Recognizing the 500 most influential business leaders in British Columbia

About BC500

BC500 features business leaders who have a notable impact on B.C.’s communities, industries and economy.

They are visionaries, innovators and trailblazers. They embody the values of modern leadership: engagement, trust, corporate citizenship, inclusion and innovation. Some of them are household names; some of them are well known within their industries. All of them influence life and business in British Columbia.

Sections

Industry

Industry

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Resources

Resources

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Retail

Retail

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Categories

Art and Culture

Entertainment

Film and Television

Media

Prominent Sportspeople

Sports ownership

The Arts

Banking and Finance

Banking

Institutional Investors

Private Equity, Venture Capital and Hedge Funds

Wealth Management

Business Leaders

Boards

Climate Change

Equity Diversity and Inclusion

Reconciliation

Food and Beverage

Beer

Food

Foodservices

Wine

Industry

Labour

Manufacturing

Ports and Shipping

Transportation

Institutions and Non-profits

Health-Care Executives

Non-Profits

Living Legends

Living Legends

Professional Services

Accounting

Business Consultants

Business Insurance

Law – Commercial

Law – Employment

Law – Indigenous

Law – Managing Partners

Law – Environmental, Social and Governance

Law – Family

Law – General Counsel

Law – Personal Injury

Marketing Public and Media Relations

Public Sector and Economy

Crown Corporations

Economic Development

Economists Analysts and Researchers

Indigenous Organizations

Policy and Advocacy

Public Sector

Real Estate

Architecture and Design

Commercial, Office and Industrial

Construction and Engineering

Residential Development and Investment

Urban Planning and Design

Resources

Agriculture

Cannabis

Fisheries and Aquaculture

Forestry

Mining

Oil and Gas

Retail

Clothiers

Grocers and Drugstores

Technology

Biotech and Life Sciences

Cleantech

Digital Media

Fintech

Health Tech

Leaders – Anchors

Leaders – Champions

Leaders – Innovators

Tourism and Hospitality

Chefs

Hoteliers

Restaurateurs

Tourism and Travel

How we did it

Selecting the inaugural BC500 cohort was a challenging and time-intensive task.

The process was editorially driven and based on input from BIV’s editorial team, months of research and in-depth conversations with stakeholders. BIV began by identifying sectors that are important and relevant to British Columbia’s economy. These were separated into more than 50 categories. Our team then researched prominent companies, organizations and individuals within those categories.

This year’s BC500 cohort were selected after evaluating a wide range of factors, including achievement within an organization or sector, professional contributions, peer recognition, awards and other recognitions, board appointments, community and political engagement, philanthropy and non-profit work, and more. Currently elected politicians are excluded from the list, with the exception of Indigenous political leaders, many of whom are directly responsible for economic development initiatives and the management of corporate and business entities.

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