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June 2018

In this issue

Jul 12, 2018
Weekend Warrior: Ad exec Frank Palmer has a colourful past, present and future
Felicity Stone

In many executive offices, the desk dominates the space. Frank Palmer’s is in a corner, facing a wall of windows overlooking downtown Vancouver. A thick three-ring binder of colour printouts sits on a coffee table between two couches. Genial and forthcoming, the 78-year-old advertising veteran rolls his desk chair over, leaning back in it to recount a story or forward...

Jul 11, 2018
The Need for Speed: High-speed internet makes its way to the province's outskirts
Jessica Natale Woollard

Self-driving cars. Augmented reality glasses. Surgeries performed remotely.Fifth-generation wireless connection is coming, and with it technologies that are the stuff of science fiction. With broadband speeds estimated to be 100 times faster than the current 4G service, 5G is poised to connect billions of devices around the world—phones, watches, computers, fridges, even clothing—in real time, opening endless possibilities for the...

Jul 10, 2018
Lunch with Flytographer boss Nicole Smith
Lucy Hyslop

Like all entrepreneurs, Nicole Smith is at the front line of seeking funds for her business. We’re meeting in Vancouver between her appeal at the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs’ Pitch for the Purse competition (after skipping breakfast with a “nervous stomach,” she’s making up this lunchtime) and meeting potential investors in Flytographer. In 2013, two years after being reunited with...

Jul 9, 2018
On Trend: Clean living and ethical foods
Felicity Stone

Vancouver’s Saje Natural Wellness, which makes everything from body lotions to essential oils formulated only from plant- and mineral-based ingredients, is tapping into the clean living movement with home products. Its new Clean Cleaning line contains no synthetic toxins or artificial fragrances. Plant-based will be the hottest food trend in 2018, New York–headquartered restaurant consultants Baum + Whiteman predict. B.C.’s Daiya...

Jul 9, 2018
Make a Spectacle: Three Vancouver companies leading the eyewear industry
Felicity Stone

Whether because of celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman sporting specs on the red carpet or the availability of affordable prescription glasses online, eyewear has become not just functional but fashionable. Closer to home, here’s looking at how to see and be seen. Optometrist Harbir Sian, owner of Oxford&Kin, names his designs after a place in the world...

Jul 6, 2018
Why star drummers are drawn to Abbotsford
Jessica Werb

An Abbotsford industrial office park flanked by a diesel truck repair shop, a towing company and a granite fabricator is hardly the place you’d expect to find some of the heaviest hitters in music. Hang around awhile, though, and you could glimpse musicians with links to superstars such as Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder and Madonna stopping by a 7,500-square-foot space here.

Jul 4, 2018
Spin Me Right 'Round: The exercise trend sweeping the province
Nathan Caddell

“It’s kind of like a cult,” says one spin class participant when asked why she shows up at a specific location to ride a stationary bike. She could be talking about any of the B.C.-based spin studios that have popped up in recent years, all of which revolve around a group of people cycling to exhaustion while music blasts and...

Jun 27, 2018
Office Space: Vancouver furniture e-tailer Article turned a former factory into a modern workspace
Felicity Stone

Launched in 2013 by four software engineers—Aamir Baig, Fraser Hall and twin brothers Sam and Andy Prochazka—online home furnishings retailer Article has rapidly expanded to 180 employees, 115 of them at its Vancouver headquarters. Last August the 2017 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year winner in the emerging technology category relocated from Railtown to a building on Raymur Avenue, which had...

Jun 25, 2018
After Hours: Puzzles, gardening and politics headline the list of things to check out this month
By the Editors

Solve a puzzle and explore the provincial capital on the first B.C. edition of Canmore, Alberta–based Uncorked Experiences’ Mystery Towns Tours. Players follow clues through the city to find a villain–and maybe even treasure. Sent via text or app on a smartphone, each clue leads to a different location where participants have to find a hidden word or solve a...

Jun 22, 2018
Go out on top: The BCBusiness guide to retirement and succession planning
Frances Bula

Will Cadell isn’t the kind of person who was born thinking he would start a business of his own. But when Cadell was 32, he gave up paid employment doing mapping for the forest industry to become a freelancer providing the same kinds of services to multiple clients. Seven years later, he has a thriving web-mapping company in Prince George...

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