Kerry Banks

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Feb 6, 2017
How philanthropist and businessman David Sidoo helped build the UBC football team into national champs

“How close was it?” I ask. “Pretty close,” he says. “They were really going to axe the football team?” David Sidoo shrugs. He’s sporting a half-grin, the mischievous kind that kids flash before they reveal a secret. “It was costing UBC about...

Oct 24, 2016
Skull Skates celebrates 40 years of street cred

Peter Ducommun is not sure that he’s the best subject for a business magazine feature. “To tell you the truth, we’re kind of anti-business here,” says the 53-year-old owner of Skull Skates, Canada’s oldest skateboard company. For Ducommun, or PD...

Oct 27, 2015
The High Demand for Aboriginal Lawyers

In the mid-90’s, the Haida Nation objected to a tree-farming licence that the B.C. government had issued to Weyerhaeuser Co., allowing the lumber giant to log on land claimed by the Haida more than a century earlier. The Haida wanted large tracts of old-growth forest, considered vital to their economy...

Feb 4, 2010
Ten Debt Sentences

1972 Winter Olympic Games: Sapporo, Japan These were the first Winter Olympics held outside of Europe and North America, and the Japanese spared no expense in an attempt to impress, spending an astronomical $688 million. The ski runs were scooped out...

Apr 2, 2007
Greg McDougall: Float King

Greg McDougall is running late, delayed by a traffic jam in downtown Vancouver. The 50-year-old president of Harbour Air Ltd. isn’t happy about it. “I don’t like the city much,” he grumbles, wheeling his black Toyota truck toward his Richmond headquarters on Sea Island near the Vancouver International Airport’s south terminal. Crowds, gridlock and the urban rattle and hum are all things that McDougall could live without.

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