Helping Alberta drivers maintain line of site

Caleb Cummings of Calgary PPF talks about the hazards awaiting Alberta drivers and how to protect your vehicle

Helping Alberta drivers maintain line of siteCaleb Cummings is general manager of Calgary PPF. Calgary’s Business: Why are vehicle windshields so prone to chips and cracks on Calgary and Alberta roads? Cummings: For safety reasons, Alberta roads are covered in gravel and salt during the long winters. Road salt only works in temperatures above -5C, so due to Alberta’s extreme temperatures,…

Calgary’s office market faces a slow recovery

Susan Thompson of Avison Young says a reduction in average space needs is forcing landlords to reposition their properties

Calgary’s office market faces a slow recoverySusan Thompson is research manager at the Avison Young office in Calgary. Calgary’s Business: What's the current vacancy rate in the downtown office market and how is it trending? What was its peak and what was the lowest its ever gotten? Thompson: Calgary’s downtown office vacancy rate is currently sitting at 26 per cent and it…

Smartphone apps links patients to mental health professionals

David Johnson talks about how VictoryLab's app helps people in need using in-the-moment technology

Smartphone apps links patients to mental health professionalsDavid Johnson is founder and CEO of VictoryLab. Calgary’s Business: What is VictoryLab, and what's its history on how and why it was formed? Johnson: Founded in 2015, VictoryLab is an evidence-based, affordable and convenient mental health app available to organizations. With VictoryLab, users can reach out to certified counsellors and licensed therapists from their smartphone…

Helping immigrants realize their potential, one loan at a time

Windmill Microlending gives skilled immigrants a hand up as they qualify to pursue their professions in Canada, for their benefit and Canada’s

Helping immigrants realize their potential, one loan at a timeBrian Felesky is a guarantor and adviser for the Immigrant Access Fund, soon to be renamed Windmill Microlending. Calgary’s Business: Can you explain what Windmill Microlending is and what it does? Felesky: Windmill Microlending, which was until recently called Immigrant Access Fund, is a non-profit organization offering microloans of up to $10,000 to help immigrants…

Gain Momentum to live life to the fullest

Wendy Coombs, co-owner of Momentum Health in Calgary, strives to cut down the time people are off work or unable to take part in sports and activities

Gain Momentum to live life to the fullestWendy Coombs is a co-owner of Momentum Health in Calgary. Calgary’s Business: Can you explain the history of Momentum? And how many locations exist today? Coombs: Our goal was to offer all rehabilitation services along the full spectrum of rehabilitation from acute injuries to complex chronic injuries and to be accessible to all communities throughout…

Inner Spirit ready to enter retail cannabis market with Spiritleaf

Darren Bondar is president and CEO of Inner Spirit Holdings Ltd. Calgary’s Business: What is Inner Spirit Holdings? Bondar: Inner Spirit is a specialty retailer and franchisor that is based in Calgary and applying its successful, award-winning franchise and retail models to the recreational cannabis industry. It has developed the Spiritleaf, brand which will offer a…

The software tools home service businesses need to reach customers

Jobber CEO Sam Pillar and his team offer services to businesses in 45 countries because ‘small businesses power economies’

The software tools home service businesses need to reach customersSam Pillar is CEO of Jobber. Calgary’s Business: What is Jobber? How and when was it founded? Pillar: Jobber makes and provides software and resources for small home service businesses like plumbers, cleaners, landscapers and HVAC, just to name a few. My co-founder, Forrest Zeisler, and I launched Jobber in 2011, and we’re now a…

Leveraging technology to re-imagine the insurance business

Joe McBurney of Obvi Inc. offers a quick and easy online quote and purchase system, with instant policy delivery

Leveraging technology to re-imagine the insurance businessJoe McBurney is president of Obvi Inc., which provides simple, clearly-written and easy-to-understand extended automotive warranty and gap insurance. Calgary’s Business: What is Obvi? McBurney: Obvi is an innovative company that is rebuilding, reimagining and reinventing insurance products to the benefit of the customer by leveraging technology. Having focused on the customer first, Obvi delivers…

Monika Jensen’s secret to success: conquer your fear

Artist and entrepreneur says its important to stay focused and keep moving forward, but to also maintain a good work/family balance

Monika Jensen’s secret to success: conquer your fearMonika Jensen is president of Monika Jensen Productions. Calgary’s Business: As an entrepreneur, you have several businesses. Can you describe what each one is? Jensen: Monika Jensen Productions. This company is me wrapped up in a package, the ‘brand’ of Monika Jensen. Its focus is on my passions of the arts in all creative avenues;…