J Bucher

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Mar 6, 2013

Aug 4, 2010
Travelling to Bangkok, Thailand

As I sit in a wheelchair (not my usual mode of transport), in extreme pain, in a China Eastern departure lounge at Bangkok International, awaiting my return flight to Vancouver, a thought has occurred to me: Bangkok is a great...

May 5, 2010
Business Golf: The Links That Bind

Why bad golf might make for wise business. Musings on human frailty from John Bucher, an ardent 
(if often disappointed) student of the game. I went golfing the other day at Quilchena G&CC with my father, Robert Bucher, a retired healthcare CEO, and an associate of his, an investment broker named Rob Turnbull. The morning was sunny but cold, the last day this spring that tee times were delayed for frost.

Apr 29, 2010
Malcolm Gladwell on Innovation

John Bucher: How do you define innovation? Malcolm Gladwell: I don’t know if I have a simple answer. I guess it would be the willingness to disrupt the normal way of doing things. I think it’s as simple as that. I...

Mar 1, 2010
Video: Portrait of a Chicken Dancer

At long last, the hotly anticipated video of LiWen shaking a leg (and a board) in front of a Church's Chicken, on Lougheed Highway in Burnaby. (Oh, and don't miss his profile.) LiWen is what they call a "shakerboarder" –...

Jan 21, 2010
John Bucher's Intro to Twitter

It was a long road to Twitter for digital editor John Bucher. And now it's possible he may even like it. I'm the BCBusiness digital editor, which means two things: 1) I watch over most aspects of how this website appears to you [complaints here], and 2) I am, by necessity, a conflicted soul.

Oct 8, 2009
Mark Mullins

Mark Mullins is the former executive director of the B.C. premier conservative think tank, the Fraser Institute. Four years after taking the reins from founding executive director Michael Walker, Mark Mullins announced last July that, “with a heavy heart,” he was leaving the free-market-pushing think tank. Though he looks forward to the life of a self-employed consultant, he looks back with pride at his accomplishments at the institute. What has the Fraser Institute contributed to Canadian public life?

Oct 8, 2009
Is UBC Becoming Corporate U?

This month UBC was to open a big new research centre, the Global Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security, a partnership between some very large corporations, the university, and a 17-person Vancouver tech company called Wurldtech Security Inc. Wurldtech is...

Sep 8, 2009
Shane Whittle, and the Heady Aromas of Marley Coffee

The first thing you notice about Shane Whittle is his alertness. The 33-year-old looks you in the eye and exudes the kind of rude health that makes you wish you drank less, got to the gym more. He and I...

Sep 7, 2009
Stephen Frasher

President, Western Forest Products New York-born Stephen Frasher has made a career in the iconic North American industries of rail, barges and shipping – and a name for himself as the guy to call when a company is ailing. Western Forest Products Inc. lost $85.6 million last year, and the red ink continued to flow with a loss of $25.5 million in the first quarter this year. All eyes were on Frasher when he took the helm in July. Your surname has...

Sep 2, 2009
Culture: Pet Shop Boys and Vancouver Strippers

In Music Pet Shop Boys For many of us no longer young, scanning the 23 years between the Pet Shop Boys’ first number-one song (“West End Girls,” from their debut album Please) and their most recent release (“Love Etc.,” now on...

Sep 2, 2009
Like Rabbits: Audra Ricketts of RabbitRabbit Cards

How art-school dropout Audra Ricketts is succeeding in greeting cards – with the help of some foul-mouthed cartoon rabbits. The rabbits of RabbitRabbit Cards look as if they were drawn by a child; they have large, circular heads, comically undersized ears...

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