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Mar 24, 2011
The 20 Most Innovative Companies in B.C. 2011

The 20 Most Innovative Companies in B.C. 2011. Just how much innovation can you find in B.C.? After three years of searching, we've found the answer. "Innovation," says soothsayer Steve Jobs, "distinguishes leader from followers." And so we present you twenty organizations, large and small, that are remaking British Columbia with the power of one good idea. (Glimpse over your shoulder, at the 20 Most Innovative Companies in B.C. in 2010.)

Feb 7, 2011
Brian Young, Reluctant Insurer

Brian Young stepped out of his comfort 
zone in banking for a temporary secondment in insurance; 13 years later the president and CEO of Canadian Direct 
Insurance is having 
the time of his life. Brian Young is an unlikely business hero. By his own account, “a born and bred banker,” he spent most of his life studying interest rates and amortization tables. He can’t figure out why anyone would want to profile him.

Dec 8, 2010
The Silly Season: From 2009 to 2011 in BC Politics

The BC Liberals' 2009 election win commenced a period of remarkable tumult in B.C. politics. With the resignations of leaders Gordon Campbell and Carole James, B.C.'s major parties are seeking new direction, and to repair relations with B.C. voters. The BC Liberals have elected a new leader, Christy Clark – and the BC NDP soon will follow suit. Keep your eye on our BC Politics page for context and analysis of the political developments of the day. Contact the editor  ...

Dec 1, 2010
2010 Best Companies to Work for in B.C.

2010 Best Companies to Work for in B.C. This year's best companies survey offers the most extensive snapshot of best practices among B.C. employers to date, with more than 100 businesses taking part. The overall winner will be familiar to BCBusiness readers, with Strangeloop Networks Inc. topping the list for the third year in a row, but there are also a number of surprises in this year's results. In addition to our overall ranking, we've introduced a friendly rivalry by breaking...

Nov 17, 2010
5 Deadly Sins of Mergers and Acquisitions

As a lawyer who spends a lot of time providing employment and labour advice, I was interested in a recent Report on Business survey of 152 Canadian C-suite executives. The summary? That, although executive optimism about the economy is waffling...

Oct 29, 2010
Profiles in B.C. Business Survival

Peter Brown: Chair and CEO of Canaccord Capital Corp.Canaccord Capital Corp., Canada’s largest independent investment dealer and a Howe Street institution, is rolling in good news: revenues are up, profits are moving in... Read More > Bob Rennie's Long Walk HomeA walk...

Oct 8, 2010
The 2010 Runners-up

When Karen Flavelle took over Purdy’s from her father, Charles Flavelle, in 1997, selling chocolates was a commodity business, with predictable assortments sold by the pound. Putting her marketing expertise to use, she put her customers first. “We try to...

Oct 8, 2010
2010 B.C. Entrepreneur of the Year

Chad Wasilenkoff: Overall Winner | 2010 EOYThe 2010 Overall Entrepreneur of the Year: Chad Wasilenkoff
, CEO, Fortress Paper Ltd. Perched above the McDonald’s restaurant at Lonsdale Quay, the offices of Fortress Paper are... Read More > Video: Chad Wasilenkoff's Acceptance SpeechDescribed by the judges...

Oct 6, 2010
Employment Standards Ruling Undermines Incentive Pay

When company and worker part ways, financial bonuses could pose new liabilities for B.C. employers. This summer, an Employment Standards Branch adjudicator ruled that a former employee of Mr. Lube Canada was entitled to an award equalling 4 per cent of the bonuses paid him while he was employed. The decision, while perhaps a logical interpretation of the Employment Standards Act, will surprise employers and, in my view, discourage the use of performance-based pay.

Aug 26, 2010
A Conflict of Interest Policy is Good for Business

How do you create a good corporate conflict of interest policy? In previous posts, I defined conflict of interest and explained why employers should expect their employees to avoid it. Yet a problem persists: too many employers assume employees understand conflict of interest. Often, they don’t. The invariable result is nasty surprises.

Jul 8, 2010
Conflict of Interest: What Employees Need to Know

All employees should know how to identify a conflict of interest when they see one – do you? In my previous post I emphasized that it is not just high-profile politicians who have to pay attention to conflict of interest policies and ethics. All employees have a legal duty to serve their employers with good faith, loyalty and fidelity; this duty includes an obligation that employees not engage in activities that conflict with the interests of their employers.  

Jun 17, 2010
Canadian Conflict of Interest & Ethics

Lately, the news is filled with stories of allegations of conflicts of interest. Helena Guergis is alleged to have allowed her husband, Rahim Jaffer, to use her parliamentary office and position to advance his business. Dave Basi and Bobby Virk...

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