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Oct 1, 2005
Entrepreneur of the year 2005 - Information Technology
Robin Brunet

It would be a stretch to mention Gandhi and a telecommunications company in the same breath, but not for Surinder Kumar. The Victoria-based entrepreneur is currently riding high on the success of VCom, which designs, manufactures and sells products for...

Oct 1, 2005
Entrepreneur of the year 2005 - Health sciences
by Vicki O’Brien

Losing interest in general practice, he became enthralled by their passionate descriptions of advances in biochemistry, biotechnology and cell biology. “Michael Smith, in particular, was a real character,” recalls Rix. “He captured my imagination when he talked about DNA and how it would revolutionize science. I was planning to go...

Oct 1, 2005
Entrepreneur of the Year 2005 - B2C Products and Services
Jessica Werb

The first thing you notice when you enter the Victoria offices of online book brokers Abebooks is that someone has spent a lot of time with the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Everywhere you turn, you’re confronted by quotes from such...

Oct 1, 2005
Entrepreneur of the Year 2005 -- Manufacturing
Vicki O’Brien

Every morning when Maheb Nathoo pours soy milk on his breakfast cereal, it reminds him of the time he convinced 1,750 skeptical dairy farmers that the lowly soybean could well become their next cash cow. In the mid-1990s, Nathoo was...

Oct 1, 2005
Ian Telfer: 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year
Greg Potter

There was a time not so long ago when fate tested Ian Telfer’s resolve. Despite an ongoing love affair with precious metals, in 1999 Telfer, now the CEO of Vancouver-based Goldcorp, the sixth-largest gold producer in the world, found himself...

Oct 1, 2005
Entrepreneur of the Year 2005
BCBusiness D.B.

It’s one thing to conjure up a cool business concept. It’s another to convince investors, customers, employees and suppliers to back your plan, and then to execute it year after year with increasingly impressive results. The people you’ll read about...

Sep 1, 2005
Peter Brown: Chair and CEO of Canaccord Capital Corp.
Tracy Tjaden

Canaccord Capital Corp., Canada’s largest independent investment dealer and a Howe Street institution, is rolling in good news: revenues are up, profits are moving in the same direction and its new London office is slammed with business.

Aug 1, 2005
Brandt Louie, CEO of H.Y. Louie
Robin Brunet

In case Brandt Louie, president and CEO of H.Y. Louie and London Drugs, wasn’t busy enough, he recently acquired a new title: chancellor of Simon Fraser University. He talks to BCB about his career juggling act, the problem with MBAs and the secrets to making it big in business.

Aug 1, 2005
Christy Clark: Nothing better than politics
Marcie Good

The Clark family lives high enough on Port Moody’s Heritage Mountain that your ears pop repeatedly on the drive up. On these roads, curving around the remnants of recently cleared forest, Whistler-style homes tower over short, steep driveways. Fleets of...

Jul 1, 2005
Top Guns - Don Lindsay
Tracy Tjaden

WHAT WENT WELL IN 2004? It was a record year in terms of earnings and cash flow and by the end of the year we were in a debt-free position. Most of the profitability came from copper and olybdenum (a...

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