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Kate MacLennan

Recent Posts on BCBusiness - Page 3

Jun 10, 2013
Tourism Industry Applauds Premier Clark

On Friday, the announcement by Premier Christy Clark of her new, 19-member Cabinet in Vancouver was met with approval by the Tourism Industry Association of B.C. (TIABC). "The team I have chosen is a blend of experience and fresh eyes coming new to government—the fresh perspective that government needs," said Premier...

Jun 5, 2013
Got Weeds? Rent Goats

When the City of Kamloops had a problem with invasive weeds in its parkland last year, it took a page from American farmers in dealing with the issue: instead of spraying the field with toxic pesticides, it hired a herd of goats to eat them. The plan was so successful...

Jun 5, 2013
Browns SocialHouse on Steroids

Last week's opening of a Browns SocialHouse Brewery District in New Westminster marks the fourth Browns SocialHouse location to open since March, and the chain's 18th overall, bringing the tally to 15 in B.C., three in Saskatchewan and six more planned in Western Canada by year's end. The rapid growth is...

Jun 3, 2013
Erick Lichte of the Chor Leoni Men's Choir

When Diane Loomer, the founder and artistic director of the Vancouver-based Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, passed away suddenly last December, it was left to 37-year-old choral director Erick Lichte to take over a grieving organization unaccustomed to anyone else steering the ship. “My initial start time was supposed to be this...

Jun 3, 2013
Wade Davis, In Depth

You recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Kathmandu, Palau, Laos, Maldives, Rwanda, Botswana and Spain. What was it for? It was the 125th anniversary of National Geographic so some of our trustees and supporters came on a private jet that travelled to everywhere the main explorers of the National Geographic...

Jun 3, 2013
Power Lunch: Waterfront Restaurant

Since it opened in 1961, the Waterfront Restaurant in the Crest Hotel has seen its fair share of corporate and government patrons passing in and out of Prince Rupert. But that locals also gravitate to the establishment tells the real story about the restaurant’s alluring ambience and the consistent quality...

May 31, 2013
Blogger Aligns With Businesses

Blogging, it's been said, is dead. According to a recent opinon piece in Fast Company, because the world is moving to collections and curations, to mobile content and to different authoring tools, and because the way of the future is "digital first"—or even more accurately, "mobile first"—there is a decreasing...

May 23, 2013
Olympic Oval Reports Record Profits in 2012

With a steady increase in visitor numbers and ability to turn an increasingly good profit, the Richmond Olympic Oval is costing Richmond taxpayers little and becoming an asset for the city. Yesterday, the Richmond Olympic Oval Corporation released its 2012 Annual Report and financial statements, which advise that the Oval has...

May 21, 2013
Vancouver to Host Prestigious Restaurant Conference

British Columbians know how remarkable the culinary scene is in our province, but we're chuffed when the rest of the continent acknowledges it, too. B.C. winners of 2013 DiRoNA certification: VANCOUVER: Baccus Restaurant at the Wedgewood Hotel, Bishop's, Blue Water Café + Raw Bar, Chambar, CinCin Ristorante + Bar, Hawksworth, Kirin Restaurant...

May 16, 2013
Destination BC Still After U.S. Visitors

When it comes to tourist dollars, B.C. hasn't given up on America yet—not even close. Destination BC Corp. (Destination BC) will continue to invest marketing dollars in the U.S. even though, after three straight years of declines in American tourist visitor numbers and spending, the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) will not. The CTC's...

May 15, 2013
Tourism Victoria Resurrects Phone Booth Campaign

Tourism Victoria is on a mission to get its visitor numbers up, and is targeting Vancouverites and Seattlites to do so. The organization has resurrected its previously successful telephone booth campaign, but this year it works like this: Tourism Victoria will plant colourful "phone booths" in Vancouver and Seattle, and curious...

May 9, 2013
MyYogaOnline: World's Most-Visited Yoga Video Site

The year was 2004. Yogi Michelle Trantina had just finished shooting a TV show in Vancouver called Namaste when her fellow teacher, Kreg Weiss, approached her with a Big Idea: he wanted to create a digital yoga teaching platform. Intrigued, Trantina brought in Jason Jacobson—the two had met in an...

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