Calgary’s Galleria Inglewood a handcrafted business success story

Susan Copley of Galleria Inglewood has built lasting relationships with Canadian artists and a loyal clientele

Calgary’s Galleria Inglewood a handcrafted business success storySusan Copley is owner of Galleria Inglewood. What is Galleria and what does it offer? Copley: Galleria provides a venue for local and Canadian artists, potters and fine handcrafters to display and sell their handmade products. I sell their work on a consignment basis, so the artisan deserves and gets the larger portion of each…

Building a winning engineering team

Mauro Plenzik talks about how Maskell Plenzik & Partners has kept abreast of a changing marketplace, remaining prepared, nimble and capable

Building a winning engineering teamMauro Plenzik is principal of Maskell Plenzik & Partners Engineering Inc. in Calgary. What is Maskell Plenzik & Partners Engineering and what do you do? Plenzik: Maskell Plenzik and Partners is an electrical engineering consulting firm that specializes in buildings’ electrical, communication and security design. Further to the broad range of design services we provide…

Dave Rutherford still has plenty to say

Four years after retiring from talk radio, he has things to tell you about the state of the Canada, Alberta and Calgary. And he has a new YouTube show to get you up to date

Dave Rutherford still has plenty to sayDave Rutherford is a longtime broadcast journalist and commentator in Calgary. What are you up to? Rutherford: It's been four years since I was on the radio full time and I'm not going to lie, it has been a difficult transition into retirement. A year or so after leaving the airwaves, the NDP was elected…

Virtual assistant is there only when you need it

Lana Midgley of Mountain Chickadee, Virtual Assistant Solutions, talks about finding a work niche that suits her and fulfils a need for customers

Virtual assistant is there only when you need itLana Midgley is owner of Mountain Chickadee, Virtual Assistant Solutions. What is Mountain Chickadee and what does it do? Midgley: Mountain Chickadee is a virtual assistant company that provides remote administrative solutions to a wide variety of organizations that require support but not on a full-time basis; and organizations that need additional support for special…

Lifting day-to-day financial stress off employees

Darcy Tuer talks about how ZayZoon is motivated by social impact to allow workers to access their earned wages any time

Lifting day-to-day financial stress off employeesDarcy Tuer is CEO of ZayZoon. He started the company with co-founder Tate Hackert. What is ZayZoon and what does it do? Tuer: ZayZoon is a socially responsible, financial technology and employee wellness company. We partner and integrate with payroll companies to provide employees with the ability to access their earned wages any time rather…

Connecting people, businesses and organizations to opportunity

Mark Patterson talks about how Magnet is helping Calgary and its workforce transition to a new economic model

Connecting people, businesses and organizations to opportunityMark Patterson is executive director of Magnet at Ryerson University. What is Magnet and what does it do? Patterson: Magnet is a digital social innovation platform, founded at Ryerson University, with a mission to accelerate inclusive economic growth across Canada by advancing careers, businesses and communities. Engaging employers, employment service providers, businesses and job seekers…

Giving a global perspective to Alberta’s crisis

David Yager, author of From Miracle to Menace: Alberta, A Carbon Story, talks about bringing the climate policy conversation back to reality

Giving a global perspective to Alberta’s crisisDavid Yager is an energy policy analyst, oil and gas writer and author of From Miracle to Menace: Alberta, A Carbon Story. Why did you write your book? Yager: As the climate change issue grew, it was accompanied by more advice that Alberta move from a sunset industry – fossil fuels – to renewables. B.C.…

Bringing the best out of every portrait

Rafal Wegiel talks about the complex process needed to create an image that shows the unique personality of each photo subject

Bringing the best out of every portraitRafal Wegiel is the owner of Rafal Wegiel Photography in Calgary. Tell me about what you do and the services you offer? Wegiel: I’m a commercial and portrait photographer based in Calgary. I specialize in high-end headshots for individuals as well for companies and brands. Also a few years ago I became an educator and…

Turning insurance into a relationship business

Dana Bouwman of Insight Insurance and Risk Management in Edmonton talks about how to build and sustain a client list

Turning insurance into a relationship businessDana Bouwman is account executive at Insight Insurance & Risk Management in Edmonton. Tell me a little bit about what you do? How and why did you get involved in this career? Bouwman: I facilitate liability and property insurance programs for mid-sized companies. Specifically, I focus on construction, manufacturing, and tech companies that have $10-plus-million…

Serving the needs of female entrepreneurs

Shannon Pestun of ATB Financial talks about creating an innovative, gender-intelligent banking model

Serving the needs of female entrepreneursShannon Pestun is the director of women’s entrepreneurship and part of the Indigenous Relations Advisory Circle at ATB Financial. Tell me about women's entrepreneurship at ATB, what it does and its goal and mission? Pestun: At ATB, we have always known that entrepreneurs are crucial to the success of Alberta’s economy. And we know the…