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March 2018

In this issue

Mar 15, 2018
Watercooler: What's in a car name?
Steve Burgess

What’s a Camry? Is there an English translation of Acura? Is Qashqai a New Delhi game show? How many calories are there in Previa? Should I be concerned if my doctor says I have a severe abdominal Lexus? Car brands are a language of their own—often connected to other human dialects, but just as often beyond translation. Toyota’s Camry is apparently...

Mar 14, 2018
In It To Win It: These four B.C. tech innovators are just getting started
Nathan Caddell

A device that promises to reinvent lifeguarding, an app that makes lone workers safer, a community of renters, a smart bra—what do these B.C. innovations have in common? For one, they all harness the power of technology to make people’s lives better. They all have stories connected to the lives of their female inventors, and each of those women has...

Mar 13, 2018
Matrix: Vancouver's money makeover
Nathan Caddell and Scott Neufeld

Call it Western financial alienation. With Canada’s big banks and traditional finance players headquartered in Toronto, perhaps it’s no surprise that B.C. is home to many of the country’s most promising and disruptive fintech companies. Backed by some sizeable investments, these businesses are shaking up the financial sector by using technology in novel ways. But this isn’t a new trend...

Mar 12, 2018
DIY Management: How to run a meeting
Felicity Stone

Think critically about who you want to ask to a meeting, and consider what else they could be working on instead. “Don’t just invite them for the sake of inviting them,” Herold explains. If your employees think they can better spend their time helping core areas of the business, let them skip the meeting. The only way to begin on schedule...

Mar 9, 2018
Poll: Small business tax changes
By BCBusiness

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau is proposing changes to small business taxation, including limiting the ability of a business owner to pay less tax through so-called income sprinkling to family members; restricting the use of small business corporations for making passive investments such as buying and selling shares of other companies; and cutting the small business tax rate from 10.5...

Mar 9, 2018
New and Improved March: The latest developments in the world of lifestyle, from restaurants to retail (and more!)
Felicity Stone

Dine/ Parq Vancouver, the newish hotel and casino complex near BC Place, now includes a restaurant overlooking its parklike green space on the sixth floor. The Victor (its logo reads “To the victor belong the spoils”), whose oak furniture was inspired by the tables and benches in the British House of Commons, offers seafood, steak, and a sushi and raw...

Mar 8, 2018
A conversation with Whitecaps COO Rachel Lewis
Nathan Caddell

Today’s Vancouver Whitecaps FC shares a name with the soccer club that Rachel Lewis joined in 2003, but the similarities end there. Back then, the Whitecaps were in the second division of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) and had four other employees. Home games drew an average of 4,292 that season, according to the team. The Whitecaps have since joined...

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