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Tom Gierasimczuk

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Nov 26, 2014
How the Ucluelet Nation is reinventing Tofino tourism on its own terms

It may be the Friday of the August long weekend—Vancouver Island’s busiest travel season—but you’d never know it standing out on the cedar deck of a months-old Wya Point Resort luxury lodge, trying to make out Ucluth Beach through the surreal blue-sky fog 200 metres below. Incredibly, even as traffic...

May 15, 2014
B.C. Craft Beer Documentary to Screen at May 29 BCBusiness Event

How did you get the idea to make such a unique but timely film? I heard about a program sponsored by Telus called Story Hive in which the company funds local storytellers to create local narratives. Getting funding depended on getting votes for your idea via social media. I had...

Apr 28, 2014
New Travel Agency Launched by Aboriginal Tourism BC

One of the province’s key differentiators in the cut-throat competition for international tourists just got some much-needed help. Launched earlier this month by Aboriginal Tourism BC, the non-profit, membership-based organization tasked with growing and promoting “a sustainable, culturally rich Aboriginal tourism industry,” the new travel agency will lean heavily on exclusive...

Apr 24, 2014
WATCH THIS: Local Business Documentary Highlights Kind Capitalism

Let’s face it: capitalism is awesome. It drives innovation, progress and prosperity. It’s always been a path to something better—a better life for your family, a better education for your kids and, yes, a bigger screen TV. But capitalism is also easily corrupted and pliable, easily hacked to focus on profit...

Apr 8, 2014
The Business of Beer

When British Columbians reach for a brew, they’re increasingly opting for local craft beer. Microbrew sales have almost doubled in four years, from $6.2 million to $11.8 million, while at the same time the national brands have lost $126 million in sales. Clearly, a revolution is simmering and BCBusiness wants to...

Mar 19, 2014
Snowden Makes Surprise TED Appearance

After a late night of reveling at TED’s opening party at Vancouver’s old Convention Centre, TED curator Chris Anderson woke the 1,200 delegates right up by introducing Edward Snowden, the world’s most infamous (or revered, depending on your politics) whistle-blower. Beaming in from an undisclosed Russian location, Snowden controlled a...

Mar 3, 2014
Review: Whistler's The Mexican Corner

It’s been a rough year for restaurants in Whistler. A dearth of openings combined with the quick closings of much-hyped concepts (sorry, Canada House), and just bad luck, like the fire at Los Sombreros, have cast a pall over culinary entrepreneurialism in Canada’s top ski town. But 2014 kicked off with...

Mar 3, 2014
Power Lunch: Victoria's Jam Cafe

Every town’s restaurant scene has it: the Bermuda Triangle location where restaurateurs beguiled by the seemingly calm waters disappear one after the other, marked only by for-lease signs between them.Victoria’s version was at 542 Herald Street, a heritage-building-lined promenade flanked by cafés, lofts, furniture boutiques and, until a few years...

Feb 24, 2014
TED Talks to Be Broadcast Live for Free in Vancouver

UPDATED If the TED Talks had an Achilles Heel—the one thing that the technology, entertainment and design conference couldn’t dodge no matter how many impoverished geniuses it highlighted or free archives it posted online—was the fact that attending or viewing the live event as it happened was prohibitively expensive for...

Feb 3, 2014
Lessons from Hyper Island

Hyper Island—the Sweden- and New York-based education company that travels the globe preparing business leaders for today’s disruptive age—held its first Vancouver Master Class in December at the Museum of Vancouver. Eighteen people, including senior execs from Lululemon, B.C. Lottery Corp., and an Apple staffer from Cupertino, spent three days...

Jan 6, 2014
Maui's Blooming Economy

Laid-back Maui has always had an entrepreneurial streak. Isolation—4,000 kilometres from the closest mainland port—breeds a certain level of self-sufficient paranoia. But the recent velocity and obsession with creating from local resources has hit a fever pitch. Day trips throughout the Valley Isle these days are sure to include farmers markets of...

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