April 2018

In this issue

Apr 4, 2018
EOY: The Science of Innovation
Jessica Werb

BCBusiness + ERNST & YOUNG Most people see retirement as an opportunity to step back from the work life and indulge in some leisure time. But Allen Eaves isn’t most people. When the founder and former director of the BC Cancer Agency’s Terry Fox Laboratory (TFL) took mandatory retirement, he turned a side project into an innovative international biotechnology company. And...

Apr 4, 2018
EOY Winners Past & Present: How they did it
Jessica Werb

BCBusiness + Ernst & Young It’s no secret that British Columbia is home to some of the most ambitious, creative and daring business minds in the country. From billionaire Jim Pattison to fashion mogul Brian Hill, there’s something about the Pacific coast that nourishes a particular kind of entrepreneurship—the kind that dreams big, wins big and gives big. For 25 years...

Apr 4, 2018
B.C.'s Entrepreneur of the Year Winners

BCBusiness + ERNST & YOUNG The inaugural Pacific Region Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program takes place in Vancouver. Among the category winners: philanthropist and financier Milton Wong (right), politician and funeral-services chain operator Raymond Loewen and merchant banker W.B. (Bud) Kirchner. A year later, when EOY starts to name overall regional winners, United Furniture Warehouse founder John Volken takes home...

Apr 4, 2018
EOY: A Good Business—Period
Jessica Werb

BCBusiness + ERNST & YOUNG When fashion designer Madeleine Shaw teamed up with chartered professional accountant Suzanne Siemens in 2000 to produce and market non-disposable menstrual and bladder leakage products, the pair did more than build a business. They also became part of a revolution in body acceptance and feminist empowerment. That sense of purpose has served them well. As a...

Apr 4, 2018
EOY: From Nettwerk to Namaste
Jessica Werb

BCBusiness + ERNST & YOUNG There are two glass doors leading out of Terry McBride’s Vancouver office, housed on the fifth floor of a building overlooking Cambie Street’s Whole Foods Market. One opens toward the headquarters of Nettwerk Music Group, the music management, recording and publishing company he co-founded in 1984 and continues to helm as CEO. The other door takes...

Apr 4, 2018
EOY: Crashing the Old Boys' Club
Jessica Werb

BCBusiness + ERNST & YOUNG Twenty years ago, Renee Merrifield Wasylyk, 2015 EOY Pacific Region winner in the Real Estate and Construction category, burst onto the construction scene. She launched her business armed with little more than a master’s in theology, a six-week internship in property management and half a year of industry consulting. Today, her Kelowna-based Troika Management Corp. group...

Apr 3, 2018
The Process of Selling Begins Now
By BCBusiness

BCBusiness + Pacific M&A and Business Brokers Ltd. At some point, a person who has launched a business will eventually be motivated to sell it, whether the circumstances are voluntary or involuntary. Ideally, an exit plan will have been established that is not only beneficial to that person, but also to management, staff, and the future health of the company.Yet in...

Apr 3, 2018
6S Real Estate Group: 'Authenticity and Integrity'
By BCBusiness

Gurmeet Matharu and Herman Taggar, founders of 6S Real Estate Group, are known for their exceptional character, passionate work ethic, and vast industry knowledge.6S Real Estate Group is distinct: they empower their clients to make the best decisions by engaging them in every step of the process, and using an innovative approach to find solutions.This unrivalled dedication to their clients...

Mar 16, 2018
2018 30 Under 30 Winners
By BCBusiness

NOMINATE OR APPLY FOR THE 2019 30 UNDER 30 stories by NATHAN CADDELL, DEE HON, NICK ROCKEL, FELICITY STONE + JESSICA WERB photographs by LINDSAY SIU on location at RENNIE MUSEUM NOMINATE OR APPLY FOR THE 2019 30 UNDER 30 NOMINATE OR APPLY FOR THE 2019 30 UNDER 30...

Mar 16, 2018
He's helping international job seekers get recruited by tech companies
Jessica Werb

Life Story: Born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, and raised with a younger brother in Vancouver, Ilya Brotzky tends not to see borders. His parents moved the family first to Israel, in 1991, and to Vancouver two years later. In 2010, after earning a bachelor of business administration from Cornell University, Brotzky headed to Rio de Janeiro as a management trainee with...

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