The most-read BCBusiness stories of 2023

These narratives resonated with you the most this year

What better way to recap 2023 than flipping through your favourite reads of 2023? This list touches on everything from economic analysis and real estate deep dives to Q&As and profiles with some of B.C.’s most powerful people. Here’s to a healthy and happy 2024 as we look back on what was. 

10. Land Values: What are all the empty pockets of land in Vancouver waiting for?

Despite real estate that’s more valuable than gold, Vancouver has a lot of empty plots waiting for… something. We dug in to see what’s up.

A house on Arbutus Street in Vancouver

9. Big Fat Deal: $11.8 million to live like a Vancouver Bond villain on Arbutus Street

Another day, another outrageously upmarket real estate offering in B.C. This six-bedroom, nine-bathroom property in Vancouver seemed to hit home for our readers.

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8. BREAKING: Alive Publishing Group purchases Canada Wide Media

After almost 50 years of running Canada Wide Media, founder and CEO Peter Legge sold Canada Wide Media to Alive Publishing Group earlier this year, leaving house brands BCBusiness, Vancouver Magazine, Western Living and TV Week (among others) in new hands. 

Investor and entrepreneur Praveen Varshney of Varshney Capital
Credit: Varshney Capital Corp.

7. Serial entrepreneur Praveen Varshney breaks down his family office’s approach to impact investing

When Praveen Varshney started his career at KPMG, he wasn’t aware of impact investing. But becoming a parent sharpened his focus on social and environmental causes, he says, and industry trends seem to be lining up with that. 

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Credit: Teck Resources

6. The 2023 Top 100: Never a dull moment

We picked apart the B.C. companies that fared well in our annual compilation of the Top 100 companies in the province, and we also highlighted a few that likely won’t make the list moving forward.

Telus president and CEO Darren Entwistle sitting by a piano
Credit: Evaan Kheraj

5. Q&A: Telus president and CEO Darren Entwistle on overcoming competition, unstable economies and personal loss

Our exclusive interview with the president and CEO of B.C.’s biggest company by revenue revealed a lot about leadership in 2023. “Embrace technology as a way to enhance our quality of life, but do not forget that it is not, and it never will be, a substitute for authentic human compassion,” said Darren Entwistle.  

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4. B.C.’s Most Loved Brands 2023

The resilience of B.C.’s most loved brands shined through in our 10th annual ranking as consumers remain steadfast in their loyalty.  

OSI Digital's marketing and PR lead Karen Dosanjh wearing a green suit
Credit: Adam Blasberg

3. The 2023 Women of the Year Awards

The 2023 edition of our Women of the Year Awards honoured 15 winners and runners-up who are redefining what it means to lead the province forward.

Four winners of the BCBusiness 30 under 30 awards, 2023

2. 2023 30 Under 30 Winners

Despite strong economic headwinds in B.C. and beyond, these young guns are navigating the path forward with innovation and resilience. We’re here for it.  

Crush Pad's Christine Coletta
Credit: Lionel Trudel

1. B.C.’s Most Economically Resilient Cities in 2023

B.C.’s best cities for work placed 50 local communities in the spotlight. Stay tuned for our 10th annual ranking—coming soon!