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Jan 15, 2021
B.C. beefs up financial incentives to switch to commercial electric vehicles

Whether they need a truck, a bus or a bike, organizations thinking about buying electric vehicles (EVs) just got a financial jolt from the provincial government. Through CleanBC’s revamped Speciality-Use Vehicle Incentive (SUVI) and its Commercial Vehicle Pilot (CVP) program, Victoria...

Jan 13, 2021
Record December sales cap the B.C. housing market’s COVID comeback

As if the B.C. residential property market needed any more momentum, it closed out an unexpectedly strong 2020 by setting a new sales record in December. And by the look of things, prospective buyers can expect home prices to keep rising in 2021. Residential unit sales totalled 93,953 last year, the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports. That’s a surge of 21.5 percent compared to 2019. The average MLS price for 2020 was $782,027, an 11-percent increase over the...

Jan 13, 2021
Four B.C.-based businesses make Glassdoor list of best places to work in Canada

Four B.C.-based companies made Glassdoor’s latest annual ranking of the best places to work in Canada, a step up from last year, when three B.C. businesses put in a showing. The Employees’ Choice Awards uses Glassdoor’s review system to accumulate results, and the...

Jan 7, 2021
Goodbye to all that: 2020's hits and misses

Stretchiest Valuation Helped by the COVID-19-induced shift toward leisurewear, Lululemon Athletica blew past the benchmark for the highest market capitalization of any B.C.-based company this year. At US$45 billion ($59 billion) or so last time we checked, the purveyor of high-priced...

Jan 7, 2021
Vancity beats other Canadian banks and credit unions to net-zero pledge

It won’t happen overnight—not by a long shot—but Canada’s biggest community credit union is getting out of financing fossil fuels. Vancouver City Savings Credit Union just became the first bank or credit union in the country to commit to net-zero carbon emissions across its entire lending portfolio. Vancity plans to reach that goal by 2040, a decade ahead of the global target encouraged by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

Dec 23, 2020
Video Q&A: Women of the Year 2020 winner – Rising Star: Laura Patrick

To honour the contenders in our inaugural Women of the Year competition, we’ve created video interviews with the winners in all six categories. Today we chat with Laura Patrick, founder and CEO of Kids Physio Group, a pediatric therapy practice that specializes in treating children from birth to age 18. Patrick’s Vancouver-based business has grown to seven locations across the country since she launched it in 2006...

Dec 21, 2020
Video Q&A: Livleen Veslemes, Women of the Year 2020 Winner – Change Maker

To honour the contenders in our inaugural Women of the Year competition, we’ve created video interviews with the winners in all six categories. Joining us for the latest Q&A is Livleen Veslemes, former CEO of Richmond-headquartered BioLytical Laboratories, whose rapid self-test for HIV helps empower those unsure if they have the virus that causes AIDS. During her five years there, BioLytical grew dramatically, reaching the milestone of 17 million tests sold in about 60 countries...

Dec 18, 2020
Video Q&A: Pauline Stevenson, Women of the Year 2020 Winner – Leader

To honour the contenders in our inaugural Women of the Year competition, we’ve created video interviews with the winners in all six categories. The latest Q&A is with Pauline Stevenson, founder and president of Excel Career College, which offers diploma programs for careers ranging from health-care assistant to aquaculture technician, as well as customized training...

Dec 18, 2020
Nominate for the 2021 BCBusiness 30 Under 30

Entry deadline: February 1, 2021 The BCBusiness 30 Under 30 competition celebrates the province’s next generation of leaders: young entrepreneurs and innovators who are accomplished beyond their years. With your help, the eighth annual 30 Under 30 promises to continue a tradition of recognizing exceptional new business talents.

Dec 16, 2020
Video Q&A: Pilar Portela, Women of the Year 2020 Winner – Entrepreneurial Leader

To honour the contenders in our inaugural Women of the Year competition, we’ve created video interviews with the winners in all six categories. The third instalment features Pilar Portela, president and CEO of Astra Smart Systems, a provider of hardware and software technologies for large data integrations; and AP Tech Solutions, which builds consortia to address major global issues by using technology. To her, being an entrepreneurial leader means showing what she’s capable of and sharing her failures and successes along...

Dec 14, 2020
Video Q&A: Kelly Ann Woods, Women of the Year 2020 winner – Community Builder

To honour the contenders in our inaugural Women of the Year competition, we’ve created video interviews with the winners in all six categories. Today’s subject: Community Builder winner Kelly Ann Woods, founder and CEO of Brujera Elixirs. Through her Squamish-based business...

Dec 10, 2020
Video Q&A: Julie Angus, Women of the Year 2020 winner – Innovator

To honour the contenders in our inaugural Women of the Year competition, we’ve created video interviews with the winners in all six categories. The series kicks off with the Innovator winner: Julie Angus, co-founder and CEO of Open Ocean Robotics. We caught up with Angus via Zoom at the offices of her Victoria-based company, which makes solar-powered autonomous boats...

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