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November 2017

In this issue

Nov 16, 2017
Leadership: BMO’s Mike Bonner nurtures a new generation of leaders with a mix of drive and empathy
Scott Neufeld

In business, the person leading at any given point isn’t necessarily the one with the title and the corner office, says Mike Bonner, senior vice-president at BMO Financial Group, who heads the bank’s B.C. and Yukon division.“Leadership has nothing to do with the business card; it has nothing to do with your position,” Bonner contends. “I don’t think you have...

Nov 16, 2017
Leadership: Copperleaf CEO Judi Hess promotes women in tech
Felicity Stone

Judi Hess supports affirmative action. Since becoming CEO in 2009 of Vancouver-based Copperleaf Technologies Inc., she has increased the number of female employees from roughly 10 per cent to about a third. Over that period, the company’s total staff rose from 29 to more than 120. “I think it’s a big deal,” says Hess, who is slender, with a mane...

Nov 15, 2017
Leadership: BCLC boss Jim Lightbody is on his game
Nick Rockel

At age nine, Jim Lightbody found himself thrust into a leadership role. In his native Victoria, Lightbody belonged to a talented soccer team, some of whose members went on to play in the National Hockey League (ex–Vancouver Canuck Geoff Courtnall) and represent Canada in soccer and rugby. The squad had no permanent captain, and they never lost a game—until one...

Nov 14, 2017
Leadership: Shoulder to shoulder, Lyndon and Jamie Cormack lead global phenomenon Herschel Supply
Nick Rockel

So, this is where my kids’ backpacks got their start. At Herschel Supply Co. headquarters in East Vancouver’s rough-hewn Railtown neighbourhood, the atmosphere on a sunny August morning is brisk. About 130 of the company’s 170 employees work here, alongside founders Lyndon and Jamie Cormack, who are chatting with staff. The ground floor of the 28,500-square-foot digs is open space...

Nov 9, 2017
Numerology: Artisanal markets in B.C. kick off the gift-buying season
Melissa Edwards

As the gift-buying season approaches, that’s about how many craft markets will set up across the province to help local potters, carvers, glass blowers, jewelry makers and other artisans get their wares into holiday shoppers’ hands. Indie fairs are growing fast, and convention-centre events draw visitors by the tens of thousands, but they alone can’t support an artisan industry facing...

Nov 8, 2017
A conversation with Mining Association of BC president and CEO Bryan Cox
Nick Rockel

You might think the mining sector and the beer business have little in common. Bryan Cox knows different: both are technical, highly regulated and people-driven industries, says the president and CEO of the Mining Association of BC (MABC), who led public affairs for Western Canada at Molson Coors Canada before joining the provincial advocacy group in 2014.Alberta native Cox, who...

Nov 3, 2017
How will business fare with the NDP back at the helm?
Richard Littlemore

They’re back.The dreaded New Democrats, who former premier Christy Clark warned would ransack the provincial treasury and crash the economy, have seized the reins of government, with an electoral minority and the support of a perhaps more frightening Green Party, led by climate Cassandra (and Nobel Peace Prize–winning scientist) Andrew Weaver. After several months of NDP rule, it’s amazing that...

Nov 1, 2017
New and Improved: The latest developments in the world of lifestyle, from hotels to eyewear (and more!)
Felicity Stone

SEE/ Founded by Vancouver optometrist Harbir Sian, online retailer Kingsley Eyewear sells a range of eyeglasses with handmade Italian acetate frames. For every pair purchased, a person in need receives a full eye exam and a pair of glasses through Optometry Giving Sight. STAY/ This month, Marriott International Inc. expects to open its Civic Hotel at Surrey City Centre. The Autograph Collection...

Oct 31, 2017
Site C Poll: The results may surprise you

When Mustel Group asked 300 people across B.C. last August what they thought should happen to Site C, half (50.4 per cent) overall recommended proceeding, 26.5 per cent said it should be terminated, and 23.1 per cent wanted it put on hold. “I think there is support for Site C or at least to be convinced that, take a second...

Oct 27, 2017
What to put on your business agenda in November 2017

BC BUSINESS SUMMITThemed Scaling Up for Prosperity in a Changing World, this year’s Business Council of B.C. event explores such topics as how to leverage the province’s position as Canada’s gateway to the Asia Pacific and the northern hub of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor to boost our talent, trade and supply-chain capabilities; how business and the education system can collaborate to prepare for...

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