Movers & Shakers: Burnaby biz named one of the best places to work

Burnaby-based company Vega was named the best workplace for women at a recent awards gala.

This is the second year in a row the plant-based nutrition company has earned acclaim for its workplace. Vega was recognized by Great Place to Work Canada, a workplace research company, at an event last month where Vega also placed second among medium-sized businesses for being a great place to work, according to a press release.

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Vega’s success comes from the hard work of their employees who “thrive in a performance-driven workplace, while being lifestyle leaders in their community,” noted the release.

“It’s about developing programs and benefits that empower employees to thrive in their personal lives as well as in the workplace,” Shiah Bazeley, director of people and culture at Vega, said in the release.


Big 6 gets a revamp

Diners are invited to stop by the Big 6 family restaurant on Sixth Street.

New management took over the eatery at 7660 Sixth St. in March and is sticking with the diner-style menu. So what’s new? New owner Paul Moes, who owned the Cruel Elephant nightclub on Cordova Street in Vancouver many, many years ago, has given the Big 6 a makeover. The restaurant’s new theme is motorcycle and art.

“The Big 6 is known as part restaurant, part community meeting place. Many large groups have been coming here for years and years, while many customers have been coming for over 40 years,” noted a press release.


Architect recognized

A Burnaby architect was one of 41 architects named to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada fellowship this year.

Each year, a group of Canadian architects are made fellows, an honour bestowed for outstanding achievement, including design excellence, exceptional scholarly contribution and service to the community or profession, explained a press release.

Included in this year’s fellows is Burnaby-based architect Donald G. Hazelden.

Hazelden, along with the other fellows, will be inducted into the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada at a ceremony in Nanaimo in June.



There’s still time to take part in the board of trade’s Burnaby Business and Showcase Expo.

The expo is on Wednesday, May 25, from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, 6083 McKay Ave.

More than 400 attendees are expected at this year’s event, noted a press release.

Showcase spaces run from $299 and $345 for non-profit and board of trade members to $450 for non-members. For more info or to book a showcase space, contact Cory Redekopat 604-412-0100.


Farmers' alert

The province is calling on farmers to complete Statistics Canada’s agriculture census, which was recently mailed out to eligible participants.

The agriculture census is open to anyone who runs a farm or agriculture operation, and the data collected, which is expected to be released in May 2017, will help inform B.C.’s agrifood and seafood strategic growth plan.

“It’s an opportunity to provide the only definitive statistical information of the province’s farm sector to industry organizations and agriculture policy-makers,” noted a press release.

Information collected through the census by the province will include regional data and insights into revenues and expenses, farming practices and use of technology, according to the release.

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