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Peter Severinson

Recent Posts on BCBusiness - Page 4

Mar 3, 2010
Parsing B.C.'s Jobless Rate

More than a question of numbers, it seems, it's a question of quality. Of all the four-letter words used in B.C.’s business and political discourse today, none has the rhetorical authority, the emotional weight, of this one: “jobs.” Job numbers have been under constant scrutiny throughout the recession and slow recovery, but the numbers themselves only tell part of the story; it’s how you define the word that’s far more revealing.

Feb 3, 2010
Cascadia: The New Frontier

How the 2010 Winter Games may help turn a decades-old dream for Cascadia into reality. Ever since Vancouver won the bid to host the 2010 Winter Olympics, there has been a strong effort to market the event as “Canada’s Games.” It’s only natural, of course: the federal government wants to use the Olympics to enhance our national identity, and VANOC wants to gain a national scope to raise the commercial value of Olympic sponsorships.

Feb 3, 2010
Michael Abrams

Michael Abrams President and CEO, Inimex Pharmaceuticals Inc. B.C.’s biotech sector has had many ventures but few real successes, which makes Michael Abrams something of a local legend. He was the 
founding president of AnorMed Inc., which was sold to a U.S.

Feb 3, 2010
B.C. Tourism: The Province Takes Over

Six months before the Winter Olympics, the Board of Tourism B.C. was disbanded and the rest of the operation rolled into the Provincial Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts. It’s tough to imagine what could possibly be a greater boost...

Dec 2, 2009
Jay Rankin Revitalizes Ballet BC

One year ago, Ballet B.C. was on death’s door, with 
finances so tattered it was forced to lay off all its staff and dancers. A top-to-bottom overhaul has since saved B.C.’s premier dance institution from oblivion, but the task of remaking...

Dec 2, 2009
Child's 
Pay: Investing in Child Care for a Stronger Future

Yes, child care 
really is an 
investment in 
our future. Social-service types have a dream about what B.C. could do to help young kids: extended paid leave for parents of newborns followed by publicly funded child care and full-day kindergarten for every child. To many this might evoke visions of a socialist paradise, guaranteed to suck the life out of the taxpayer. Were it proposed in the U.S., certain of our southern neighbours would surely be in the streets with assault...

Nov 4, 2009
Kitimat LNG's Port of Calling

Against considerable odds, the team behind Calgary-based Kitimat LNG Inc. dreams of building a shipping terminal on B.C.’s coast outside of Kitimat that will take natural gas piped in from across Western Canada, freeze it to a dense liquid (LNG stands for liquid natural gas) and load it onto ships bound for customers in Asia.

Nov 4, 2009
BC Nurse's Union: Solidarity Forever?

When one B.C. union 
is accused of raiding another, labour leaders get angry
 It’s one thing when unionized workers decide they want to leave their current union and join another, but labour leaders tend to get a little hot under the collar when that other union starts helping them along. Within the labour movement, where everyone is “brother” or “sister” and solidarity is next to godliness, these things are not taken lightly.


Oct 15, 2009
The Ringmasters


Next February’s Olympics will be the biggest logistical challenge that B.C. has ever faced. Meet some of the key players who are 
keeping traffic flowing, people working 
and products flying off store shelves. The torch relay that will bring the Olympic...

Oct 8, 2009
Golden Opportunities

While many still fret over 
what the Games will ultimately cost, others are crunching the numbers to figure out how they’ll make a buck from the circus
. Joey Holt’s small, spotless gift shop is not designed for locals. There’s no street entrance to Fairmont Gifts; you’ll only spot it by wandering through the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The store is designed for visitors, it is packed full of Olympics merchandise and, Holt says, it is currently doing very well...

Oct 8, 2009
Oh, the Humanity!

You think your company’s got HR challenges? Try VANOC, which will have gone from zero to 50,000 and back to zero employees by the end of the Olympics roller-coaster. Back in his native Sweden, Magnus Alvarsson had an uncle who was...

Oct 8, 2009
Get a Move On

Fitting thousands more travellers onto our already-strained roads 
will be one of the Olympics 
organizers’ biggest challenges 
during the upcoming Games
. Irene Kerr, of all the Olympics officials, has perhaps the most thankless task. Kerr is the executive in charge of...

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