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Recent Posts on BCBusiness - Page 4

Nov 4, 2009
Cindy Lee

CEO, T&T Supermarket When I first opened T&T Supermarket in 1993, I didn't have any management skills or any supermarket know-how. I opened it to help my husband, who wanted to build President Plaza, an Asian shopping mall in Richmond, and...

Nov 4, 2009
Peter Dhillon

CEO, Richberry Group of Companies A friend of mine told me a long time ago to never burn a bridge. There may be people that you meet at certain times in your life and don't appreciate, but you may never know when you need to talk to them or meet with...

Nov 4, 2009
Jimmy Pattison

Managing director, CEO and chair, the Jim Pattison Group My dad, when I was very young, told me always to be very honest. I never forgot it. I've lived by his words ever since, and if anybody asks me for advice, I tell them the same thing.

Nov 4, 2009
Ian Telfer

Chair, Goldcorp Inc. I can't remember where I first heard this, but it's a great piece of advice: don't try to solve tomorrow's problems today. People sometimes get tied up in knots over what their problem might be tomorrow, instead of just focusing on today's problem. And a lot of times...

Nov 4, 2009
Gordon Campbell

Premier, British Columbia My mom, Peg Campbell, who passed away a couple of years ago, was a big hero in my life. My dad died when I was 13, and she and I were very close. One thing she told me...

Nov 4, 2009
Sarah Morgan-Silvester

Chancellor, UBC; chair, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority; chair, B.C. Women's Hospital & Health Centre Foundation Very early on in my financial-services career, we were assigned mentors who were more senior people in management. My mentor–and I'm not sure I should reveal his name–told me, "It's really...

Nov 4, 2009
Bramwell Tovey

Bramwell Tovey Music director, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra When I was 31, I was conducting a show in Aberdeen with the Scottish Ballet, and Peter Hemmings, the creator of the Los Angeles Opera, who was then general manager of the London Symphony Orchestra, came backstage afterward and asked me out for lunch.

Nov 4, 2009
James Shepard

James Shepard CEO, Canfor Corp. I was a middle manager at Finning International in 1982, and the business downturn at that time was very severe; we went from 2,400 employees to 1,200. Our CEO at the time, Vin Sood, told us in a management meeting that we were going to have to cut millions of dollars out of the cost structure of the company. And he said, “You need to know that the human spirit can endure an incredible level of pain,

Nov 4, 2009
Terry McBride

Terry McBride Founder and CEO, Nettwerk Music Group I have to say, I owe my success to not listening to the advice of others. The music business is very central to Toronto, L.A., New York, Nashville and London. Vancouver is not really on the map, except for a couple of managers here. When we released our first three records, I went back east and started showing them around to all of these different players there.

Oct 8, 2009
Ryan Beedie: 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year

While for much of 2009 corporate Canada fretted over balance sheets and talked of retrenching, for the hungry entrepreneur, it was nothing but go, go, go. This year’s overall winner of the Pacific Region’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program, 40-year-old Ryan Beedie, summed up the entrepreneurial spirit in refreshingly blunt language: “We’re here, kicking ass.”

Jun 25, 2009
Leaders of the Pack

Hang on to your hats: last year was a rollercoaster, and the ride's not over yet. This was the kind of year no company wants to live through again. See how the great recession hit B.C.'s biggest companies. Who did well? Who the best? BCBusiness ranks the Top 100 Companies...

Jun 24, 2009
Chuck Jeannes: All That Glitters

Chuck Jeannes CEO, Goldcorp Inc. Chuck Jeannes, CEO of Goldcorp Inc., has reason to be feeling chuffed. During the past year, as stocks floundered, carmakers stalled and base metals hit rock bottom, gold retained its gleam – and then some. At Goldcorp, No. 19 on the Top 100 list of public, private and Crown corporations, revenues for 2008 topped $2.4 billion.

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