Peter Mitham

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Jun 26, 2009
B.C's Top 100 Companies: The Listmaker Speaks

A letter from Peter Mitham, the man who does the painstaking work of compiling the BCBusiness Top 100 lists. It’s 2pm and the strains of Bruce Springsteen’s “Badlands” are flowing through my earbuds as I plough through another column of data, the words somehow appropriate as I collate submissions for companies seeking to rank among the Top 100 in the province: Poor man wanna be rich, rich man wanna be king And a king ain't satisfied...

Jun 25, 2009
The Construction Sector: What Goes Up...

Construction jobs may have swollen the province’s employment rolls when times were good, but when global financiers Lehman Brothers and others began collapsing last September, the shock waves shook the B.C. construction sector. The subprime mortgage crisis of 2007 had...

Jun 25, 2009
The Sun Also Rises

Green tech makes a move into the top corporate ranks. Touted as the next sector to attract the interest of investors, green and environment-friendly technology is already making its presence felt on the list of B.C.’s top companies. While wind energy companies pull together the resources needed for the massive investments planned for the province’s north coast, the foundation laid by Ballard Power Systems Inc. is bearing fruit in a host of small-scale successors.

Jun 25, 2009
Conspicuous Consumption

Those attending the industry gala at the Pacific Agriculture Show in Abbotsford last February might have missed B.C. Agriculture Minister Ron Cantelon’s passing remark that agriculture is a stabilizing force in difficult economic times. A casual, well-meaning comment that in...

Jun 25, 2009
Before the Storm

The glory that was: that’s how this year’s list of the Top 100 companies could look in the midst of the current recession. Unemployment in B.C. today sits at 7.4 per cent, construction activity continues to languish and layoffs hit...

Jun 24, 2009
2009 Top 100: The Essays

In four essays (and one blog post), Peter Mitham, the man who tabulated the 2009 Top 100 Companies in B.C., scans the numbers behind the numbers, giving you deeper insight into the province's Top 100 companies and the year that was in the B.C. economy. With Bruce Springsteen in his earphones...

Mar 1, 2009
The Global Village

With housing markets across North America imploding, the question on the minds of B.C. realtors is, Where are the international buyers? In early January of this year, brokers and agents packed the international market sessions of Real Estate Connect, an...

Mar 1, 2009
Hubs of Activity

EcoDensity, one of the most ambitious and controversial initiatives introduced by former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan, has brought the question of how many people can (and should) live and work in a square foot of space to the forefront of...

Mar 1, 2009
After the Circus

Despite headline-grabbing financing woes, the chances of the Vancouver Olympic Village not reaching completion are slim. Were construction of the southeast False Creek project to halt, it would be both a major embarrassment and a logistical nightmare for VANOC, the...

Mar 1, 2009
At the Crossroads: B.C. real estate

B.C. real estate—and specifically Vancouver real estate—has long been subject to boom-and-bust cycles. Speculation arrived on the Granville townsite with the railway in the 1880s, flourished with the influx of investors from Asia in the 1980s and gave legs to...

Nov 4, 2008
Liquor Retailers: Off the Wagon

Walking into the Penticton Plaza liquor store – one of the so-called Signature stores that mark the forward-looking direction of B.C.’s government-run liquor stores – my visitor from New Brunswick is anxious for a beer. The temperature outside is approaching 35 degrees Celsius, and warnings that a cold beer might...

Sep 3, 2008
Meeting challenges: B.C. Tourism

A strong dollar, high fuel prices and economic storm clouds south of the border dogged B.C. tourism operators through this summer. Advance bookings were soft as tourists put off making plans until the last minute – and even then, favourable...

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