Discover the Power of Sustainable Investing

 March 15, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Business /  No Comments

The Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, Transition Kamloops and the TRU Sustainability Office are excited to partner to bring Tim Nash, the Sustainable Economist, by live video link to present on the Power of Sustainable Investing. Everyone who is interested in learning about the Power of Sustainable Investing, including young investors, is encouraged to attend. When: March 20 – doors open at 6:30 pm, 7 pm start Where: TRU Campus Activity Centre Terrace Room Who: Open to t …


Business Council of British Columbia – The Gender Gap 2018

 March 6, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

The Gender Gap 2018 By Denise Mullen  Every year the World Economic Forum releases an update on global gender issues. Their 2018 report[1]  measures the same four areas covered since 2006 — the economy, politics, health, education — and for the first time pays attention to the effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4thIR), the rise of artificial intelligence, and the need for different skills.  The report points to the potential for a widening gender gap in two of the four indicators: the …


Business Council of British Columbia – Statistics Canada’s Annual Head Office Survey

 February 25, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

Statistics Canada’s Annual Head Office Survey By Jock Finlayson and  Kristine St-Laurent Statistics Canada’s latest survey of head offices provides updated counts of direct head office jobs for each province and the most important metropolitan areas across the country.  The survey covers both publicly-traded and privately owned companies as of 2017.  A head office is defined as an “establishment…primarily engaged in providing general management and/or administrative support services” to affiliat …


Business Council of British Columbia – Canadian Living Standards Are Slipping Relative to Peer Nations: Time for Action on Productivity

 February 13, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

Canadian Living Standards Are Slipping Relative to Peer Nations: Time for Action on Productivity By David Williams Slipping behind  Canadian real GDP per person – a key measure of living standards for the average citizen – has been slipping compared to peer nations over time: In 1981, Canadian real GDP per person was 94% of U.S. levels. At the time, this gave Canada the 5th highest GDP per person among OECD nations. By 2000, real GDP per person was 81% of U.S. levels and Canada stood 10th …


Business Council of British Columbia – Comparison of Electricity Prices in North America

 January 29, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

Comparison of Electricity Prices in North America By Denise Mullen  Energy costs and prices. We all think about them at frequent intervals. The reason is that energy is central to all that we do. It is the oxygen of modern economies. Whether it’s gasoline prices —Metro Vancouver has the highest prices in North America[1] — or electricity rates, where B.C. has some of the lowest, many people feel that energy costs too much.  At face value, one could argue this is not true for electricity in B.C. …


Kamloops Public Market Co-operative Survey Results Are In

 January 16, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Business, Kamloops /  No Comments

KAMLOOPS, BC, January 16, 2019 – The Kamloops Public Market Co-operative (KPM Co-op) conducted a survey over the holiday season to gather input for a proposed year-round public market. Over 800 people responded to a wide range of questions on the survey which concluded December 28th. (Attached in full at the end of this release) KPM Co-op Executive Director Daphane Nelson says, “We are quite satisfied with the results and received a diverse mix of ages and opinions from the survey. This informat …


Business Council of British Columbia – A Closer Look at U.S. Corporate and Government Balance Sheets

 January 10, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

A Closer Look at U.S. Corporate and Government Balance Sheets By David Williams If the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008-09 contained a single lesson, it’s that leverage cycles with rapidly expanding balance sheets and deteriorating credit standards often don’t end well. Left mostly unchecked, as they often are, these cycles can leave the real economy in a precarious position when the cost and availability of credit tightens up, as it inevitably does. After nine interest rate hikes from the …


Business Council of British Columbia – An Update on B.C.’s Fastest Growing Industries: A Diverse Group…But Resources Still Prominent

 January 2, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

An Update on B.C.’s Fastest Growing Industries: A Diverse Group…But Resources Still Prominent By Ken Peacock The figure below depicts B.C.’s 30 fastest growing industries through the half decade ending in 2017.  They are ranked by average annual real GDP growth, which is growth in the final value of output in each industry, adjusted for inflation.  The annual growth performance is averaged over the period 2012 to 2017.  Growth rates just for 2017 are also shown (light blue bars) to readily com …


Business Council of British Columbia – Bold, long-term transportation vision required

 December 21, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

Bold, long-term transportation vision required By Greg D’Avignon This week’s Massey Tunnel report released by the Provincial Government, following on the heels of changes to Surrey’s light rail project, provides the latest reasons for why we need a more transparent and improved province-wide transportation decision-making and planning process. One that is bold in its approach and which secures our long-term future.   We have a track record in British Columbia of delaying important transportation …


Business Council of British Columbia – Tech Talk: What’s Inhibiting Growth in the B.C. Tech Sector?

 December 14, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

Tech Talk: What’s Inhibiting Growth in the B.C. Tech Sector? By Kristine St-Laurent British Columbia’s tech sector earns a grade of “A” in the 2018 iteration of the B.C. Technology Report Card, prepared by KPMG and the B.C. Tech Association.  In fact, 2018’s tech ranking is one full letter grade up from the 2016 report. The report card rates the B.C. tech sector’s performance in a comparative context and assesses its potential for growth. There are two main story lines here:  Responsible for nea …



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