BC Business Magazine - - Contents - Nick Rockel, Edi­tor-in-chief [email protected]­ide.com / @Bcbusi­ness

Work­ing a new sys­tem

When I chose the city of Van­cou­ver as a place to live and work back in 1990, it was mostly by de­fault. Sev­eral fam­ily mem­bers had moved there the pre­vi­ous year, and for me, head­ing to Toronto felt too much like stay­ing in Mon­treal, where I’d just grad­u­ated from uni­ver­sity. So I flew west, with no plans and lit­tle work ex­pe­ri­ence, to a town that was strug­gling with re­ces­sion af­ter the world had dis­cov­ered it dur­ing Expo 86.

Things didn’t go smoothly at first, but it turned out to be a good de­ci­sion. I’ve since raised a fam­ily, built a ca­reer and made many friends in Van­cou­ver, while watch­ing the city grow up with­out los­ing its unique char­ac­ter—for now, any­way. As much as I love my home­town, though, I’ve also watched it be­come a play­ground for the wealthy and a tough spot for young peo­ple look­ing to make a life for them­selves.

Our 2019 Best Cities for Work in B.C. rank­ing (p.29) re­flects that last short­com­ing. For the fifth an­nual sur­vey, con­trib­u­tor An­drew Macau­lay shook things up by adding sev­eral eco­nomic in­di­ca­tors and mak­ing the whole ex­er­cise more for­ward-look­ing. Al­though the new method­ol­ogy means that com­par­isons with last year are only so use­ful, Van­cou­ver was one of the cities that took a dive, falling from ninth place to 31st out of an ex­panded list of 46.

Luck­ily for those seek­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, B.C. of­fers plenty of other choices. Just look at the top 20 in this year’s rank­ing, which in­cludes rep­re­sen­ta­tives from sev­eral of the prov­ince’s eco­nomic re­gions. Also, as Macau­lay points out, many of the cities in the mid­dle of the pack scored very close to each other.

Speak­ing of scor­ing, Van­cou­ver may have dropped in the Best Cities for Work rank­ing, but it’s the only B.C. com­mu­nity with an NHL team. On page 22, as­so­ciate edi­tor and sports fiend Nathan Cad­dell shows us what goes on back­stage at Rogers Arena be­fore a Van­cou­ver Canucks game. Our guide is Jeff Stipec, COO of Canucks Sports & En­ter­tain­ment, who kindly gave Cad­dell the run of the place one re­cent af­ter­noon.

Min­ing, a key driver of the pro­vin­cial econ­omy, is one of the in­dus­tries that make B.C. a great place to work. But here and across the coun­try, min­ing com­pa­nies face a new chal­lenge: peo­ple can now sue them in Cana­dian courts for al­leged crimes in­volv­ing their for­eign op­er­a­tions. As An­drew Find­lay ex­plains in “Rocked” (p.38), this change co­in­cides with con­sumers’ and the in­dus­try’s own ef­forts to hold it to a bet­ter stan­dard of cor­po­rate re­spon­si­bil­ity. It’s a goal that ranks high on our list.

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