Albert Van Santvoort

BCSC decision could turn B.C. into cryptocurrency hotbed in 2018

One of the biggest myths surrounding cryptocurrencies is that they are out of the reach of securities regulators. Promoters help perpetuate that myth by describing cryptocurrencies as “utilities” as...

Employment up for Metro Vancouver’s top manufacturers

Columbia’s largest 100 manufacturers have increased their employee base by an average of 3.3% since last year by adding 544 employees to their rosters. Based on employee numbers, the province’s...

B.C. eyes turn to Ontario's job numbers after 20% increase in minimum wage

Yesterday, the B.C. government revealed its plan to increase the minimum wage to $15.20 an hour by 2021. As if to tempt fate, the announcement came less than a day before January job numbers were...

Canadians spent roughly $5.7 billion on cannabis in 2017

it’s been 95 years since the act to Prohibit the improper use of opium and other Drugs added cannabis to the list of illegal drugs in canada. But that hasn’t stopped cannabis consumption in the...

Restaurants have cashed in on previous Winter Olympics

During the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia, overall B.C. restaurant revenue increased 6% from the same time the year before. Average revenue for B.C. restaurants increased at twice the rate of their...

Pipeline delays, not carbon pricing, negatively affect energy competitiveness: report

Pipeline delays and cancelations have a greater effect on competiveness than carbon taxes according to a C.D. Howe energy competitiveness report. “Canadian energy producers are at a competitive...

Mergers and acquisitions a key factor in increasing the number of B.C. employees at top security firms

Consolidation has increased staff at some of British Columbia’s largest security companies more than 50% since 2014. Over the last year, two of the province’s largest security companies, Paladin...

Big banks lighten up on marijuana

Marijuana legalization is around the corner and longstanding Canadian institutions that have traditionally been cold to cannabis are warming up to the industry. On January 17, Canada’s largest...

Food producer highlights small-business innovation

Blue-chip companies might have big research and development budgets, but small businesses are often the main drivers of innovation, especially when it comes to creating green, ethical and socially...

Canadian banks increasingly open to fintech options

Canada’s adoption rate for financial technology (fintech) is just a little above half of the global average – 18% compared with 33% globally – and the lowest of the countries included in EY’s...