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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...

Nov 18, 2022
The Salvation Army Kettle Program Kicks off for the Holidays
Jessica Kirby

BCBusiness + The Salvation Army The Salvation Army accepts donations year-round, toward any program and in many ways—one-time gifts, monthly contributions, in honor of a loved one or through legacy giving are just a few ways to support the community-building organization throughout...

Oct 11, 2022
It's a Good Thing: YWCA Metro Vancouver is widening its doors to the plight of newcomers
Matt O'Grady

The global reality of the Russian invasion of Ukraine is being felt in a tangible way by at least one local organization. “In our office this week, we welcomed our first group of Ukrainian mothers, who need everything from the...

Sep 28, 2022
Weekend Warrior: How Olympian and Trulioo executive John Smythe connects hockey and business
Rushmila Rahman

It was at one of his older brothers’ field hockey games that John Smythe remembers getting really lucky. He watched with the kind of eagerness and wonder that only a four-year-old could possess as somebody, in a fit of rage...

Sep 27, 2022
Young Guns: Entrepreneur and fire chief Bryden Pelletier is fuelled by passion
Rushmila Rahman

This year kicked off with two major wins for Bryden Pelletier: not only was he named 2021 Firefighter of the Year by Vancouver Fire Rescue Services (VFRS), he was also appointed to the position of assistant fire chief of occupational...

Sep 1, 2022
After a decade at the helm of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Queenie Choo is still fighting for affordable housing
Nathan Caddell

Queenie Choo arrived in Canada in the winter of 1980 in Edmonton, Alberta. After some 42 years, Hong Kong-born Choo hasn’t forgotten what it was like. “Really cold,” she says with a laugh over a Zoom call with BCBusiness. “I learned...

Aug 25, 2022
BC Federation of Labour president Laird Cronk won't run for re-election in fall
Nathan Caddell

Turn the lights off, carry Laird Cronk home. The former electrician turned union organizer turned BC Federation of Labour president has announced that he will not be seeking re-election in November for the position he’s held for two terms. Cronk was first...

Aug 23, 2022
How the Afghan Women's Employment program is helping refugees land on their own feet
Rushmila Rahman

When Friba Rezayee flew in from Afghanistan to study political science at UBC in 2011, she had an advantage that many Afghan women arriving in Vancouver today don’t: she was proficient in English. When the Taliban forcefully took over Afghanistan...

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