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Timothy Taylor

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Jan 18, 2017
Claims that immigration helps or hurts economies may not add up

The 49th parallel seems to almost perfectly bifurcate the debate about immigration these days. South of the border, we have a president who promises to build a wall to stop illegal Mexican inflows. Donald Trump’s official stance on immigration contends...

Dec 13, 2016
Is Slack a harbinger of tech riches for Vancouver?

The enterprise software phenomenon Slack has been in its Hamilton Street offices for almost a year now. But with extensive renovations just complete, CEO Stewart Butterfield hosted a media unveiling this September. As only befits a seven-year-old company valued mid-2016...

Nov 9, 2016
B.C.'s crazy real estate—and a cautionary tale from the Netherlands

After years of debate about price escalation and declining affordability in the Vancouver housing market, the province and the city have, at last, stepped in with measures to address the crisis. The province’s targeted 15 per cent property transfer tax...

Oct 21, 2016
Why investing in employee perks still matters

There probably aren’t many business people out there who haven’t rolled their eyes at least once reading about tech industry employee perks. It seemed there for a while that no startup could dream of attracting talent without a mechanical bull...

Aug 25, 2016
The bumpy road ahead for Compass

It’s been just over a year since we all first saw TransLink’s Compass card. Beta-tested back in 2013, the card had its first partial public rollout in August 2015. As with entrepreneurs at the end of a first fiscal year, the anniversary reminds us of lessons learned and the way...

May 11, 2016
How climate change is helping one Okanagan vintner create the perfect Chardonnay

You don’t come across a lot of feel-good business stories about climate change. Global warming is more typically reported as a cost. A 2013 report from the nonprofit Center for Climate and Energy Solutions in Virginia put the real cost to businesses globally of the previous year’s abnormal weather at...

May 2, 2011
Ballard Power and the Quest for Profitability

After effectively walking away from the money-sucking automobile market, Ballard Power is now staking its future on a series of niche uses for its hydrogen fuel-cell technology. But will it be enough to survive? 


Dec 1, 2010
Maynards Bids on the Future of Auctions

There was a telling scene at an auction I attended recently. It was the Modern Woman show at Maynards, where the 108-year-old auction house had assembled a group of 35 contemporary fine-art works from 24 emerging artists. Unlike the typical...

Jul 7, 2010
Jacqui Cohen: Army & Navy's Sole Survivor

Jacqui Cohen has been on the vanguard of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside renaissance, investing in the troubled area for over a decade when everybody else told her to walk away. 
Now, with the planned redevelopment of her flagship Army & Navy store, 
Cohen has even bigger dreams for the city’s historic core.

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