Roberta Staley

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Sep 19, 2019
Can female tradespeople help B.C. beat its shortage of construction workers?

Female tradespeople will tell you that their male- dominated profession is rife with sexism, bullying and discrimination. But as momentum builds to make the industry more welcoming to women, they may be pivotal for the industry—and for the province.

Mar 20, 2019
As concern for the welfare of farm animals grows, will consumers put their money where their mouths are?

Every so often, Steve Easterbrook’s roosters, who act as sentinels for his thousands of brown hens, mistake a plane descending into nearby Vancouver International Airport for a predatory hawk or eagle. The warning squawks send the hens scurrying back into the...

Mar 18, 2016
How a UBC professor is spurring research into rare diseases

Dr. Millan Patel’s office at the Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of B.C. is a cozy clutter of files, bookcases, textbooks and folk art from Africa and Malaysia. Dim, wintery sunshine filters through a wood-framed window, illuminating the most striking object in the room: a rectangular whiteboard stretching almost to...

Oct 22, 2015
How Two Iconic B.C. Institutions Handled Picking the Wrong Leader

It was a perfect summer storm. Arvind Gupta, a mathematician and professor of computer science, was 13 months into a five-year mandate as UBC’s president. Then, on August 7, a hot and sunny Friday, the university’s board of governors “regretfully announced” that Gupta had “resigned to return to the pursuit...

Oct 24, 2014
How the corporate lifestyle is killing men in B.C.

White-sand beaches, turquoise ocean, margaritas, cervezas and fresh seafood: it was a high-flying, sun-filled business trip to Cancun, Mexico, and Michael Labou—then regional director of Manulife Financial’s western sales office—had nine expensed days to clinch a new portfolio while on a business holiday that piggybacked upon a prospective client’s AGM.

Mar 5, 2012
Rise of the Cyclotron

Abutting the Fraser River in Richmond, on a five-hectare site that is home to Ebco Industries Ltd., stands an unadorned, prefabricated building. Inside the immaculate space is a collection of what appear to be giant Lego blocks painted a deep...

Jul 7, 2010
Tamara Vrooman's Tough Love

Tamara Vrooman, the CEO of Vancity, is unafraid of appearing "nurturing." It's good business. There is a bit of the earth mother archetype about Tamara Vrooman that, on the surface, seems the slightest bit incongruous with her status as one of Canada’s most powerful women of finance. 

Jul 7, 2010
Telus Corp's Healthy Profits

Meet Darren Entwistle, president and CEO of Telus. Health care really pushes his buttons. Telus CEO Darren Entwistle’s voice rises in volume as he grumbles about the inefficiencies in Canada’s health-care system. However, when you think about it, who but a swami could stay calm discussing the state of Canadian health care? 

May 5, 2010
Canada's Wilting Flower Industry

How a local grower lost the war of the roses. For the first time in decades, Chris Duyvestyn of Maple Ridge didn’t play Cupid to thousands of suitors seeking to woo their beloved with bouquets of roses this past Valentine’s Day. Instead of shipping thousands of blossoms to West Coast and Alberta retailers, Duyvestyn and his wife, Mieka, flew to Arizona and contemplated how their business, Kanaka Greenhouses Ltd., went from bloom to bust.

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