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Nov 18, 2016
What does the Supreme Court decision on class sizes really mean?
Marcie Good

The Supreme Court of Canada’s surprise decision on the B.C. Teachers’ Federation class size and composition court case has both teachers and government scrambling to figure out next steps in the long-running battle. The ruling restores contract language from 2002 on...

Nov 16, 2016
Is the corporate Christmas party passé?
Cissy Pau

Christmas parties have become “holiday” parties to avoid discriminating against those who don’t celebrate Christmas. Companies have stopped serving alcohol at seasonal celebrations for fear of liability for their drunken staff members. “Merry Christmas” has been replaced with “Seasons Greetings”...

Nov 14, 2016
DIY Management: How to conduct an effective exit interview
Felicity Stone

Ask open-ended questions rather than ones that elicit yes or no answers, says Pau. Use the same questions for all exit interviews to ensure consistency. “You can ask the same question of 20 people, and they’ll all give you a...

Nov 10, 2016
Anti Lean-In advocate calls on men to end patriarchy
Jenny Peng

Valerie Aurora, feminist activist and founder of Frame Shift Consulting, believes that the path to ending patriarchy in the workplace rests with men instead of women—countering a notion championed by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in her book Lean In. Aurora...

Nov 8, 2016
Who's next in line for leadership at five of B.C.'s top firms?
Matt O'Grady

Karen Flavelle’s approach to succession at Purdys Chocolates is coloured by the approach her own father took with her. Twice he refused to let her join the firm, forcing her to work as a marketing executive with firms including General...

Nov 8, 2016
Fairchild Media Group prepares for the future
Jenny Peng

What does a $350-million media/retail/real estate empire look like? Fairchild Group headquarters offers few clues. The nondescript offices sit atop an empty storefront in South Cambie, with pastel-coloured rooms and dark wood furniture that hasn’t been updated since the 1980s.

Nov 8, 2016
The Fuller family succession plan
Jim Sutherland

How does a family ensure the continuation of its business as family members approach retirement age? In the case of the Fuller family, the solution lay with another family, the Jessas. The Fuller family’s restaurant empire includes major chains Earls, Joey...

Nov 8, 2016
Nine organizations that are succeeding at succession planning

Many are the tales of family businesses that have descended into tumult or failed completely in the founder’s absence. In the public sphere, both UBC and Telus—two of the province’s biggest employers—have in recent years seen newly hired chief executives depart amid considerable turmoil. A look at why good succession planning matters—and what 9 B.C. enterprises, both private and public, are doing to prepare for the future

Nov 4, 2016
Vancouver second to Toronto in Canada's tech talent: study
Marcie Good

Vancouver’s tech talent market has been ranked second in the country to Toronto, followed by other well-established tech industries in Ottawa and Montreal. Rankings in the 2016 Scoring Tech Talent Report completed by CBRE Canada, a commercial real estate services...

Nov 4, 2016
Here comes Santa Ono
Frances Bula

At first glance, the new president of UBC is impossible to spot amid the throngs packed onto a plaza in front of the year-old, $107-million Student Union Building. But, looking closely at the way people have gathered on this pleasantly...

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