Tracy Tjaden

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Feb 1, 2008
Vancouver Illusions: Locked Out of The Gate

Hong Kong, China; As he steps up to the podium to address the eager lunchtime crowd, Gordon Campbell is clearly among friends. The B.C. premier cuts a striking yet businesslike figure in a dark suit and ice-blue tie. Studded with inside jokes and dropped names, Campbell’s speech is vintage B.C. boosterism.

Feb 1, 2008
B.C. Entrepreneurs Learn the Asian Persuasion

There are days when Randy Heward envies his buddies back in Vancouver, the ones who shared his enthusiasm for business but weren’t plagued by the burning desire to launch a firm in a foreign land. When North American toy makers began...

Nov 1, 2007
Calvin Ayre

Not that it needs any help. The 46-year-old billionaire owner of Entertainment Group, one of the world’s largest online-gambling websites, is sipping a dry martini in West Vancouver’s Browns Social House, which he used to own, talking to a...

Mar 1, 2006
Asia Pacific Market Strategy: Scaling the Wall

Local corporate execs hear the warning constantly: ‘If you don’t have an Asia-Pacific market strategy, you better get one. Fast.’ But what’s lacking are the specifics for scaling the wall – on-the-ground tales from entrepreneurs who have cracked Asia, often after a few missteps, and have the revenues to prove it.

Jan 1, 2006
Terry McBride, CEO Nettwerk Music Group

Terry McBride, founder and CEO of Nettwerk Music Group, has been making waves in Canada’s music industry for over two decades, bucking the norm from the beginning by refusing to sign artists who didn’t write and perform their own music.

Dec 1, 2005
Myles Richardson: Spirited Discussions

Myles Richardson is a translator, but it’s not words he’s deciphering – rather the meaning behind them. He’s carved out a job helping 'spirited' discussions between B.C. businesses and First Nations.

Dec 1, 2005
Larry Campbell

Of course, not everyone’s a fan. He’s made a few enemies, but when he does stir up controversy, it never hangs around for long. Vancouver’s most popular mayor in recent history loved the job, but hated the hours. A typical...

Nov 2, 2005
David Levi, GrowthWorks Capital, CEO

David Levi vows to conquer the Canadian LSF landscape. GrowthWorks is the only labour-sponsored fund manager to cross provincial boundaries and, once it’s completed a series of mergers, will have four major labour-sponsored funds as well as three private funds for a total of $850 million under management.

Sep 1, 2005
Peter Brown: Chair and CEO of Canaccord Capital Corp.

Canaccord Capital Corp., Canada’s largest independent investment dealer and a Howe Street institution, is rolling in good news: revenues are up, profits are moving in the same direction and its new London office is slammed with business.

Aug 1, 2005
Dismantling Traditional Hierarchy: Who Needs a CEO?

John Montalbano’s first task as the new head of Canada’s largest privately owned money management firm was to ban the role of CEO. The move gives more airtime to the company’s line that it’s all about the clients, and the...

Jul 1, 2005
Top Guns - Don Lindsay

WHAT WENT WELL IN 2004? It was a record year in terms of earnings and cash flow and by the end of the year we were in a debt-free position. Most of the profitability came from copper and olybdenum (a...

Jul 1, 2005
Top Guns - Russ Horner

WHAT WENT WELL IN 2004? Continuing improvement in margins, reductions in costs and an improved safety record. Last year we reduced costs and improved margins by $104 million. WHAT DIDN’T GO WELL? The Canadian dollar absolutely devastated us. We...

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