BCB MayJune 2022_LR

With a mission to inform, empower, celebrate and advocate for British Columbia's current and aspiring business leaders, BCBusiness go behind the headlines and bring readers face to face with the key issues and people driving business in B.C.

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Goodbye for Now A ll good things must come to an end. But isn't it fun when they're just get- ting started? That's how we feel about our Women of the Year Awards, which mark their third anniver- sary by celebrating 17 winners and runners- up in eight categories. When we launched the awards in 2020, we set out to recognize women for their unique contributions to B.C. business and society. So far, the results have topped our high expectations. Assistant editor Rushmila Rahman and I were lucky enough to interview the 2022 con- tenders (p.15), who leave no doubt about the indispensable role that female leaders play in our province. As in previous years, I came away impressed by their grit and thoughtfulness. This diverse group of women represents an equally wide range of organizations, from startups and established companies to nonprofits and aca- demic institutions. Together, they're moving B.C.—and the world—forward with courage, vision and empathy. Here's to all of the finalists and nominees, who turned out in record numbers, for making the awards a success. And a heartfelt thanks to our panel of judges—Laurel Douglas, Trish Mandewo, Tina Strehlke and Jessie Williams—for their patience and hard work. If there were an award for lofty housing prices, B.C. would sweep the nation. In "Holding Patterns," (p.30), our 2022 real estate investment guide, Michael McCullough gauges COVID's effects on the local residential, retail, office and industrial property mar- kets. His takeaway: although some predictions never came true, the pan- demic has brought profound change. Speaking of change, this is my last issue as editor-in-chief. After reaching a crossroads in my life, I've decided to take some personal time and look for new opportunities. As I hand the reins to Nathan Caddell, whose name you'll recognize from these pages, I can tell you that the past five-plus years have been a pleasure and a privilege. None of it would have been possible with- out my superb editorial team, which has seen several new faces since I started in 2016. I'd also like to thank Canada Wide Media chair and CEO Peter Legge and president Samantha Legge for entrusting me with the role, and the entire CW crew for making my time with the company so rewarding. Likewise, I'm very grateful to our contribu- tors and advertisers, to all of the remarkable businesses and leaders that have shared their stories over the years—and to you for taking the time to read the magazine. Thanks, everyone, and I hope we meet again soon. Nick Rockel, Editor-in-Chief bcb@canadawide.com / @BCBusiness ( editor's desk ) I N J U LY/AUG U ST Our annual Top 100 list ranks B.C.'s biggest companies by revenue C ON T R I B U T OR S Michael McCullough gauges the impact of COVID-19 on local real estate in "Holding Patterns" (p.30). The Vancouver-based writer, who actually lost money on his first condo, on Kingsway, back in the '90s, was surprised to see people pay rent on empty spaces because they believed the outbreak was temporary. "The mass movement we thought might be happening at the start of the pandemic just morphed into an uptick in demand across the board," McCullough says of the property market. Toronto-based Suharu Ogawa, whose artwork appears in "Holding Patterns" (p.30), quit her job as a librarian at 31 to study illustration at OCAD University. Ogawa discovered her passion for drawing when she was kicked out of a kindergarten calligraphy class for being left-handed. "My mother then took me to art school, and they let me draw and write with my left hand," she says. "I felt so liberated, and it was so much fun! The rest is history." PORTRAIT: ADAM BLASBERG 4 BCBUSINESS MAY/JUNE 2022

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