November 2016

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Jan 11, 2017
For those who can’t get enough Trump: a new hotel
Felicity Stone

The U.S. presidential inauguration isn’t the only Trump-related news this month: Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver is now accepting reservations. At 1161 West Georgia on the edge of Vancouver’s Luxury Zone, the twisting 69-storey tower designed by Arthur Erickson includes 147 guest rooms, 217 condos and much, much more: a nightclub and bar, complete with swimming pool, run by...

Nov 23, 2016
The kiss-ass guide to giving
Amanda Ross

1. For the co-worker with never enough time to pack a healthy lunch, curry “flavour” with Vancouver-based Gift-a-Green: these locally made holiday greeting cards double as edible miniature microgreens. $9.95 2. The early bird may catch the worm, but the Revive rollerball by Aromatherapy & Associates instantly revives, refreshes and invigorates with its own 100 per cent natural blend of grapefruit...

Nov 21, 2016
Lunch With Lucy: Salt Spring Coffee's Mickey McLeod on brewing controversy
Lucy Hyslop

It’s not often you hear a CEO talking about the upside of LSD while discussing business. But then lunch with Mickey McLeod—the “still-a-hippie-at-heart” president and CEO of Salt Spring Coffee Company and pioneer of organic coffee—was never destined to be conventional. Brought up on Texada Island during the ’60s and ’70s, his move from counterculture to coffee culture is firmly anchored...

Nov 18, 2016
Weekend Warrior: Steve Sammut of Rocky Mountaineer laces up
Felicity Stone

My parents were immigrants from Malta. There’s no ice in Malta—it’s very hot and warm. My father played soccer and some other sports growing up but not hockey. He used to watch it on television, so I remember watching on his lap. I grew up in Toronto—unfortunately the Leafs, tough team to watch, but I always wanted to play so...

Nov 16, 2016
Vancouver's green economy—winners and losers
Felicity Stone

Vancouver is planning to become the world’s greenest city by 2020 and obtain 100 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. Meanwhile, California economist and business consultant Bill Roth sees 2017 as a turning point in the green economy—that’s when the millennial generation, which looks for buying solutions that save money, improve human health and are sourced...

Nov 14, 2016
DIY Management: How to conduct an effective exit interview
Felicity Stone

Ask open-ended questions rather than ones that elicit yes or no answers, says Pau. Use the same questions for all exit interviews to ensure consistency. “You can ask the same question of 20 people, and they’ll all give you a slightly different answer, but I think that there’s value in that,” says Klein. “Whereas if you’re doing closed questions and...

Nov 10, 2016
A Vancouver startup launches a new category with an old plant
Marcie Good

In August 2015, Arnaud Petitvallet and Max Rivest were visiting coffee farmers in Nicaragua, looking for a partner for their startup venture. They had an unusual proposition. Rather than the cherries, which contain green coffee beans, they wanted the leaves. “We were two young gringos, and these farmers had been doing the same thing in their families for 200 years,” Rivest...

Nov 9, 2016
B.C.'s crazy real estate—and a cautionary tale from the Netherlands
Timothy Taylor

After years of debate about price escalation and declining affordability in the Vancouver housing market, the province and the city have, at last, stepped in with measures to address the crisis. The province’s targeted 15 per cent property transfer tax premium (in effect since August 2) is designed to pull in the reins on foreign buyers who don’t live in...

Nov 8, 2016
Who's next in line for leadership at five of B.C.'s top firms?
Matt O'Grady

Karen Flavelle’s approach to succession at Purdys Chocolates is coloured by the approach her own father took with her. Twice he refused to let her join the firm, forcing her to work as a marketing executive with firms including General Mills and Cara Operations. Finally, in 1994, he made her executive vice-president, and in 1997 sold her the business. Having...

Nov 8, 2016
Fairchild Media Group prepares for the future
Jenny Peng

What does a $350-million media/retail/real estate empire look like? Fairchild Group headquarters offers few clues. The nondescript offices sit atop an empty storefront in South Cambie, with pastel-coloured rooms and dark wood furniture that hasn’t been updated since the 1980s. Thomas Fung, the company’s 65-year-old chair and CEO, clearly has other priorities: “Things don’t come easy; you have to work...

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