Nick Rockel

Recent Posts on BCBusiness - Page 9

Nov 15, 2017
Leadership: BCLC boss Jim Lightbody is on his game

At age nine, Jim Lightbody found himself thrust into a leadership role. In his native Victoria, Lightbody belonged to a talented soccer team, some of whose members went on to play in the National Hockey League (ex–Vancouver Canuck Geoff Courtnall) and represent Canada in soccer and rugby. The squad had...

Nov 14, 2017
Leadership: Shoulder to shoulder, Lyndon and Jamie Cormack lead global phenomenon Herschel Supply

So, this is where my kids’ backpacks got their start. At Herschel Supply Co. headquarters in East Vancouver’s rough-hewn Railtown neighbourhood, the atmosphere on a sunny August morning is brisk. About 130 of the company’s 170 employees work here, alongside founders Lyndon and Jamie Cormack, who are chatting with staff.

Nov 8, 2017
A conversation with Mining Association of BC president and CEO Bryan Cox

You might think the mining sector and the beer business have little in common. Bryan Cox knows different: both are technical, highly regulated and people-driven industries, says the president and CEO of the Mining Association of BC (MABC), who led...

Nov 6, 2017
Don’t worry about NAFTA, Washington insider David Frum tells real estate crowd

He coined the phrase Axis of Evil, and he doesn’t have anything much nicer to say about U.S. President Donald Trump. At real estate brokerage CBRE Ltd.’s Canadian Market Outlook breakfast in Vancouver on November 1, keynote speaker David Frum highlighted potential risks to business from the Trump administration’s...

Oct 20, 2017
How Scott Menke's gamble on Parq Vancouver hit the jackpot

On a brilliant late-June afternoon, Scott Menke strides through the posh lobby of Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel Georgia. “What’s up?” asks the co-founder and CEO of Paragon Gaming as he extends a hand. At first glance, his aquiline gaze appears haughty...

Oct 11, 2017
Whisky Wisemen Society serves good spirits in support of worthy causes

Boy, yuppies have changed. On an August evening at Shebeen Whisk(e)y House in Vancouver’s Gastown, the local chapter of the Whisky Wisemen Society is holding its monthly Third Thursday event. Among the lively crowd gathered round the bar are a...

Sep 22, 2017
Matrix: A crawl of B.C.'s resto-pub chains

COMPANY: Joseph Richard Group FOUNDED: 2010 OWNER(S): André (Joseph) Bourque and Ryan (Richard) Moreno RESTO-PUBS: 13 (including two Alberta locations) EMPLOYEES (APPROX.): 750 VIBE: New meets old with retrofits of character rooms JOINT WE DIG: Oceanside Yacht Club & Public House, White Rock POPULAR BEVERAGE(S): Watermelon mojito POPULAR...

Aug 30, 2017
Chinese official pushes Canada's international trade minister on free-trade deal with China

For Beijing, it was worth a try. During an August 28 lunch at the Vancouver Club, hosted by the BC Chamber of Commerce, the federal minister of international trade talked up the export opportunities for businesses in B.C. and across...

Aug 15, 2017
Eight is enough for your own private dinner at No. 1 Gaoler’s Mews

If you’re planning a dinner out with friends, how about a little privacy? L’Abattoir, the brick-and-beam room in Vancouver’s Gastown where co-founders Paul Grunberg and chef Lee Cooper have served French-influenced West Coast cuisine since 2010, recently launched the perfect...

Aug 9, 2017
How B.C. developers are building the world

Ian Gillespie speaks quietly, and he doesn’t do small talk. As a Neil Young live album jangles on the stereo, the slender Westbank Projects Corp. founder sits in a corner of his roomy downtown Vancouver office, North Shore Mountains at...

Jun 27, 2017
How 4 B.C. companies took their products international—and how another plans to follow in their footsteps

Specialty: Concrete waterproofing products whose proprietary chemical technology creates crystals that grow into the materialFounded: 1973Exporting since: 1975Proportion of total sales from exports: More than 90 per centThe story so far: Ron Yuers, Kryton’s founder and chair, signed his first...

Jun 26, 2017
#TradeTalks: These teenage B.C. entrepreneurs want to turn their business ideas into global exports

Georgiy Sekretaryuk works in the jewelry business, but not in the way you might think. The 18-year-old Coquitlam resident, who speaks Russian and Mandarin in addition to English and his native Ukrainian, also has Asian markets in his sights. Sekretaryuk...

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