Modular home maker aims to be world beater

The resource price crash of 2014 forced Horizon North to turn its old business model on its head

Modular home maker aims to be world beaterA high-end home built by an oil-and-gas logistics company? Now, that’s disruptive technology at work. Disruption is a way of life now for Horizon North, a company that has had to be exceptionally nimble after the resource price crash of 2014 turned its old business model on its head. Created as a spinoff from Mullen…

Technology sector increasingly attractive for Calgary workers

City possesses the right talent to pivot and diversify its economy to other sectors beyond oil and gas: poll

Technology sector increasingly attractive for Calgary workersA poll commissioned by the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University found that 31 per cent of Calgarians working in the oil and gas industry would like to land a job or set up a new business in the financial technology/technology sector. Other key findings of the poll include: men ages 35 to 44…

Alberta tech sector in early stages of development but maturing

Almost a third of tech companies in the province are led by a female founder or co-founder: survey

Alberta tech sector in early stages of development but maturingThe 2018 Alberta Tech Deal Flow Study released by Alberta Enterprise Corp. indicates nearly one in four companies are earning more than $1 million annually. Findings revealed Alberta offers significant early stage opportunity for tech investors, with 54 per cent of companies surveyed at the Pre-Series A stage and 70 per cent of Alberta tech…

Why the Alberta technology sector can’t seem to pull ahead

Dispatches from the Alberta technology trenches

Why the Alberta technology sector can’t seem to pull aheadNow that the energy industry is no longer the engine of growth it once was, Albertans are finally waking up to a cruel reality; we’ve put all our economic eggs in one (carbon-emitting) basket. Albertans' new urgency to diversify their economy will require changing the way we do things. At a minimum, we will need…

Innovative Alberta startups a bright spot in economy: BMO

The Canadian economy has begun to moderate, but business owners remain positive, report says

Innovative Alberta startups a bright spot in economy: BMOAlberta's economy is softening in large part due to the weaker oil sector backdrop, with gross domestic product growth expected to come in at 1.5 per cent this year, according to the BMO Blue Book released on Tuesday. “While business sentiment, overall, remains cautious, innovation in technologies geared towards oil exploration and pipeline management remains…

Province moves to ‘supercharge’ energy diversification

Energy Upgrading Unit intended to help Albertans get more value from the resources they own

Province moves to ‘supercharge’ energy diversificationThe Alberta government is establishing a new Energy Upgrading Unit, which it says will “supercharge energy diversification” across the province. “Alberta is a world leader in energy with the expertise and innovation to refine our energy into products the world needs. Instead of shipping jobs south, we’re going to keep them here, where they belong.…

Report highlights Alberta’s continued economic vulnerability

Fundamental to diversification of Alberta’s economy is the contribution of small business innovation: ABCtech

Report highlights Alberta’s continued economic vulnerabilityUncertainties in the oil and gas industry and government deficits have weakened industry sentiment that Alberta is economically resilient, according to a report released Monday by the Alberta Council of Technologies (ABCtech). The report also said there’s an associated decline in the sentiment that the province’s innovation ecosystem is effective for supporting small business innovation…

Innovate Calgary is turning discovery into commerce

Peter Garrett talks about how Innovate Calgary helps to bring ideas to life

Innovate Calgary is turning discovery into commercePeter Garrett is associate vice-president of research and innovation at the University of Calgary and CEO and president of Innovate Calgary. Calgary’s Business: What is Innovate Calgary and its purpose? Garrett: Innovate Calgary is the knowledge transfer and business incubator centre for the University of Calgary. We help bridge the gap between discovery and innovation…

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.…

How to seed Alberta’s future as a tech giant

It’s time for the provincial government to get involved in tech development by providing venture capital insurance

How to seed Alberta’s future as a tech giantYou hear a lot of talk these days that Alberta needs to “go green” and that technology should be to the 21st century what energy was to the 20th. But if the energy industry is supplanted, how will the Alberta government replace the billions of dollars in resource royalties that flow into its treasury every…
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