Anne Casselman

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Apr 5, 2019
Does Vancouver need its own auditor general?

The City of Vancouver stands out for many reasons. Its temperate weather. Its staggering natural beauty. Its million-dollar house prices. But one unique quality is a head-scratcher: it’s the only large city in Canada without its own independent financial watchdog...

Sep 10, 2018
How saving on daycare helped a B.C. family afford a bigger home

Tiffany Ottahal, a working mother of two children aged three and one, knows how lucky she is. Her son and daughter are in licensed child care, and she and her husband own, together with the bank, the roof over their...

Jan 29, 2016
Meet the B.C. multimillionaire who has devoted his fortune to saving the sea

In less than six years, a former fishing lodge on remote Calvert Island has become one of the leading centres for marine research in Canada. Some 200 scientists and 80 research projects on B.C.’s central coast trace their work to the Hakai Institute’s support—and none of it would have been possible without the hands-on (and surprisingly low-profile) philanthropy of Eric Peterson

Jul 14, 2015
Who is watching B.C.'s environmental watch dogs?

The Skeena is Canada’s second-largest salmon river and harbours all six species of salmon and steelhead. What the Bering Sea is to king crab, the Skeena is to salmon. So when Jonathan Moore read in the environmental assessment application of one Fortune 500 oil and gas company just how few...

Jul 1, 2014
Doing Business in Mumbai

India’s largest city can prove a challenge in adaption and flexibility for Vancouverites. “It’s always important to use local knowledge but this is triply true in India and Mumbai especially,” says Christine McLaren, resident writer for the BMW Guggenheim Lab in Mumbai. Case in point: her employer was developing a...

May 1, 2014
B.C.'s Back-road Mapmakers

Russ Mussio shouts across the room: “Someone stop that Google machine.” The co-founder and president of Mussio Ventures Ltd., publisher of the Backroad Mapbooks series of maps for off-the-beaten-track adventurers, chuckles at his joke. Everyone at the meeting, which has been called to discuss the progress of the company’s new...

Oct 7, 2013
Cell-Made Man

To tour the R&D lab of Stemcell Technologies Inc. is to come face to face with your maker, in a way. “These cells I’ve got in here are iPS cells: induced pluripotent stem cells,” says Erik Hadley, a senior scientist. Down the barrel of the inverted microscope, at a total...

Sep 4, 2012
The Enforcer: B.C. Auditor General John Doyle

Holding your employers’ feet to the fire is an unenviable task, and one that seldom earns a repeat appointment. But as the province’s top accountant, John Doyle relishes the role of auditor general. The only question is: will he still have a job come October 2013?

Feb 6, 2012
The Business of Breeding B.C. Apples

B.C.’s apple industry is in 
crisis. Are new apple breeds 
the solution? A team of
 scientists is scrambling 
to invent the perfect apple. The paring knives cut into the flesh swiftly. Chrrrack. Crunch crunch crunch. The hallway of the open work area on the second floor of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre (PARC) in Summerland fills with the sound of chewing as the tasters contemplate what has just met their taste buds. 

Dec 6, 2011
Ecojustice Canada's Environmental Crusade

It’s been an industrious 20 
years for tree huggers 
in pinstripes – B.C.’s forward-
leaning legal defenders 
of spotted owls and killer whales. They’re coming 
of age, and redefining 
Canadian environmental 
law in the process

May 5, 2010
Patently Obvious: Green Innovation

A new corporate initiative launches to spread the seeds of green innovation. Sharing is caring – and it also might be good for business. Or so managers at Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) believe. Together with multinationals such as Nike Inc. and Yahoo Inc., the outdoor recreation giant helped launch the GreenXchange earlier this year, an online network that facilitates the sharing and licensing of patents with the lofty (and hefty) goal of kickstarting innovation in sustainability. 

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