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March 2017

In this issue

Mar 10, 2017
A big picture look at the future of real estate development in B.C.

British Columbia remains top of mind for developers, purchasers and vendors interested in investing long-term in real estate. While the hot residential market, a new interest-free loan for first-time homebuyers and a tax for foreign nationals continue to dominate the headlines, leaders in the industry are as excited as ever for the potential that B.C. has to offer investors. Spoiler...

Mar 9, 2017
Women of Influence 2017 | The Mentors
Marcie Good, Matt O'Grady and Nick Rockel

For our third annual survey of women making an impact on B.C., we honour those who support others’ success Ask a group of women that question, and you’ll probably get more answers than there are people in the room. That was our experience at the Vancouver Club in November, when for the third year we turned to a panel of experts...

Mar 8, 2017
Women of Influence 2017 | The Mentors: A Few Good Men
Marcie Good

A few years ago, Vancouver-based Glenn Ives attended a meeting with 22 of professional services firm Deloitte LLP’s senior managers at a regional office in Ottawa overlooking a golf course. “I was talking about how we needed to change things at Deloitte and make sure we were fair in the opportunities,” he recalls. “I said, ‘How many of you would...

Mar 8, 2017
Women of Influence 2017 | The Mentors Group 4
Marcie Good and Nick Rockel

Mentorship roles: Women’s Executive Network; former president, Wired Woman SocietyShout out: “[She was] very helpful in providing real-life experience, not just from a career perspective but from an overall perspective. Family, career—[she was] really an open book….Through conversation and sharing experiences, she provided me with guidance in regard to life in general.” –Shannon Cole, national account manager, Telus Corp., Toronto Mentorship...

Mar 8, 2017
Women of Influence 2017 | The Mentors Group 3
Marcie Good and Nick Rockel

Mentorship roles: Established a mentoring program as president of the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SWIST)Shout out: “When you have a mentor, I think it’s important that they’re willing to share the good and the bad, not only tell you the good stories about what they’ve done that went well. Maria has a wealth of experience. She’s been...

Mar 8, 2017
Women of Influence 2017 | The Mentors Group 2
Marcie Good and Nick Rockel

Mentorship roles: Advising and mentoring companies she invests in via Pique Fund and personally; Women in Leadership Foundation; Forum for Women Entrepreneurs; through alma mater University of WaterlooShout out: “She’s an investor personally in MuseFind, the company I run, and we’ve grown so close. She and I meet up regularly for coffee to catch up; she’s been such a source...

Mar 8, 2017
Women of Influence 2017 | The Mentors Group 1
Marcie Good and Nick Rockel

Mentorship roles: Founder and chair, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, VancouverShout out: “Christina has this story, I think it was when she was working for Goldman Sachs, and they had a meeting in L.A. and another meeting across the city, and traffic was so horrible that they couldn’t possibly get there by car. So she said, ‘How else can we get...

Mar 7, 2017
Women of Influence 2017 | The Mentors: Karen Joseph
Marcie Good

On a rainy Sunday in September 2013, multitudes showed up at Queen Elizabeth Plaza in downtown Vancouver. They walked through an arch that had been blessed by a First Nations healer and set out for Concord Place, passing by drummers, dancers and singers. Karen Joseph, who organized the four-kilometre Walk for Reconciliation, was astounded at the turnout, which was estimated...

Mar 7, 2017
Women of Influence 2017 | The Mentors: Donna Spencer
Marcie Good

In early 2011, Donna Spencer, long-time artistic director of Vancouver’s Firehall Arts Centre, was thinking about how to produce a show using Leonard Cohen’s music. She had just called a director in Thunder Bay, Ontario, who had recently done a musical production inspired by the Canadian songwriter, when a message came in from Vancouver playwright and actor Tracey Power. She...

Mar 7, 2017
Women of Influence 2017 | The Mentors: Laurel Douglas
Nick Rockel

Laurel Douglas knows how crucial it is for women entrepreneurs to have female role models. “Women start businesses for slightly different reasons than men do,” says the CEO of the Kelowna-based Women’s Enterprise Centre. Although money is important, independence and flexibility rank equal or higher, Douglas explains. “So that’s often how they structure their business.” With that in mind, the WEC...

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