Contents | May 2014


B.C.'s Most Loved Brands

We surveyed British Columbians to figure out what brands they trust, which they interact with, who they consider innovative—in short, who do they love.
by Nick Rockel and staff


Spot On

More than 2,000 metric tonnes of spot prawn are harvested annually in B.C., with 90 per cent of it shipped across the Pacific. A look at one of B.C.'s most eagerly anticipated fishing seasons.
Photos by Nik West / text by Steven Slade

The Great Land Grab

We have the fancy new roads and expanded ports, but now we need the space to manufacture, store and distribute those goods moving through B.C. How the Lower Mainland's land crunch might yet get resolved.
by Christopher Pollon



Coquitlam's Mussio Venture Ltd., the go-to source for back-road maps, has sold 1.5 million copies of its books detailing Canada's dirt roads, hiking trails and paddling routes. Now it wants to take on Google with a new iPhone app.
by Anne Casselman

FORESTRYDuncan Davies

Interfor CEO Duncan Davies has been aggressively investing in upgrades and acquisitions—and after six straight years of losses, the company posted a profit in 2013. In forestry, this counts as good news.
by David Jordan

MININGAn Untapped Labour Pool

Mining companies have a labour shortage; aboriginal communities have an unemployment problem. Combined, there's a solution to be had—though the devil is in the details.
by Brenda Bouw

MARKETINGThe Business of Beer

A new BCBusiness event celebrates the fabulous world of local craft beer.
by Tom Gierasimczuk


HUMAN RESOURCES New research casts doubts on the efficacy of open-office concepts. But that isn't stopping the trend from gaining mass-market currency.

VISUAL LEARNING How to get physical with your co-workers and build that fabled camaraderie that all the kids are talking about.

EASTERN EUROPE After the geopolitical tension has abated, there are business opportunities aplenty to be had in Russia. A few tips for those who venture forth.

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