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April 2017

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Apr 1, 2017
Park Boulevard Lights Up Surrey's Skyline

It’s “a modern, urban downtown core unfolding before our very eyes.” That’s how Grant Murray, senior vice-president of sales with Concord Pacific, describes the neighbourhood where a brand-new residential tower, Park Boulevard, will be opening soon. And he’s not talking about Vancouver or Toronto. This is Surrey, where the population has grown by over 100,000 in the past 10 years...

Mar 30, 2017
Driving B.C. forward presented by Dueck GM: Peter Girges

Born and raised in Toronto, Peter Girges was destined to have a career in the restaurant and hospitality industry. At the age of 14, Girges started working at his father’s café in Etobicoke, Ontario, where he would wash dishes and peel potatoes. The strong work ethic he developed through that first job has been one of the cornerstones of his...

Mar 24, 2017
New and Improved: Lifestyle
Felicity Stone

Canada’s second Galibelle shoe store is set to arrive in Kelowna this spring. The Portugal-headquartered, Brazilian-made brand is known for its customizable women’s sandals with interchangeable straps. Galibelle Canada owners David and Lisa Broesky established the first boutique in their hometown of Edmonton and plan to expand across the country. Mexican restaurants are springing up all over Vancouver. There is now...

Mar 22, 2017
What's on your mind? New B.C. Chamber of Commerce head Val Litwin wants to know
Nick Rockel

What does the B.C. Chamber of Commerce do?Our purpose is to know what’s on B.C.’s mind. We have an incredible track record of listening to our members, understanding where the choke points are and working collaboratively with government to remove that red tape, to make business easier. But our most core value proposition is we have 36,000 members. Knowing what’s...

Mar 21, 2017
For Vancouver's Boreal Genomics, home proved a better bet than Silicon Valley
Marcie Good

One day in September 2014, Andre Marziali gathered his team of 23 scientists in the lunch room of Boreal Genomics Inc. The director of engineering physics at UBC had co-founded the campus-based company, which was working on a technology for early cancer detection. Marziali had bad news: he needed to shrink the team, and about half of them would lose...

Mar 16, 2017
2017 30 Under 30 Winners

NOMINATE OR APPLY FOR THE 2018 LIST Whoever said that youth is wasted on the young never met the winners of this year’s 30 Under 30. For our fourth annual ranking, we received almost 350 nominations, and whittling them down was no easy task. The 30 exceptional women and men you’re about to meet are a diverse group, from fields as...

Mar 16, 2017
Her leadership skills, honed through team sports, helped make a B.C.-based ticket broker one of Canada’s fastest-growing companies
Dee Hon

Life Story: Officially, Robyn Wilson is COO of Venue Kings Ticket Brokers, a seller of tickets for sporting events, concerts and theatre productions across North America. Unofficially, she’s the North Vancouver-based company’s chief everything officer. In October 2010, Wilson had just graduated from Bishop’s University in Quebec with a BA in political science and economics when she took a job...

Mar 16, 2017
Her wearable device collects valuable data for parents of children with autism
Marcie Good

Life Story: Andrea Palmer grew up in Port Moody and studied mechanical engineering with a minor in commerce at UBC. In her final year, as part of a course for commerce and engineering students, Palmer had to design a business plan. Her group’s idea was a wearable device that would measure stress indicators (heart rate, perspiration, skin temperature) and transmit...

Mar 16, 2017
His tech-driven insurance business takes an old-school approach to service
Dee Hon

Life Story: Joshua Krenus took a winding path to becoming an insurance entrepreneur. The Surrey native has been a Junior A hockey goalie, a construction worker for his family’s company and an actor at New York’s Circle in the Square Theatre School. In 2010 he started an auto-detailing business, running it for six years before becoming a licensed insurance specialist...

Mar 16, 2017
As an agent for Instagram stars, she has signed major brands like Yves Saint Laurent Beauty and La Senza
Marcie Good

Life Story: Jessica Thomas Cooke started her career as an account executive at a public relations firm in Sydney, Australia. After moving back to Vancouver in July 2013, she kept thinking about a former boss who had started an agency that represented bloggers. She shared her idea with a good friend, Hilary Chan-Kent, and they decided to give it a...

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