February 2018

In this issue

Mar 6, 2018
Lunch with former Vancouver Canuck Willie Mitchell
Lucy Hyslop

Willie Mitchell jovially recounts sitting in Hot Springs Cove near Tofino on a Valentine’s Day shortly before asking his future wife, Megan, to marry him. Having flown up early to beat the crowds to the popular spot on the west of Vancouver Island, suddenly being joined by an older couple wasn’t part of the plan, explains the ex–Vancouver Canucks defenceman...

Mar 5, 2018
Victoria's Secret: How the government city is attracting notable retail names
Jessica Natale Woollard

Last June hundreds of shoppers lined up along Lower Johnson Street in downtown Victoria, waiting for hours in the blistering heat, to attend the opening of John Fluevog Shoes. The new store, in American Apparel’s former space, was a homecoming for the Vancouver-based shoe designer, who had a boutique in Victoria in the 1970s with then-partner Peter Fox.“Victoria has never...

Mar 2, 2018
Surrey by Design: The city shifts its focus
Kerry Gold

From his 18th-floor window—cranes on the skyline, construction crews below—Michael Heeney sees his new job as city builder all around him. Last September the architect took the helm of Surrey City Development Corp. (SCDC), the for-profit agency that works at arm’s length from city hall. It’s a switch from his previous gig as principal at Bing Thom Architects (BTA), where he...

Feb 19, 2018
Two Economies, One Province: Mining giant Rio Tinto gets help from the BC Innovation Council
Nathan Caddell

A partnership based on getting people to a specific location only started because Carl Anderson got lost. Last February the president and CEO of the BC Innovation Council (BCIC), was on a BC Growth Opportunities Tour in the northwest of the province, trying to show some guests the Skeena River. Instead, he ended up visiting Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.’s modernized aluminum smelter in...

Feb 15, 2018
Weekend Warrior: Husein Rahemtulla
as told to Felicity Stone

I’ve played soccer and squash since I was very young. I played both at a competitive level because I am supercompetitive. That translated well into poker later on. It started out in high school, where we used to play home games with friends. It was just for fun, but I could still have the desire to win, and I could...

Feb 14, 2018
Why B.C.'s Anandia Labs could be the leading cannabis company in North America
Andrew Findlay

Bright grow lights beam upon shelves filled with lush marijuana plants, bursting with buds and ready for harvest. Jonathan Page points out a specimen that to my eye looks identical to the neighbouring flora. But this leafy and fragrant individual, a heritage plant that is a queen among commoners, holds a special place in the UBC botanist’s heart.“That’s the purple...

Feb 13, 2018
DIY Management: How to handle office romances
Felicity Stone

1. Accept human naturePeople spend so much time at work that it’s inevitable they become friends, Pau notes. “What’s the difference between becoming best friends versus becoming boyfriend and girlfriend?” she asks. Anderson points out that there’s nothing inherently wrong with a workplace relationship. “Most of them are harmonious and professional, but some are challenging and some are even disruptive,”...

Feb 9, 2018
Numerology: Digging into B.C.’s cargo and warehousing industry
Melissa Edwards

That’s how many people work in the B.C. transportation and warehousing industry—and judging by the focus of this month’s Cargo Logistics Canada conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre, they need to prepare for a sea change brought on by robotics, big data, instant delivery and extreme transparency. “Amazon is setting the bar for everyone,” says Devlin Fenton, CEO of Go99...

Feb 8, 2018
A conversation with B.C. Indian Chiefs president Stewart Phillip
Nathan Caddell

More than 40 years ago, Stewart Phillip first read Bobbi Lee Indian Rebel, an autobiography by Coast Salish writer Lee Maracle. Phillip, now president and grand chief of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), appreciated the insights contained in the book’s pages. But he was drawn to a photo of the author’s sister Joan. Around that time, Phillip was...

Feb 7, 2018
The Undergrad Experience: What Can Help to Choose the Right University and Program
By BCBusiness

So, your kid has excelled in high school and is about to apply to university. Congratulations! This is the most definitive transition into adulthood that can happen, and likely the first time your offspring is truly seeing the world as his/her oyster. But while many parents take pride in their children preparing to become undergraduates, they are also filled with trepidation—and...

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