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Jul 24, 2019
It's a Good Thing: Iskwew Air breaks both literal and figurative borders

Growing up in northern B.C., Teara Fraser had a rather limited horizon. The family bounced from town to town, and her single mother from job to job (her Métis father died when she was three). Fraser left Quesnel for Vancouver...

Jun 14, 2019
It's a Good Thing: UBC Sauder students head to Nairobi slums

In the early 1970s, a Montana professor by the name of Jess Lair published a book, I Ain’t Much, Baby—But I’m All I’ve Got, considered one of the forerunners of the self-help movement. Among the quotable quotes attributed to Lair: “If you love something, set it free.” Jeff Kroeker isn’t much of...

Jun 4, 2019
Viking Air's newly acquired Dash-8 is ready for takeoff

When Dave Curtis calls in early February, it’s the seventh time our interview has been rescheduled over the course of three months. The CEO of Viking Air has been a very busy man—and, if truth be told, a bit worried about talking to the media in the wake of his...

May 31, 2019
It's a Good Thing: Karn Manhas wants to make farming more green

Back in the spring of 2009, Karn Manhas was doing what law students do best: argue. His latest venture, a tech consulting firm named Karyon Group, had recently folded in the wake of the 2008-09 economic crisis, and the Port...

Apr 15, 2019
It's a Good Thing: Venture capitalist Brenda Irwin is betting on health care

When Brenda Irwin was invited by a friend to a Vancouver pitch event in the summer of 2013, she had no intention of investing in anything. The native of Mount Elgin, Ontario, had only left her job with Business Development...

Mar 6, 2019
It's a Good Thing: SFU's Stephanie Bertels brings sustainability to corporate boardrooms

When Stephanie Bertels walks into the fourth-floor boardroom of SFU’s Segal Graduate School of Business in downtown Vancouver, the diminutive scholar is in full outdoor apparel, wearing a tuque and winter jacket, and seemingly shrinking into her woollen cowl. It’s...

Oct 19, 2018
Upward Mobility: Is Vancouver's approach to transportation sustainable?

Vancouver is a city that enjoys basking in its own press. Each year, when the Economist or Mercer puts out its “best” or “most livable” list, Lotusland regularly cracks the top five. But every so often, a contrarian report puts Vancouver in...

Aug 10, 2018
Explore Atlanta, the gateway to the New South

In the past few years, Atlanta—gateway to the New South—has had a bit of a reboot in the popular imagination. For the longest of times, many people’s familiarity with the city might have been limited to connecting through its sprawling...

Sep 7, 2017
Top 100 2017: Swell of support brings record year for BC Children's Hospital Foundation

The moment that Teri Nicholas’s six years as president and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation has been building toward is almost here. On October 29, the first children will enter the Teck Acute Care Centre: a 640,000-square-foot, eight-storey facility...

Sep 6, 2017
The Top 100 2017: How the Oppenheimer Group achieved double-digit revenue growth in 2016

When I reach John Anderson at the Coquitlam offices of the Oppenheimer Group—also known, after a recent rebranding, simply as Oppy—he’s been back in the country for less than a day. “Apparently we haven’t had a lot of sunshine around...

Jun 13, 2017
27 events that changed business in B.C.

In the ’70s, B.C. gets two new sports franchises: the Vancouver Canucks (entering the NHL in 1970) and the Vancouver Whitecaps (originally of the North American Soccer League, in 1974, and, since 2011, Major League Soccer). Both teams fare better than the NBA’s ill-fated Vancouver Grizzlies, who crash and burn 25 years...

Nov 8, 2016
Who's next in line for leadership at five of B.C.'s top firms?

Karen Flavelle’s approach to succession at Purdys Chocolates is coloured by the approach her own father took with her. Twice he refused to let her join the firm, forcing her to work as a marketing executive with firms including General...

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