Arctic Spas captures entrepreneur of the year award

Arctic Spas captures entrepreneur of the year awardDarcy Amendt, Dennis Kellner and Brent Macklin of Thorsby, Alberta-based Arctic Spas, a leading global designer and manufacturer of hot tubs and leisure products, captured the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year  2019 Prairies award at an event in Calgary Thursday night. The company began in 1994 in a small Thorsby, Alberta garage, evolved in 2005…

Breaking down barriers to create a craft beer revolution

Graham Sherman talks about the extraordinary measures Tool Shed Brewing took to change the Alberta beer landscape and the great future he sees for the industry

Breaking down barriers to create a craft beer revolutionGraham Sherman is co-founder of Tool Shed Brewing Co. Tell me about Tool Shed's history and how it started? Sherman: That’s a crazy story! In my former life, I used to be in the IT world working on satellite communication projects for government and military customers throughout Afghanistan. I lived there on and off from…

Study urges policy focus on economic growth

Increased economic growth means improved living standards for Canadians, says Fraser Institute author

Study urges policy focus on economic growthAn annual economic growth rate of three per cent would spur about $45,000 in greater per-person Canadian income after 20 years, according to a study released on Thursday by the public policy think-tank the Fraser Institute. The Cost of Slow Economic Growth said that from 2011 to 2018, Canada’s real gross domestic product (GDP –…

Flames, Stamps move to connect with fans through data

‘Customer data platform helps teams better understand their audience so they can connect with them on a more personal level’

Flames, Stamps move to connect with fans through dataCalgary Sports & Entertainment, owner of the Calgary Flames and Stampeders, has launched a new partnership with StellarAlgo as the company seeks to engage its fan base on a more personalized level. StellarAlgo is a customer data platform that helps professional sports teams maximize the potential of their data through machine learning. “At Calgary Sports…

Calgary, Edmonton home prices continue to slide

Sales activity in Calgary has increased as buyers take advantage of lower prices, according to Royal LePage

Calgary, Edmonton home prices continue to slideThe inventory of homes for sale has tightened as home buyers take advantage of Calgary's affordability. And in Edmonton, home prices are declining as the market correction continues, according to the Royal LePage House Price Survey released on Thursday. The report said the aggregate home price in Calgary decreased 4.3 per cent year over year to…

Calgary health tech accelerator gets $1 million

HATCH-YYC forecasts it will incubate at least 55 health-tech companies over five years and be a catalyst to expand Calgary’s health-tech cluster

Calgary health tech accelerator gets $1 millionA health technology accelerator is receiving up to $1 million over three years from the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund. HATCH-YYC is intended to provide companies a platform to accelerate market access and improve patient care. It’s the first health technology accelerator in Alberta. It will provide companies access to a privacy-compliant communication platform as well…

Real Estate Council of Alberta “dysfunction” coming to an end?

'For too long, serious concerns and complaints from industry and from council officials themselves have been ignored. That stops now"

Real Estate Council of Alberta “dysfunction” coming to an end?The Alberta government announced Wednesday The Real Estate Amendment Act 2019 which it says will bring an end to “ongoing dysfunction” with the Real Estate Council of Alberta by reforming governance of Alberta’s real estate regulator. The Ministry said the amendments address serious address serious concerns raised by real estate professionals, buyers, sellers and regulatory…

Canadian Energy Centre to target “deceitful” anti-oilpatch campaign

Canadian Energy Centre to target “deceitful” anti-oilpatch campaignThe Alberta government is launching the Canadian Energy Centre to counteract what it says is the misinformation that is being spread about the industry. “For too long, the reputation of Alberta’s energy sector has been damaged by a deceitful campaign to landlock the oilsands. That’s why our government has started the process of creating the…

Calgary downtown office vacancy rate on the rise

Lack of new capital in the oil and gas industry continues to limit growth, says CBRE

Calgary downtown office vacancy rate on the riseLack of new capital in the oil and gas industry continues to limit growth in Calgary’s struggling downtown office market, says commercial real estate firm CBRE. The company’s latest report says the Calgary downtown office market experienced 192,548 square feet of negative net absorption (the change in occupied space) in the third quarter. That follows…

Bad bosses drive employees away: survey

Robert Half survey says employee appreciation is a powerful motivator

Bad bosses drive employees away: surveyTwo in five workers in Canada have quit their jobs due to a bad boss, according to a new survey. The research was released on Wednesday by global staffing firm Robert Half. “Managers set the tone for the office and have a considerable amount of influence over the daily experiences and satisfaction of their employees…