Rebecca Tay

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Nov 28, 2012
Best Companies 2012: More Than Money

If there’s anything these tough economic times have taught us, it’s that compensation isn’t just about earning a decent paycheque anymore. No one knows this better than Debra Hewson, president and CEO of Odlum Brown, a full-service investment firm, and...

Nov 28, 2012
Best Companies 2012: Keys to Effective Leadership

Motivation and commitment come from the top. Regardless of their industry, personal backgrounds or company size, executives and managers often share one thing in common: a strong belief in effective leadership. Even today, when many employees no longer build their careers within a single organization, the best leaders still recognize the pillars to leading efficiently, inspirationally and successfully.

Oct 5, 2012
2012 Mining and Metals EOY: Frederick Davidson

Congratulations to Frederick Davidson, president and CEO of Energold Drilling Corp., the 2012 Pacific Region Entrepreneur of the Year in Mining and Metals. For Frederick Davidson, CEO and president of Energold Drilling Corp., valuing environmental and social issues has had a positive impact. “We made it a first priority,” he recalls of the decision to develop and use more environmentally friendly rigs 10 years ago.

Oct 5, 2012
2012 Emerging EOY: Greg Blake and Andre Kroecher

Congratulations to Greg Blake and Andre Kroecher, CEO and VP of innocation of Daiya Foods, the 2012 Pacific Region Emerging Entrepreneurs of the Year. Greg Blake & Andre Kroecher ceo and vp of innovation, daiya foods inc. Greg Blake and Andre Kroecher met in the ’90s while trying to forge careers as songwriters — an unlikely start for two guys who revolutionized the cheese business with their venture, Daiya Foods Inc.

Oct 5, 2012
Warren Erhart, President and CEO, White Spot

Gratitude toward one’s staff, dedication to high service standards and an appreciation for great-tasting food: these are all values that might be expected from the top guns at one of the country’s biggest homegrown food chains. What makes Warren Erhart...

Jul 4, 2012
Launi Skinner, CEO, First West Credit Union

Launi Skinner, CEO of First West Credit Union, discusses working big and acting local to bridge her company's two regional brands. For some people, success appears to come as naturally as breathing. After two years as CEO of First West Credit Union, which formed when Envision Financial and Valley First Credit Union merged in January 2010, Launi Skinner has proven she is such a person.

Jul 4, 2012
Gerald Bouwers, President and CEO, Industrial Alliance Pacific Insurance and Financial Services Inc.

The big three in Canada’s insurance industry – Sun Life Financial, Manufacturers Life (Manulife) and Great-West Life – are all, perhaps unsurprisingly, based east of Manitoba. Yet, though technology has made it easier than ever to run a national business...

Jul 4, 2012
Entrepreneurs Turn to Crowd-Funding

Many B.C. businesses are relying on the power of the people – and their collective donations through crowd-funding websites – to get their new ventures off the ground. What do a music video, a new design for stackable soap bars, a series of webisodes about bicycle theft and a coffee brewer with a patent-pending two-stage microfilter all have in common? They’re all Vancouver-based startup business ventures that were financed – at least in part – by crowd-funding.

Apr 2, 2012
B.C. MBAs Go Global With BRIC Partnerships

Say “BRIC” to any economist, analyst or politician and the response will almost invariably be that the countries represented by the acronym – Brazil, Russia, India and China – will dominate the global economic landscape in coming years. Mention BRIC...

Jan 23, 2012
Cutting the Cubicle Out of Office Design

Few offices in the world are as famous as the companies they belong to. The Googleplex, for one, is known for offering Google employees everything from swim-in-place pools and volleyball courts to children’s play areas and catered gourmet meals. And...

Dec 6, 2011
2011 Best Companies: Public Sector, Non-profit, Crown

Most of us view people who work in the public sector and at non-profits as selfless individuals who believe in society, idealists who are willing to take a pay cut for the greater good. There may be some truth to...

Dec 6, 2011
Best Companies 2011: Health Sciences & Services

Not surprisingly, finding the talent is one of the biggest hurdles faced by local life sciences companies. “The medical space in Vancouver is quite small compared to the gaming and new media industries, for example,” acknowledges Kevin Chaplin, VP of...

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