The face-to-face grace of events that work

Wes Scott of EventWorx talks about creating business-to-business audiences and business-to-consumer marketplaces

The face-to-face grace of events that workWes Scott is president and CEO of EventWorx. Calgary’s Business: What is EventWorx and when was it formed? Scott: EventWorx is now the name behind the Atlantic Canada Petroleum Show, Oil Sands Trade Show & Conference, and Chemistry Canada. In September 2017, through a management buyout, EventWorx acquired these brands from dmg::events. We aim to…

Virtual Gurus provides cost-effective support services to business

Bobbie Racette of Virtual Gurus has built a vibrant business filling the administrative needs of companies

Virtual Gurus provides cost-effective support services to businessBobbie Racette is founder and CEO of Virtual Gurus. Calgary’s Business: What's the history behind Virtual Gurus, how it came to be and when? Racette: I founded Virtual Gurus by myself. I started thinking of the idea in 2014. I really started putting pen to paper in 2015 and even did a pre-launch to see if…

The power of humour to change workplace culture

Michael Kerr describes how to escape ‘a soul-sucking, fun-sucking, Dilbert-like work environment,’ just as he did, and raise productivity

The power of humour to change workplace cultureMichael Kerr is an international speaker and expert on humour in the workplace. Calgary’s Business: How and when did you get into this field of humour at work? Kerr: I started Humour at Work 21 years ago, after working as a senior manager in a soul-sucking, fun-sucking, Dilbert-like work environment. I knew I had to…

Nancy Drew and her quest for sustainable happiness

For consultant Nancy Drew, success must be based on passion, commitment and knowing you’d do what you do for free

Nancy Drew and her quest for sustainable happinessNancy Drew, formerly of Calgary, is now based in California as a management consultant, speaker and corporate trainer. Calgary’s Business: Can you explain what you do now? Drew: I teach, for my own company and UC of San Diego School of Management, time management and work-life balance, leading effective meetings and practice management. I teach…

Vincenzo Aliberti is shaping Calgary’s leaders of the future

Vincenzo Aliberti talks about how Empowering Minds gives young people the confidence and resilience to be successful

Vincenzo Aliberti is shaping Calgary’s leaders of the futureVincenzo Aliberti is executive director of Empowering Minds. Calgary’s Business: What is Empowering Minds? When did it get started? And how many youth has the organization touched since its inception? Aliberti: Empowering Minds is a Calgary-based not-for-profit that provides youth and educators with proven and innovative youth programs that develop the confidence, resiliency and focus necessary…

The Ace Class is changing the way women connect with women

Mandy Balak of The Ace Class talks about the importance of community and mentorship in growing your business

The Ace Class is changing the way women connect with womenMandy Balak is founder and CEO of The Ace Class. Calgary’s Business: Can you explain what The Ace Class is and its purpose? Balak: Ace is an acronym for activate, cultivate and empower – we are a Canadian media and events company designed and created by women for women. We are founded in our intention…

Harmonizing how people feel with how they look

Facial surgeon Dr. Kristina Zakhary sees a trend towards a more subtle, natural, refreshed and youthful appearance

Harmonizing how people feel with how they lookDr. Kristina Zakhary is a facial surgeon in Calgary. Calgary’s Business: How and why did you decide to go into facial and reconstructive surgery as a career? Zakhary: I have always had a strong desire to pursue a career that allows me to help others. As I progressed through my schooling, I was drawn to…

Notley working to get Alberta off the boom-and-bust roller-coaster

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley explains why and how the province can have both a diversified economy and a strong energy sector

Notley working to get Alberta off the boom-and-bust roller-coasterRachel Notley is premier of Alberta. Calgary’s Business: What’s your overall sense of Alberta's economy and where it's at today and more importantly where it’s headed in the future? Notley: We know things are looking up. You may have heard the jobs numbers before: 90,000 full-time jobs created last year, mostly in the private sector.…

Need help tapping into the marketing power of digital platforms?

Crystal DeCnodder of Full Blast Creative talks about how to put social media to work building your business

Need help tapping into the marketing power of digital platforms?Crystal DeCnodder is partner and vice-president of digital marketing for Full Blast Creative. Calgary’s Business: Why is it important for businesses today to adopt social media and social media advertising into their operations? DeCnodder: Social media marketing has come a long way since 2011 when I started my social media company. When the industry first…

Putting the personal touch back into public relations

Shauna MacDonald of Brookline PR talks about putting together campaigns that lead to measurable results

Putting the personal touch back into public relationsShauna MacDonald is principal of Brookline PR. Calgary’s Business: Tell us a little of the history of Brookline. How and when it got started and why you started the company? MacDonald: I founded Brookline in October 2004 after returning to Calgary from Boston, where I attended Boston University for my master’s and began my career…