Nick Rockel

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Apr 14, 2022
5 Questions: GVBOT head Bridgitte Anderson calls on British Columbians to work together for a strong pandemic recovery

For the complete interview, check out The BCBusiness Podcast. 1. Over the past couple of years, what has surprised you the most? What I have been pleasantly surprised at is the resilience and the innovation of so many businesses. But when I...

Mar 18, 2022
The 2022 Business of Good Awards

Just like anywhere else, B.C. faces its share of challenges, but this province is also in a good place. We know you’ll agree when you meet the contenders for our third annual Business of Good Awards, which celebrate local organizations...

Mar 18, 2022
The 2022 Business of Good Awards: One to Watch

Siblings Brandon and Kaleena Morrison started United & Free in 2016, with the goal of creating skin and haircare products that were vegan, cruelty-free, inclusive and effective. Then they took a closer look at waste in the beauty industry, which...

Mar 18, 2022
The 2022 Business of Good Awards: Workplace Wellness

Community Savings Credit Union has no doubt about its social purpose. “We exist to unite working people to build a just world,” says Kirsten I’Anson, VP people and culture with the Surrey-based financial institution, which has longstanding ties to the...

Mar 18, 2022
The 2022 Business of Good Awards: Thought Leadership

By launching its Impact Investor Challenge (IIC) series in 2019, Spring Activator set out to create new opportunities. “We realized that access to early-stage impact investing was hard,” recalls Keith Ippel, CEO of the Vancouver-based business incubator, accelerator and advisory firm. Impact investing, which aims to deliver a social or environmental benefit...

Mar 18, 2022
The 2022 Business of Good Awards: Indigenous Prosperity

They had no idea they’d end up working together, but Elaine Alec, Chris Derickson and Jessie Hemphill all saw a problem that needed a solution. Back in 2008, the three Indigenous founders of Alderhill Planning got involved in creating plans...

Mar 18, 2022
The 2022 Business of Good Awards: Environmental Sustainability

Helena McShane didn’t always know that supermarket produce displays are just for show. “Not to shame other grocery stores, but I never realized that those piles of oranges are there for me to look at, not to buy,” says McShane...

Mar 18, 2022
The 2022 Business of Good Awards: Diversity and Inclusion

At first glance, Highway Thru Hell looks like a man’s world. The long-running documentary series, created by Great Pacific Media (GPM) for Discovery Channel, follows the male employees of a heavy vehicle rescue company as they toil to keep B.C. highways open. But the producer is a woman: Nicole Tomlinson, who worked...

Mar 18, 2022
The 2022 Business of Good Awards: Community Involvement

Amelia Warren never planned to go into the family business. “In our family, it was always, Find a way to give back,” says the CEO of food maker and retailer Epicure. “I always thought that would be through charitable work.” So...

Mar 15, 2022
To help solve the world’s big water problem, this B.C. cleantech innovator thinks small

Like many other local business owners, the founders of cleantech firm CarboNet had some sleepless nights when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. The Vancouver-based startup had just spent a year proving the effectiveness of its water treatment platform, which uses drug delivery...

Jan 28, 2022
Want to break B.C.’s boom-and-bust cycle? Focus on people, tech leader argues

Every business likes to say that people are its greatest asset. For Jill Tipping, president and CEO of the BC Tech Association, that maxim applies to our whole province. You can read all about it in A New Economic Narrative for...

Jan 21, 2022
22 things you need to know about B.C. business and the economy in 2022

Well, that wasn’t always so fun. As they put 2021 behind them, with the COVID-19 pandemic still very much alive, business decision makers face another challenging year. What’s coming our way in 2022? To tease out some key themes for...

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