Natural Resources

Nov 1, 2020
Against the Grain: How three B.C. forest companies have thrived during tough times for the industry
Ryan Stuart

The sales numbers told Roger Keery that things were turning around at Skeena Sawmills. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Terrace mill had sold out its lumber production two months in advance. Its new $20-million wood pellet plant was exceeding expectations. And its wood chips were in demand to make medical...

Oct 20, 2020
Ask a Leader: To tackle the COVID challenge, Don Lindsay champions innovation amid rapid change
By the Editors

We asked prominent members of the B.C. business community what they’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic—and how this crisis will change everything from work to leadership. Don Lindsay, president and CEO of Teck Resources, reveals what steps the Vancouver-based mining...

Apr 24, 2020
Can we build a greener, more livable future for B.C.? Dreams, meet reality
Steve Burgess

This article was originally published in our March issue, before the COVID-19 pandemic came to Canada. The future looks bright. That’s not necessarily a good thing. Climate change forecasts speak of blazing heat, raging wildfires and the sun shining down on...

Feb 18, 2020
5 questions with Susan Yurkovich, president and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries
Nick Rockel

1. To illustrate the scale of the crisis that has swept the B.C. forest industry, can you share a few facts and figures? We’ve had over 100 curtailment announcements at B.C. operations, some temporary and some permanent. Those are now...

Jan 20, 2020
LNG in Canada: Global Challenges and Local Opportunity

BCBusiness + UBC Sauder School of Business UBC Sauder Executive Education has partnered with UBC Centre for Environmental Assessment Research, Warwick Business School, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, LNG Canada and the Province of British Columbia to offer LNG in Canada: Global Challenges and Local Opportunity, an interactive 2.5-day program that...

Nov 12, 2019
B.C.’s hazelnut industry bounces back in a big way
Abby Wiseman

For Peter Andres, torching what remained of his ravaged hazelnut trees was a last resort. Andres had been a prominent farmer in the B.C. hazelnut industry for more than two decades, but in 2011 a windblown spore called eastern filbert...

Oct 18, 2019
Planning for the Long Term

BCBusiness + North Coal B.C.’s Elk Valley has a long history of mining, the southeastern area of the province being one of the world’s richest in coal used to make steel. As North Coal Limited explores the area’s Crowsnest coalfield, the...

Oct 3, 2019
It's a Good Thing: Green Spark Group puts the spotlight on the environment
Matt O'Grady

If you ask Zena Harris why she launched Green Spark Group—a Vancouver-based consultancy, focused on sustainability in the film and television sector—you won’t hear phrases like “reducing our carbon footprint,” “greening our industry” or “saving the world.” What you will...

Aug 23, 2019
BCBusiness Report Card: Forests, fish and all that good B.C. stuff
Nathan Caddell

Sometimes in this column (which we know you’ve been eagerly anticipating), we spread the grading out a bit throughout Canada. This is BCBusiness, so we focus on the country’s westernmost province, but it’s not always possible to ignore issues of nationwide...

Aug 19, 2019
Burning Questions: The quest to protect B.C.'s woodlands from climate change
Andrew Findlay

Erik Leslie remembers walking through the woods along the west arm of Kootenay Lake in July 2017 and feeling the snap and pop of dry brush underfoot. “We had a wet fall, winter and spring, and then we didn’t get a...

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