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Tony Wanless

Recent Posts on BCBusiness - Page 5

Sep 17, 2012
Axe the Carbon Tax

The BC Jobs and Investment Board says the B.C. carbon tax is killing jobs and economic activity in the province. It does allow that the tax generates funding – and in eliminating it, the provincial government would have to find...

Sep 4, 2012
For Sale: B.C's Natural Resources

Asian interest in the B.C. resource sector is growing. Petronas, Malaysia’s state-owned oil and gas company is acquiring Progress Energy Resources Corp. in a sale worth $6 billion. The Calgary-based company has a large gas property in northeastern B.C.’s Montney...

Sep 4, 2012
Office Location Key, Even For Online Businesses

Location, location, location is the mantra in the real estate industry, but it can also apply to other business models. It’s extremely important for a retail business, for example, where a distance of half a block can be the difference...

Aug 28, 2012
How To Declutter At Work

Running any kind of business is hard today. Despite the increase in devices that are supposed to simplify our lives, most of us find that we face more clutter than ever. Here are some ways to declutter your working life.

Aug 23, 2012
Creating an Oil Refinery Industry in B.C.

Even if David Black’s bold and innovative proposal to build an oil refinery on the North Coast gets nowhere, he will have shaken this often smug province out of its complacency. All the usual suspects guffawed and almost split their sides in mirth last week when Victoria media impressario and publisher David Black proposed building an oil refinery in Kitimat.

Aug 20, 2012
RIM Should Dump its Phone Business

RIM’s salvation lies not in more or better smartphones, but in a high-end, ultra secure data exchange platform for the world’s largest enterprises. Forget the phone market. Go for the gold. Canada’s former tech darling, Research in Motion, has sunk so low on the smartphone popularity meter that there’s continual weekly speculation on who it’s going to sell out to, or what parts of its vast storehouse of patents it will give up in order to salvage investors stakes.

Aug 13, 2012
Village of Vancouver Syndrome

Playing the game of “where are they now” in the tech community can be a lot of fun, especially when you realize much of it has happened in the last 10 years. Let’s hope it continues. The “Village of Vancouver” syndrome is one name given to that strange phenomenon in which many of us connected to business seem to know other people who also know other people we know. It’s the “six degrees of separation” theory but smaller, as in two degrees...

Aug 8, 2012
Enbridge Pipeline Politicking Works

It appears Premier Christy Clark’s tactic of standing up for B.C. in the Northern Gateway pipeline debate may be convincing British Columbians to at least give her a hearing in the race to the next provincial election.  Canadians are certainly slagging B.C. and Premier Christy Clark these days. Good thing that most of them don’t live in B.C.

Aug 6, 2012
Recon Instruments Finds a Global Market

Local inventors crack the global sports accessory market on their own terms. The common business advice for startups is to target a narrow market and product niche so they won’t be crushed by bigger companies that control a wider market. However, as one young Vancouver company is proving by developing products for a wide market, there are incongruities within this general advice, and if you know how to manoeuvre between them, you can achieve success on a larger scale. The Problem...

Aug 3, 2012
Vancouver's Real Estate Hangover

There’s got to be a morning after, they say. Now that Metro Vancouver’s real estate binge is apparently over, we're all wondering what the morning after will look like.  The latest figures from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver show that sales volumes are down 18.4 percent compared to July of last year. At the same time, regional figures show that this most recent July, at 31.2 percent below the 10-year July sales average, has been the worst in 12...

Aug 1, 2012
Becoming a Headquarter City for Big Business

There's been another cry for more head offices in Vancouver, although this time the businesses are supposed to come from Asia. It’s not going to happen. The city should instead concentrate on attracting 21st-century businesses. Anybody involved in business in Vancouver – especially in the business-services field – is very familiar with the “head office problem.” It’s a subject of discussion whenever business people get together and lament their problems over a beer (or three).

Jul 27, 2012
Christy Clark Stands Up for B.C.

Could Premier Christy Clark’s declaration that B.C. should receive a “fair share” of the windfall from oil pipelines that cross the province change Canadian federalism as well as her electoral fortunes? Proposed oil pipelines across B.C. were not killed when the BC Liberal government threw down the gauntlet against Alberta and its Big Oil brethren this week.

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