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 5

Mar 18, 2014
Aquilini Group Acquires Toptable Restaurant Group

Toptable Restaurant Group announced today that it has been acquired by the Aquilini Group, the diverse Vancouver-based company with holdings in real estate, sports and entertainment, development and renewable energies. Renowned restaurateur and Toptable proprietor Jack Evrensel established the company in 1981 with the opening of Whistler's Araxi restaurant. Toptable Group...

Mar 17, 2014
Marketing Vancouver Alongside TED

Much like the Olympics did in 2010, the TED conference will reinforce Vancouver’s spot on the map as an international tourism destination. But Tourism Vancouver is working hard to leverage the TED name beyond just that. In part of its efforts to bolster business at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Tourism...

Mar 14, 2014
Canada's Most Successful Shopping Centre

Pacific Centre mall was recently named the fourth-most productive shopping centre in North America by Retail Insider. The downtown Vancouver mall boasts sales of $1,335 per square foot, making it Canada’s most productive shopping centre, narrowly beating out Toronto’s Yorkdale shopping centre, which has per-square-foot sales of $1,300. Tom Knoepfel, senior...

Mar 6, 2014
B.C. Government Outlines Its New Liquor Plans

In a news release today, the government of B.C. outlined a two-part model for grocery-store liquor sales and laid out future implementation dates for 15 amendments to the province’s liquor laws. The first grocery-store model will be a “store within a store,” which will apply to private liquor licences that are...

Mar 3, 2014
Dealing with Kids on Spring Break

1. Tell people you’re getting routine surgery. That’s at least a week of “sick” days at home with the kids (and get-well-soon gifts). 2. Start a temporary in-office daycare. All you need is one precocious 10-year-old to maintain control. 3. Pet-friendly offices have it made–just dig out those animal ears from Halloween...

Mar 3, 2014
Jessie Adcock, Chief Digital Officer, City of Vancouver

What were your thoughts when you saw the job posting for a chief digital officer? What a great opportunity within the city where I grew up. To see where the City has come to and then creating such a key position to move its strategy forward. I was just really excited.

Feb 28, 2014
Small Business BC's Best Concept: Medeo Corp.

According to Medeo Corp. CEO Ryan Wilson, it’s estimated that by 2020, a quarter of all health-care visits in Canada will be done virtually, creating an industry larger than the country’s automotive sector. This could be why when Wilson was approached to collaborate on a platform that would allow patients...

Feb 28, 2014
Small Business BC's Best Community Impact: Bamboletta Dolls

A $250 doll may seem like a tough sell, but not for Christina Platt’s company, Bamboletta Dolls Inc. Platt says she routinely sells out of the 80 handmade dolls her company produces each week, adding that sales have grown steadily over the past five years that she’s been running Bamboletta...

Feb 27, 2014
2014 Small Business BC Award Winners

Tonight Small Business BC held its annual awards gala—previously known as the Successful You Awards—and crowned eight B.C. companies with titles ranging from Best Community Impact to Best Online Marketer. The selection committee received 417 nominations this year, which Small Business BC says is a 122 per cent increase over...

Feb 20, 2014
Patio Hours Extended for Vancouver Restaurants

Vancouver City Council voted yesterday to extend patio hours for Vancouver restaurants, allowing patios to remain open until midnight, from April through October. Only those restaurants with no previous noise complaints over the past 12 months are eligible to extend their hours. The City currently has permits issued for 277...

Feb 18, 2014
Declining Loonie Slows Cross-border Shopping

The declining loonie is keeping more Canadians north of the border, according to a recent survey by polling company Insights West. A sample of 810 residents of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley were polled, with 61 per cent saying they have crossed the border at least once in the...

Feb 13, 2014
What's New at the Vancouver Wine Fest

Now in its 36th year, the Vancouver International Wine Festival will be taking over the Vancouver Convention Centre from February 24 to March 2, bringing with it 1,750 different wines from 178 global wineries. Of the 178 wineries, 52 will hail from France, this year’s theme country. “It’s really the...

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