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In January 2015, I travelled to Central America to investigate reports that Canadian mining companies were violating human rights, contaminating environments and negatively impacting local indigenous populations. I was the first international journalist to tour Tahoe Resources’ silver mine, and one of few to explore the issues in-depth and from multiple perspectives. The following are two of many stories that came out of the trip, all of which testify to the fact that mining in Guatemala is largely Canadian, highly controversial and extraordinarily complex.

Goldcorp’s Marlin mine: a decade of operations and controversy in Guatemala

Controversy over pros and cons of Escobal silver mine development divides rural Guatemalan region


Copper Mountain Mining Corp.: A new mining project on an old deposit is breaking records as one of British Columbia’s fastest growing companies for 2015.

Equicare Health Inc.: The Vancouver-based health information technology company specializes in taking complex information and turning it into the best care plans possible for cancer patients. 

Erfan Kazemi: Seizing golden opportunities: The CFO of Sandstorm Gold Ltd. has brought rapid growth to the company through due diligence and opportunity, defying sector volatility.

George Melville: Making the grade: Chairman and owner of Boston Pizza International never went to university, but is boldly going back to school as a university figurehead.

Jim Sinclair: Former president, BC Federation of Labour: The former president of the BC Federation of Labour discusses his plans post-retirement, and his honorary degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Sasha McLean, Matt Lennox-King, Sunny Ghataurah and Matei Ghelesel: Business in Vancouver Forty Under 40 winners for 2014.

Cameron Burke, Morgan Carey, Seth Fruson and Joe GeluchBusiness in Vancouver Forty Under 40 winners for 2015.

Industry gears up to attract apprentices: In the wake of massive labour shortages across Canada, the construction industry in B.C. takes a variety of approaches to attract younger workers.

Market demand presents golden opportunities for skilled workers: Continuing project management education can help workers in the construction industry stand out.

Building careers in construction: The Vancouver Regional Construction Association offers programming to allow construction workers to build careers.

Networking event strikes strategic business matches: As efficient as it is strategic, Aboriginal Business Match manages to broker meaningful relationships and get business done in an unprecedented way.


Economic profile: Vancouver Island and the coast in Invest in B.C. 2016

Economic profile: Cariboo in Invest in B.C. 2016

Grocery options galore in the Vancouver Relocation Guide 2016


The 2014 municipal elections in Surrey were closely followed throughout Metro Vancouver. The mayoral race was exciting, as three frontrunners vied to lead one of Canada’s fastest growing cities after its three-term mayor chose not to seek re-election. For Business in Vancouver, I worked on a four-part series that looked at as many key election issues: crime, development, economy and transportation. (These four with files from Patrick Blennerhassett)

Crime is No. 1 issue in Surrey election: Spike in criminal activity puts issue in City of Surrey spotlight this fall as voters choose a new mayor for the first time in close to a decade

Surrey candidates back vision of independent, full-fledged city: City’s mayoral hopefuls vow to continue pushing area’s transformation from bedroom community to thriving business hub

Keeping jobs south of the Fraser a priority for Surrey mayoral candidates: City’s business development sector needs white-collar workers

Public puts transportation issue on the election map: Mayoral candidates back LRT as the way to meet needs of the fast-growing city

Plus: Linda Hepner replaces Dianne Watts as Surrey’s new mayor: Former mayor Dianne Watts’ successor Linda Hepner has been voted in as the mayor of B.C.’s second-largest city