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Oct 2, 2006
Peter Bissonnette, President of Shaw Communications
BCBusiness D.B.

Talk about an industry at a crossroads. Only a decade ago, if you wanted to hook up your TV, you’d call the cable company. If you wanted phone service, you’d call the phone company. Today it’s like the Wild West: the fences are down and Rogers, Shaw, Bell and Telus are scrambling to stake their claims on our data-delivery dollars. Peter Bissonnette is at the centre of the fray.

Oct 2, 2006
Judy Rogers: City of Vancouver Multitasker
David Jordan

When Police Chief Jamie Graham left a bullet-riddled shooting target on city manager Judy Rogers’s desk last July, she was concerned enough to take the issue to the mayor’s office, sparking a police board investigation. The board concluded the gesture...

Oct 1, 2006
Entrepreneur of the Year: 2006
BCBusiness D.B.

The Canadian Oxford Dictionary defines an entrepreneur as “a person who starts or organizes a commercial enterprise, esp. one involving financial risk.” That doesn’t even begin to describe the combination of brains, passion and moxie it takes to spot an opportunity, claim it and build on it year after year.

Sep 1, 2006
Sam Sullivan: Vancouver's Passive-Aggressive Mayor
Frances Bula

Sam Sullivan is doing it again. He should be talking non-stop about what he’s achieving for the city and how he’s bringing everything under control and what he’s doing as a leader. And he is doing some of that, delivering...

Sep 1, 2006
David Black: Press Baron
David Jordan

David Black doesn’t fit the mould of the typical press baron. No knighthoods, no mansions in Florida, no London office towers. The soft-spoken UBC grad operates out of an office in Victoria, where he and his family have lived since moving from Williams Lake in 1985.

Sep 1, 2006
Bob Elton: President and CEO, BC Hydro
David Jordan

BC Hydro has taken a lot of flak in recent years for failing to move quickly enough in a rapidly shifting energy market increasingly shaped by deregulation and privatization. No new major electricity generation projects have come online in B.C.

Sep 1, 2006
Workplace Relationships: Work it, Well
Vicki O’Brien

Like most office romances, it began innocently enough when Max hired Fran to work on his sales team. “It wasn’t an immediate attraction,” says the former sales manager of a Vancouver-based telecommunications firm, who now works as a consultant. “Fran...

Aug 1, 2006
Jim Snetsinger: B.C.'s Chief Forester
David Jordan

Typically, the job is pretty, well, cut and dried. A team of scientists feed forestry data into computers; the computers generate projections decades into the future, and the chief forester signs off on a harvesting schedule that satisfies industry’s demand...

Aug 1, 2006
Michael Abrams
David Jordan

It’s 9:30 on a Monday morning in May. The previous Wednesday, Michael Abrams suddenly resigned as president and CEO of AnorMed Inc., after failing to ward off a U.S. hedge fund’s proxy battle to replace the company’s board of directors. Today, he is relaxing on the back porch of his family cottage on Lummi Island.

Jul 3, 2006
Peter Armstrong: Iron Horse
Rob Howatson

B.C.’s tourist-train baron lowers his hefty six-foot-four frame onto a small, oak-finished stackable chair and shimmies himself closer to the table. The seat’s chrome legs grind across the freshly sealed concrete floor and a screech echoes through the new $4.2-million...

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