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May 2018

In this issue

May 23, 2018
New Kids on the Block: Vancouver joins the cryptocurrency rush
Matt O'Grady

When I reconnect with Sean Clark in October 2017, it’s almost exactly a year since the last time I saw him—climbing a stage at the Vancouver Convention Centre to receive an Entrepreneur Of The Year award. His baby—Shoeme.ca, launched in 2012—had been bought by long-time friend and mentor Roger Hardy in 2014 for $15 million and combined with two other Hardy...

May 10, 2018
BC City Guide 2018

Powered by Environics Analytics Everyone can agree that British Columbia is a big, diverse place with boundless potential, but how well do we know our province? With that question in mind, I’m pleased to introduce the first edition of BC City Guide.The inspiration for this guide was our Best Cities for Work in B.C. ranking, a popular annual feature that helps...

May 9, 2018
Why B.C.’s floriculture industry is blooming in challenging times
Melissa Edwards

That’s how many locally grown tulips are sold at Burnaby’s United Flower Growers in May. During the company’s biggest month of the year, Mother’s Day and spring bedding season bring North America’s largest flower auction $4 million in sales—a 75-percent jump over the monthly average. United Flower Growers CEO Bob Pringle says “tricky times” in the floriculture industry—changing weather patterns...

May 8, 2018
Conquering the Summit: Your guide to the largest tech conference in Western Canada
Nathan Caddell

Returning to the Vancouver Convention Centre this month, the BCTech Summit, delivered by the BC Innovation Council and Government of B.C., has tripled in size since it launched in 2016. That means more speakers, some 6,000 attendees and about quadruple the number of high-school students passing through to learn about the 1,200-plus technology companies and other organizations at booths and interactive displays...

May 4, 2018
DIY Management: How to create a mentally healthy workplace
Felicity Stone

A healthy workplace begins with a healthy executive team, observes Gravel. “If the executive team is not happy, if they are worried or upset, this will have a trickle-down effect that will quickly impact the entire workplace,” he warns. “Company culture is created from the top down.” Establish a safe workplace where people aren’t afraid to talk or come forward with...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide: Port Coquitlam
Dee Hon

Port Coquitlam, with its close-knit charm, may be the Lower Mainland’s best-kept secret. Outsiders often ask locals, “How do you like it in Coquitlam?” But PoCo is not its much bigger, namesake neighbour. Take a walk along tree-lined Shaughnessy Street to sample life in this cosy community. Neighbours swap small talk at family-run barbershops and cafés, or run errands at the...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide: Pitt Meadows
Dee Hon

Pitt Meadows might not look like a boomtown to casual observers. With a population of just under 20,000, it’s Metro Vancouver’s smallest city. Farmland and marshes, not condominium towers, dominate most of its landscape. Yet Pitt Meadows’ population grew 7.1 percent between 2012 and 2017—a faster pace than in bustling nearby centres like Vancouver, Coquitlam and Burnaby. Agriculture, which employs some...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide: North Vancouver
Felicity Stone

North Vancouver is a community of communities. Bounded by the Capilano River to the west, the Coast Mountains to the north, Indian Arm to the east and Burrard Inlet to the south, it contains the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, the Squamish Nation and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, one of whose most notable members was the late...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Coquitlam
Dee Hon

Rapid transit is driving rapid growth to Coquitlam. Mayor Richard Stewart credits the Evergreen SkyTrain Extension with driving a flood of new residents to the community even before it opened in late 2016. Coquitlam has been one of the fastest-growing municipalities in the region since 2012, with its population surging 6.9 percent as of last year, to nearly 140,000. Now...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: City of Langley
Dee Hon

Langley is a tale of two cities—or, more accurately, a tale of one city and one district municipality. The City of Langley and the Township of Langley happily exist next to each other but are governed by separate mayors and councils. The former is a compact, 10-square-kilometre municipality bounded on three sides by the geographically larger and more rural township...

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