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Kristen Hilderman

Kristen is an SFU master of publishing graduate and the former associate editor of BCBusiness magazine. She enjoys live music, wordplay and stories well told. She snowboards in the winter, skim boards in the summer and drinks wine all year round.

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Dec 15, 2014
L'Abattoir review: a Gastown favourite opens its doors for lunch

Four years after L’Abattoir opened in the heart of Gastown—winning over the hearts and stomachs of Vancouverites with its effortlessly cool, exposed-brick interior and inventive West Coast cuisine (with a dash of French flair)—the award-winning restaurant has launched its first-ever lunch service. “We just feel it was a natural progression...

Nov 28, 2014
Left Bank brings a taste of Paris west of Denman

John Blakeley, the veteran restaurateur who owns Kitsilano’s Bistro Pastis, knew that Vancouverites had grown tired of Le Parisien, his traditional French restaurant in the West End. “I made a business decision,” he says of closing the space to launch a new concept. “It was time to turn the page...

Nov 25, 2014
Cafe Medina review: a Vancouver institution reopens downtown

It’s 12:30 p.m. on a Tuesday and the lineup for the recently opened Café Medina, in its new Richards Street location, is at least 20 people deep. It took owner Robbie Kane over a year of scouring the city to secure a suitable location, having considered one of his favourite...

Nov 20, 2014
Here's how much it costs to rent retail space in Vancouver (map)

Metro Vancouver has welcomed an influx of American brands over the past year, and its retail landscape continues to shift—especially in the downtown core. According to CBRE’s most recent Vancouver Retail MarketView report, vacancy rates have increased in the 1100 block of Robson Street—thanks to high rent prices and struggles...

Nov 12, 2014
How to disaster-proof your business

What constitutes a PR crisis for an organization runs the gamut from the somewhat comical—Lululemon’s see-through pants—to the deadly serious, including the recent Mount Polley mine tailings pond breach. Yet while the gravity of a crisis can vary, the approach needed to control the damage is similar. “Every company that...

Nov 3, 2014
Recently opened: Wolf in the Fog, a Tofino restaurant true to its locale

Just five weeks after opening Wolf in the Fog—a laid-back, West Coast-inspired eatery in Tofino—chef Nick Nutting has already changed up the menu. But when the bounty of Vancouver Island is at your fingertips and your mandate is to keep things fun and unpredictable, it’s a no-brainer. “We’ve got lots...

Oct 1, 2014
Entrepreneur of the Year 2014: Business-to-consumer finalists

Like many startup stories before his, Charles Chang’s tale begins in a basement with a shoestring budget of his own savings and an idea that could disrupt an industry. Chang launched Sequel Naturals in 2001, first selling health supplements, and then plant-based nutritional shakes. The second—and business-defining—chapter for his company...

Sep 23, 2014
Top 6 ways to dress for success

1. Studies show that taller people earn more money, so don’t be shy with the sky-high heels—that includes both men and women. 2. Exude ambition by one-upping each of your boss’s outfits. 3. If you bike to work, don’t change out of your gear—socially conscious employees are a boon to any business...

Sep 18, 2014
How to start a small business without losing all your money

Launching a business is a risky financial venture, but it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Paul Savage, a chartered financial analyst and certified business intermediary with Pacific Business Brokers Inc., and John Nicola, CEO of Nicola Wealth Management Ltd., share some tips for small business owners struggling to...

Sep 16, 2014
Why Canada lags in e-commerce, and how we can catch up

An impressive 56 per cent of the world’s top 50 e-tailers are based in the U.S., while not one is based in Canada. BCBusiness chatted with Geoff Le Quelenec, director of information technology, Retail Council of Canada; Kyle Vucko, CEO and co-founder, Indochino Apparel Inc.; and David Ian Gray, owner and principal, DIG360 Consulting...

Sep 9, 2014
Tourism Victoria named BCAMA Marketer of the Year

The BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association (BCAMA) named Tourism Victoria, the island city’s non-profit destination marketing organization, as the winner of its 44th annual Marketer of the Year award Tuesday. Tourism Victoria beat out fellow finalists the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and BlueShore Financial to stand alongside past winners and...

Sep 5, 2014
Infographic: Comparing Canada's rapid transit

Pembina Institute released a report Friday that compares rapid transit in five of Canada’s largest cities—Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa—and looks at how well the respective transit networks serve residents. Check out the above infographic to see how Vancouver's system and investments in its rapid transit network stack up nationally.

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