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Lucy Hyslop

Recent Posts on BCBusiness - Page 4

Dec 2, 2015
Lunch With Purdys CEO Karen Flavelle

As far as work perks go, owning a chocolate factory is pretty sweet. Karen Flavelle admits that she has happily “overloaded” on chocolates through the decades—be it playing hide-and-go-seek as a child among the production lines to regularly sampling testers, both at work and at home. “It’s all a fantastic...

Nov 26, 2015
Vancouver's UrtheCast takes the first selfie from space

Its cameras may be orbiting some 600 kilometres above the Earth, but Vancouver-headquartered UrtheCast Corp. is firmly shaking and stirring on terra firma as part of a beer company’s global campaign for the new Bond movie. Heineken used UrtheCast’s proprietary Ultra HD images taken from a camera aboard its satellite...

Oct 15, 2015
Lunch with West Coast Reduction's Barry Glotman

As a conversation over chicken teriyaki and tuna tataki, it feels a tad unpalatable: how Barry Glotman rose from “shovelling blood and guts” to become president and CEO of animal rendering giant West Coast Reduction Ltd. Even his wife, Lauri, wishes he could have a job that’s more dinner-party friendly. “She’s...

Sep 4, 2015
Geoff Plant: From attorney-general to Emily Carr's new chancellor

Lunch with former B.C. Attorney-General Geoff Plant strays into psychological territory when it comes to his career. From serving nine years, starting in 1996, as MLA of Richmond-Steveston to resigning this past June as chair of Providence Health Care board after six years, the veteran lawyer speculates that a “short attention...

Aug 6, 2015
Lunch with Viking Air's Dave Curtis

You get the feeling that Dave Curtis likes to march to his own beat—both in and out of work. Not only did the 53-year-old president and CEO of Viking Air Ltd. buck convention in 2007 to revive production of the Twin Otter (an iconic turboprop plane mothballed in 1988 by de...

Jul 17, 2015
T-Rail's Lisa Tuningley on rebranding Canada's railroad industry

It quickly comes down to basics when Lisa Tuningley starts talking about women breaking into traditionally macho industries. The T-Rail Products Inc. president, who has spent more than two decades as a supplier to the railway industry, is recalling her first time on the tracks and how she felt somewhat affronted...

Jun 10, 2015
How Vega plans to become a household brand

Editor's note: On Wednesday, June 10, it was announced Vega would be sold for US$550 million. More on that here. The temptation of scarfing down an oversized 1,000-calorie cheese sandwich is the last thing I expected to chat about with the founder of a natural health brand. Not that Charles Chang, president...

May 14, 2015
Vancouver developer John Evans talks celebrities and transit

Opus Hotel founder John deCourcey Evans takes in his stride A-listers such as Lady Gaga and Anthony Bourdain regularly rocking up to his Yaletown establishment. It seems harder to be nonchalant, however, over the infamous story about guest Ben Affleck and some strippers. “Now that was a celebrity happening,” the president...

Apr 22, 2015
Golden Mile Bench may soon be B.C.'s first sub-appellation

It’s a brilliant fall day in the South Okanagan, and a black bear and two cubs are up a tree peering over a frenetic crush time at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards across the gully. The winery’s mechanical harvester—a 4.5-metre-tall giant that straddles the vines and causes the fruit to fall via gentle...

Apr 20, 2015
Juggling business with writing: lunch with Anne Giardini

She may have given up the presidency of a U.S. forestry behemoth’s Canadian subsidiary, but don’t mention “retirement” to Anne Giardini. “I loathe the word,” the 55-year-old Vancouver lawyer says, grimacing. “It’s the opposite of everything I intend to do now; I love the word ‘reframing’ and will definitely continue...

Mar 27, 2015
Can UVic be a global brand? A Q&A with president Jamie Cassels

University of Victoria president Jamie Cassels is on a mission to press flesh and even sweat for the sake of his institution. Today he’s fresh from a 7:15 a.m. Grouse Grind with Chip Wilson—his first time meeting the Lululemon founder (and enduring the hike, for that matter)—and a recent meeting...

Mar 25, 2015
Review: Victoria's Fire & Water Fish and Chop House lightens up

General manager Stephen Roughley is so tickled with recent changes at Fire & Water, tucked to the side of the lobby in an airy, wood-panelled room, that he hopes to soon pull down walls to make it front and centre in the entrance of Victoria’s Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel. Take a...

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