Designing 21st Century Skills GovernmentDriven Solutions

 August 21, 2017 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

By Kristine St-Laurent It is not yet clear how the new BC government will address the human capital challenges facing the province. But take note: if British Columbians are not properly skilled to keep up with the changing nature of work, sustainable prosperity will be out of reach and the province’s economy may suffer.  Significant changes in work and technology at a time of chronically sluggish economy-wide productivity growth mean we need to retool our human capital strategies for …


Learn, Network, Starup with Startup Weekend Kamloops

 August 16, 2017 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Business, Kamloops, News /  No Comments

Note September 8th to 10th, 2017 in your calendars as Startup Weekend is making a big comeback with Techstars, the world’s starting point for entrepreneurship. This fifty-four-hour event is a platform where designers, developers, marketers, and startup enthusiasts can come together to launch startups. As part of a global movement, Kamloops is one of over 1,142 cities in over 140 countries to host similar Startup Weekend related events. Kamloops’s tech scene is thriving and with help from communi …


Safe Street Survey

 August 9, 2017 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Business, Kamloops, News /  No Comments

Hello from your Team North Shore! Summer is heating up and with the hot weather brings an increase in the population of street people. We have had several concerns from people in our community so we have created a survey for all of our North Shore businesses to part take in. The more feedback we get, the greater the data, and the more effectively we can be in trying to solve this issue with the help of our city leaders and officials. Many people have inquired about a community con …


Punching Above their Weight brAboriginalOwned Businesses

 August 8, 2017 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

By Kristine St-Laurent Looking to increase innovation and productivity? Take a leaf from Aboriginal[1]-owned firms, suggests a new study by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).  The 2016 Aboriginal Business Survey tracks Aboriginal business performance across Canada in five-year increments, complementing data from the National Household Survey (NHS) and Industry Canada. The 2016 “Promise and Prosperity Survey”[2] points to Aboriginal businesses outperforming thei …


Consumer Protection BC CEO takes home two international awards

 August 2, 2017 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

Robert Gialloreto named by Business Worldwide as Best CEO Non-Profit Organization, Canada; Visionary CEO of the Year, Canada (Aug. 2, 2017) VICTORIA, BC – While Robert Gialloreto, President & CEO of Consumer Protection BC, a regulator based in Victoria, BC, is honoured to take home two top CEO awards from Business Worldwide, he credits the people he works with for his success.


A Snapshot of BCs Fastest Growing Industries

 August 2, 2017 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

By Ken Peacock The figure below displays the 30 BC industries that have grown most rapidly over the past five years, based on average annual growth in economic output (real GDP) between 2011 and 2016.  Last year’s growth rate for each of the industries is also included in the figure to provide an indication of the most recent performance relative to the five-year average.  In most instances, 2016’s growth is similar to the longer five-year average, suggesting that many of t …


Transforming mental health and addictions care in BC

 August 1, 2017 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News, Video /  No Comments

BC is committed to finding solutions by working with those directly affected by the opioid crisis and responding on the frontlines. Ask once, get help fast.


Three Hard Truths About Canadas Trade

 July 31, 2017 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

By Jock Finlayson Canada is a mid-sized economy, responsible for less than 2% of global production of goods and services – a proportion that has fallen gently over the last decade or so.  Closer to home, we represent about 8% of all economic activity across the United States, Canada and Mexico combined.  Canada is also an “open” economy, meaning that we depend heavily on cross-border flows of trade, investment and knowledge to underpin our high standard of living. …


Vancouver travel agency fined for violating BC’s travel industry regulations

 July 28, 2017 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

{July 28, 2017} VICTORIA, BC – Consumer Protection BC has issued administrative penalties totaling $800 and a compliance order against M’s Travel Ltd., a travel agent based in Vancouver BC, for violating BC’s Travel Industry Regulation (TIR). The administrative penalties are broken down as follows:


The Energy Evolution and LNG

 July 26, 2017 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

By Denise Mullen All evolution happens in stages. This is also true for energy use. There has never been an energy revolution — a sudden, complete, and fundamental switch from one thing to another — just gradual change as humans incrementally transition to higher-density energy forms (see Figure 1). With respect to liquefied natural gas (LNG), 1852 was the year the liquefying technique was invented, before natural gas was even part of the global fuel mix. One hundred and sixty-f …



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