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54 minutes | May 9, 2022
Chip Wilson | Money Goes to Where It’s Most Loved
We are thrilled to have one of Canada's greatest entrepreneurs, Chip Wilson, on this week's episode. Chip showcases his highly regarded expertise on brand development in Canada, and the relationship all levels of government have with current and aspiring business owners. Follow Coastal Front — 🔹 https://www.coastalfront.ca 🔹 https://twitter.com/coastalfrontbc 🔹 https://www.facebook.com/coastalfrontbc 🔹 https://www.linkedin.com/company/coastal-front
37 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
Vancouver’s Window Smashing Crime Wave with John Clerides
The rise in window and store front damage has been plaguing local business owners as they try to make repairs and recover from the economic affects of the pandemic. On today’s show, we are joined by John Clerides, owner of Marquis Wine Cellars, to discuss an issue that is affecting many Vancouver business owners. Follow Coastal Front — 🔹 https://www.coastalfront.ca 🔹 https://twitter.com/coastalfrontbc 🔹 https://www.facebook.com/coastalfrontbc 🔹 https://www.linkedin.com/company/coastal-front
49 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
Bridging the Tech Talent Gap with Ilya Brotzky, VanHack
This week’s episode features one of Vancouver’s youngest and brightest CEOs, Ilya Brotzky of VanHack. We explore how he started VanHack, the dire need for more tech talent in the world, as well as the future within the tech space. Enjoy this week’s fascinating discussion.
39 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
Childcare Crisis in BC
According to a UNICEF report, Canada has one of the best educational systems in the world... for kids over five. For kids under five, we have one of the worst systems in the developed world in terms of quality and availability. But the childcare crisis is nothing new. Early childhood education has been unaffordable and inaccessible for decades. It's one of the biggest causes of stress for parents of young children, with long waitlists and many households going into debt so they can afford it. Karin Kirkpatrick, MLA for West Vancouver - Capilano, and Pamela Wallberg, CEO of Alderwood House School, join Coastal Front to enlighten us on the childcare crisis in BC. The recent budget suggests the NDP is pinning its hopes on the federal government to deliver on promise of $10-a-day daycare. But is the intention to cap fees having a negative effect? Pamela explains how operators are closing spaces because of staffing shortages or delaying plans to create more spots because it is no longer financially feasible to do so. Meanwhile, Karin estimates the fee cap could cause BC to lose 4,000 future child care spaces.
68 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Private Healthcare in Canada, Yay or N’eh? With Dr. Brian Day
As the President of the Cambie Surgeries Corporation, Dr. Brian Day has worked with some of the top surgeons in the world. In this week’s episode Dr. Day brings a wealth of knowledge on the medical field to Coastal Front to explore the current state of Canada’s healthcare system and how it is unlike any other in the world.
75 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
Renee Merrifield | 2021-2022 BC Liberal Leadership Series
On today’s episode, we are joined by the MLA for Kelowna Mission and candidate for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party, Renee Merrifield. Renee is an accomplished businesswoman whose migration into politics has gone quite smoothly. Now she looks to further her political career by running for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party. Join us as we explore her views on infrastructure and the environment, the healthcare system, as well as the unemployment rate.
41 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
The Growing Appetite for Meal Kits with Dhruv Sood, Fresh Prep
You’ve probably seen their delivery bags outside your neighbours’ doors. Fresh Prep is a Vancouver based service that is thriving in the meal-kit industry. Today we welcome Fresh Prep Co-CEO, Dhruv Sood. We discuss the emergence of the meal-kit industry, sustainability, and what separates Fresh Prep from its competitors. Tune in so you never have to ask, "what's for dinner?" again.
45 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
How Lithium is Powering the Electric Revolution
We’re very excited to have President and CEO of Lithium Americas, Jon Evans on the show today. Jon shares his in-depth knowledge on how lithium is embedded in our everyday lives. We tackle topics on the increased demand for lithium, the environmental aspects, and concerns, as well as what the future has in store for the lithium industry. Tune in to today’s episode to learn more about the element that is revolutionizing the tech world.
50 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
How Credit Unions Compete with the Big Banks
We’re thrilled to welcome Co-CEOs Bill Kiss, Jeff Shewfelt, and President Gus Hartl of G&F Financial, on the show today. The trio have decades of experience in the credit union space and bring that wealth of knowledge to the Coastal Front studio. We discuss their recent merger, regulatory collaboration, and the differences between banks and credit unions. Follow Coastal Front — 🔹 https://www.coastalfront.ca 🔹 https://twitter.com/coastalfrontbc 🔹 https://www.facebook.com/coastalfrontbc 🔹 https://www.linkedin.com/company/coastal-front
48 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
How to Recruit and Retain Women in the Workforce
Empowering women to achieve economic independence is a top goal for our newest guest, Amy Robichaud, Executive Director at Dress for Success Vancouver. We explore how the organization goes beyond the suit and what is truly required to add more women into the force and actively retaining them moving forward.
61 minutes | Sep 4, 2021
Past Breaking Point with Ambulance Paramedics of BC
It’s been a stressful seventeen months in our Province. With over 4500 paramedics and 270 medical dispatchers working around the clock to keep our communities healthy and safe, we forget about the sacrifices they make. Troy Clifford, President of Ambulance Paramedics of BC and Shelby Weber a full-time paramedic in Surrey join us to discuss the challenges of the job, top issues, and solutions on how to make the industry safer.
75 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
How BC Gov F*cked Up Selling Cannabis
Prime Minister Trudeau tweeted on October 17th, 2018 that cannabis was legal in Canada. Everyone celebrated and Girl Guides stood outside the first legal cannabis storefronts to boost cookie sales. Fast-forward to 2021 and British Columbia is struggling to stop illegal operators, while also failing to allow legal retailers to flourish. Tune in as we welcome Jaclynn Pehota, Executive Director of ACCRES and Matthew Greenwood, co-owner of Up In Smoke, to discuss the unforeseen difficulties and mounting expense incurred to operate and serve the BC market. Follow Coastal Front — 🔹 https://www.coastalfront.ca 🔹 https://twitter.com/coastalfrontbc 🔹 https://www.facebook.com/coastalfrontbc 🔹 https://www.linkedin.com/company/coastal-front
76 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
Permit Backlog at City of Vancouver
Vancouver is growing, and we need a Mayor and Council that can reach consensuses on key issues. Luckily, we have independent thinkers on council who are looking to provide key services by cutting through the red tape. This week, we discuss the widespread success of the patio program, how discretionary spending applies to Mayor and Council, and why permit backlog is the worst it’s ever been. Follow Coastal Front — 🔹 https://www.coastalfront.ca 🔹 https://twitter.com/coastalfrontbc 🔹 https://www.facebook.com/coastalfrontbc 🔹 https://www.linkedin.com/company/coastal-front
94 minutes | Jul 24, 2021
Aaron Gunn | 2021-2022 BC Liberal Leadership Series
We welcome Aaron Gunn to Coastal Front this week as the latest guest on our BC Liberal Leadership series. On July 1, Aaron announced the launch of an "official exploratory committee" (find out what that means) for the coveted position of leader of the BC Liberals. Known for his unfiltered opinions on controversial issues, Aaron quotes The Iron Lady and shares his views on favouring small government, BC's drug problem, and fiscal responsibility. Follow Coastal Front — 🔹 https://www.coastalfront.ca 🔹 https://twitter.com/coastalfrontbc 🔹 https://www.facebook.com/coastalfrontbc 🔹 https://www.linkedin.com/company/coastal-front
70 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
How To Solve Housing Crisis in Vancouver
Is all press good press? Its been a turbulent year for the NPA Caucus and we sat down with Melissa De Genova, the lone NPA City Councillor to discuss some of the changes over the past few months. Additionally, as the first millennial elected to Council, Melissa guides us through what she’s learned over the years, THAT tweet, and her plans moving forward.
51 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Door-Knocking with Tako Van Popta
*Disclaimer: MP Tako Van Popta joined us in our Coastal Front Studio in early April 2021* Joining us this week is Tako Van Popta, Member of Parliament for Langley-Aldergrove. As a former lawyer, Tako brings the mindset and skills developed throughout his 30-year legal career to the floor of the House of Commons. Together we explore his reasons for running in 2019, restarting the economy after the pandemic and misconceptions associated with the Conservatives regarding the environment. Follow Coastal Front — 🔹 https://www.coastalfront.ca 🔹 https://twitter.com/coastalfrontbc 🔹 https://www.facebook.com/coastalfrontbc 🔹 https://www.linkedin.com/company/coastal-front
58 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Val Litwin | 2021-2022 BC Liberal Leadership Series
Join us as we kick off our BC Liberal Leadership series with our first candidate, Val Litwin. As an outsider to the political arena, Val is looking to change the BC Liberal Party and get it ready for 2024. How will he do this? Will his lack of political experience (in the traditional sense) assist him? And finally, where does he stand on critical issues impacting British Columbians? Follow Coastal Front — 🔹 https://www.coastalfront.ca 🔹 https://twitter.com/coastalfrontbc 🔹 https://www.facebook.com/coastalfrontbc 🔹 https://www.linkedin.com/company/coastal-front
56 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Swimming Upstream with PSF (Part I)
For President and CEO Michael Meneer and Vice President Jason Hwang, every day is BC Wild Salmon Day (June 1st). Our guests are two of the many activists, researchers, and scientists who make up the incredible team at the Pacific Salmon Foundation, right here in Vancouver BC. Throughout our two-part interview we learn why some species of salmon are going extinct at an exponential rate, how Canada’s salmon population is heavily impacted by the decisions of international hatcheries, and why policy can never get it quite right. Check out Part One today! Stay tuned for Part II on Friday June 11!
46 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Evolution of Waterslides | WhiteWater West
What do Great Wolf Lodge, Six Flags, Hawaiian Falls, Atlantis, and Cedar Fair all have in common? They’ve all had White Water West part of making their water parks exceptional. Maintaining their place as the world’s leading water park manufacturer, White Water West had its start in Penticton BC in 1980 and they haven’t slowed down. Tune in as we explore what it takes to make a company, in a unique market, beyond exceptional as well as the challenges that go into building outside of North America. Finally, you won’t want to miss what they have planned for the future of water parks. Follow Coastal Front — 🔹 https://www.coastalfront.ca 🔹 https://twitter.com/coastalfrontbc 🔹 https://www.facebook.com/coastalfrontbc 🔹 https://www.linkedin.com/company/coastal-front
4 minutes | May 29, 2021
Let's Break It Down | Taxpayers in the Dark (CEWS)
If you’ve followed us in the past year you know we’ve been vocal on the federal government’s misuse of funds when it comes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). It is no secret that big profitable Canadian and foreign companies have accessed this benefit when they did not need to, but what we still don’t know is the total amount. Follow our journey as we uncover how much these companies received and why the government is adamant about guarding the information. Special guest MP Peter Julian also sheds some light on the CEWS.
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