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October 2017

In this issue

Nov 6, 2017
Lunch with FrontFundr chief growth officer Jill Earthy
Lucy Hyslop

It’s hard keeping up with Jill Earthy. Positively fizzing over lunch, the 44-year-old is just back from working for two weeks in Whistler, across Alberta and in Ottawa at the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, the intensive invitation-only meeting of leaders from business, labour and government. Assigned to a group looking at how Alberta can move away from the oilsands...

Oct 30, 2017
DIY Management: How to manage an employee who knows more than you
Felicity Stone

1. RECOGNIZE YOUR STRENGTHS “You were hired for a reason, and often that reason has to do with things that your employees can’t do, like strategic planning or strategy execution, perhaps coaching or bringing out the best in the team,” Cotton says. Even if you lack technical knowledge, strength in other areas such as people skills and managing change can...

Oct 26, 2017
Weekend Warrior: Ingrid Jarrett
as told to Felicity Stone

I grew up hiking, camping and fishing with my family all over B.C. Fishing Pennask Lake as a child, every cast caught a trout. We would fry them in butter in a cast iron pan and enjoy every bite. In the summer, we camped on Salt Spring Island and caught rock cod and salmon. Living in Bella Coola as a young adult, I would hike...

Oct 24, 2017
A conversation with angel investor Thealzel Lee
Marcie Good

When Thealzel Lee sizes up young companies, she looks for patterns, so her scientific training—a B.Sc. in microbiology from the University of Alberta—comes in handy. Lee is co-manager of Vantec Angel Network Inc., which vets entrepreneurs looking for cash and advice and introduces them to individual and group investors. She’s also founder, director and CEO of E-Fund, a $2-million Vancouver-based...

Oct 23, 2017
War of words: The shakeup in Canada’s Chinese-language press
Jacob Parry

There’s a shakeup underway in Canada’s Chinese-language press—and its epicentre is in Vancouver. Amid the riptide of digital disruption hammering traditional print business models, the emergence of social media platforms like WeChat and a demographic shift thanks to rising immigration from mainland China, the industry is in flux. Even as census data show that from 2006 to 2016, the Lower...

Oct 20, 2017
How Scott Menke's gamble on Parq Vancouver hit the jackpot
Nick Rockel

On a brilliant late-June afternoon, Scott Menke strides through the posh lobby of Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel Georgia. “What’s up?” asks the co-founder and CEO of Paragon Gaming as he extends a hand. At first glance, his aquiline gaze appears haughty, but don’t mistake the tall American’s confidence for condescension.For 20-odd days a month, Menke lives alone in this downtown hotel.

Oct 11, 2017
Whisky Wisemen Society serves good spirits in support of worthy causes
Nick Rockel

Boy, yuppies have changed. On an August evening at Shebeen Whisk(e)y House in Vancouver’s Gastown, the local chapter of the Whisky Wisemen Society is holding its monthly Third Thursday event. Among the lively crowd gathered round the bar are a software entrepreneur, a business development director for a construction management firm and a staffing services company owner. Shebeen will donate...

Oct 2, 2017
6 ways to engage consumers, from retail to marketing
Felicity Stone

There was a time when visiting a department store was an event, as depicted in the TV series Mr. Selfridge and The Paradise. Now, says Canadian consumer futurist Doug Stephens in his recent book Reengineering Retail, “most stores we visit are devoid of any theater, excitement or aesthetic delight, much less any sort of engaging physical experience.” But the tide is...

Sep 30, 2017
Entrepreneur of the Year 2017: B.C.'s winners
Marcie Good, Dee Hon, Jacob Parry, Felicity Stone and Jessica Werb

Rob McCurdy (Pacific Region Overall Winner)CEO, Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. Zak El-RamlyPresident and CEO, ZE PowerGroup Inc. Jamil MurjiPresident and CEO, Inter-Urban Delivery Service Aamir Baig + Fraser Hall + Andy Prochazka + Sam Prochazka Co-founder/Director/CEO + Co-Founder/Director + Co-Founder + Co-Founder/Director, Article.com Brian Paes-BragaCEO, Lithium X Energy Corp. Matt Leslie + Kevin Pederson + Mitch EvaneczCo-Founder + Co-Founder + Director of Operations, West Coast...

Sep 29, 2017
Entrepreneur of the Year 2017: Mining & Metals
Jacob Parry

On a Sunday in October 2009, William Lamb got a text message from a friend in South Africa: “Do you have $42 million—because you may need it by the end of the week.” “I knew straight away what it was for,” says the head of Lucara Diamond Corp. in his mile-a-minute South African lilt, recounting how he heard the tip...

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