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 - Page 4

May 23, 2014
Payfirma Partners with the Whitecaps

Vancouver-based Payfirma Corp.—a payment-processing company that accepts payments in mobile, e-commerce and in-store environments—announced today a multi-year partnership with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. CEO Michael Gokturk and COO Sunan Spriggs launched the company in 2011 and have grown its revenues from $1.5 million in its first year to just shy of...

May 12, 2014
WestJet Launches New Fort McMurray Services

WestJet announced today two new non-stop flights to B.C. on its Encore service, using its Canadian-made Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. Daily service will now be offered between Kelowna and Fort McMurray, and between Vancouver and Fort McMurray. It will also now offer additional direct flights between Calgary and Fort McMurray. "These...

May 8, 2014
Tourism Vancouver's Push for Chinese Visitors

Four Chinese citizens arrive Friday on an all-expenses five-day trip to Vancouver, with Chinese pop superstar Wanting Qu—Tourism Vanouver’s ambassador to China—as their guide. The four won the contest through Chinese social media platform Sina Weibo as part of a novel initiative by Tourism Vancouver to draw more Chinese tourists—the...

May 1, 2014
Getting Physical with Your Co-workers

1. Sign up your colleagues for Tough Mudder, but don’t give them the full details until event day. Not many people would willingly expose themselves to 10,000 volts of electricity. 2. Buy a foosball table for the office. You’ll be just like one of those hip tech startups. 3. Start a slo-pitch...

May 1, 2014
The Open-concept Office Paradox

Open-concept offices are the new norm for progressive and collaborative workplaces, but dissenting voices are sprouting up everywhere. A recent New Yorker blog cites studies dating back to 1997 that blame open-plan offices for employee dissatisfaction and lost productivity. According to the New Yorker, one psychologist concludes that increased distraction...

Apr 22, 2014
Q&A with the Real Wolf of Wall Street

On May 1 controversial former Wall Street broker Jordan Belfort—the real Wolf of Wall Street—is coming to the Vancouver Convention Centre to share the details of his ethical sales strategies and persuasion tactics, which he has dubbed the Straight Line Persuasion System. After spending 22 months in prison for fraud...

Apr 15, 2014
The Network Hub's New Venture

This summer the same team behind The Network Hub will launch three new shared workspaces, this time targeting individual content creators and small creative firms. Dubbed The Digital Hub, the new spaces will be a part of the existing Network Hub offices in Vancouver, New Westminster and Whistler. “It was a...

Apr 11, 2014
Supporting Aboriginal Tourism

Next week, from April 14-16, the Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC (AtBC) will host its third annual conference. After two successful years in Osoyoos, B.C., the conference moves this year to Whistler. AtBC CEO Keith Henry says that moving to Whistler was a way to help support another stakeholder in...

Apr 9, 2014
Trevor Linden Named President of Canucks

Number 16 is returning to the Vancouver Canucks, this time in the front office. The Canucks announced today that Trevor Linden has been named president, hockey operations, and alternate governor, NHL. “Today is a real honour. I came to Vancouver 26 years ago and I have never left. I love...

Apr 1, 2014
How to Be a Mentor

1. Collect a stable of underlings. The more people looking up to you, the more powerful you appear. 2. Expand your advice outside the business world to ensure that your mentee is well rounded. 3. Share your network with your mentee by giving out the phone numbers of your friends and colleagues. 4.

Apr 1, 2014
Perfecting Your Pitch

Making a pitch isn’t limited to startups and salespeople; getting the green light on your pet project might mean delivering a pitch to your boss, just as securing funding might mean honing a 30-second delivery to your friendly neighbourhood banker. UBC Sauder School of Business professor Thomas Hellmann and Lance...

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