Helping entrepreneurs from startup to viable product

Kari Gordon and Startup Calgary connect founders to the support they need within the greater tech ecosystem

Helping entrepreneurs from startup to viable productKari Gordon is executive director of Startup Calgary. Calgary’s Business: What's the history behind Startup Calgary and why it was started? Gordon: Startup Calgary was established in 2010 by a group of tech entrepreneurs wanting to connect with like-minded people and build awareness at the grassroots of the tech community. CB: What's its purpose and…

Calgary, Edmonton can’t match top tech talent centres in North America

Toronto is North America’s fastest growing tech market, and sits fourth. Ottawa and Montreal are 13th and 14th, respectively

Calgary, Edmonton can’t match top tech talent centres in North AmericaWith its traditional reliance on the oilpatch as its economic engine, Alberta has experienced the volatile nature of that relationship over years. When oil prices are up, that engine is running smoothly in the province. But a collapse in oil prices, as witnessed in late 2014, can make for a very bumpy ride on the…

Ride-sharing inspired app offers on-demand delivery service

Calgary-based Crowd Car's launch in Alberta will concentrate on Calgary and Edmonton, with plans to branch out to other Canadian provinces and major cities in the near future

Ride-sharing inspired app offers on-demand delivery serviceCalgary-based Crowd Source Technologies Inc. is launching an on-demand mobile platform, Crowd Car, in Alberta with plans to roll out the concept to other provinces in the near future. Victor Vrbancic, Crowd Car’s founder and CEO, said on Tuesday that the platform connects those in need of a convenient delivery service with independent drivers. The…

Putting artificial intelligence to work for Alberta’s future

The increased use of AI changes the job market. Some jobs disappear. New jobs are created. AI applies to more existing jobs

Putting artificial intelligence to work for Alberta’s futureAlberta’s job market is a powerhouse. We had the highest employment rate in the country last year with 66.7 per cent of our population age 15 and over working at a job. That’s five percentage points above the national average and 16 points higher than the lowest rate, which is found in Newfoundland and Labrador.…

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…

Putting the potential of Alberta’s biomass on the map

Part 5 of a 10-part series: The new online app BRIMS identifies bio-resource locations that can benefit nature, people and business

Putting the potential of Alberta’s biomass on the mapWhen developing natural resources, one of the first things you want to look at is a map that shows deposits of oil or gold. The same goes for developing Alberta’s bio-resources. As an investor or entrepreneur, where will you find plentiful supplies of straw, wood fibre or sludge to support your green business venture? The…

We’re flushing money and resources down the drain

To Dr. Nicholas Ashbolt, wastewater has great value, but realizing that value requires an infrastructure overhaul

We’re flushing money and resources down the drainOnce you learn what Dr. Nicholas Ashbolt does for a living, you’ll never look at plumbing the same way again. Ashbolt believes it’s time for a paradigm shift in the way we think about water, sewage and public health. From his perspective, wastewater has value and we should stop flushing money and resources down the…

Forging new sources for biofuels and hydrocarbon-based products

Part 3 of a 10-part series: Forge Hydrocarbons, a U of A spinoff, turns low-grade fats and oils into valuable fuel

Forging new sources for biofuels and hydrocarbon-based productsNew technology employed by Forge Hydrocarbons Corp., a University of Alberta spinoff company, proves you don't have to dig oil wells to produce fuel. You only have to dig through the muck we send to the landfill. Waste streams like those from rendering plants and restaurants are loaded with low-grade fats and oils that can…

An Alberta-made high-seas pollution solution

Part 2 of a 10-part series: Taking the dirty out of dirty oil and cleaning up the world's oceans at the same time

An Alberta-made high-seas pollution solutionWhat do beer, bitumen and greenhouse gas emissions have in common? That would be Neil Camarta, founder of Field Upgrading. Camarta spent most of his engineering career building conventional upgraders, which emit sulphur dioxide and other noxious GHG pollutants into the atmosphere. Now he’s teamed up with the Coors Brewing family and Alberta Innovates to commercialize a simple…

Oil price instability a wakeup call for Alberta

The province's undercapitalized and underperforming technology sector could, if adequately supported, deliver above-average returns for 20 or more years

Oil price instability a wakeup call for AlbertaThere’s an old saying in the strategy game: “Nothing fails like success.” A company (or a provincial economy) that has been very successful in the past will cling desperately to that formula long after its breakdown is obvious. That's true in spades for the oil-and-gas-driven Alberta economy. Albertans need to quit treading water policy-wise, hoping the…