Creating a clear and enduring brand

Abagail Vanmerlin of Brand Theory talks about why encapsulating the culture, values and long-range vision of a company is so important

Creating a clear and enduring brandAbagail Vanmerlin is owner at Brand Theory Inc. What is Brand Theory and what does it do? Vanmerlin: We are a full-service creative agency specializing in the strategic branding of mid-to-large business-to-business organizations. By full service, I mean that we offer a suite of brand deliverables which can be anything from interactive and responsive website…

Building a stronger Alberta economy with artificial intelligence

John Shillington of Amii taks about connecting research and expertise to industry and helping Alberta businesses build their capacity for machine learning

Building a stronger Alberta economy with artificial intelligenceJohn Shillington is president and CEO of Amii. What is Amii Innovates and what do you do? Shillington: Amii Innovates is a program run by the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii). It enables and supports Alberta-based businesses as they grow their in-house business and technical capabilities around artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. At Amii,…

Freelance makeup artist turns each job into the next one

Makeup artist Karen Malcolm-Pye talks about the work she has done for famous people and why she never rests on her laurels

Freelance makeup artist turns each job into the next oneKaren Malcolm-Pye is a makeup artist in Calgary. What is your career and what do you do? Malcolm-Pye: I’m a freelance makeup artist – a dream job for me really! I do makeup for television, advertising, broadcasting, commercials, weddings, celebrities and anyone else who wants to look and feel a little extra beautiful – and…

How entrepreneurs can go from invisible to invincible

Francesca Moi of Empowering Events talks about building your following and being active and consistent on social media

How entrepreneurs can go from invisible to invincible Francesca Moi is CEO/director of Empowering Events. You describe yourself as the Meetup Queen. What does that mean and what do you do? Moi: Five years ago I wanted to grow my life-coaching business and I couldn’t find a way to get clients until I started a Meetup group and a Facebook group. Within three…

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…

Why 5G points to a bright future in Canada

Marc Bellini of Nokia talks about the next generation of wireless, its application diversity and the new possibilities it holds for Canadians and their businesses

Why 5G points to a bright future in CanadaMarc Bellini is CTO of the Canada Market team for Nokia. Where is the Canadian wireless infrastructure capacity at and what are the consequences of that? Bellini: Nokia Canada is a global leader in wireless infrastructure, and it’s set up to retain that position as the country transitions to 5G. Yet it’s not only the…

Making IT easy and approachable for users

Shawn Freeman talks about how slowing economies are a catalyst for innovation and how TWT Group can help

Making IT easy and approachable for usersShawn Freeman is founder and CEO of TWT Group Inc.  What is TWT and what do you do? Freeman: TWT Group is one of the fastest growing managed IT service companies in Calgary. We work with small to medium-sized businesses of all types, focusing our efforts on strategic planning of their business technology needs. We…

Creating a culinary mix of local and worldly

Executive chef Eraj Jayawickreme talks about how the Hawthorn Dining Room and Bar distinguishes itself in the Calgary market

Creating a culinary mix of local and worldlyEraj Jayawickreme is the Fairmont Palliser’s executive chef and food and beverage manager. His responsibility includes the Hawthorn Dining Room and Bar. What makes the Hawthorn unique in the Calgary marketplace? Jayawickreme: Hawthorn is special as we highlight the amazing producers, artisans and farmers in this province. It is our core philosophy to ensure that…

Learning to do the impossible

Jamie DeNovo says it’s one thing to make a transformational decision; it’s another to keep the momentum going to actualize it

Learning to do the impossibleJamie DeNovo is an author, speaker and coach in Calgary.  Tell me a little about yourself and what you do? DeNovo: I’ve always been passionate about catalyzing positive change and I bring that perspective into everything I do. My professional area of expertise focuses on helping people learn techniques to reset and remap their brain.…

Living in a better world, one shared meal at a time

Ivonne Gamboa of GOAT talks about how the food-sharing app can be a difference-maker for many people

Living in a better world, one shared meal at a timeIvonne Gamboa is CEO of GOAT. What is GOAT and what does it stand for? Gamboa: Goat Generation is a mobile app that enables meal sharing among communities in a new and unique way. The term GOAT is used to define an exceptional person, experience or thing – GOAT is the greatest of all time.…
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