Richard Littlemore

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Jul 13, 2020
Jerry Dobrovolny isn’t who you think he is

How do you get a bead on Jerry Dobrovolny? As the new chief administrative officer of Metro Vancouver, Dobrovolny holds one of the most powerful and influential government positions in B.C.; he’s responsible for delivering a host of essential services...

Oct 22, 2019
Engaged SFU is an engine for city building

BCBusiness + SFU Simon Fraser University was always going to be an activist and innovative force. Established atop Burnaby Mountain in 1965, the university’s faculty and staff showed from the first day that they were determined to engage – creatively, sometimes...

Jul 18, 2019
It's a tough climate for condo owners, but not in the way you think

The climate has changed. In some corners, those may still be fighting words, but even if you’re not among the British Columbians who have endured extraordinary floods or fires lately, when you get your next quote on home insurance, you’re likely...

Jun 20, 2019
The 2019 Top 100 All-Stars: Jim Pattison Group

It’s always risky to judge a book by its cover—or a man by his plaid jacket. But everything you need to know about 90-year-old Jimmy Pattison is evident, instantly, in the grip of his handshake. You know what handshakes are like. Some are too weak, some too strong—some people hold on...

Nov 13, 2018
Political Scientist: Andrew Weaver holds the balance of power

It’s a hot August day, and BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver is dripping. We’ve been walking all afternoon in the Vancouver Pride Parade, and his rumpled rainbow shirt is sweat-stained and sticking to his back. Even his battered cowboy...

Nov 14, 2017
Leadership: Property developer Renee Wasylyk shares some home truths

There is no perfect leadership style—no prescription that will work for every CEO, or every wannabe, in every enterprise. Check the back issues of the Harvard Business Review, and you’ll find a long history of leadership fads, many of which still have merit. But for Renee Wasylyk, founder and CEO...

Nov 3, 2017
How will business fare with the NDP back at the helm?

They’re back.The dreaded New Democrats, who former premier Christy Clark warned would ransack the provincial treasury and crash the economy, have seized the reins of government, with an electoral minority and the support of a perhaps more frightening Green Party...

Oct 27, 2016
From rookie to NDP point man, David Eby takes centre court

NDP MLA David Eby has been one of B.C.’s loudest voices on housing affordability, pushing for a foreign buyers tax before the governing Liberals got religion. He’ll be a key point person for his party in next May’s election

Jul 13, 2016
Joel Solomon: The conscientious capitalist

The 180-degree outlook from Joel Solomon’s 10th-floor patio deck is a perfect metaphor for his complicated and sometimes controversial world view. Solomon’s condo is in Railtown, boxed between the tracks along the Vancouver harbour and some boarded-up, light-industrial spaces in what is inevitably known as Canada’s poorest neighbourhood. But the...

Sep 14, 2015
The Other Real Estate Boom

Moving offices—much like moving homes—is the sort of thing that you only do by threat or incentive. For management, it’s expensive, disruptive and punishingly time-consuming. And for employees, it triggers dread of the unknown. Where will I park my car? Is there anywhere decent nearby to grab lunch? And do...

Jul 21, 2015
The Kelowna conservative who built Vancouver

In politics, William Richard Bennett never lost a fight—neither the lowliest nomination tussle nor the biggest, most belligerent battle with what seemed, in the early 1980s, to be the whole B.C. labour movement (backed up by pretty much every civil society organization in the province). At the polls, Premier Bill...

Sep 10, 2014
Why UBC picked Arvind Gupta to be its new president

In this anecdote are the seeds of future greatness: It’s 1970, and an eight-year-old Arvind Gupta is kneeling in the cold, lost in concentration over what looks—on a winter day—like an inadequate stack of kindling. Or maybe it’s summer. Maybe there’s blood trickling down his cheek from where he scratched...

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