Helping businesses navigate uncertain social media world

The research provides a better understanding of demand and customer networks, particularly for new products or services

Helping businesses navigate uncertain social media worldResearchers at the University of Calgary have created a mathematical model aimed at helping businesses navigate uncertainty caused by social media. “We developed a model to estimate demand for a new product or service considering the combined effects of three factors of choice: intrinsic preference – the perceived utility of a product or service to…

Ignore the advice of HR professionals at your peril

Melanie Peacock of Double M Training & Consulting talks about the value that HR staff bring to the workplace

Ignore the advice of HR professionals at your perilMelanie Peacock is sole proprietor of Double M Training & Consulting and is president of the Mount Royal Faculty Association. Calgary’s Business: How has the role of HR departments changed over the years? Peacock: Most people talk about how HR departments have become less administrative and more strategic. I've certainly witnessed this, as HR professionals…

Digital economy a booming business in Canada

$8.1 billion worth of digital products were purchased between July 2017 and June 2018 or an average of $412 per purchaser: StatsCan

Digital economy a booming business in CanadaNearly 80 per cent of Canadians aged 18 and older reported using free versions or purchasing digital products, such as music and video streaming services, e-books, online games, mobile applications (apps) and computer software from July 2017 to June 2018, says Statistics Canada. Over the same period, 28 per cent of adults in Canada reported…

Buyer’s housing markets in Calgary, Edmonton

Calgary annual rate of sales was down 8.2 per cent from a year ago; Edmonton's was down 2.3 per cent

Buyer’s housing markets in Calgary, EdmontonThe short-term year-over-year house price change expectation for Calgary and Edmonton has been “falling,” according to a report released on Wednesday by the Conference Board of Canada. In its Metropolitan Resale Snapshot, the organization said only Regina was also included in that category of all the market across the country. The report said “Calgary’s market…

Calgary college opening career path for women in tech industry

InnoTech College has introduced a bursary to encourage women to train in technology fields

Calgary college opening career path for women in tech industryA Calgary college is tackling the issue of gender equality in the tech industry by helping women train for jobs in that sector. “It’s no secret that women are under-represented in the technology sector,” said Julie Rubin, president of InnoTech College. “We are hearing from employers that it’s a challenge to find skilled tech talent.…

IKEA installing solar panels on stores in Calgary and Edmonton

In Calgary alone, the reduction of emissions equates to taking about 200 vehicles off the road for a year

IKEA installing solar panels on stores in Calgary and EdmontonIKEA Canada is installing solar panels on its stores in Calgary and Edmonton as part of the retailer’s commitment to renewable energy. Brendan Seale, head of sustainability for IKEA Canada, said the investments support the company’s objectives to manage energy costs effectively, reduce emissions, and achieve energy independence by 2020. Once operational, the solar installations…

Alberta groups awarded $8 million in energy efficiency grants

Multi-year grants intended to create jobs throughout the province

Alberta groups awarded $8 million in energy efficiency grantsTwelve organizations in Alberta are receiving $8 million in multi-year grants to promote energy efficiency throughout the province and create more jobs. On Tuesday, Energy Efficiency Alberta announced the grants ranging from $29,000 for a one-year project to $2.6 million over three years. The announcement includes a complete list of the 12 recipients. “By working…

Mountain Equipment Co-op opens 2nd store in Calgary

The company’s second location, opening this weekend, will be a 24,000-square-foot store in the southeast Seton community

Mountain Equipment Co-op opens 2nd store in CalgaryMountain Equipment Co-op is opening its second store in Calgary on Sept. 1. The company’s second location will be a 24,000-square-foot store in the southeast Seton community. The retailer, based in Vancouver, sells outdoor recreation gear and clothing. “We're excited to expand our product offerings, experiences and community engagement to over 450,000 existing and new…

Getting to the essence of good leadership

Patty Miller of Influence Genius strives to empower leaders by showing them how important trust is in a work dynamic

Getting to the essence of good leadershipPatty Miller is president/coach/chief genius influencer of Influence Genius. Calgary’s Business: What is The Leadership Circle? Miller: I’m very proud to be a certified practitioner/coach of The Leadership Circle. It’s definitely a robust tool I use with leaders and executives. It’s a powerful 360-degree tool that clearly illuminates for leaders their strengths for leadership effectiveness…

What are Canada’s top-rated workplaces?

Top 25 employers rated by Indeed, based on reviews from job seekers

What are Canada’s top-rated workplaces?Wondering what the top-rated workplaces are in Canada? According to a report released on Tuesday by Indeed, an online job site, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts leads the way, followed by Ledcor. “With such a tight labour market and a low unemployment rate, there is a lot of competition in recruiting today. In order to stand…