Ryan Stuart

Recent Posts on BCBusiness - Page 2

Dec 2, 2013
Gear: The White Walkers

Snowshoeing has always been a great way to enjoy snow-covered forests and mountains, but what’s changed are the snowshoes themselves. “Back in the day, snowshoes just kept you on top of the snow; now they can go anywhere,” says Peter Dixon, owner of Revelstoke Snowshoe Co. He suggests looking for shoes...

Sep 16, 2013
The Upcycler of IDS West

Graham Buksa, owner and founder of Rayne Longboards, had a problem. Building skateboards at his North Vancouver factory created a lot of scrap wood. "Maybe it's the engineer in me, I don't like waste," he says. He knew there had to be a use for the off-cuts and he thought...

Feb 4, 2013
Imagining Oil and Gas in B.C.

Matt Sunderland resisted working in the Alberta oil sands for years. A high school friend kept offering him a position with Ledcor, an international construction firm, but Sunderland enjoyed being a stay-at-home dad, picking up the occasional renovation gig. With his wife Becky’s job at Canada Post, the couple made...

Oct 5, 2012
The Rise of Jumbo Mountain

Yes, Jumbo Mountain in B.C.’s Purcell range is a spectacular sight: draped in a glacier it drops icebergs into a turquoise lake. But zoom out a little and it’s not that different from dozens of other peaks in B.C. Logging...

Jun 1, 2008
Back On Track: Canada's Rail Industry

Not that long ago, the rail industry in B.C. looked like it was headed the way of commercial fishing. Trucking was gobbling up market share. Derailments seemed like a weekly occurrence.  Canadian National Railway Co. (CN) and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (CP) were digging up sections of unused track, while bureaucracy and stale thinking made the companies sluggish and unwieldy.

Mar 1, 2008
How a Gulf Island almost became home to B.C.'s first LNG plant

Back in 2008, long before LNG became a soundbite, a few companies began quietly scouting locations for the province's first liquified natural gas plant. Here's the story of the plant that almost ended up in the Gulf Islands

Feb 1, 2008
Treasure Island: Making a Mint on Lasqueti Island

The Lasqueti Mint isn’t guarded by motion-sensing alarms, thıck cement walls or menacing guards. It’s not even hooked up to hydro or accessible by road. Instead it’s in the middle of nowhere on Lasqueti Island, an off-the-grid Strait of Georgia...

Nov 1, 2007
Trash for Cash

The plant could produce 40 to 60 jobs, generate $1 million in taxes, and spin off related businesses. Steam from the generator could heat vegetable greenhouses or water for a land-based tropical food-fish aquaculture operation. And air emissions from the...

Oct 7, 2007
Private Parking: Strathcona Provincial Park

John Caton is a rainforest cowboy. Instead of the usual West Coast uniform of Gore-tex, fleece and Merrells, Cowboy Caton, as his friends call him, wears a white Stetson, white dress shirt, Wrangler jeans and cowboy boots. The GM of...

Jun 1, 2007
Comox Valley Agriculture: La nouvelle Provence

Often it’s said that men personify their vehicles, and the three professionals standing in a fallow field near the Oyster River on Vancouver Island definitely do. Lifelong farmer Patrick Evans’s truck is littered with leftover hay, mud covers the sides and there’s the distinct aroma of cow manure.

Mar 1, 2007
Bike Messengers: Running on Empty

Until recently, at any given time, at least 10 grunged-out, pierced, tattooed and fit emissaries could be spotted hanging out outside the HSBC Bank tower at Georgia and Hornby, waiting for their next mission to be broadcast over two-way radios.

Feb 1, 2007
Whistler Job Market: Labour Summit

When Tim Sjogren arrived in Whistler in 1998, jobs were tight and accommodation even tighter. The second-year ski instructor spent the winter sleeping on a friend’s couch and juggling two jobs: teaching skiing by day and stocking shelves at a local grocery store at night. And Sjogren had it good. He remembers seeing people standing on the side of the road, begging.

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