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September 2017

In this issue

Sep 22, 2017
Matrix: A crawl of B.C.'s resto-pub chains
Nick Rockel

COMPANY: Joseph Richard Group FOUNDED: 2010 OWNER(S): André (Joseph) Bourque and Ryan (Richard) Moreno RESTO-PUBS: 13 (including two Alberta locations) EMPLOYEES (APPROX.): 750 VIBE: New meets old with retrofits of character rooms JOINT WE DIG: Oceanside Yacht Club & Public House, White Rock POPULAR BEVERAGE(S): Watermelon mojito POPULAR DISH(ES): Lettuce wraps CELEBRITY GUESTS: Natalie Langston, Mijune Pak, Nathalie Rees COMPANY: Donnelly Group FOUNDED: 1999 OWNER(S): Jeff Donnelly and operating partners RESTO-PUBS: 12 (including...

Sep 19, 2017
Numerology: The dirt on money laundering
Melissa Edwards

That’s how many Canadian businesses are subject to reporting requirements under federal laws against money laundering. They include banks, accounting firms and the fast-growing fintech industry, the main focus of companies in the emerging regulation technology sector—like Vancouver’s Trulioo, whose identity verification systems help businesses prove they aren’t helping hide dirty money. But after Postmedia Network Inc. revealed that more...

Sep 18, 2017
A conversation with Codename Entertainment's Eric Jordan
Marcie Good

Eric Jordan expected to be debt-ridden and unemployable when he graduated from UVic with a fine arts degree, specializing in painting, in 1993. Instead, he co-founded an enterprise software company, PureEdge Solutions Inc., which sold to IBM Corp. 12 years later. Jordan joined founders David Whittaker and Justin Stocks as a partner in Victoria-based Codename Entertainment Inc. in 2012. This...

Sep 15, 2017
Coal snap: Tumbler Ridge residents have reason to hope
Marcie Good

Dean Turner noticed that more people were buying bedding plants this spring at his Ace Hardware store in Tumbler Ridge. With more than 100 departments, including lumber, major appliances, toys, pet supplies, health and beauty, and ammunition, the shop is an economic barometer for the northeastern town. “Those are little indications,” Turner says. “As silly as it may sound, it’s...

Sep 13, 2017
DIY Management: How to coach a sales team
Felicity Stone

Companies have a tendency to promote their top salespeople to sales director, but they don’t spend time coaching the coach, notes Morin. “The best return on investment is to make sure that first of all you invest in your leaders, because they have to coach, and they have to help their sales team.” Doing a needs assessment of the person to...

Sep 12, 2017
How Vancouver property developers cash in on community gardens
Kerry Gold

At the corner of Alma Street and West 10th Avenue in Vancouver, a long-standing vacant lot that was once a gas station has recently become a 24,000-square-foot garden brimming with vegetables, fruit and flowers. Neighbourhood gardeners who make use of its 100 plots, for a nominal fee of $15 a year, have a real estate developer to thank for their future...

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