It’s been another topsy-turvy year as we not only grapple with continuing pandemic-related economic fallout (rising inflation, anyone?) but also the effects of climate change and global destabilization.
Through it all, the team at Douglas, and you, our readers, continue to look forward, championing the people and businesses driving the change we need and helping communities recover, grow and prosper.
In that spirit, here are the stories you, our readers, were most interested in this year, from number 10 to number one (with number one being our most read story).
NUMBER 5: SERIOUSLY HAPPY
Hotel Zed and Accent Inns CEO Mandy Farmer is known as a ‘rebel with a cause’ within the hospitality industry, infusing her team with a can-do attitude to go along with the hotel chains’ peppy, easy-going personalities. Our feature examined how Farmer’s leadership style inspires loyalty and shared her advice for nurturing happy work environments.
NUMBER 4: MEET RBCM’S NEW CEO
B.C.’s flagship museum has been mired in controversy in recent years, controversy that led to its previous CEO, Jack Lohman, to depart. This feature introduced us to the Royal BC Museum’s new CEO, Alicia Dubois, who is known for championing diversity and inclusion and intercultural understanding in her previous positions.
NUMBER 3: WE CAN WORK IT OUT
If ever there was a time to learn to understand each other, it’s now. Writer Piers Henwood explores how we can leverage understanding and empathy for clarity and successful collaboration. Henwood breaks down the archetypes of personalities, using the members of the Beatles as inspiration, to examine how those different personalities provide insights into our own challenges when conflicts arise between creative and business professionals.
NUMBER 2: CELEBRATING THE 2022 DOUGLAS 10 TO WATCH WINNERS
Our annual 10 to Watch Awards showcase those up and coming businesses whose promise of exponential success inspired our judges. As always, this year’s cohort were diverse, fascinating and exciting.
NUMBER 1: PORT ALBERNI’S INNOVATION ECONOMY
The ‘gritty city’ of Port Alberni, home to about 20,000 people, was our February/March cover feature. Writer Andrew Findlay talked to the leaders shaping its future, exploring their focus on innovation, technology, diversity and lifestyle.
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