As part of the exhibition “50 Years of Sole: A History of Fluevog: Honouring a Vancouver Icon,” presented by The David Lam Management Research Library and Canaccord Learning Commons, Rare Books and Special Collections, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC Library, we are delighted to share profiles of Fluevogers at UBC, and some snapshots into their shoe collections.

Charlotte Beck has been a librarian at UBC Libraries for twenty years and is currently a Reference Librarian at Woodward Library. She is specialized in and publishes research guides for occupational science and occupational therapy, physical therapy, audiology and speech sciences, rehabilitation sciences, and history of science and medicine.

 

When did you get your first pair of Fluevogs? What were they?

My first pair were sandals that I bought on sale at Gravity Pope in 2009. I have invested in 1 or 2 pairs each year since then and still wear them all.

What do Fluevogs mean to you?

The world. Comfort, style, happiness, and value for money.

Any interesting stories behind your Fluevogs?

I think they may have the interesting stories to tell. They have attended all special and not so special events and travelled the world with me.

How do you feel when you wear your Fluevogs?

Stylish, comfortable and happy.

Can you tell us how many pairs you own?

Not quite enough! When questioned by significant others it’s easy to say “Hush! I have just a few for each of the 6 seasons” (6=the normal 4 plus special occasions and casual wear).

What is your favourite Fluevog? Why?

That is an impossible question! On any given day a pair is the favourite and it dictates the rest of what I am going to wear.

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Beck

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Beck

As part of the exhibition “50 Years of Sole: A History of Fluevog: Honouring a Vancouver Icon,” presented by The David Lam Management Research Library and Canaccord Learning Commons, Rare Books and Special Collections, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC Library, we are delighted to share profiles of Fluevogers at UBC, and some snapshots into their shoe collections.

Charlotte Beck has been a librarian at UBC Libraries for twenty years and is currently a Reference Librarian at Woodward Library. She is specialized in and publishes research guides for occupational science and occupational therapy, physical therapy, audiology and speech sciences, rehabilitation sciences, and history of science and medicine.

 

When did you get your first pair of Fluevogs? What were they?

My first pair were sandals that I bought on sale at Gravity Pope in 2009. I have invested in 1 or 2 pairs each year since then and still wear them all.

What do Fluevogs mean to you?

The world. Comfort, style, happiness, and value for money.

Any interesting stories behind your Fluevogs?

I think they may have the interesting stories to tell. They have attended all special and not so special events and travelled the world with me.

How do you feel when you wear your Fluevogs?

Stylish, comfortable and happy.

Can you tell us how many pairs you own?

Not quite enough! When questioned by significant others it’s easy to say “Hush! I have just a few for each of the 6 seasons” (6=the normal 4 plus special occasions and casual wear).

What is your favourite Fluevog? Why?

That is an impossible question! On any given day a pair is the favourite and it dictates the rest of what I am going to wear.

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Beck

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Beck

As part of the exhibition “50 Years of Sole: A History of Fluevog: Honouring a Vancouver Icon,” presented by The David Lam Management Research Library and Canaccord Learning Commons, Rare Books and Special Collections, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC Library, we are delighted to share profiles of Fluevogers at UBC, and some snapshots into their shoe collections.

 

Siobhán McPhee is a senior instructor in Geography and conducts educational research in the areas of location-aware technologies, augmented reality, and alternative methods of knowledge mobilization especially with application to the internationalization of pedagogy. Her geography-specific research focuses on experiential learning in the discipline and to labour geography in the context of newly emerging global cities.

 

When did you get your first pair of Fluevogs? What were they? 

I got my first pair of Fluevogs when I first arrived in Vancouver in 2013 and I still wear them at least once a week!

What do Fluevogs mean to you?

I cannot begin to express how much I love Fluevog shoes. The two most important things for me is that they are pieces of art and not just shoes, and the second thing is that they make big sizes for women!

Any interesting stories behind your Fluevogs?

Taking everyone who comes to visit me to see the shoes as if it is an art gallery or museum, and of course some of them have bought their own pair of fluevogs to take back with them.

How do you feel when you wear your Fluevogs?

I feel special like I am giving my feet a treat. I love all the compliments I get.

Can you tell us how many pairs you own?

Seven pairs! More than one for each year I have lived in Vancouver…

What is your favourite Fluevog? Why?

That is an impossible question to answer because each pair is unique and has their own personality. It really depends on how I am feeling and what I am wearing to which pair I choose to wear. I adore them all in different ways.

Photo courtesy of Siobhán McPhee

Photo courtesy of Siobhán McPhee

As part of the exhibition “50 Years of Sole: A History of Fluevog: Honouring a Vancouver Icon,” presented by The David Lam Management Research Library and Canaccord Learning Commons, Rare Books and Special Collections, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC Library, we are delighted to share profiles of Fluevogers at UBC, and some snapshots into their shoe collections.

 

Siobhán McPhee is a senior instructor in Geography and conducts educational research in the areas of location-aware technologies, augmented reality, and alternative methods of knowledge mobilization especially with application to the internationalization of pedagogy. Her geography-specific research focuses on experiential learning in the discipline and to labour geography in the context of newly emerging global cities.

 

When did you get your first pair of Fluevogs? What were they? 

I got my first pair of Fluevogs when I first arrived in Vancouver in 2013 and I still wear them at least once a week!

What do Fluevogs mean to you?

I cannot begin to express how much I love Fluevog shoes. The two most important things for me is that they are pieces of art and not just shoes, and the second thing is that they make big sizes for women!

Any interesting stories behind your Fluevogs?

Taking everyone who comes to visit me to see the shoes as if it is an art gallery or museum, and of course some of them have bought their own pair of fluevogs to take back with them.

How do you feel when you wear your Fluevogs?

I feel special like I am giving my feet a treat. I love all the compliments I get.

Can you tell us how many pairs you own?

Seven pairs! More than one for each year I have lived in Vancouver…

What is your favourite Fluevog? Why?

That is an impossible question to answer because each pair is unique and has their own personality. It really depends on how I am feeling and what I am wearing to which pair I choose to wear. I adore them all in different ways.

Photo courtesy of Siobhán McPhee

Photo courtesy of Siobhán McPhee

The British Columbia provincial government releases a report on the small business landscape every year. In this year’s report you will find out how small businesses impact the BC economy and how today’s small business landscape compares to previous years and the rest of Canada.

“Small business” refers to both small businesses that have 0-50 employees and micro-businesses with less than 5 employees.

Before accessing the full report here, below are some key highlights:

Key 2018 Statistics
  • Almost 1.1 million British Columbians have worked in a small business
  • BC small businesses paid 32% of all wages in BC
  • 6,089 small businesses exported goods outside Canada
Small Businesses are Significant to BC’s Economy

Small businesses provide many of the goods and services that support larger resources companies in Canada. BC is ranked second out of all Canadian provinces in the number of small businesses per capita at 101.9 per 1,000 people, right behind Alberta. The North Coast and Nechako region saw the strongest growth in BC with its small businesses making up 31.9% of all businesses there. This growth is likely in response to the $40 billion investment by LNG Canada and activities related to it.

More Diversity in BC`s Small Business Landscape

Self-employed people in BC are generally older (61% are 45+ years) and male (62%). However, the number of female entrepreneurs are growing in BC, on pace with the rest of Canada.

Small Businesses Key to Job Creation and Economic Growth

Out of all other Canadian provinces, BC leads in GDP from small businesses (34% of BC GDP). BC has also seen the highest small business growth among other provinces at 7.7% over the last 5 years. Small businesses also employ 1.1 million workers in BC, provide 53% of all private sector employment, and pay out 32% of all wages in BC.

Small Businesses Making a Mark in the Global Economy

BC small businesses have trading partners across the globe, making up 85% of all international exporters making BC the biggest international exporter to destinations outside of North America (51%). In 2018, BC small businesses exported $15.8 billion and 32% of total provincial exports. 

British Columbia Offers Favourable Climates for Small Business Growth

At 2%, BC has one of the lowest small business tax rates in Canada right after Manitoba (0%) and is on par with Alberta and Saskatchewan. BC also leads in highest growth in value of issued building permits at 22.9% (Canadian average is 4.7%), indicating strong building activity. BC also reports the lowest small business bankruptcy rates in Canada at 0.1 per 1,000 businesses while the Canadian average is 0.7 per 1,000 businesses.

The original report was developed by the Government of British Columbia and can be accessed here. For more information and resources available, please click here.

Interested in how these compare to previous years? Refer to our past summaries of the Small Business Profile:
Small Business Profile 2014
Small Business Profile 2013
Small Business Profile 2012

Sources:

BC Small Business Profile 2019
(2019 October 24)

Photo by Mike Petrucci on Unsplash

Small Business Profile

The British Columbia provincial government releases a report on the small business landscape every year. In this year’s report you will find out how small businesses impact the BC economy and how today’s small business landscape compares to previous years and the rest of Canada.

“Small business” refers to both small businesses that have 0-50 employees and micro-businesses with less than 5 employees.

Before accessing the full report here, below are some key highlights:

Key 2018 Statistics
  • Almost 1.1 million British Columbians have worked in a small business
  • BC small businesses paid 32% of all wages in BC
  • 6,089 small businesses exported goods outside Canada
Small Businesses are Significant to BC’s Economy

Small businesses provide many of the goods and services that support larger resources companies in Canada. BC is ranked second out of all Canadian provinces in the number of small businesses per capita at 101.9 per 1,000 people, right behind Alberta. The North Coast and Nechako region saw the strongest growth in BC with its small businesses making up 31.9% of all businesses there. This growth is likely in response to the $40 billion investment by LNG Canada and activities related to it.

More Diversity in BC`s Small Business Landscape

Self-employed people in BC are generally older (61% are 45+ years) and male (62%). However, the number of female entrepreneurs are growing in BC, on pace with the rest of Canada.

Small Businesses Key to Job Creation and Economic Growth

Out of all other Canadian provinces, BC leads in GDP from small businesses (34% of BC GDP). BC has also seen the highest small business growth among other provinces at 7.7% over the last 5 years. Small businesses also employ 1.1 million workers in BC, provide 53% of all private sector employment, and pay out 32% of all wages in BC.

Small Businesses Making a Mark in the Global Economy

BC small businesses have trading partners across the globe, making up 85% of all international exporters making BC the biggest international exporter to destinations outside of North America (51%). In 2018, BC small businesses exported $15.8 billion and 32% of total provincial exports. 

British Columbia Offers Favourable Climates for Small Business Growth

At 2%, BC has one of the lowest small business tax rates in Canada right after Manitoba (0%) and is on par with Alberta and Saskatchewan. BC also leads in highest growth in value of issued building permits at 22.9% (Canadian average is 4.7%), indicating strong building activity. BC also reports the lowest small business bankruptcy rates in Canada at 0.1 per 1,000 businesses while the Canadian average is 0.7 per 1,000 businesses.

The original report was developed by the Government of British Columbia and can be accessed here. For more information and resources available, please click here.

Interested in how these compare to previous years? Refer to our past summaries of the Small Business Profile:
Small Business Profile 2014
Small Business Profile 2013
Small Business Profile 2012

Sources:

BC Small Business Profile 2019
(2019 October 24)

Photo by Mike Petrucci on Unsplash

Small Business Profile

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