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February 2018

In this issue

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 in choosing 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...

Feb 7, 2018
New and Improved: The latest developments in the world of lifestyle, from restaurants to retail (and more!)
Felicity Stone

Shop/ Residents of Kamloops, Kelowna, Prince George and Vernon can now order groceries from Save-On-Foods online and choose where and when to pick them up. Personal shoppers assemble the order and load the groceries into the customer’s car at designated online shopping pickup parking stalls. Experience/ Vancouver has two more experiential retail spaces. Toronto-based Roots Ltd.’s 3,900-square-foot Roots Cabin concept store...

Feb 6, 2018
Second annual Pitch for the Purse competition enters final round
Nathan Caddell

Valerie Song enters an upstairs room at the Vancouver Club and eyes a pitcher of water. Filling a glass, she takes a massive swig. “I needed that,” Song gasps between gulps. “I’m also feeling…hungry.”No wonder. Less than an hour ago on this November morning, Song and nine other female entrepreneurs were down in the club’s Grand Ballroom for the Pitch...

Feb 5, 2018
Poll: What do you think of B.C.’s new distracted driving penalties?

Distracted driving plays a role in more than one quarter of all car crash deaths in B.C., according to Insurance Corp. of British Columbia. On March 1, a driver with two distracted driving tickets in a three-year period will get dinged as much as $2,000—a jump of $740 over current penalties and on top of their regular insurance premium. The...

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