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Mar 23, 2021
Who will triumph at the 2021 Small Business BC Awards? Meet the contenders
By the Editors

From Richmond to Terrace to Canoe, local small business have soldiered on in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 Small Business BC Awards just celebrated those efforts by announcing a total of 30 top five finalists in six categories. Despite COVID challenges, the competition received a record 937 nominations representing 558 small businesses in 88 communities. (Some entrants were nominated in several categories.) Nominees had until March 8 to gather as many votes as they could from the...

Feb 11, 2021
Opinion: B.C. employers must step up and support women’s mental health
Genesa Greening and Mike Schilling

The disparities of COVID-19’s impact are stark and shocking. Here in B.C. and around the world, the pandemic has disproportionately impacted women and worsened the inequalities they already faced. Women’s participation in the Canadian job market has fallen to its lowest level in three decades. Between February and October of last year, more than 20,000 women fell out of the workforce, while 68,000 men joined it. Almost one year into the pandemic, women continue to bear the brunt of unpaid...

Feb 4, 2021
Q&A: Riaz Meghji says the pandemic has turned bosses into broadcasters
Nick Rockel

Maybe you can relate to Riaz Meghji’s story of his lonely childhood as a socially anxious introvert who seemed destined not to fit in. “I was a shy kid,” the veteran broadcaster and television host recalls of growing up in North Delta. “And when I looked around, I felt like I didn’t have my place, I didn’t have this sense of belonging.” In Grade 10, that all changed for Meghji when he watched his brother perform in an improvisational theatre...

Jan 27, 2021
Kelowna’s Candice Loring is on a mission to advance Indigenous businesses and communities
Nathan Caddell

After graduating from UBC Okanagan with a bachelor’s degree in business management and a minor in psychology, Candice Loring spent some time working in finance in West Kelowna before she went back to school. Well, kinda. Loring switched career paths to...

Jan 12, 2021
Shift Happens: When does an employee’s online behaviour outside the workplace cross the line?
Guy Saddy

You’re the owner of a private company. While perusing social media posts, you chance upon a photo of an employee clearly taken several years earlier. He’s smiling, beer in hand—and parading around in blackface. What do you do? Disclosure: I have...

Dec 17, 2020
5 Questions: Mélanie Joly shares her plans to launch B.C.’s own regional development agency
Nick Rockel

It may not fix Western alienation, but it’s a welcome move. To better support B.C. businesses, the federal government recently proposed opening a regional economic development agency focused on the province. The country’s seventh, the new agency would operate separately from Western Economic Diversification Canada, which currently serves B.C. and the Prairies...

Dec 16, 2020
In BC Chamber of Commerce address, John Horgan talks post-COVID recovery, Indigenous investment and food delivery apps
Nick Rockel

The lacrosse stick propped against the wall of John Horgan’s Victoria office spoke loudly: the premier casts himself as a man of the people, but he also knows how to play hardball. In his keynote speech at this year’s Premier and Cabinet Connect, hosted virtually by the BC Chamber of Commerce, Horgan justified the BC NDP’s recent early election gamble, which saw his party win a commanding majority. The premier also pitched an optimistic vision of economic recovery with Indigenous...

Dec 8, 2020
Shift Happens: Why lack of employee diversity can hurt your company and how you can address it
Guy Saddy

Our new column examines the points where business, ethics and new cultural realities collide. You can send anonymous scenarios and questions to You’re the CEO of a large company. At a Zoom meeting, you realize that none of the participants...

Dec 7, 2020
Making It Work: How to protect your business from work-from-home cybersecurity threats
Michael McCullough

Apart from the challenges to teamwork and supervision, having employees work from home increases the risk of a digital security breach. Home wifi networks and devices tend to have lower barriers to entry than in-office systems, with weaker passwords and less secure configurations, says Kemar Wilks, senior digital forensic examiner for Richmond-based TCS Forensics, a cybersecurity and investigation firm...

Dec 4, 2020
Making It Work: Now more than ever, your staff need a strong wellness program
Nick Rockel

"Since the pandemic, we’ve seen a few shifts in how organizations are approaching employee well-being,” says Alissa Gillanders, a wellness program specialist at the Vancouver office of professional services giant Aon. First, employers are making wellness a priority, “with an...

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