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Blog policy
The following content is intended for any person or organization that is a member of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade or a guest collaborator and wants to contribute to our blog ...
GVBOT blog editorial policy
GVBOT blog editorial policy
MAY
24

Best Practices to Navigate International Payments

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Small businesses are the backbone of British Columbia, numbering over 500,000 in the province. According to BC Stats, we have more small businesses per capita than any other Province, which means one in ten British Columbians operates a business in some capacity. Market expansion and doing business abroad is a crucial growth strategy for many BC companies.

Small businesses benefit from working with clients and vendors in other countries, including the US whether tapping a larger customer base, gaining options for vendors, or mitigating risk with income in different currencies. We see this in importing and exporting, mining and forestry and e-commerce, but also through marketing, advertising, gaming and film and TV production services.

At some point in their journey abroad, businesses need to navigate foreign currency. This can involve bringing in revenue in USD or Euros or paying vendors in other countries. In this blog post, the Vancouver Bullion and Currency Exchange shares best practices for small business owners to navigate international payments.

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MAY
16

Recapping ‘Shaping the Future Together’

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On May 7, Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon, President of the University of British Columbia (UBC), spoke to the Greater Vancouver business community During his keynote, Dr. Bacon emphasized UBC's commitment to fostering healthier lives, restoring the planet's health, and nurturing thriving communities. Dr. Bacon touched upon various topics, ranging from UBC's dedication to truth and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples to its pivotal role in driving innovation and addressing global challenges. Here are a few highlights:

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MAY
08

One-to-one with Cathryn Wilson

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Meet Cathryn Wilson, who leads the BC Achievement Foundation (BC Achievement). As Executive Director, she spearheads an independent foundation dedicated to honouring excellence across British Columbia to drive meaningful change. Through five award programs, BC Achievement showcases the very best of the province, highlighting the remarkable efforts of individuals who contribute to building stronger and more engaged communities. With a mission to elevate excellence and inspire achievement in program areas which include civic leadership, artistic endeavors, entrepreneurship, and reconciliation, BC Achievement tells powerful stories of extraordinary people doing extraordinary work

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MAR
20

One-to-one with Joshua Myers

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Joshua Myers is the Executive Director of the BC Centre for Ability (BCCFA). Under the leadership of Joshua Myers, the BC Centre for Ability designs and delivers community-based programs for persons with disabilities. They are on a quest to foster inclusive communities where every person thrives at all stages of life. Based in Vancouver but serving nearly 5,000 people across BC each year, they offer a wide range of programs to support people with disabilities to achieve personal goals and be meaningfully included in all aspects of life.

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JAN
20

Legacy: Alan Hart

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Reflecting on Alan Hart's impact and legacy.

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JAN
15

Reinvest in B.C. by making carbon tax revenue neutral again

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Read the latest op-ed in the Vancouver Sun by Greater Vancouver Board of Trade President and CEO Bridgitte Anderson on the rising costs squeezing B.C.'s smaller businesses and the need for action.
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NOV
07

One-to-one with Susan Tohyama

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Susan Tohyama is the Chief Human Resources Officer of Ceridian. Susan is a highly accomplished leader with a proven track record of driving organizational transformation with some of the world's top brands. 

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SEP
22

Advancing Diversity and Inclusion: A Year of Impact at the DLC

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A message from Rob Chiarello, Senior Vice President of People and Culture at Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) and outgoing co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (DLC) at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.
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NOV
20

Vancouver's other land crisis

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Read the latest op-ed in the Business in Vancouver by Greater Vancouver Board of Trade President and CEO Bridgitte Anderson on the current industrial land crisis facing our region.
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NOV
03

Update on British Columbia Pay Transparency Requirements

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Beginning on November 1, 2023, in accordance with British Columbia's Pay Transparency Act (the "Act"), employers will be required to specify the expected salary or wage or expected salary or wage range, as well as any other information prescribed by regulation, for any publicly advertised job opportunity.
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SEP
07

Empowering Local Businesses

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A message from Kim Osborne, CEO of Chemistry Consulting Group Inc. and outgoing Chair of the Scale-up Centre for SMEs (SCS) program by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.
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SEP
05

What B.C. Businesses Need to Know About the EV Transition

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British Columbia is leading the way in Canada's shift to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). Statistics Canada says that nearly one in five of all new vehicles registered in the province in the first quarter of 2023 was a ZEV, the highest percentage in the country.

There is still a long way to go in the transition to electric vehicles—and businesses need to consider how ZEV sales targets, provincial and federal incentives, B.C.-wide charging infrastructure and new regulations and legislation could affect them.
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AUG
25

Measuring Inclusivity Diversity and Equity Progress: New Challenges, Fresh Opportunities

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For years, if not decades, companies have used data to hold themselves accountable for diversity initiatives under the adage, "What gets measured gets done." Companies now have digital tools to collect and access Inclusivity Diversity and Equity (ID&E) data more efficiently and face regulatory requirements requiring ID&E metrics, such as pay transparency legislation. As companies face increasing pressure to collect and use ID&E data, it's important to proceed carefully and thoughtfully.
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MAR
08

Women's History Month Spotlight - Jennifer Cudlipp

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For Women's History Month, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade is celebrating prominent women in the Greater Vancouver business community. Our first profile features LifeLab's Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer, Jennifer Cudlipp.

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MAR
14

Women's History Month Spotlight - Michelle Ng

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For Women's History Month, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade is celebrating prominent women in the Greater Vancouver business community. The next profile in our series features Vancouver Foodie Tour's Chief Experience Officer & Founder, Michelle Ng.

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MAR
21

Women's History Month Spotlight - Lorna Clamp

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For Women's History Month, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade is celebrating prominent women in the Greater Vancouver business community. Our next profile in our series features Securiguard Services Ltd.'s Senior Vice President for Strategy and Culture, Lorna Clamp.

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MAR
06

Supporting employee health in the workplace in 3 steps

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Established in 2018, Immunize.io is a Registered BC Non-profit organization dedicated to improving community and global immunization rates. With the mission statement "Taking our best SHOT to IMMUNIZE the WORLD", the team strives to address all domains of vaccine hesitancy and improve immunization rates worldwide. With a focus on providing education about the impact of diseases and eliminating complacency around vaccinations, Immunize.io instils confidence in the benefit and effectiveness of vaccinations with the benefits of protection against diseases.

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FEB
13

One-to-one with Jennifer Twiner McCarron

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Jennifer Twiner McCarron is the CEO of Atomic Cartoons and Thunderbird Entertainment. She is an award-winning producer who has led production on multiple critically-acclaimed titles, including Emmy-winning The Last Kids on Earth for Netflix, and was named the Equity and Inclusion Champion during BC Business' 2021 "Women of the Year" Awards.

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DEC
15

Reimagining employee benefits

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Employers and employees alike are experiencing a significant shift in the workplace. Employees now expect more support and flexibility from employers in the aftermath of the pandemic - and as the economy recovers. An undersupply of workers is concerning Canadian businesses, with the potential to impede their growth and compromise their competitiveness.1
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DEC
09

Why Flexible Learning is key in addressing the skills and labour gap

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Following a global pandemic, along with inflation and supply chain challenges, employers across sectors are experiencing acute labour shortages. Job vacancies hit a record high in the second quarter of 2022, according to Statistics Canada.
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Featured stories

Beginning on November 1, 2023, in accordance with British Columbia's Pay Transparency Act (the "Act"), employers will be required to specify the expected salary or wage or expected salary or wage rang...
A message from Rob Chiarello, Senior Vice President of People and Culture at Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) and outgoing co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (DLC) at the Greater Vanco...
Reflecting on Alan Hart's impact and legacy.