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Pacific NorthWest LNG CEO resigns

The president and CEO of Pacific NorthWest LNG has resigned and a new acting head has been appointed. Dato' Wee Yiaw Hin, Chair of Pacific NorthWest LNG's Board of Directors, announced that he has received and accepted a letter of resignation from Greg Kist who will be returning to his home and fami...

B.C. employers now able to apply to Canada Job Grant

Federal employment and social development minister Jason Kenney has announced that as of October 24th employers in British Columbia can apply for the Canada Job Grant program. The Canada Job Grant will provide up to $15,000 per person for training costs, such as tuition and training materials (up to...

BLOG: Mark Milke on Asian markets, Proposed Energy Projects and Native Land Claim issues at CanaData West

Mark Milke, a senior fellow of the Fraser Institute, was the keynote speaker for the Canadata West conference held Oct. 23 in Vancouver. Milke, who has a PhD in political philosophy and international relations, said that numbers are an accurate reflection of what's happening on the ground, and also ...

BLOG: High-tech presence in B.C. and infrastructure outlook with Mark Betteridge at CanaData West

Mark Betteridge, the CEO of Discovery Parks, gave an overview of B.C.’s high-tech landscape and infrastructure challenges at the Canadata West Conference held in Vancouver on Oct. 23. Betteridge began by saying high-tech is the biggest growing sector of B.C.'s economy and the second highest creator ...

CanaData West Blog: The future of B.C.’s Demography and What it Means for our Labour Market by Ryan Berlin

Ryan Berlin, the demographer and director of Urban Futures Inc., was on hand at the Canadata West conference in Vancouver on Oct. 23 with a talk entitled: The future of B.C.’s Demography and What it Means for our Labour Market Back in 2006-2007, labour was "hot," Berlin said, and he co-authored a re...

BLOG: Cameron Muir’s B.C. Economy overview and real estate outlook at CanaData West

Cameron Muir, the chief economist of the British Columbia Real Estate Association, addressed the delegates of the inaugural Canadata West conference with a talk about the B.C. economy and a look at current real estate trends. Muir said a falling dollar helps exports, but he also sees more demand for...

BLOG: Alex Carrick at Canadata West : Canada, I Barely Recognize You

Alex Carrick, the chief economist for CanaData, was the first speaker at the Canadata West conference, held in Vancouver on Oct. 23. His presentation,  Canada, I Barely Recognize You, was an overview and construction forecast of the Canadian economy. Carrick began by speaking about the world, U.S. ...

SNC-Lavalin secures Dubai cooling contract

SNC-Lavalin Gulf Contractors (SLGC) has been awarded a $37-million contract to provide district cooling facilities for the Meraasland Themed Entertainment Resort in Dubai, according to SNC-Lavalin. The contract was awarded by Tabreed Parking Investment LLC, subsidary of National Central Cooling Com...

B.C. government plans a 3.5 per cent income tax on LNG

The British Columbia government has climbed down from its proposed goal of a seven per cent income tax on the province's liquefied natural gas industry, and instead cut the rate in half to 3.5 per cent for the next two decades. Finance Minister Mike De Jong said Bill 6, the Liquefied Natural Gas Inc...

Job grant to relieve skills shortage

Alberta employers facing skills shortage challenges may soon get some relief thanks to a new Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) program. Post-secondary institution SAIT Polytechnic is ready to provide training in a number of high-demand sectors, a statement reads. The CAJG program recently announced s...

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