April 2018

In this issue

Apr 27, 2018
The Whole Hog: B.C. looks to solve its cedar waste problem
Peter Worden

Revelstoke has beautiful mountains—except for maybe one. “This is Mount Hog,” says Downie Timber Ltd. sawmill co-manager Angus Woodman, a guy with an appropriate last name. We scale a bulldozed path to the summit of the mill’s ever-growing pile of bark, or hog—cedar, mostly—in the middle of the log yard. Day and night, the mill keeps spitting it out into a...

Apr 26, 2018
Weekend Warrior: Russell Kling runs all over the place
as told to Felicity Stone

I grew up in Cape Town. My late dad was an early riser, so around 5:00, 5:30 in the morning he would go down to what you would call the seawall, what we call the promenade, and he would run and swim year-round. Because I got up early too, he’d throw me in the car with my bike and I...

Apr 25, 2018
New and Improved April: The latest developments in the world of lifestyle, from coffee to cars (and more!)
Felicity Stone

Dine/ Courtney Street, near Victoria’s Inner Harbour, will soon welcome a namesake restaurant. The Magnolia Hotel & Spa expects the Courtney Room to open in late April. The menu, under chef Sam Harris (right), formerly of Agrius Restaurant, will feature local and seasonal products with a French twist. Sip/ Burnaby-based OneCoffee, which introduced 90-percent biodegradable single-serve coffee pods in 2013, recently achieved...

Apr 24, 2018
Lunch with Rocky Mountaineer founder Peter Armstrong
Lucy Hyslop

From using a photo of Winston Churchill on his own LinkedIn profile to often referring to him during lunch, Peter Armstrong has a passion for the formidable British leader. But Armstrong’s admiration is less focused on Churchill’s Second World War prowess than on his failings. The founder and CEO of Armstrong Hospitality Group Ltd., Vancouver-based owner and operator of the Rocky...

Apr 20, 2018
Watercooler: Price-fixing isn't what it used to be
Steve Burgess

Earlier this year, Loblaw Cos. Ltd. offered customers $25 gift cards as recompense for the grocery retailer’s part in a price-fixing scandal. The product involved was bread. This is not corny slang referring to the thing at the heart of every price-fixing scandal, but the actual, sliced, sandwich necessity. Last November, Loblaws was named in a proposed $1-billion class action...

Apr 20, 2018
Office Space: Regus Group's Burnaby digs will make you want to work
Felicity Stone

Regus Group, based in Atlanta, provides furnished workspaces for rent in more than 3,000 business centres worldwide. The company’s year-old facility at the corner of Willingdon Avenue and Lougheed Highway in Burnaby offers traditional private offices, but the focus is on communal and coworking space.

Apr 19, 2018
Breaking Out: UBC program guides young tech minds
Nathan Caddell

Were the folks who created Hatch, a technology incubator based on the UBC campus in Vancouver, aiming for the familiar trope of scientists huddled in a basement lab? Heading down into the bowels of the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS), it’s easy to imagine scores of geeks fiddling away on obscure computer programs. The reality: in every nook...

Apr 18, 2018
Numerology: The B.C. industry constructed around late payments
Melissa Edwards

As April brings the province’s first annual Construction Month, independent contractors are struggling under the weight of insurance and loan interest while they wait for clients to pony up, says BCCA president Chris Atchison. “Smaller contractors are refusing to work for certain individuals, or they’re changing occupations—which isn’t helping our workforce issue,” Atchison explains. Ontario enacted prompt-payment legislation last December...

Apr 16, 2018
Arc'teryx uses its location to its advantage
Ryan Stuart

Arc’teryx Equipment’s massive new factory may be lean and designed for efficiency, but nothing rushes through the place. Take the Alpha SV: workers spend 192 minutes and almost 200 steps turning a bucket of parts into the popular alpine jacket.The Alpha is one of Arc’teryx’s most labour-intensive products, with a $900 price tag to match. The North Vancouver-based outdoor clothing and...

Apr 5, 2018
Personal Touch and Full Service Sets Fusion Security Apart
By BCBusiness

BCBusiness + FUSION SECURITY What does it take for a business to be safe? It’s a question more salient than ever for company owners and management, especially as companies grow their assets.Security cameras are one option. Locks are vital. And if the business is a vulnerable construction site or factory, guards may be a necessity. Unfortunately, the security industry is dominated...

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