Nick Rockel

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Sep 10, 2020
Want to become a B Corp? 12 tips to improve your chances

Bethany McNeill does things differently in her industry, and now she has a shiny new credential to prove it. Last month, McNeill’s MB Pension and Benefits Group became the fourth insurance brokerage in Canada—and the only one entirely owned and operated...

Aug 25, 2020
B.C. 2.0.: Will the work from home trend sink Vancouver's office market?

As David Routledge sees it, reports of the death of the office have been greatly exaggerated–especially in a place like Vancouver. “Our strategy remains as it’s been,” says the vice-president and head of the Western Canada office at Oxford Properties...

Aug 25, 2020
B.C. 2.0.: Doctors and patients learn that there's no place like home

There’s a good chance that COVID-19 has kept you away from the doctor–physically, at least. And like many other people who turned to virtual medicine during the pandemic, you probably think renewing a prescription by video beats spending hours in...

Jul 30, 2020
Next time the stock market crashes, here’s why you should wait before you sell

For students of financial crashes, it was yet another Black Monday. On March 9, partly thanks to fears about the COVID-19 pandemic, global stock markets suffered their worst one-day rout since 2008. Before things began to recover late in the...

Jul 23, 2020
Calling all brands: New contest offers one lucky winner big support to raise its game during COVID

Big and small, brands here in B.C. and around the world have been left reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. Vancouver-headquartered Very Polite Agency wants to lend a hand. “This time has obviously been very difficult for a lot of companies,” says...

Jun 26, 2020
5 questions with Laird Cronk, president of the BC Federation of Labour

1. Whom does the BCFed represent, and what is its mission? The BCFed represents nearly half a million workers through more than 50 affiliated unions. Our mission is to advance the rights, protections and safety of all workers in B.C. 2. As B.C.

Jun 22, 2020
B.C.’s Most Loved Brands 2020

Before we get to B.C.’s Most Loved Brands, let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room. Sometimes major events can change the social context of consumer behaviour, with sudden and significant implications. And sometimes those events don’t line up with an editorial calendar that’s planned months in advance. Our seventh annual ranking of B.C.’s most popular brands, presented with research partner Ipsos, is an unfortunate casualty of the COVID-19 crisis. Ipsos conducted its Most Loved Brands survey in January, before the...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Ania Wysocka created an app, Rootd, to comfort the panic-stricken

Life Story: In her fourth year of an international relations degree at UBC, Ania Wysocka started suffering from panic attacks. For someone who had enjoyed public speaking and always saw herself working for an international organization, life became very different.

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Braden Parker is redefining footwear with Casca Designs

Life Story: Everything changed for Braden Parker at age eight, when his family moved from Alberta to California so his father, a teacher, could do a sabbatical at Stanford University. This early brush with Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial culture left a...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Jennifer Zhang gives commercial spaces a makeover with Concrete Cashmere

Life Story: The daughter of an entrepreneur, Beijing-born Jennifer Zhang grew up in White Rock after moving to B.C. when she was 10. She had no interest in going into business with her engineer dad, who exports machinery from Europe...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Aaron Chin is shaking up Organika Health Products

Life Story: As a kid, Aaron Chin would make money by selling hockey cards outside the 7-Eleven near his Richmond home. Although he always wanted to work for the family business, he’s grateful that his father, Organika founder Thomas Chin...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Bryden Pelletier fires up Union Local 18

Life Story: Bryden Pelletier always dreamed of being a firefighter. “I just really wanted to help people,” he says. “That was the profession that you were right there in the moment, at the most critical intervention time.” Knowing that he faced...

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