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December 15, 2011

When Kristi Miller talks about First West Capital’s successful first year, she does so in metaphors about running. The co-founder, vice-president and long-distance runner, who has logged four marathons and is training for her fifth, knows that growing a business is not a sprint, but rather "an endurance sport.” While the market has responded enthusiastically to First West Capital’s investment philosophy and style, the best is still yet to come, and  Kristi...

December 14, 2011

When Paulette Rennie, President of Valley First, took her first banking job as DDA clerk 35 years ago, she was fresh out of grade 12 and thought it was a short term gig. Paulette intended to pursue nursing, but when she discovered she had a knack for numbers and an inspirational mentor as manager, she stuck with the financial industry.

“When you’re a kid and you’re excelling at something you really enjoy, why not make a career of it? I absolutely loved working at the...

December 12, 2011

New generation of women entrepreneurs ready to grow small business into big business

Out of necessity or passion, women throughout history have been active entrepreneurs. In Canada today, it’s reported that up to 50 per cent of small businesses are women-owned. But as plentiful as women-led small businesses may be, there are challenges. A 2009 University of Ottawa survey sums it up like this: women-owned businesses are “significantly smaller, less...

December 12, 2011

There’s a classic Apple commercial from the late ‘90s (yes, the era before iPods, iPhones and iPads) that inspires me every time I see it. It’s from their Think Different campaign and it came at a critical time in the company’s life. In many ways it set the stage for Apple and its explosive growth in the decade-plus that followed. The ad features images of world thinkers, shapers, artists and...

November 26, 2011

If you’re as gripped by your work as Bryan Mavrow, you don’t need caffeine. It’s 7 a.m. and after a decaf French press, First West’s senior vice-president of marketing is already at it, overseeing both the Valley First and Envision Financial regional marketing teams. His excitement, though intellectual, is palpable and it’s a constant throughout his career.

“I just love what I do. I don’t think the day ends,” says Bryan. “The line...

November 22, 2011

For Lee Rhodes, having to explain his role as senior-vice president of People Services is a common occurrence even after 24 years leading change initiatives, recruiting talent and furthering team development in world class organizations. In short, he is a man who wears many hats.

“It’s a profession that everyone thinks they can do,” says Lee. But the key word is profession, for which specialized knowledge is an intrinsic demand. “People in business want the...