Susan Hollis

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Oct 9, 2008
2008 Entrepreneur of the Year: Brian Hill

These days, Brian Hill doesn’t spend much time on the floor of any of his Aritzia clothing stores, which he leaves in the hands of some 1,131 employees. Rather he’s charging forward with a major expansion, including a number of...

Sep 3, 2008
Beekeeping: The Sweet Science

One day I was driving out in Langley and I saw the Bee Centre. I thought, “Damn it, I’ve done enough reading about it – I’m going to go get some bees.” I went in there and the guy wouldn’t...

Sep 3, 2008
The Model: Noot Seear

Fashion is a world of symbiotic relationships. The designer provides clothes that are the lifeblood of the retailer. The stylist picks the items that become the “must-have buys.” And then the consumer rushes to the store, purchases the shirt or shoes or pants – and everybody’s bills get paid.  

Sep 3, 2008
The Trendsetter: Amy Lu

While many people help set fashion’s trends, only a select few get to play God – and Vancouver’s Amy Lu is one of them. As a stylist with clients that include Cover Girl, Molson and Levi’s, and with work published in Vanity Fair and Interview magazine, Lu holds the coveted position of deciding what looks, labels and designers gain entry into the public arena.

Sep 3, 2008
The Entrepreneur: Scott Walhovd

A budding retail magnate has to start somewhere. For Kitsilano-born, Whistler-raised Scott Walhovd, Gastown was just the place to plant his flagship store, 212, which opened its doors in the fall of 2007. The former model, 22, owns the exposed-brick-and-pipe boutique 80-20 with partner and Parsons design school grad Anthony Castro, whom he met through a Dolce & Gabbana assignment in 2003.

Sep 3, 2008
The Designer: Dace Moore

Whether you like it or not, you are what you wear. And each time you step out of the house, you make a statement – telling the world something of how you see yourself (or don’t). If you happen to be wearing one of Dace Moore’s creations, you might well be saying: “I will not pander to the style whims of Paris Hilton.”

Sep 3, 2008
The Know-How on Firing an Employee

It can be difficult to dismiss an employee, but for employers that day will inevitably come. Taking all the proper steps ensures a smooth parting of ways while also safeguarding your employee’s rights. For expert insights, we consulted with John...

Sep 3, 2008
Yanjing's Shu Guo Has a Head for Beer

With exclusive Yanjing brand rights for Western Canada and Ontario, Shu Guo is capitalizing on Canadians' propensity for the drink. When Shu Guo arrived in Canada from China in 2001 to start Hi-bridge Consulting Corp., the tiny fireball of an entrepreneur...

Sep 3, 2008
Dude, Where's My Tofino Bus?

Sometimes a personal conundrum can inspire a great business idea. For surfer Dylan Green, the 31-year-old owner of Tofino Bus Ltd., it was the lack of cheap, fast transportation between his home base in Victoria and the surf town of Tofino. In 2002 Green was a UVic student living in Victoria.

Aug 1, 2008
Inside the box: Zigloo Custom Homes

When you break it down, we all live in boxes of one kind or another. They’re typically rectangular, often stacked one upon the other, and, after they’ve had a certain amount of drywall and paint slapped on, we pronounce them...

Jun 1, 2008
B.C. Forest Industry: Beetlemania

At only four to 7½ millimetres long – on par with a grain of rice – the mountain pine beetle has established itself as the Attila of our coniferous forest. According to a March 2008 report released by the Ministry...

Feb 1, 2008
Candente Resources: Deep Freeze

Joanne Freeze has a thing for rocks. The president, CEO and co-founder of Candente Resource Corp., a Vancouver-based mineral exploration and development company, loves rocks so much she has endured spider venom, carried a gun and slept in grizzly habitats to learn more about them. Or, more specifically, what’s in them.

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