Ryan Stuart

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Oct 8, 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 2, 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.

Dec 1, 2006
Nanotech: Think Small

The powder is so fine that Burgess needs extremely high-powered microscopes and special equipment, labs and expertise just to see and work with it. Each speck is so small it is measured in nanometres: one-billionths of a metre. The material Mettech is working on is considered a nanopowder, and it’s...

Dec 1, 2006
Boomtown Sports Inc.: Cutting Edge

After 11 years in the ski retail business, Dale Arsenault knew if he wanted to be on the cutting edge and sell any Boomtown Sports Inc. skis made at the company’s Kootenay plant, he had to be at demo days.

Jun 2, 2006
B.C.'s First Nations and Business: Chief Executives

Gone are the days of government handouts and drastic unemployment – at least for some B.C. First Nations. Today many local bands are as likely to be running profitable vineyards and partnering with real-estate developers as they are to be taking part in smudging ceremonies. As the wisdom of the...

Dec 2, 2005
How to Hire Star Employees

“If you ask me what my No. 1 challenge is, it’s still staffing,” says Kevin McCrum, general manager of Aldergrove-based Cintas Canada. “It’s becoming harder and harder to find great people.” When a company such as Cintas, a uniform supplier...

Dec 1, 2005
How to Provide Training

If you’re WCG International When WCG International, a Victoria-based HR consulting and job placement company, was asked to open a pilot job-placement program in various cities in Southern and Central Ontario last year, the company was faced with a problem:...

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