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Jacob Parry

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Oct 23, 2017
War of words: The shakeup in Canada’s Chinese-language press

There’s a shakeup underway in Canada’s Chinese-language press—and its epicentre is in Vancouver. Amid the riptide of digital disruption hammering traditional print business models, the emergence of social media platforms like WeChat and a demographic shift thanks to rising immigration...

Sep 29, 2017
Entrepreneur of the Year 2017: Mining & Metals

On a Sunday in October 2009, William Lamb got a text message from a friend in South Africa: “Do you have $42 million—because you may need it by the end of the week.” “I knew straight away what it was...

Sep 29, 2017
Entrepreneur of the Year 2017: Software as a Service

Jack Newton, founder of one Canada’s largest legal software companies, isn’t a lawyer, but he’s learned to think like one. A software engineer by training, Newton began his unlikely legal career over coffee in 2007 with the director of practice...

Sep 11, 2017
Top 100 2017: How a Seattle transplant made his mark on TransLink

Armed with a pack of M&M’s and a wall-mounted transit map, Kevin Desmond is ready to embark on a virtual tour of the Lower Mainland. As he moves through Richmond, the TransLink CEO sees a Canada Line expansion southward. On...

Sep 8, 2017
Top 100 2017: How Avigilon Corp. rose from a fledgling security camera outfit to B.C.’s fourth-largest tech company by revenue

Alexander Fernandes takes issue with the proverb that you can learn from your mistakes. “I don’t see that as wisdom,” says the 48-year-old founder and CEO of Avigilon Corp. His preferred alternative: “Don’t make the same mistake twice.” With an...

Sep 1, 2017
Top 100 2017: Ranking B.C.'s biggest winners, losers

Creation TechnologiesRevenue change: 47.3%Net income: NA Net income change: NA Burnaby-based Creation Technologies has enjoyed a prolonged phase of rapid growth. The company, which has 3,000 employees and 13 manufacturing plants in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and China, designs and builds...

Mar 1, 2017
Winning Words: Sunny D Entertainment CEO Sunny Lenarduzzi

To help us choose last year's 30 Under 30, we sent each candidate a series of questions to see what made them tick. Here's how Sunny Lenarduzzi, who is the CEO of SunnyLenarduzzi.com, responded.What motivational quote gets you going? "Think like...

Sep 30, 2016
Entrepreneur of the Year 2016: Construction

For the Jacob brothers, born and raised in Sidney, B.C., construction runs in the family. Sons of a carpenter, each was well into his own career—Scott, 52, a general contractor; Todd, 48, a developer; and Jason, 47, a general contractor specializing in road repairs—when the opportunity to join forces presented...

Sep 30, 2016
Entrepreneur of the Year 2016: Fintech

A rookie car salesman with a knack for building websites, Cody Green had an idea. Customers at the Saskatoon Hyundai dealership where he worked were coming in to find the vehicle of their dreams—only to discover that loan payments were higher than they expected, or worse, that they wouldn’t be approved...

Sep 30, 2016
Entrepreneur of the Year 2016: Business-to-Business Products and Services

For Dr. Allen Eaves, it took mandatory retirement to kick-start the growth of his company, Stemcell Technologies, into one of Canada’s largest biotechnology companies. Formerly the founding director of the BC Cancer Agency’s Terry Fox Laboratory and head of clinical hematology, Eaves was required under B.C. law to step down...

Sep 28, 2016
Outspoken architect Gregory Henriquez gets political

Few individuals have shaped Vancouver in the early 21st century to the extent that Gregory Henriquez has. The 53-year-old architect is the man behind Woodward’s, Telus Garden and the upcoming Oakridge redevelopment—each project transforming neighbourhoods (or promising to transform them) in profound ways. Henriquez joined his father Richard’s firm (then...

Sep 20, 2016
As sales stall in Vancouver, single family home construction booms

Vancouver's housing market may have cooled, but that hasn't stopped west side ranchers and mid-century moderns giving way to “stockbroker Tudors” and monster Cape Cods—anything that allows builders to maximize the available lot size and add a touch of “luxe” to the neighbourhood. “Business has definitely become busier in the last...

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