Canadian capital investment climate deteriorating, badly

Capital investment in Canada has slowed to a 40-year low, negatively affecting living standards for workers and overall economic growth

Canadian capital investment climate deteriorating, badlyThe growth rate of capital investment in Canada – particularly in the important areas of equipment, machinery and intellectual property – has slowed to a 40-year low, negatively affecting living standards for workers and overall economic growth, according to a study released on Thursday by the Fraser Institute, a national public policy think-tank. “The evidence…

Turning your elevator pitch into revenue

Jeff Nelson of Anduro Marketing and Mx3 Metrics talks about the tactics that generate the best sales leads at a reasonable cost

Turning your elevator pitch into revenueJeff Nelson is president of Anduro Marketing and president of Mx3 Metrics. Calgary’s Business: What is the Own Your Market workshop about? Nelson: This is the second time that Brad Ball and I have offered this course. Our observation is that small businesses often don't differentiate the uniqueness of their company and the products they…

Alberta to lead the country in economic growth this year

Nationally, RBC says the economy is expected to grow 2.1% this year and 2.0% next year

Alberta to lead the country in economic growth this yearAlberta is in position to be the economic growth leader among all provinces for a second straight year, says a report on released Wednesday by RBC Economic Research. “Recovery from the tough 2015-2016 recession is continuing with more sectors of the economy contributing. Stronger oil prices are a clearly positive development keeping the recovery on…

Oil and gas production on the rise

Canadian industries operated at 85.5% of their production capacity in the second quarter: StatsCan

Oil and gas production on the riseMore good news for Alberta’s economy from Statistics Canada. In a report released on Wednesday, the federal agency said Canadian industries operated at 85.5 per cent of their production capacity in the second quarter, up from 83.7 per cent in the first quarter. This follows a slight decrease in capacity utilization in the first quarter…

Buying or renting a home – what’s the best choice?

The cost of renting will increase more rapidly than the cost of homeownership: report

Buying or renting a home – what’s the best choice?It’s the million-dollar question many Canadians will face. Should I buy or rent a home? Well a new report by Mortgage Professionals Canada suggests homeownership is an affordable alternative as rent costs rise. “The report demonstrates that the money Canadians are spending on monthly rent, if used instead to finance a home, would be a…

ATCO expanding global infrastructure portfolio

Calgary-based company purchases 40% of Neltume Ports, a port operator and developer in South America, for $450 million

ATCO expanding global infrastructure portfolioCalgary-based ATCO is expanding its global infrastructure portfolio with the acquisition of 40 per cent of Neltume Ports, a leading port operator and developer in South America, for $450 million. The company said Neltume Ports, a subsidiary of Ultramar, operates in 16 port facilities and three stevedoring businesses primarily located in Chile and Uruguay. “This…

Alberta auto sales forecast to exceed 2017 numbers

Expected to reach 248,000 units this year, a slight increase from the 245,000 sales in 2017

Alberta auto sales forecast to exceed 2017 numbersA Global Auto Report by Scotiabank Economics says vehicle sales in Alberta are forecast to reach 248,000 units this year, a slight increase from the 245,000 sales in 2017. The report said sales are on a rising trend after dipping to 220,000 in 2016 as the province was in the depths of recession due to…

Baby Gourmet makes baby food even you will eat

We put premium gas in our luxury cars so why not put the best, highest quality baby food into the most important members of your family?

Baby Gourmet makes baby food even you will eatJennifer Carlson is co-founder of Baby Gourmet and academic chair (Innovation and New Ventures) at SAIT's School of Business. Calgary’s Business: How did the idea of establishing Baby Gourmet come about? Carlson: The idea for Baby Gourmet came about 13 years ago when my then six-month-old daughter was starting solids and I was not happy…

Calgary’s fourth-quarter employment outlook ‘subdued’

Calgary’s fourth quarter net employment outlook of minus 3% is a nine percentage point decrease from the previous quarterly outlook

Calgary’s fourth-quarter employment outlook ‘subdued’A subdued hiring climate is anticipated for the Calgary region as we head into the fourth quarter of this year, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, which was released on Tuesday. “Survey data reveals that eight per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (October to December), while 10 per…

Innovate Calgary is turning discovery into commerce

Peter Garrett talks about how Innovate Calgary helps to bring ideas to life

Innovate Calgary is turning discovery into commercePeter Garrett is associate vice-president of research and innovation at the University of Calgary and CEO and president of Innovate Calgary. Calgary’s Business: What is Innovate Calgary and its purpose? Garrett: Innovate Calgary is the knowledge transfer and business incubator centre for the University of Calgary. We help bridge the gap between discovery and innovation…