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November 2018

In this issue

Nov 7, 2018
Middle Ground: Are smaller homes the answer to B.C.’s affordability crisis?
Felicity Stone

You could pretty much go to any cocktail party, any conversation, any Tim Hortons or coffee shop, and you’re going to have the same discourse happening around housing,” says Jake Fry, best known for his Vancouver firm Smallworks, which builds laneway homes. “And the challenges are uniform,” Fry continues. “The dollar value may change, and drivers may be different between...

Nov 6, 2018
Happy Horgan: B.C.'s premier imagines what could have been
Steve Burgess

“We were stealing apples from Bruce Hutchison’s backyard,” the premier recalls, standing in his spacious office in the west annex of the provincial legislature. Hutchison, the late newspaper legend whose name is on the Lifetime Achievement Award presented annually by the Jack Webster Foundation to a distinguished B.C. journalist, was a neighbour of young John Horgan in Saanich. “Everybody else...

Nov 6, 2018
Educational Options for Working Professionals

Royal Roads University’s approach to professional education has always been geared toward providing students with skills that address real-life requirements and the demands of the global marketplace. This is why the MBA in Executive Management offers students the opportunity to specialize in Leadership, Management Consulting, International Business in Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment, or International Business and Innovation in Europe. William Holmes, Dean...

Nov 6, 2018
Accommodating the Huge Demand for High Quality Cannabis

BCBusiness + GTEC Holdings Ltd. Kelowna-based GreenTec Holdings Ltd. (GTEC) is making considerable strides toward fulfilling its mandate of becoming a leading Canadian craft cannabis company, driven by a team of successful venture capitalists, PhD scientists, cultivation experts, and food and beverage executives (from SunRype, Diageo and Quails’ Gate)—plus a strategy that includes establishing retail outlets across the country. GTEC’s singular concern for...

Nov 6, 2018
Beedie's Rebranding Mirrors the Quality That Drives This Business

BCBusiness + Beedie Branding is undertaken by any successful company for a variety of reasons, and in the case of Beedie (formerly Beedie Development Group), it was necessary because of the remarkable evolution the company has experienced in the hands of president Ryan Beedie, as well as to present a fresh face to its expanded customer base. Beedie says: “As we continue to...

Nov 5, 2018
Go Figure: Recycling by the numbers
Melissa Edwards

As the Zero Waste Conference comes to the Vancouver Convention Centre for its seventh annual national event (November 8 and 9), we examine how B.C. is leaning into the circular economy

Nov 2, 2018
After Hours: What to read and do this November
Felicity Stone

So, you think you’d like to become a craft distiller. The Distillery School offers a five-day hands-on program for a class of just three students. Learn to mill, mash, distill, bottle, label and clean alongside the pros at North Vancouver’s Sons of Vancouver Distillery, plus pick up tips on practices from budgeting and licensing to sales and distribution. Graduates have gone...

Nov 1, 2018
On Trend: The sleepiest time of the year
Felicity Stone

On November 4, B.C. residents can enjoy an extra hour of sleep as daylight time ends. Some would like to see the twice-yearly time change abolished, though. In September, 52.3 percent of Union of BC Municipalities delegates passed a resolution to kill daylight time. The next step is to petition the provincial government to wind down the practice. Elsewhere, the...

Oct 29, 2018
BMO's TEAM: We Started This

BCBusiness + BMO Only a financial organization operating with BMO’s “One Bank” approach can navigate the diverse challenges of today’s business world. BMO is Canada’s oldest incorporated bank—and BCBusiness caught up with its B.C. & Yukon executive team to speak to their expertise on leadership, wealth management,investment expansion, corporate finance and capital sourcing. It is clear that BMO’s ability to rally the...

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