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Nick Rockel

Recent Posts on BCBusiness - Page 3

Nov 9, 2018
CBRE’s 2019 commercial real estate market outlook explores impact of technology, future of retail

What’s in store for commercial real estate in 2019? At the recent Western edition of CBRE’s annual Canadian Market Outlook in Vancouver, the real estate services firm combined bullishness about the year ahead with warnings that the industry lags in embracing technological change.

Nov 9, 2018
Q&A: Chip Wilson goes deep on marketing, relationships and regrets

I’m glad I didn’t wear a suit jacket to this interview. On a sunny August morning in Vancouver, Dennis (Chip) Wilson, dressed in sneakers, blue shorts and a white polo shirt, is all tanned arms and legs. A competitive swimmer...

Nov 7, 2018
Opinion: Justin Trudeau tries to have it both ways on economy, environment

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function,” novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a stab at that during...

Oct 24, 2018
Wealthy Barber and Dragons’ Den alumnus David Chilton makes Whisky Wisemen festival go that much smoother

It isn’t every day you get to chase a talk by a best-selling author with some of the world’s best whiskies. More than 200 people recently had that privilege when they gathered at the Imperial Vancouver for the latest instalment of the Be Wise Speaker Series & Whisky Festival. The event...

Sep 24, 2018
Vancouver startup aims to open real estate investing to the masses

Tech entrepreneur Michael Stephenson’s latest venture sprang from a chat with an employee at one of his companies. Asked about his financial plan, Stephenson explained that he invests in real estate developments as a limited partner. When the employee learned...

Sep 14, 2018
How small businesses with Asian ambitions can profit from Hong Kong’s B.C. connections

One warm night in downtown Hong Kong, I’m sipping a Japanese session IPA with the head of the local Vancouver Canucks fan club. Thomas Lau owns this joint: Coedo Taproom, a stylish resto-bar on a back street in the bustling...

Aug 28, 2018
New labour market report highlights B.C. worker shortage, skills mismatches

Having trouble finding and keeping the right employees? You’re not alone. That’s one of the messages from the inaugural edition of the MindReader Report. Published by BCBusiness partner the BC Chamber of Commerce, this study looks at labour market issues...

Aug 17, 2018
Ministers Bruce Ralston and George Chow talk trade, cannabis, softwood lumber, China and Donald Trump

With a protectionist Donald Trump in the White House, life won’t get any easier for the provincial government during its second year in office. B.C. has no choice but to find new markets outside the U.S. In a recent interview, Bruce Ralston, minister of jobs, trade and technology, and George Chow, minister of state for trade, listed the NDP’s efforts to diversify.

Aug 13, 2018
Vancouver's SIGGRAPH 2018 blends science, technology, art and entertainment

For the third time, Vancouver is lucky to welcome SIGGRAPH. The influential conference celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. At the Vancouver Convention Centre until August 16, the five-day event covers innovations in everything from computer graphics and virtual reality to video games and digital art.

Aug 9, 2018
Cannabis deals give Canadian, B.C. M&A activity a big boost

With help from homegrown cannabis deals, Canadian merger and acquisition (M&A) activity remains healthy in an uncertain world. That’s one key takeaway from PwC Canada’s 2018 mid-year review and outlook report, which tracks M&A deal volume and value...

Aug 2, 2018
Two advertising pros weigh in on B.C.’s latest efforts to sell itself to the world

When the province’s tourism marketer unveiled a revamp of its long-running promotional campaignin 2014, the latest incarnation of the storied Super, Natural British Columbia brand faced high expectations. “It wasn’t so much a reinvention as a reinvigoration,” says Marsha Walden...

Jul 27, 2018
The BCBusiness 2018 Tourism Status Report

Our snapshot of the province’s tourism industry asks how it’s doing in five areas: accommodation, Indigenous options, labour supply, branding and environmental stewardship. So far, so good, but challenges lie ahead

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