Alyssa Hirose

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Sep 2, 2020
Vancouver’s Deqq Apparel partners with Joe Average to make wearable art that can’t be ripped off

At a Banff business conference more than a decade ago, a guy walked up to Vancouver tech entrepreneur David Gratton and literally offered to buy the shirt off his back. “It had an embroidered picture of an old airplane that...

Aug 25, 2020
B.C. 2.0.: Postsecondary institutions grapple with some major changes

University and college students are used to March feeling like a dumpster fire of stress–there’s final exams to study for and anxiety about graduation (on top of the pressure to score the least-underpaid summer internship). This year, faculty and administrators had...

Aug 25, 2020
B.C. 2.0.: Adaptable clothing companies pursue new markets in wake of pandemic

“One of our company values is to evolve. We just thought, OK, we’ve got to work with what we got—and once evolved, we can make things happen,” says CJ King, vice-president, omni-channel, of outdoor apparel brand Arc’teryx Equipment. The North...

Aug 25, 2020
B.C. 2.0.: It’s been all quiet on set in film and TV

Lights, check. Camera, check. Action? It’s complicated. Most physical TV and movie production was suspended in March, leaving many of the 70,000 people who make up B.C.’s film industry in their own personal horror flick. Brightlight Pictures, a North Vancouver–based...

Aug 25, 2020
B.C. 2.0.: Some restaurants have died. The survivors must adapt to a different dining-out experience

Pizzeria Tratto opened in Penticton in November 2019–“the worst time of the year in any city, unless you’re in Barbados,” quips owner Chris Royal. But despite launching in the chill of the off-season (in a small Okanagan city, no less)...

Jul 23, 2020
Forget your referral program (and 8 other tips for recruiting a diverse workforce)

So you want to make diversity a priority in your business—that’s awesome. It’s work that needs to be done, but it needs to be done right. We chatted with Tess Sloane, co-founder of Eleven Eleven Talent, a Vancouver-based global recruitment...

Jun 25, 2020
Local theatre companies face tough curtain call thanks to COVID-19

As pandemic precautions make isolation the new normal, the spotlight shines hot on businesses that generate revenue from bringing people together. The Arts Club, Canada’s largest nonprofit theatre company, has cancelled or postponed seven productions since March. Based in Vancouver...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Sarah Sangha explores aromachology with Vellum Wellness

Life Story: Sarah Sangha knew from an early age that she wanted to be a journalist, and after earning a degree in political science from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2012 and a diploma in broadcast journalism from BCIT in 2014...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Brooke Johansen makes you want to be the bridesmaid at Park & Fifth

Life Story: Brooke Johansen grew up in Port Coquitlam with her mother, father and younger sister. She graduated from SFU (coincidentally, where her parents met) with a degree in business in 2014, but starting one of her own wasn’t top-of-mind:...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Michelle Tran is building an empire with Meraki Beauty Bar

Life Story: Michelle Tran’s first “job” was serving frozen yogurt at the Yogen Früz franchise her father owned. “I was seven years old, and I was too short–my dad would put down pineapple cans so I could stand on top...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Sarah Henderson created housewares brand Hudson and Oak

Life Story: On her family’s farm in Abbotsford, Sarah Henderson grew up exploring the woods with her dogs and selling blueberries to farmers passing by on tractors. Henderson’s father is Indigenous; generations of systemic oppression, along with alcoholism on his...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Alexa Suter harnessed the power of social media to create two companies

Life Story: When Langley-born Alexa Suter was 13, she discovered her love of storytelling. Scrawling in journals, spinning short stories and crafting poems throughout her teens led her to pursue an English degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University–and to leave school...

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