People

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...

Aug 10, 2022
Vancouver real estate exec Gary Averbach walked 500 miles and more
Nathan Caddell

One would think that the Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be” would feature heavily in the rotation for Gary Averbach. After all, the partner of Vancouver-based real estate outfit Belmont Properties did walk those 500 miles and then some in his journey...

Jul 21, 2022
Invermere's Wild Mountain Chocolate is raising the bar, but will consumers bite?
Nathan Caddell

When Helen and Glen Davies moved from Vancouver to Invermere some seven years ago, they weren’t sure exactly what the plan was. They did know they wanted to start a company of some kind. After a couple of different ventures...

Jun 30, 2022
30 Under 30: Ella Laure Hipolito is chasing equity in recruiting
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Ella Laure Hipolito was all set to pursue a career in medicine, much to the approval of her father and mother, who had dreamed of becoming a doctor and a nurse after immigrating to Vancouver from the Philippines...

Jun 1, 2022
Secrets of the Masters
Jessica Kirby

BCBusiness + Peter Legge Throughout all his successes, Peter Legge, chairperson and CEO of Canada Wide Media, has never lost sight of the people in his life whose support and sound advice molded him into the businessperson, speaker and author he is...

May 31, 2022
B.C.'s business community loses a giant in Joe Segal
Nathan Caddell

If you visited the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver with any frequency before it closed in 2020, chances are you had a run-in with Joe Segal. The accomplished entrepreneur served in World War II before settling in Vancouver and founding Fields...

Apr 14, 2022
5 Questions: GVBOT head Bridgitte Anderson calls on British Columbians to work together for a strong pandemic recovery
Nick Rockel

For the complete interview, check out The BCBusiness Podcast. 1. Over the past couple of years, what has surprised you the most? What I have been pleasantly surprised at is the resilience and the innovation of so many businesses. But when I...

Apr 7, 2022
Young Guns: Launching a food business is all in the family for Ashley Paterson
Nathan Caddell

There isn’t a day in Ashley Paterson’s life that she can remember not working in the food industry. Her mother, Kimberly Chamberland, founded Vancouver-based Big Mountain Foods in 1987. Paterson, who was born a few years later, eventually lent her...

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