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Earlier this month family-owned and operated ABC Recycling became the 2013 inductee into the Burnaby Business Hall of Fame. The prestigious award is given annually by the City of Burnaby and the Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) to a widely recognized business that has demonstrated outstanding success over many years, and had a positive and signiﬁcant impact on the community. ABC Recycling is a Canadian family enterprise with a 101-year heritage of serving and supporting communities and the environment, through the recovery, processing and recycling of scrap metal. With eight locations, more than 200 employees across British Columbia and Alberta and a far-reaching network of strategic partnerships, ABC serves customers throughout Western Canada and around the world. “To be recognized in our home town is such an honour,” said CEO David Yochlowitz. “We are so proud to have grown our business Con’t on p.5
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D-Wave gains ‘superposition’ in quantum computing BURNABY TECH COMPANY’S INVESTORS INCLUDE AMAZON FOUNDER JEFF BEZOS, ITS CUSTOMERS INCLUDE GOOGLE AND NASA
When dignitaries joined D-Wave executives recently in cutting the ribbon on the company’s new 42,000-square-foot lab in Burnaby, there were only two possible physical states for the ribbon to be in: uncut or cut. But in the weird quantum world that D-Wave inhabits, there is a third potential state: simultaneously cut and uncut – metaphorically speaking. Subatomic particles – which have a property called spin – have been found to have “superposition” – a statistical probability of spinning in opposite directions at the same time. Quantum computing harnesses superposition, and D-Wave makes some pretty bold claims about its position in the race to build the world’s ﬁrst functioning, commercially viable quantum computer. “We’re the only ones who have produced a quantum computer,” D-Wave CEO Vern Brownell – former chief technology officer for Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE:GS) – told investors and dignitaries at a recent grand opening. The new 42,000-square foot lab on Beta Avenue will allow D-Wave to grow as it ramps up production of its latest model of quantum computers – the 512-quibit D-Wave 2. In addition to the two D-Wave computers already built for Google (Nasdaq:GOOG) and Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE:LMT), D-Wave has six functioning quantum computers in its new lab and several more in various stages of fabrication. Each D-Wave machine costs roughly $10 million. But in most cases D-Wave does not sell them. Instead, Brownell said, it strikes collaboration agreements – the most recent
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No two-bit computer maker: D-Wave founder Geordie Rose in front of a quantum computer one being with Google and NASA in May. “We have managed to acquire customers that are at the top of their game,” Brownell said. The company has also attracted a number of blue-chip investors, including Amazon. com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) founder Jeff Bezos, In-Q-Tel (the CIA’s venture investment arm), Vancouver venture capitalist Haig Farris and Draper Fisher Jurvetson (Steve Jurvetson – a founding investor in Hotmail – sits on the boards of both D-Wave and Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq:TSLA). To date, D-Wave has raised $130 million in venture capital, employs 75 scientists and engineers in Burnaby and has a lab in Palo
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Alto, California. At the heart of D-Wave’s big black boxes – six feet by six feet wide and 10 feet tall – is a tiny niobium chip the size of a ﬁngernail. It’s here where the quantum magic happens. Because any noise or vibration can affect quantum states, these chips must be cooled to just above absolute zero – the point where molecules stop vibrating, magnetic forces are cancelled out and superconductivity occurs. It’s this extreme cooling and isolation that requires the D-Wave machine’s large housings, liquid helium cooling and expensive and exotic materials, like niobium and goldplated copper components.
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members, a number of our staff members and one or two board directors. At this session you’ll ﬁnd out about our wide range of discount and partner beneﬁt programs, how you can use our communication channels to help promote your business and about our 70+ events per year. I always offer members the following tips for getting the best out of the BBOT: !Please make sure you have completed your proﬁle on bbot.ca (it will really help your performance in search results) !Subscribe to our newsletter to ensure you’re on top of everything that’s going on !Look through our member beneﬁts section and please remember that many of the offers are open to all of your staff and colleagues !Share information about events with staff
and colleagues – they’re all able to use member pricing, which sometimes is no charge at all, and there are a number of events they would ﬁnd useful and enjoyable !Take some time to look at how to use our communication channels, they’re a great way to share your news with our membership !We get fantastic feedback on our events and I’d encourage you to come out and try one if you haven’t been for a while. Please call me or one of the team here if you’d like some help deciding which to attend Our most valuable measure of success is the members who continue to support us and I’m absolutely thrilled that our renewals are up around 20% on last year – if you have any questions on how you can get the best out of your membership I’d love to hear from you.!
Not only is D-Wave the only company in the world claiming to have built a commercialgrade quantum computer, it also holds 100 U.S. patents to some of the key technology behind it. According to Brownell, that means any competitor that wants to build the type of quantum computer that D-Wave has built “would have to step all over the IP portfolio somehow.” “This is an extremely valuable patent portfolio,” he said.!
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Hall of Fame con’t from cover here, to be supported by the community, and to have the opportunity to give back wherever we can.” “When we look at potential inductees to the Burnaby Business Hall of Fame we are looking for an organisation that is more than simply a highly successful business, but for one that also plays a signiﬁcant role in enhancing the community,” remarked Burnaby Board of Trade President and CEO Paul
Holden. “ABC Recycling has been an important part of the Burnaby community since the 1970’s and has helped many local groups such as United Way of the Lower Mainland, Burnaby Hospital Foundation and the Kidney Foundation of Canada, as well as supporting a signiﬁcant number of local charitable events and programs. ABC Recycling is a highly successful company with strong community values and we are delighted to welcome them
into the Hall of Fame.” Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan welcomed ABC Recycling into the Hall of Fame on October 10th at a special luncheon at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown. Also at the luncheon the ﬁnalists were announced for the Burnaby Business Excellence Awards which occurs on November 14th. For more information visit bbot.ca.!
BURNABY BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS FINALISTS The Burnaby Business Excellence Awards are a joint initiative of the City of Burnaby and the Burnaby Board of Trade. The awards are an opportunity to recognize and honour Burnaby businesses that have demonstrated outstanding business excellence, innovation, success and contributions to our city, and as well have made a signiﬁcant contribution to community spirit, service and quality of life. Join the Burnaby Board of Trade on November 14th for the Burnaby Business Excellence Awards Gala where the winners in the 9 award categories will be announced. Find event information at www.bbot.ca
Business Person of the Year L-R: Corinne Kessel (Greenscape Design and Décor), Scott and Stephanie Jaeger (The Pear Tree Restaurant), and Teresa Tibutt (Coast Kinetics) with Mayor Derek Corrigan
Business Innovation L-R: Representatives from Concord Security Corporation, Webtech Wireless, and Jim Pattison Lease with Mayor Derek Corrigan
Entrepreneurial Spirit L-R: Representatives from Crius Financial Services Corporation, Hellbent Games, Alture Properties, and Acuere Consulting with Mayor Derek Corrigan
Environmental Sustainability L-R: Representatives from Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, Computers for Schools BC, False Creek Collision ECO, Vancity, and Para Space Landscaping with Mayor Derek Corrigan
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Not for Proﬁt Organization of the Year L-R: Representatives from Salvation Army, Down Syndrome Research Foundation, Tourism Burnaby, Burnaby Hospital Foundation and Burnaby Fireﬁghters Charitable Society with Councillor Paul McDonell
Family Friendly Organization of the Year L-R: Representatives from Ames Tile & Stone and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers with Councillor Paul McDonell
Business of the Year (up to 50 employees) L-R: Representatives from Everland Natural Foods, Acuere Consulting, Hellbent Games, Snaptech Marketing and The Pear Tree Restaurant with Councillor Paul McDonell
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Over $10,000 raised at BBOT’s annual golf tournament
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By Cory Redekop firstname.lastname@example.org On September 4th, 144 business professionals hit the fairways of the beautiful Riverway Golf Course for the annual Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) Golf Tournament. Players enjoyed a buffet lunch and dinner, participated in fun sponsor activities and contests on every hole, and won great prizes, all while raising money for the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, the partner charity of this year’s tournament. Over $10,000 was raised for the Down Syndrome Research Foundation through the sale of raffle tickets, 50/50 tickets, Players Packs and other items, plus a matching donation of $5000 made by Scotiabank. “We hold this tournament every year, and it’s always one of the biggest highlights of our event calendar,” remarked BBOT President and CEO Paul Holden. “Of course everyone always has a lot of fun out on the links, but being able to raise funds for very important causes like the Down Syndrome Research Foundation is what really makes the day special. It’s a big part of what our business community is about and we expect to continue doing it for a very long time.” The Burnaby Board of Trade thanks all the players, volunteers and sponsors who made this year’s tournament a success. See the photo gallery at bbotgallery.imgur.com.!
BBOT members, guests and sponsors enjoy a day on the open links fairway at Riverway Golf Course
Charity golf tournament beneﬁciary: Down Syndrome Research Foundation Volunteers enjoy a day of fundraising at the Burnaby Board of Trade’s annual golf tournament
Dawn McKenna (centre – Down Syndrome Research Foundation) accepts donation from Andrew Porter and Cheryl Westgard (Scotiabank)
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The Truth about Your Group Beneﬁts: HOW EMPLOYEE GROUP INSURANCE PLANS ARE REALLY PRICED … Let’s face it insurance isn’t a favorite dinnertime conversation at most tables but it is a highly valued and sought after beneﬁt for many people. We’re talking about Group Beneﬁts. Employees value their health and dental plan above most other perks but is it really insurance? Or is it just a company savings account from which to draw from when needed? Employee beneﬁts plans are comprised of two categories; Pooled Beneﬁts and Experience Rated Beneﬁts. The Pooled Beneﬁts comprise of items like your Life Insurance, Long Term Disability, and Out of Country Travel. The Experience Rated beneﬁts are your Health, Dental, Drugs, Vision and Short Term Disability. Your Pooled Beneﬁts make up the small part of your monthly bill and will cover events that could be catastrophic in nature, such as when an employee(s) dies or becomes disabled. Your Experience Rated beneﬁts make up the larger part of your monthly bill and cover those events that are more repetitive and predictable. For example, employees generally go to the dentist every 6 months for a check up and will renew their prescriptions every 90 days.
Inter-municipal licence to beneﬁt Burnaby-based construction and trades-related businesses As of October 1, 2013, construction- and trades-related businesses based in Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey, Delta, Richmond or Vancouver may be eligible for an Intermunicipal Business Licence. The licence will allow eligible businesses to work in all of these municipalities for a single fee, rather than obtaining additional non-resident licences for each municipality in which they operate outside of Burnaby. “Because our city is in the centre of the region, it is a great home base for contractors who work in many places,” says Mayor Derek Corrigan. “Thank you to the Burnaby Board of Trade for advancing this idea with Burnaby City Council. Council is
Roundtable with Minister of State Kevin Sorenson, M.P. Unknown to most, insurers look at these two categories differently. For pooled beneﬁts –the insurer ‘pools’ all their clients experience together to determine how much money they will need to pay all their life claims, LTD claims and other pooled beneﬁts. When pricing your Experience Rated beneﬁts, the insurer only looks at your company’s experience to calculate your price. In simple terms, after adding up all premiums and subtracting all your claims, the insurer assesses whether you left them enough to cover their proﬁts and expenses. If you did not, the insurers view this deﬁcit as if they just lent you money. Essentially they will put you on a payment plan over the next year in the form of higher premiums to cover your ‘debts.’ In many cases, the amount targeted to be left over with the insurers can be has high as 35%. This means that your company is, in effect, paying them $35 to pay out $75 in claims. When you are a small business, all it can take is one family using all of their annual dental allowance to increase the premiums for the entire group at renewal. The Chamber Plan is a unique program offered to Burnaby Board of Trade members that can put stability in your Employee Beneﬁt Premiums. Whether your have 1 employee or 50, the Chamber Plan pools your ﬁrm together with 25,000 other Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce members across Canada. Under this kind of structure, your employees can use their plan however they want- without worrying about your company being singled out at renewal time. For more information, please feel free to contact Schmidt + Funk Financial Services, Burnaby Board of Trade’s exclusive providers of the Chamber of Commerce Group Beneﬁts program or visit their website at www.schmidtandfunk.com.!
committed to making it easy to do business in Burnaby. We believe that this new intermunicipal business licence will streamline licensing processes and reduce costs for Burnaby construction- and trades-related businesses, helping them to be even more successful.” “We are very pleased that Burnaby construction- and trades-related businesses will now be able to enjoy the cost – and paperwork – savings that come from having a single business licence that allows them to work in six municipalities,” says Burnaby Board of Trade President and CEO, Paul Holden. “It is very satisfying to be able to fulﬁll a need that was identiﬁed by these businesses in our community. The Board looks forward to continuing to work with Burnaby businesses and the City to further simplify business processes, making it easier than ever to operate successful businesses here.” For further information on the new Inter-municipal Business Licence, contact Burnaby’s Business Licensing Office at 604.294.7320 or at firstname.lastname@example.org – or visit www.burnaby.ca/IMBL.!
By Cory Redekop email@example.com On August 28th, the BBOT organized an executive roundtable discussion with the Honourable Kevin Sorenson, Minister of State (Finance). A dozen representatives from the BBOT membership, the Board of Directors, and the BBOT Government Relations Committee attended the roundtable which was hosted at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown as part of the Minister’s ﬁrst official trip to British Columbia since being appointed to the portfolio in July. Minister Sorenson provided insight about several new initiatives of the Government of Canada, including the recently announced Canada Jobs Grant program and the creation of Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPP). The Minister projected that the Canada Jobs Grant, currently in negotiation with the provinces, would transform how training is delivered in Canada and would address the growing skills gap in the country, and the Minister identiﬁed the new PRPPs as a crucial tool now available to help Canadians save for their retirement and to help small-to-medium
businesses offer an employee pension plan without the cost and regulatory burden of existing options. Paul Holden, BBOT President & CEO, provided the Minister with a detailed description of Burnaby’s economy and its key industries, and outlined some of the current initiatives and programs being undertaken by the BBOT and the local business community. A Question-and-Answer session with the Minster also provided attendees the opportunity to raise a host of issues with the Minister and provided a forum for the Burnaby business community to discuss key matters of concern.
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BURNABY BOARD OF TRADE PRESENTS: EXPERIENCE INDIA TOUR 2014 The Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) recently announced plans for a 2014 India tour available to both members and non-members. Experience India is an 11 day tour of India’s Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur) and Ranthambore National Park, including round trip airfare, deluxe accommodations, guided tours, and more. The BBOT has been offering information sessions were where anyone interested in participating can learn more about the trip.
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BBOT provides students with Access to the business community By Michael Keller email@example.com
Connector – as little as forty-ﬁve minutes – and it’s more efficient. At the end of the process students will have made meaningful connections with several senior business leaders rather than just one.” Among the highlights of the graduation/ orientation event were remarks from the program’s sponsors, a speech from Access graduate Renee Chau, and a brilliantly catered networking reception. The Access program is sponsored by three of the Lower Mainland’s largest educational institutions, Simon Fraser University, the British Columbia Institute of Technology and Douglas College. Connectors represent a myriad of Burnaby-based companies such as IBM, Electronic Arts and Paciﬁc Blue Cross. Even the City is involved, with Mayor Derek Corrigan himself planning to participate once again as a Connector. The program runs from October to June. For information on becoming a Connector, or for sponsorship opportunities, visit www.accessprogram.ca.!
ALL ACCESS PHOTOS: TIFFANY COOPER-BROWN
Students, Graduates and Connectors alike gathered at the Burnaby campus of Electronic Arts Canada on October 2nd to celebrate the conclusion of the inaugural session of the Burnaby Board of Trade’s Access Student Career Development Program. At the same time, they welcomed the new 2013/14 class. “It was a good experience having both our seasoned and new students under the same
roof to network and celebrate with each other,” remarked Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) CEO Paul Holden. “We had a chance to recognize the accomplishments of our graduates, while also having an opportunity to properly introduce our new students into the program and give them a real sense of what Access is all about.” The Access program was ﬁrst launched last year to help senior post secondary students transition into the workplace and build meaningful relationships with leaders in the business community. The program includes three main components including networking events and workshops. The third component, Connectors, pairs students up with prominent business leaders for casual one-on-one informational meetings, and is the most unique aspect of Access according to Holden. “The Connectors program is really what sets Access apart from other professional development programs. It improves upon the traditional mentorship concept in two key ways: it’s less time consuming for the
(Top L–R:) Access graduate Luke Genereux; Connectors Mike Kearne and Andrew Scott; new Access student Jos One; (Bottom L–R:) Sam Thiara (workshop facilitator) and Hussan Mofti; Paul Holden CEO & President of the Burnaby Board of Trade; Connectors Kathy Corrigan (MLA NDP Burnaby), Catherine Azcel Boivie and Access graduate Renee Chau
From beginning to end By Renee Chau firstname.lastname@example.org With graduation comes the often dreaded question of “what are you going to do next?” In the last year of high school, we were applying for university. In the last year of university, we are now applying for jobs. Gone will be the days of studying for ﬁnals and stressing over papers. Rather than worrying about the bell curve and the miniscule difference between a B+ and an A-, the focus will be on receiving a paycheque and getting the next promotion. We have all realized to some extent that relying on education alone does not prepare us for what comes next. School teaches us the “what”, the theories and skills that are useful to survive. What it rarely teaches us is the “how”; how to get to a place where we can use the
“relying on education alone does not prepare us for what comes next” – RENEE CHAU –
skills, and how to actually use them. Most of us have taken on additional activities outside of courses such as clubs, co-op, internships, and competitions to gain experience and differentiate ourselves. Is it enough to get an interview? Maybe. Is it enough to guarantee a job? No. The reality is, there are a lot of unknowns and subjective decisions that are factored into an already complicated equation. A cover letter can be liked by one recruiter but not by another. There is on average one hour to convince the interviewer you are a perfect ﬁt for their company. There might be a hundred other people applying for the same position. On top of all that, the current demand for a certain skill set and the overall state of the economy have a major impact on the outlook for new grads. Not everything has to be left up to chance though. There are many ways for grads-to-be to increase their chances at securing a job such as:
Leveraging relationships and networks: It is all about who you know. Sometime somewhere you could have met a person who can help you get to where you want to be. Build meaningful connections, and do not be afraid to reach out if you are looking at an opportunity you think they would be able to get you information about or open doors to. If you have a mentor, be sure to ask for advice and guidance on what opportunities are available and how to get them. Attending info sessions and networking events: Many companies host session on campus where the purpose is to meet students looking for jobs. Take advantage of each one to really get to know the company, understand what they are looking for, and to leave a good impression. Searching for graduate programs: Some companies have programs designed speciﬁcally to transition recent graduates into their workforce. These programs provide a good opportunity to learn more about the corporate environment and what internal opportunities are available with specialized training speciﬁcally for those positions. Considering start-ups: There is a growing trend for start-ups and small companies. Whether you decide to try your hand at starting your own or joining one that is up and coming, start-ups are a great opportunity to gain experience. There will be more chances to move up and work on challenging tasks earlier in your career with increased visibility of the company’s operations. Ask, ask, ask: Not all positions are advertised publically. If there is a particular company you really want to work for, reach out through your network and get in contact with someone inside to see if there is an opportunity coming up. Graduation signals an end to what seemed like a lifetime of education. Graduation also signals the beginning of what will be an endless number of opportunities. At the end of the day, the most important thing for us to remember is that we need to move forward with the attitude of making, taking, and demanding opportunities instead of expecting them to be given. There will be obstacles. There will be challenges. There always is. No one said it is going to be easy, but no one said it will be impossible either. There is life after graduation. What it ends up looking like depends on what we make it to be.! Renee Chau is a graduate of the Access Student Career Development Program. www.accessprogram.ca
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