May 11, 2023
Weekend Warrior: Fitness World president and CEO Chris Smith digs into his love for living holistically
Rushmila Rahman

On paper, Chris Smith is the ideal candidate to run a fitness chain. Growing up in California, he played baseball and basketball and ran track and field before trying his luck at professional football as a young adult. “Leadership, I...

Apr 28, 2023
Grounds for Coffee founder Dan Hilton bakes it to 30 years in business
Nathan Caddell

It was 1992 in Vancouver and Dan Hilton, a Royal Bank employee, started seeing green awnings everywhere and reevaluating what he wanted to do for a career. “Starbucks had 200 stores back then, and I thought [starting a coffee shop]...

Apr 24, 2023
A Second Life: Longtime Vancouver business exec Nancy McKinstry faces another cancer battle
Nathan Caddell

Nancy McKinstry was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2005. Over the past 18 years, the Vancouver business executive with a resume longer than most novels has lived what she calls her second life. Now the cancer has returned, and McKinstry...

Apr 23, 2023
Unsung Heroes 2023: Michelle Dunlea is busting myths as head of product management at Clio
Rushmila Rahman

Michelle Dunlea's family has a hard time wrapping their minds around what she does for a living. Her parents are confused beyond “I work in tech,” and her fiancé tells people that she “builds an app where lawyers speak to...

Apr 22, 2023
Unsung Heroes 2023: Ace campaign manager Kareem Allam is returning to private practice (for now)
Nathan Caddell

Let’s get something out of the way right off the top. When I first interviewed Kareem Allam in the confines of Vancouver City Hall, I had no idea he was going to resign from his post of chief of staff to...

Apr 22, 2023
Unsung Heroes 2023: Ritchie Bros. VP Chris Quinn has lofty goals for the company's financial division
Nathan Caddell

Walking into Chris Quinn’s corner office, one can’t help but glance over at the autographed, framed Roberto Luongo and Trevor Linden jerseys and wonder if Quinn himself still thinks about the future that almost was. Raised in Kelowna to what he...

Mar 24, 2023
Thinkific co-founder Miranda Lievers talks transitioning out of the company and what's next
Nathan Caddell

“It’s a strange place to be,” says Miranda Lievers over a video call. “It’s been since I was 16 that I haven’t had a job or one or more businesses on the go. It’s been a really long time since...

Dec 19, 2022
Leadership 2022: Despite losing the BC NDP leadership race, Anjali Appadurai isn't going anywhere
Nathan Caddell

This year, we focus on those who have taken on new roles at the top of an organization recently, and quiz them about the changing landscape of leadership. It’s possible that, by the time you’re reading this, Anjali Appadurai’s name has...

Dec 16, 2022
Leadership 2022: BCLC CEO Pat Davis is bringing players back into the fold
Rushmila Rahman

This year, we focus on those who have taken on new roles at the top of an organization recently, and quiz them about the changing landscape of leadership. On his first day as CEO of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Pat...

Nov 28, 2022
Big and small organizations honoured at the Richmond Chamber of Commerce's Business Excellence Awards
By the Editors

Earlier this week, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce recognized the top business leaders in Richmond at its 45th annual Business Excellence Awards. Awards were handed out in 10 categories, as well as a hall of fame induction which honours a...

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