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June 2017

In this issue

Jul 24, 2017
Watch your language part 4
Felicity Stone

A field guide to business jargon and buzzwords The corporate world often seems to have its own dialect that only the people who use it really understand. Or do they? Here we attempt to decode three popular business terms. [from Greek khaos + Latin lux: chaos + light] “The president and the current administration are gaslighting us.” (The Guardian, March 16, 2017) To “gaslight,”...

Jul 5, 2017
Why your business should rethink its relationship with plastic
Steve Burgess

Whole foods? Great in theory, but in real life inconvenient and annoying. Much better to cut them up and enclose them in plastic. Presumably that’s why the Whole Foods Market Inc. supermarket chain briefly tried marketing pre-peeled oranges in plastic containers—at least until a Twitter user named Nathalie Gordon came across the product in a California store in 2016. Her...

Jun 27, 2017
Weekend Warrior: FlyOver co-founder Andrew Strang digs vintage ukeleles
as told to Felicity Stone

Hawaii, my wife and kids were shopping, and I wandered into a music store. The fellow took a ukulele off the wall, and I almost immediately fell in love with it. I grew up on the North Shore in a big family on a wooded acreage with lots of animals and music. Both my parents played the piano, and my...

Jun 27, 2017
Have laptop, will travel: how one B.C. company encourages staff to work from anywhere
Marcie Good

One morning in early March, Igor Trninic was setting up interviews for a position in his fast-growing startup, Breakthrough Academy. A key benefit to joining the company, he told applicants, is the ability to work from anywhere. Case in point: while making those calls, the 28-year-old was lying in a hammock at a guest house on the lush, rolling grounds...

Jun 27, 2017
Money on the Table

BCBusiness + Ayming Many companies rely on bank loans, tax credits and private investment dollars to fund their growth and development. But these aren’t the only options available to you—the government is offering substantial funding in the form of grants. BCBusiness caught up with Laslo Cesar, director of finance & innovation at Ayming, to discuss how businesses can successfully plan for...

Jun 27, 2017
How 4 B.C. companies took their products international—and how another plans to follow in their footsteps
Nick Rockel

Specialty: Concrete waterproofing products whose proprietary chemical technology creates crystals that grow into the materialFounded: 1973Exporting since: 1975Proportion of total sales from exports: More than 90 per centThe story so far: Ron Yuers, Kryton’s founder and chair, signed his first international distributors in 1975, in Australia and Mexico. To fulfill his global ambitions, he would buy a one-way plane ticket...

Jun 26, 2017
#TradeTalks: These teenage B.C. entrepreneurs want to turn their business ideas into global exports
Nick Rockel

Georgiy Sekretaryuk works in the jewelry business, but not in the way you might think. The 18-year-old Coquitlam resident, who speaks Russian and Mandarin in addition to English and his native Ukrainian, also has Asian markets in his sights. Sekretaryuk is co-founder of Cering, a wearable-technology startup that seeks to make women’s lives safer by letting them discreetly signal for...

Jun 22, 2017
Mike Harcourt tries medical marijuana
Jacob Parry

When True Leaf Medicine Inc. applied for a licence to grow medical marijuana at its Okanagan facility, CEO Darcy Bomford checked all the boxes. He compiled a 1,500-page brief and brought on former premier Mike Harcourt, a criminal defence lawyer, as chairman. Bomford was on the eve of winning municipal approval when he filed the application—48th in line nationwide. Health...

Jun 21, 2017
Darryl Bosa looks to make his mark with a new coworking venture
Lucy Hyslop

There’s nothing like a bit of familial rivalry to fuel entrepreneurial ambitions. Freighted with growing up in a renowned B.C. real estate development family, Darryl Bosa admits taking off “to learn and make my own mistakes” overseas for nearly a decade before returning home to create a new coworking business. “I still try to outdo my brothers,” the founder of Cmpny...

Jun 18, 2017
Q&A: Vancouver planning boss Gil Kelley
Felicity Stone

Born in San Francisco and raised in Portland, self-described urbanist and west coaster Gil Kelley became Vancouver’s new general manager of planning, urban design and sustainability in September. Kelley was previously director of planning and development for Berkeley, California; director of planning for Portland; and most recently, director of citywide planning for San Francisco, which, he says, has a worse...

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