features, plus a reflective cuff for cyclists.At the Gastown store and online, $199 URBAN...

Apr 10, 2019
Carry On: Brand new bags and packing for business trips
Charlene Rooke

PUT THE “EH” IN SUITCASE Your travels may be global, but you can pack Canadian. Mississauga-based Heys International makes some of the world’s lightest hard-shell suitcases. The funky colours and fabrics of Vancouver-designed Herschel Supply Co. luggage complement its bags and backpacks. And some of the nearly indestructible aluminum cases by Germany’s Rimowa are made in a Cambridge, Ontario, factory. AHEAD OF...

Apr 8, 2019
Pot Shots: Legalization stokes a cannabis culture clash
Guy Saddy

Walking the floor of the Lift & Co. Cannabis Expo, you can hardly see the reefer for the bongs. The sheer breadth of products and services being hawked is astounding: from production machinery (extractors, CO2 control systems, trimmers) to pest control, software, plant food formulas, THC testing, financial services, government-compliant packaging, recruitment and more. There’s also a wide array of...

Apr 5, 2019
Does Vancouver need its own auditor general?
Anne Casselman

The City of Vancouver stands out for many reasons. Its temperate weather. Its staggering natural beauty. Its million-dollar house prices. But one unique quality is a head-scratcher: it’s the only large city in Canada without its own independent financial watchdog to report on the effective and efficient use of municipal funds. If Vancouver is the world-class metropolis it claims, with...

Apr 4, 2019
Go Figure: B.C.’s wine industry by the numbers
Melissa Edwards

Sources: B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Agriculture Canada, B.C. Wine Institute, BC Liquor Distribution Branch, Statistics Canada...

Apr 3, 2019
After Hours: 3 things to do in April
By the Editors

Joseph Tisiga, a Whitehorse-based artist of Kaska Dena ancestry, takes visitors on a journey of identity through Tales of an Empty Cabin: Somebody Nobody Was, an exhibit of new and remixed works in a variety of mediums at Whistler’s Audain Art Museum. Englishman Archie Belaney, author of the 1936 book after which the show is named, travelled through Canada under...

Apr 2, 2019
Property Watch: Will the federal government throw the housing market a lifeline?
Steve Saretsky

Following a barrage of criticism and growing angst within the real estate industry, Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) assistant superintendent Carolyn Rogers faced the noise in a recent speech to the Economic Club of Canada. Rogers reminded the Toronto crowd of the rationale behind her federal agency’s B-20 mortgage stress test, summarizing its mindset during the now-distant Canadian...

Apr 1, 2019
2019 30 Under 30 Winners
By BCBusiness

Look out, guys: for the first time, women dominate our annual tribute to B.C.’s most enterprising young business leaders. From clothiers to tech entrepreneurs to marketing dynamos, the class of 2019 shows that the province’s future is in good hands

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