From the trenches

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

What is happening with Nanaimo's Real Estate market? John Cooper provides his expert insights

Ep. 75
John Cooper is a seasoned real estate professional who launched his career just before the global economic recession hit. Despite this challenging time, John worked hard and quickly rose to the top of his local RE/MAX office's list of top agents. He has been helping families buy and sell homes on Vancouver Island since 2007 when he and his young family moved to Nanaimo from Vancouver. With a background in digital marketing, John saw an opportunity to innovate in the local real estate market and has been a leader in the industry's digital evolution ever since.John's real estate business, the John Cooper Group, is centred around technological innovation and client education. His core purpose is to celebrate and share the unique, affordable, and community-minded lifestyle that can be found on Vancouver Island, surrounded by stunning natural beauty. By focusing on a boutique agency model with the cutting-edge brokerage model, EXP Realty, John has built a small but mighty team that is highly effective at providing experienced guidance, effective marketing, and personalized service to their clients.He has also been recognized for his hard work and dedication to the industry. Including: the EXP Icon Award (which he has won four times), the Top 20 Under 40 Award, the 2020 VIREB Service Award, the Realtors Care Award, and the RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award, Hall of Fame Award, Diamond Club Team Award, Chairmans's Award, and Platinum Club Award. He is also a former President of the DNBIA. John is grateful for these accolades and is dedicated to continuing to provide top-notch service to his clients.For more information, please visit:'s Final 4:Books: Traction - Gino Wickman | This Is Marketing - Seth Godin.Best advice: "You want to be where the action is."Apps: Oura Ring.Favourite restaurants: Horang.Podcast Publisher: Business Examiner News GroupFor more local news impacting business in British Columbia, visit
Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Matt MacInnis, new President of ECABC talks priorities and vision

Ep. 73
The Electrical Contractors Association of BC (ECABC) was founded in 1952, when electrical contractors decided that a strong central voice was needed to speak on their behalf. Electrical and line contractors help build our province by installing and maintaining generated electricity to communities, and ensuring the safe transmission of high-voltage electricity from power plants to end-use markets. Then as now, ECABC is the Association in British Columbia dedicated to the interests of electrical contractors, line contractors, associate members and suppliers.Their membership consists of IBEW and Open Shop Contractor members, manufacturers and distributors. They have 3 Chapters: Interior BC, (Prince George), Vancouver and Vancouver Island.ECABC is a member of the Canadian Electrical Contractors Association (CECA) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) giving them a national voice and helping ECABC and their members stay updated on the latest industry news. As a member, you have an opportunity to express your opinions and concerns on any issue affecting the electrical industry.Learn more at: eca.bc.caMatt's Final 4:Books: Good to Great - by Jim Collins.Best advice: "You play defense with your feet, your head, and your heart."Apps: The Athletic | Twitter.Favourite restaurant: Savio Volpe.Podcast Publisher: Business Examiner News GroupFor more local news impacting business in British Columbia, visit
Monday, November 28, 2022

A Great Place to Work on Vancouver Island

Ep. 72
The largest financial institution based on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Island was recently re-certified as a Great Place to Work® for the fourth year in a row. The Great Place to Work® certification is based on a thorough independent analysis conducted by Great Place to Work Institute® Canada. It’s based on direct feedback from employees, provided as a part of an extensive and anonymous survey about their workplace experience. About Coastal Community Credit Union: As the largest Vancouver Island-based financial services organization, helping you improve your financial health and protect what’s important is what they're here to do. They provide expert advice plus a full range of products, solutions & digital innovations to over 120,000 islanders. To help build stronger communities for us all, each year they give back over half a million dollars to support local initiatives and causes. Learn more at About Great Place to Work®: Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes Canada’s Best Workplaces in a series of national lists including those published by The Globe & Mail (Canada) and Fortune magazine (USA). Great Place to Work provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. Visit them at or find them on Twitter at @GPTW_Canada.Bruno's Final 4:Books: The SPEED of Trust - Stephen M.R. Covey AND Life of Pi - Yann Martel.Best advice: "Be kind, treat people the way you want to be treated."App: Flipp.Favourite restaurants. II Terrazzo AND Woodfire Restaurant & Catering.Podcast PublisherFor more local news impacting business, visit