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Nick Rockel

Recent Posts on BCBusiness - Page 3

Nov 26, 2018
B.C.'s Pot Players: The Consultant

Deepak Anand wants the cannabis industry to look beyond its own hype. “A lot of people have this misconception about legalization being this Wild West,” says the City of Langley resident, whose Mississauga-based firm helps cannabis companies in Canada and abroad with everything from licensing and facility design to training...

Nov 23, 2018
B.C.'s Pot Players: The Gatekeeper

“Startup” isn’t a word normally associated with government, but that’s how Blain Lawson describes the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch’s cannabis division. The BCLDB has assembled a group of some 175 people, including contractors, to oversee its new role as the...

Nov 22, 2018
B.C.'s Pot Players: The Attorney

To mark the recent legalization of recreational marijuana, we check in with some of the key players in the B.C. cannabis world. From pot growers to government officials to medical professionals, meet the people helping move the industry forward and keep British Columbians safe. Today’s subject is Kirk Tousaw, barrister with Tousaw Law Corp.

Nov 15, 2018
B.C.'s Pot Players: The Physician

A strong advocate of cannabis for medical treatment, Caroline MacCallum says her patients brought the idea to her. MacCallum grew up in Newfoundland, where she earned a pharmacy degree and began medical studies. After graduating from internal medicine at UBC in 2013, she worked at several clinics. There she met...

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.

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