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July/Aug 2017

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Sep 11, 2017
Top 100 2017: How a Seattle transplant made his mark on TransLink
Jacob Parry

Armed with a pack of M&M’s and a wall-mounted transit map, Kevin Desmond is ready to embark on a virtual tour of the Lower Mainland. As he moves through Richmond, the TransLink CEO sees a Canada Line expansion southward. On the right side of the map, Desmond runs his finger across a Tri-Cities suburb, pausing before he recalls the name...

Sep 8, 2017
Top 100 2017: How Avigilon Corp. rose from a fledgling security camera outfit to B.C.’s fourth-largest tech company by revenue
Jacob Parry

Alexander Fernandes takes issue with the proverb that you can learn from your mistakes. “I don’t see that as wisdom,” says the 48-year-old founder and CEO of Avigilon Corp. His preferred alternative: “Don’t make the same mistake twice.” With an almost scholarly knowledge of the bromides and mantras of business texts by authors ranging from Dale Carnegie to Napoleon Hill...

Sep 7, 2017
Top 100 2017: Swell of support brings record year for BC Children's Hospital Foundation
Matt O'Grady

The moment that Teri Nicholas’s six years as president and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation has been building toward is almost here. On October 29, the first children will enter the Teck Acute Care Centre: a 640,000-square-foot, eight-storey facility in Vancouver with 231 patient rooms, medical and surgical inpatient units, an emergency department, medical imaging, a pediatric intensive care...

Sep 6, 2017
The Top 100 2017: How the Oppenheimer Group achieved double-digit revenue growth in 2016
Matt O'Grady

When I reach John Anderson at the Coquitlam offices of the Oppenheimer Group—also known, after a recent rebranding, simply as Oppy—he’s been back in the country for less than a day. “Apparently we haven’t had a lot of sunshine around here,” he remarks on the Lower Mainland’s gloomy spring weather. “I wouldn’t know: I haven’t been around a lot.”Anderson—CEO of...

Sep 5, 2017
Top 100 2017: Aritzia rides out stormy retail year with style
Marcie Good

The past year was tumultuous in the world of retail. The first quarter of 2017 saw record bankruptcies in the U.S., and in B.C. companies such as Vancouver startup Shoes.com folded and technical clothier Kit and Ace closed down all 26 international stores. But while mall locations of BCBG Max Azria Group Inc., American Apparel Inc. and Danier Leather Inc.

Sep 1, 2017
Top 100 2017: Ranking B.C.'s biggest winners, losers
Jacob Parry

Creation TechnologiesRevenue change: 47.3%Net income: NA Net income change: NA Burnaby-based Creation Technologies has enjoyed a prolonged phase of rapid growth. The company, which has 3,000 employees and 13 manufacturing plants in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and China, designs and builds high-tech components for clients that sell them under their own brands to third parties. With 10 of its plants in...

Aug 17, 2017
Top 100 2017: B.C.'s biggest companies by revenue
Peter Mitham

British Columbia entered 2016 with confidence and never looked back. The Urban Land Institute’s B.C. chapter helped set the tone with a November 2015 gathering in Vancouver, where speaker Andy Warren of PwC told a crowd of local real estate developers and urban planners that business optimism had reached levels not seen since before the 2008-09 global financial crisis.Bullishness as...

Aug 17, 2017
How to rent your home out on Airbnb
Frances Bula

Emily Plommer knew from her own experience staying at Airbnbs that it was frustrating to rent an apartment with a full kitchen and discover that there wasn’t so much as a salt shaker or bottle of cooking oil in the cupboards.So when Plommer, an avid traveller and then 26-year-old women’s studies grad, decided to make a living through hosting two...

Aug 17, 2017
Top 100 2017: 1 to 50

Workers keep coming to B.C. as the province posted a net increase of almost 62,000 residents in 2016, the biggest percentage gain since 2009. Meanwhile, slower growth in China and many parts of the world let B.C. keep shining brightly in relative terms. And therein lies the key to the success the province's biggest companies enjoyed in 2016: despite efforts to hitch B.C.'s...

Aug 16, 2017
Lunch with One Ocean Expeditions founder Andrew Prossin
Lucy Hyslop

Working in both polar extremes, Andrew Prossin has anything but an ordinary business life. The managing director of Squamish-headquartered One Ocean Expeditions Inc. has experienced the vagaries of journeying around the top and bottom of the world for nearly 25 years. Prossin has toiled in the “coldest, highest, darkest, windiest, loneliest places on Earth,” and in 2014 he was part...

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