From the trenches
Is immigration the solution to Canada's job market challenges?
Patrick MacKenzie is the CEO of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC. He has made a career of public service from coast to coast, working in policy and program areas aimed at supporting many of Canada’s most vulnerable communities through economic and social development as well as international relations. Previously, Patrick spent 11 years working for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada at its national headquarters in Ottawa and its regional offices in Vancouver. Throughout his career, Patrick has worked with partners on matters affecting aboriginal and immigrant populations, including immigrant economic integration, provincial nominee programs, credential recognition and labour mobility.To learn more about the Immigrant Employment Council of BC, please visit: iecbc.ca.Patrick's Final 4:Author: In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson.Best advice: "Don't assume things are about you."App: Waze AND TeamSnap.Favourite restaurant: JOEY Restaurants.Podcast PublisherFor more local news impacting business, visit: www.businessexaminer.ca
Launching a Free Enterprise movement in British Columbia
The Pacific Prosperity Foundation (DBA Pacific Prosperity Network) believes that empowering individuals, grassroots organizations and civic leaders at the local level is the best way to enact positive change in the day-to-day lives of British Columbians. They are dedicated to providing proponents of economically strong and vibrant local communities with the education, training and tools needed to achieve electoral success in their communities.To learn more about their organization, please visit: pacificprosperity.ca.Micah's Final 4:Author: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.Best advice: "Good thoughts become good things."App: PPN Software.Favourite food: Steak.Podcast PublisherFor more local news impacting business, visit: www.businessexaminer.ca
Taking the family business to new heights, 49th Parallel Grocery's Peter Richmond talks scale, leadership and much more!
Peter Richmond is the President and CFO of Ladysmith's 49th Parallel Grocery. Currently they operate 4 locations in Ladysmith, Chemainus, Cedar and Duncan, in addition to a flower shop (Blooms At the 49th) and printing business (49th Parallel Printers).This interview covers how 49th is managing the current supply chain and HR challenges facing many organizations right now. We also explore how the second generation family company grew so significantly over its 45 year history, leadership lessons and much more!To learn more about their organization, please visit: www.the49th.com.Peter's Final 4:Author: Peter Legge.Best advice: "Aim to say yes more often."App: MyFitnessPal.Favourite restaurants on Vancouver Island: The Old Firehouse Wine Bar AND Il Terrazzo.Podcast PublisherFor more local news impacting business, visit: www.businessexaminer.ca
Mayor of Port Alberni Sharie Minions talks Term 1, Entrepreneurship and Ambition.
Sharie Minions is the Mayor of the City of Port Alberni, leader of Sharie Minions & Team Mortgage Brokers, and owner of the restaurant Brie & Barrel in Port Alberni. Her unique background and skillset lead her to a term on City Council from 2014-2018, and into the Mayor's seat from 2018 till now.The interview covers a review of her first term as mayor, entrepreneurial journey, the challenging balancing act of ambition with family, business and life in general, and much more.Sharie's Final 4:Book: Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You Book - Jenara Nerenberg.Best advice: "Find out what you're not good at, and pay someone else to do it."App: Reminders.Favourite restaurants on Vancouver Island: Brie & Barrel AND The Farmer's Daughter.Podcast PublisherFor more local news impacting business, visit: www.businessexaminer.ca
One of a kind. ColdStar Solutions leads with sustainable transportation innovation
ColdStar Solutions is a Vancouver Island based grocery wholesaler, a transport company that specializes in hauling food products between Vancouver and all parts of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Vancouver Island, and the Gulf Islands of Georgia Strait and a public Cold Storage operation.This interview covers the company's unique history, and their focus on sustainable innovation, including the upcoming launch of the first ever entirely electric, Made in Canada, 5 ton refrigerated transportation truck. It also covers the highs and lows of entrepreneurship, leadership lessons and much more.Episode Sponsor:Coastal Community Credit Union: Who’s helping you take care of your financial health? Coastal Community Credit Union is here to help you reach your goals, and do great things. Visit www.cccu.ca.Kelly's Final 4:Book: Beartown by Fredrik Backman.Best advice: "Your goal as a leader is to figure out how to get your team to follow you out of the trenches when the bullets are flying."App: Audible.Favourite restaurants on Vancouver Island: The Collective Wine Bar & Kitchen and Wind Cries MaryPodcast PublisherFor more local news impacting business, visit: www.businessexaminer.ca
Overcomer: how the Wilson's Group made it, and what the future holds
Wilson’s Transportation is a locally-owned and operated charter bus company serving Victoria and Vancouver Island. In operation since 1962, they are a trusted provider known for their exceptional service, transporting groups large and small from one destination to another – safely and on time.As Vancouver Island’s largest charter transportation company with over 140 vehicles available, they offer charters and rentals for all types of groups and events – from small elite tours to large conferences. In addition to their core business of bus charters and rentals, they also operate an eight bay mechanical and body shop facility where their contracts include retrofitting BC Transit buses.Learn more about them by visiting: wilsonstransportation.com.Episode Sponsor: Coastal Community Credit Union: Who’s helping you take care of your financial health? Coastal Community Credit Union is here to help you reach your goals, and do great things. Visit www.cccu.ca.John's Final 4:Book: Nine Lessons I Learned from My Father Book by Murray Howe.Best advice: "Let passion drive you, but also let it hold your reigns."App: Ring.Favourite restaurant on Vancouver Island: II Terrazzo.For more local news impacting business, visit: www.businessexaminer.caw
Inside Vancouver Island's Nexii connection, a conversation with Alexzi Building Solutions
Alexzi Building Solutions is a local Vancouver Island based green manufacturing company working with Nexii, to bring a sustainable, near-zero waste, and natural disaster resilient building alternative to the construction industry.Alexzi is currently working towards the construction of its 100,000+ sqft state of the art manufacturing plant which will create 150+ direct jobs.Learn more about them by visiting: www.alexzi.com.Episode Sponsor: Coastal Community Credit Union: Who’s helping you take care of your financial health? Coastal Community Credit Union is here to help you reach your goals, and do great things. Visit www.cccu.ca.Amber's Final 4:Book: The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav.Best advice: "Don't focus on what people aren't doing, focus on you are."App: Zoom.Favourite restaurant on Vancouver Island: Q at The Empress.For more local news impacting business, visit: www.businessexaminer.ca
Finance advice for SMEs + software aimed at helping BC's indigenous communities
Guest 1: Coastal Community Credit Union wants to help you grow your business, our communities and financial health for all.Learn more about them by visiting: www.cccu.ca.Guest 2: LlamaZOO Interactive was co-founded by game industry veterans who wanted to make more practical, yet disruptive use of 3D game visualization technology. They knew that they could take gaming tech and transform it into real-world applications.Learn more about them by visiting: llamazoo.com.Episode Sponsor: Coastal Community Credit Union: Who’s helping you take care of your financial health? Coastal Community Credit Union is here to help you reach your goals, and do great things. Visit www.cccu.ca.Charles' Final 4:Book: The Hard Thing About Hard Things Book by Ben Horowitz.Best advice: "Do what you're afraid to do."Apps: Google Maps + AllTrails.Favourite restaurant on Vancouver Island: Shizen Sushi.For more local news impacting business, visit: www.businessexaminer.ca
What does a professional baseball umpire turned entrepreneur and a marketer turned author have in common? They're guests on this week's episode.
Guest 1: H2 Accelerator is a boutique agency located in Victoria, BC, that works with some of Vancouver Island’s and BC’s most exciting and socially responsible brands in tourism, financial services, retail, health and wellness, social marketing, and more.Learn more about H2 Accelerator by visiting: www.h2accelerator.com.Guest 2: 80% of businesses are unknowingly overspending on employee benefits. OnPoint Employee Benefits fixes this. A total-rewards centric practice, they consult on benefits, productivity and wellness. They uncover where benefit premium wastage is happening and conduct benchmarking for entrepreneurial organizations looking to scale their teams.Learn more about OnPoint Employee Benefits by visiting: onpointbenefits.ca.Episode Sponsor: Coastal Community Credit Union: Who’s helping you take care of your financial health? Coastal Community Credit Union is here to help you reach your goals, and do great things. Visit www.cccu.ca.Tyler's Final 4:Book: Jack Reacher series.Best advice: "Everyone knows your last name. What is your legacy going to be when you meet someone?"Apps: Pipedrive + Vidyard.Favourite restaurant on Vancouver Island: Nowhere *A Restaurant.For more local news impacting business, visit: www.businessexaminer.ca