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Nov 29, 2017
Canada’s first all-female angel investor club opens for business
Nick Rockel

Amielle Lake wants to make one thing clear: her new angel investment group may be called Women’s Equity Lab (WEL), but it’s interested in companies run by men as well as women. “We often get referred female ventures,” says the...

Nov 23, 2017
VanFunding conference explores blockchain and other fintech opportunities
By the Editors

Is blockchain the next big thing? What does financial technology mean for the global banking system? What’s an initial coin offering? Here’s your chance to find out. On November 28, the VanFunding 2017 Blockchain, Fintech & Funding Conference will see more...

Nov 16, 2017
Leadership: BMO’s Mike Bonner nurtures a new generation of leaders with a mix of drive and empathy
Scott Neufeld

In business, the person leading at any given point isn’t necessarily the one with the title and the corner office, says Mike Bonner, senior vice-president at BMO Financial Group, who heads the bank’s B.C. and Yukon division.“Leadership has nothing to do with the business card; it has nothing to do...

Nov 10, 2017
B.C. investment fund wins third straight Thomson Reuters Lipper award
By the Editors

Vancouver fund manager David Barr’s winning streak continues. On November 8 in Toronto, the PenderFund Capital Management Ltd. president and portfolio manager took home yet another Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Award. This is the third consecutive year that value investor Barr’s...

Nov 9, 2017
Financial Planning Begins with a Friendly Chat

Is your financial future worth a half hour of pleasant conversation? For most people, the reaction to this question would be “of course.” But when it is proposed that the conversation be with a financial advice expert, the affirmative is often replaced by a range of excuses for not having that...

Nov 3, 2017
How will business fare with the NDP back at the helm?
Richard Littlemore

They’re back.The dreaded New Democrats, who former premier Christy Clark warned would ransack the provincial treasury and crash the economy, have seized the reins of government, with an electoral minority and the support of a perhaps more frightening Green Party...

Oct 25, 2017
Outsourcing HR Can Optimize Costs, Improve Performance

BCBusiness + Ayming Christy Grant, senior consultant, HR performance, for Ayming (the leading international business performance consulting group), was recently asked to discuss human resources issues—including outsourcing benefits—with BCBusiness Magazine. Here is the conversation. What impact do you think HR has on the rest of the organization? Properly managing your human capital directly affects...

Sep 29, 2017
Entrepreneur of the Year 2017: Financial Services
Dee Hon

Hamed Shahbazi spent 20 years building the Vancouver-based fintech startup he founded, Tio Networks, but officially went from entrepreneur to corporate employee this past summer. Silicon Valley giant PayPal Holdings Inc. bought his bill-payment-processing company for $302 million in July.

Sep 26, 2017
Poll: Should B.C.'s minimum wage be increased?

During the provincial election campaign in May, the NDP promised to phase in a minimum wage of $15 an hour for general workers. In July, to find out what B.C. residents think about that, Mustel Group asked 300 of them:...

Sep 19, 2017
Numerology: The dirt on money laundering
Melissa Edwards

That’s how many Canadian businesses are subject to reporting requirements under federal laws against money laundering. They include banks, accounting firms and the fast-growing fintech industry, the main focus of companies in the emerging regulation technology sector—like Vancouver’s Trulioo, whose identity verification systems help businesses prove they aren’t helping hide...

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