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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...

Jul 12, 2019
Go Figure: How much power will it take to keep us cool this summer?
Melissa Edwards

A/C accounts for about 20% of provincial power consumption, or 1,300 megawatts on the hottest days of summer AVERAGE ELECTRICITY PRICES IN VANCOUVER, IN CENTS PER KILOWATT-HOUR, 2017:RESIDENTIAL: 11:3INDUSTRIAL: 7.05 IN 2016, B.C.'S TOTAL ENERGY DEMAND WAS MET BY ESTIMATED GENERATING POTENTIAL OF 1,000 TO 3,000...

Jun 19, 2019
The 2019 Top 100 All-Stars: West Fraser Timber Co.
Nathan Caddell

Despite having spent a good chunk of his career with Vancouver-based West Fraser Timber Co., Ted Seraphim calls himself a “short-termer.” That’s because after six years in the CEO chair, he’ll be retiring this summer. The man Seraphim succeeded—Henry (Hank) Ketcham, the son of Pete Ketcham, who started the company...

May 3, 2019
7 B.C. companies rank among top 100 most valuable brands in Canada
Juan Rivera

B.C. brands seem to be doing just fine in the national arena. As BCBusiness gets ready for this year’s B.C.’s Most Loved Brands in the June 2019 issue, we take a look at global consultancy Brand Finance’s Canada 100 2019 Report, which outlines...

Apr 29, 2019
Newmont-Goldcorp merger and other mega-deals help shore up Canada’s mining industry
Juan Rivera

Waters remain turbulent, but the country’s mining industry seems to be coming out of the storm. Although the sector took a hit on the Toronto Stock Exchange last year, recent mega-deals could help right the ship, according to PwC Canada’s latest Canadian Mine...

Apr 1, 2019
She helps students take action on energy issues
Felicity Stone

After going to Argentina as an exchange student at 18, Nevada native Meredith Adler realized she wanted to work internationally. That brought her to B.C., where a BA in human geography at UBC led to an interest in energy issues and ultimately a communications assistant position at Vancouver-based think tank Clean Energy Canada.

Mar 27, 2019
Opinion: Climate action makes good business sense
Tamara Vrooman, Aaron Sutherland and Karen Tam Wu

For all businesses, climate change is a risk to the bottom line. Floods close workplaces and shipping routes, rising seas threaten coastal infrastructure, droughts inflict crop damage, heat stresses fish stocks, warmer winters pose a challenge to snow sports, and smoky...

Mar 20, 2019
As concern for the welfare of farm animals grows, will consumers put their money where their mouths are?
Roberta Staley

Every so often, Steve Easterbrook’s roosters, who act as sentinels for his thousands of brown hens, mistake a plane descending into nearby Vancouver International Airport for a predatory hawk or eagle. The warning squawks send the hens scurrying back into the...

Feb 27, 2019
Vancouver fishery makes a splash at female entrepreneurs competition
Juan Rivera

After the third-annual showdown, a new winner of the Odlum Brown Forum for Women Entrepreneurs’ (FWE) Pitch for the Purse Gala was crowned, with Sonia Strobel, co-founder of Vancouver-based Skipper Otto Community Supported Fishery, taking the $25,000 prize. The FWE, a charity...

Feb 22, 2019
Environment: Business interests clash with caribou survival
Andrew Findlay

Ross Cloutier wants to help save B.C.’s southern mountain caribou—but not at any cost. Renewed efforts to protect the threatened animals could hit his $150-million industry hard, says the executive director of Helicat Canada, which represents the country’s heli-skiing and catskiing operators. “Things are happening very fast right now, and we...

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