Peter Severinson

Recent Posts on BCBusiness - Page 8

Apr 2, 2008
Ascending Profits: The Corporate Climb

The iconic retailer will surely score some goodwill through the donation, but there are also some less karmic business reasons for this kind of generosity. This may well be a stellar example of just the kind of corporate community involvement more and more companies are struggling to do right. Climbers have...

Apr 2, 2008
Intrawest Executive Shakeup: Moving Mountains

Long-time CEO and founder Joe Houssian retired in November 2006, shortly after the company was bought by New York-based Fortress Investment Group LLC, a sale that took the company off the stock markets and gave it some deep pockets to...

Apr 1, 2008
B.C.'s Big Three Generations

Anyone who’s been to a motivational lecture, passed through the management aisle at the bookstore or kept a steady eye on the business section in the last few years has likely heard of the three major generations. That’s the baby boomers, generation X and generation Y. More: Why Aging B.C. Boomers...

Apr 1, 2008
The Generation Y Guide

With the baby boomers stepping out of the spotlight, Generation Y has come to the fore. What do you get when you raise kids to believe they can do anything, give them all the technical gadgets they’ll need to make that happen, send them off to excellent schools, and then spit...

Mar 2, 2008
Doug Mason: Back in The Game

Mason, a stocky 60-year-old, earned both fame and infamy in B.C. in the ’90s when Clearly Canadian Beverage Corp., the hometown alt-beverage champion he founded and led, took shareholders for a few gut-wrenching falls in the market. He left the...

Mar 1, 2008
Genetrack Biolabs: When Labs Attack

Genetrack Biolabs Inc. got a lesson in the scary rules of retail after the Vancouver-based genetic-testing lab released its first consumer product. The lab analyzes DNA for such clients as the Canadian court system and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Its commercial software, a Facebook-like social-networking service focused on genetics, recently became a consumer hit. Then things got nasty.

Feb 1, 2008
Insolvency: A Clean Slate?

The owners of Easywash Inc. plan to swiftly replace the failed car wash with a new company that’s indistinguishable from the old one, minus its crushing debts. Meanwhile 89 private investors, who put $2.3 million into the original company, lose everything.

Jan 2, 2008
Stock Talk

“There’s one big fundamental problem with user-generated content, and that’s quality,” he says. “The problem is... that there’s a lot of stupid information; you have to do a lot of work.” and stock deliver reams of quotes, news bites and comments to 800,000 visitors a month, New says. Much...

Nov 1, 2007
The Inventors

Have you ever seen some stranger doing something entirely ordinary when suddenly, inexplicably, a light bulb – out of nowhere – flares into existence above their head? Probably not. But were that sort of thing to happen, it would happen...

Aug 2, 2007
Conflict Oil: Risky Business

This desert-covered land in northeast Africa has been fractured by warring tribal militias for 16 years. But if all goes well, Vancouver-based Canmex Minerals Corp. will be trucking a drilling rig through the countryside looking for oil deposits sometime next year, according to Schmitt, the company’s president and CEO. “Obviously...

Jun 2, 2007
Michele McKenzie

Giving a country a makeover is a pretty big job, especially when it’s the size of Canada. The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) has been working on a scheme to ratchet up Canada’s international image for almost five years and started...

Jun 1, 2007
Small Business, Big Lessons

The blue chips grab headlines, but it’s the small and medium-sized businesses that make B.C.’s economy buzz. Compared to the rest of the country (per capita), B.C. has the fastest-growing small business sector and the second-largest number of small businesses.

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