June 2020

In this issue

Jun 25, 2020
Local theatre companies face tough curtain call thanks to COVID-19
Alyssa Hirose

As pandemic precautions make isolation the new normal, the spotlight shines hot on businesses that generate revenue from bringing people together. The Arts Club, Canada’s largest nonprofit theatre company, has cancelled or postponed seven productions since March. Based in Vancouver and touring B.C., those shows would have pulled in about $3 million in ticket sales. “Eighty percent of our budget is...

Jun 23, 2020
Go Figure: Measuring the province’s highest towers
Melissa Edwards

9.4 percent of buildings in B.C. were classified as highrises as of 2016—up 23.5 percent since 2011 In Vancouver: 29.3 percent—up 18.5 percent since 2011 In Victoria: 17.9 percent—up 14.1 percent since 2011 In Kelowna: 3.1 percent—up 46.3% since 2011 B.C. had 106 existing or under-construction skyscrapers (buildings more than 100 metres tall) as of March. In Vancouver: 67 existing or under construction; 9 planned In Burnaby: 24 existing or under construction; 9 planned In...

Jun 19, 2020
A business plan for the end of the world
Frances Bula

Emad Yacoub has survived downturns before. It was very rough during the 2008 world meltdown triggered by the collapse of the U.S. housing market. But even in the worst of times, his Glowbal dining empire, which today consists of nine mostly high-end restaurants in downtown Vancouver, still had some revenue. “People who had ordered steak ordered pasta,” Yacoub says. “People who...

Jun 11, 2020
2020 30 Under 30 Winners
BCBusiness

Many of these young business leaders, who span industries ranging from apparel and food to construction and education, will face adversity as the province tries to recover from COVID-19. But as we’ve already seen, they don’t tend to let obstacles hold them back. For the second year, women dominate the 30 Under 30—accounting for a record 20 winners this time around.

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