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July/Aug 2017

In this issue

Aug 14, 2017
Who owns B.C. recreational property?
Melissa Edwards

That’s how many recreational properties changed hands in B.C. in 2016—a 75 per cent surge over the previous year and up almost threefold from 2011. Vacationing Lower Mainlanders may dream of ownership as they snooze on rented lakefront decks this summer, but British Columbians aren’t driving sales, says Rudy Nielsen, president of Niho Land & Cattle Co. Ltd., one of...

Aug 11, 2017
How Uniqlo hopes to win over Vancouver shoppers
Amanda Ross

Generally, Vancouver has two gears when it comes to clothing: lounge wear and workout wear, both with an emphasis on technical fabrics and comfort. So, when Japanese retail juggernaut Uniqlo announced it would land on our shores this fall*, it felt almost overdue. Since 1984, the Japanese company has evolved from a tiny unisex casualwear store in Hiroshima to global cult-fave...

Aug 10, 2017
Weekend Warrior: Minerva Foundation chair Nancy McKinstry
As told to Marcie Good

I started rowing three and a half years ago. I was 63. I had given up golf because of my back, and I wanted something that would build strength and keep me fit and that was symmetrical. I called the VRC [Vancouver Rowing Club] and I said, “Do you have a coach you can match me with?” So I set...

Aug 9, 2017
How B.C. developers are building the world
Nick Rockel

Ian Gillespie speaks quietly, and he doesn’t do small talk. As a Neil Young live album jangles on the stereo, the slender Westbank Projects Corp. founder sits in a corner of his roomy downtown Vancouver office, North Shore Mountains at his back. Fine-boned, dressed in jeans and a dark blazer, he looks more like someone from the art world than...

Aug 8, 2017
Expert advice for entrepreneurs
Dee Hon

Sam Wainwright owns and operates Refine and Design Custom Homes and Renovations, a busy contracting firm he runs from a neatly appointed office in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour. The company offers a suite of building and renovation services for homeowners, and for bars, restaurants and other businesses. It’s a menu that keeps Wainwright’s phone ringing and his whiteboard covered corner-to-corner with...

Aug 3, 2017
How 9 wineries do things differently in the South Okanagan
Felicity Stone

1. Black Hills Estate WineryIn 1996, two Vancouver couples with no winemaking experience bought a 34-acre vineyard on Black Sage Road near Osoyoos, planning to grow grapes to sell to wineries. Three years later they tried their hand at winemaking, producing Nota Bene, a Bordeaux blend that has become a cult wine among collectors. Vinequest Wine Partners LP, mostly made...

Aug 3, 2017
Matrix: How Vancouver rates as a startup city
Marcie Good

Vancouver has some glowingly successful startup stories, including Slack, the fastest-growing business software of all time,, the world’s third-largest video streaming site, and Hootsuite Media Inc., maker of the most widely used social media management platform. Among those Douglas firs is a growing cluster of promising saplings, nurtured by what a recent report calls a healthy environment. According to...

Aug 2, 2017
Why some corporate head offices put down roots in Vancouver
Kerry Gold

When you’re a wellness company surrounded by a coastal rainforest, you’ve got a built-in one-with-nature branding that money can’t buy. Why go anywhere else? Vancouver’s geographic gifts are a large part of the reason that Saje Natural Wellness is staying put and deepening its local roots with a massive new headquarters set to open late next year, out of PC...

Aug 1, 2017
Office Space: Vancouver's Bench Accounting gets comfy at work
Marcie Good

The Danish word “hygge,” defined by the Oxford Dictionaries as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being,” made that institution’s Word of the Year shortlist in 2016. It inspired a small library of new books on cooking and home decor as well as a database of articles exploring why the Western world...

Jul 31, 2017
Should governments subsidize businesses?
Steve Burgess

The year 1972 was big for the political left in Canada. In B.C., Dave Barrett led the provincial New Democratic Party to a stunning victory over W.A.C. Bennett and the Social Credit Party. And in the federal election campaign of that year, NDP leader David Lewis took his party to a new high, thanks to the memorable phrase “corporate welfare...

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