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June 2017

In this issue

Jun 16, 2017
How the real estate boom has left British Columbians feeling richer and poorer than they really are
Frances Bula

Rachel Harriman and her husband have seven times their annual household income—which is in the healthy $100,000-plus bracket—socked away, thanks to the sale of a condo several years ago along with savings from their earnings. Justin Jacobsen, who makes a “comfortable six-figure salary” as an investment analyst, and his wife have also banked a huge wad of money. Nels Anderson...

Jun 15, 2017
True to its Gold Rush roots, Sacramento keeps drawing prospectors
Lucy Hyslop

On this warm Saturday night in Sacramento, it feels like the Gold Rush never ended. Not only is it the weekend after payday for state workers (our Uber driver says he always sees a significant uptick on these evenings), but there’s a much-touted new player in this government town: the Sacramento Kings’ US$560-million Golden 1 Center. Christened by former Beatle...

Jun 9, 2017
People are the weak link when it comes to cybersecurity
Melissa Edwards

Fifty-two per cent of B.C. businesses in a recent Ipsos/MNP LLP survey said that hackers accessed or may have accessed their confidential information in the past year. As the June 12-15 Ignite conference brings 4,000 cybersecurity professionals to the Vancouver Convention Centre to talk the latest in high-tech prevention, businesses of every size and sector are grappling with the human side...

Jun 2, 2017
Driving B.C. forward presented by Dueck GM: Phil Heard

What’s your favourite car?A Chevrolet Corvette. I had wanted a Corvette since I was a boy. I got my first one as a company car when I was GM at the Molson Indy. Why do you choose Dueck as your preferred dealership?They treat you like a VIP. I took my first Corvette there because they sold the most Corvettes, plus...

May 25, 2017
Office Space: Check out this Vancouver ad agency's swanky Fairview digs
Felicity Stone

Me&Lewis Ideas Inc. is a Vancouver advertising agency with a twist, starting with its name. “Me&” is a play on Meehan, surname of creative strategist Paul Meehan, who co-founded the company in 2007 with senior creative director Jeff Lewis. The firm, whose clients range from Miller Brewing Co. and distillers William Grant & Sons Ltd. to Vancouver International Airport and White...

May 24, 2017
DIY Management: 5 ways to build an effective startup culture
Felicity Stone

1. Define what you stand for Look at the company’s values and the image you want to reflect, Shen says. “Start with the founders sitting down and figuring out what that looks like,” he advises. “Your core values are what’s most important to you as the founder or entrepreneur and your organization,” Corcuera agrees. A company’s values always start with...

May 12, 2017
Willson International: A Successful Century

Only five per cent of businesses make it to the 4th generation. Why has Willson lasted 100 years?By remaining focused on the needs of a distinct market we have been able to grow, service our customer and manage risk. Being a privately owned business allowed us to manage within our own parameters. We’ve never had any debt other than our...

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