B.C. trails Canada in salary projections

Hay Group’s salary projections

And in post-secondary news: VCC loses to VCC, and UBC’s board chair steps down

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Money, money, money
British Columbians are expected to see an average salary increase of 2.3 per cent next yearcompared to 2015’s 2.6 per cent increase, according to a report released Wednesday from management consulting firm Hay Group. The only province to see a bigger drop in its rate is Alberta, going from an average salary increase of 3.1 per cent in 2015 to 2.5 per cent for 2016. In Canada, the average increase will be 2.4 per cent, down 0.2 per cent from last year but still better than B.C. Vancouver, like B.C. as a whole, is forecast to see a 2.3 per cent increase. The survey of 525 Canadian employers was conducted in June and July. 

Good news for VCC. Bad news for VCC. After spending upwards of $1.2 million in legal fees, Vancouver Community College has lost a case against Vancouver Career College over the use of the acronym VCC. Vancouver Community College—the older, much bigger, more established school—had argued two VCCs could lead to confusion, particularly with students Googling VCC intending to look up their school, not Vancouver Career College. Alas, Judge Kenneth Affleck said he found it unlikely any confusion would escalate to the point of a student enrolling in the wrong school. (via Vancouver Sun)
Game of Chairs
John Montalbano is stepping down as chair of UBC’s board, although he will remain on as a regular board member while Alice Laberge takes the helm for the time being. The move, announced Tuesday evening, follows weeks of escalating PR problems for UBC in the wake of the sudden—and unexplained—resignation of its president, Arvind Gupta. UBC professor Jennifer Berdahl had since written a popular blog post arguing Gupta had lost what she called a masculinity contest. Berdahl said Montalbano called her afterward and that the conversation, and follow-up with her dean and Sauder staff, left her feeling as if her academic freedom had been threatened. Montalbano, who is CEO of RBC Global Asset Management, denies he had taken such a tone. (via CBC)