Canadian Tire, Petco launch premium pet product initiative

Partnering with Petco to offer a premium grain-free pet food line and other products, including accessories

Canadian Tire, Petco launch premium pet product initiativeCanadian Tire is entering the premium pet category in retail by partnering with Petco, a leading global pet specialty retailer. The Canadian retail giant will exclusively offer Petco's assortment of food, treats and accessories to Canadian shoppers online and in stores. “We know how important pets are to Canadian families so we're thrilled to bring…

Finding the right fit at the executive level

Consultant Catherine Brownlee talks about serving and supporting when there are plenty of candidates to choose from

Finding the right fit at the executive levelCatherine Brownlee is a business management consultant in Calgary. From the world's best headhunters, to executive peer-to-peer roundtables, to special projects, she connects powerful individuals to make big things happen. Calgary’s Business: What’s your sense of how the economy is performing in Calgary and Alberta? Brownlee: Overall, positive. There are new startups and opportunities popping…

Sales, prices in Calgary real estate market continue to lag

Inventory is also high, according to CREB. And Airdrie, Cochrane and Okotoks mirror Calgary market

Sales, prices in Calgary real estate market continue to lagTransactions in Calgary’s resale housing market continue to lag from year-ago levels. According to the Calgary Real Estate Board, MLS sales so far this year of 10,353 are 15.47 per cent off the pace of activity a year ago for the same period. New listings are up 4.68 per cent to 23,640 and, as of…

Excess Sears space continues to weigh on Calgary retail market

Overall retail vacancy was relatively flat in the first six months of this year: CBRE

Excess Sears space continues to weigh on Calgary retail marketExcess Sears Canada space continues to act as an anchor on retail vacancy in Calgary which is substantially higher than the 10-year average of 3.2 per cent, according to commercial real estate firm CBRE. The company, in a report about the first half of 2018, says overall retail vacancy was relatively flat in the first…

Alberta Activity Index rises above pre-recession peak

RBC also says it expects Alberta’s recovery from recession to continue, albeit at a slower pace, over the next two years

Alberta Activity Index rises above pre-recession peakAlberta’s economy may not be firing on all cylinders yet but the signs are all pointing in the right direction for the engine to keep moving. The Alberta Activity Index, produced by the provincial government, jumped 2.5 per cent in May, the fourth highest monthly growth rate on record and the government says the index…

‘Action doesn’t magically happen. You have to plan for it’

Derek Blair of Insights Matter talks about how quality research can result in real operational change in businesses

‘Action doesn’t magically happen. You have to plan for it’Derek Blair is president of Insights Matter. Calgary’s Business: What is Insights Matter? Blair: We are a consumer research and market insights company. We help companies and organizations that are looking to solve marketing-related challenges and questions like: “What do our consumers and clients want?” or “Why do they buy and how do they make…

The return of a steady, stable Calgary real estate market

Realtor Christina Hagerty sees less speculation, more planning and greater prudence from her customers

The return of a steady, stable Calgary real estate marketChristina Hagerty is a realtor with RE/MAX Realty Professionals. Calgary’s Business: What’s your feel of what's happening today in the Calgary real estate market? Hagerty: We weathered the storm for the past two years and are now coming up for air. Buyers are cautious but optimistic. There has been a surge in activity since our…

ReSourceYYC a one-stop resource shop for entrepreneurs

Ron Bettin talks about creating a coworking talent hub by offering a wide range of critical and innovative services

ReSourceYYC a one-stop resource shop for entrepreneursRon Bettin is co-founder of ReSourceYYC. Calgary’s Business: Can you explain what ReSourceYYC is, its purpose and its history? Bettin: ReSourceYYC is a unique and innovative coworking space for entrepreneurial professionals. We have created an environment that combines an inspirational workspace with access to world-class software and collaboration with industry peers and experts. We support our…

Shelter for all: CREB Charitable Foundation builds community

Aneve MacKay-Lyons talks about how local realtors have embraced the mission to provide housing for low-income Calgarians

Shelter for all: CREB Charitable Foundation builds communityAneve MacKay-Lyons is manager of the Calgary Real Estate Board’s Charitable Foundation. Calgary’s Business: What’s the history of how and why CREB’s Charitable Foundation was founded? MacKay-Lyons: Officially established in 1987, CREB Charitable Foundation was formed by a small group of realtors as a way for our members to give back to the community in…

Fiasco Gelato seeks to enrich lives, one spoonful at a time

CEO James Boettcher talks about how to build a brand, shape a reputation, weather recession and keep expanding

Fiasco Gelato seeks to enrich lives, one spoonful at a timeJames Boettcher is chief idea officer, CEO and custodian of culture at Fiasco Gelato. Calgary’s Business: How did Fiasco Gelato come about? Boettcher: Fiasco started as a scoop shop in 2003. I took it over in 2009 with a vision to build something that matters and pivoted the business from storefront to a national brand…