Oil/gas provinces dominate Canadian labour productivity

Oil/gas provinces dominate Canadian labour productivityAlberta had the second highest level of labour productivity in 2018 among the provinces ($78.50 per hour) after Saskatchewan ($79.90) and just ahead of Newfoundland and Labrador ($76.90), according to ATB Financial’s Economics & Research Team. Productivity for Canada as a whole was $59.40 per hour. In its daily economic update, The Owl, ATB said…

Focusing on the opportunities for growth

Danilo Terra of ATB Financial’s equipment finance team talks about overcoming hurdles to success and the green shoots of reinvention and new industry that await Alberta

Focusing on the opportunities for growthDanilo Terra is director of equipment finance at ATB Financial. Can you explain what your role is with ATB Financial?  Terra: I believe Alberta business should have the equipment required for success and my job is to do my best to provide them with the capital they need. Here in the equipment financing group for…

Why you should take a vacation

Breaking away from work in a meaningful way, for a significant period, is critical to our health and well-being – as humans and as workers

Why you should take a vacationI just returned from a two-week road trip in Newfoundland with my sister, a trip I highly recommend. Being away, really off the grid, gave me time to reflect on all the reasons it’s important to take annual leave. That’s how vacation used to happen – annual leave where you left the office, packed up…

Ford introduces its enhanced SYNC 3 infotainment system

Newest-customer centric update developed in-house with major contributions by Ford’s Canadian software teams

Ford introduces its enhanced SYNC 3 infotainment systemA secure, functional, seamless and enjoyable customer experience with in-car infotainment is an absolute necessity given technological advancements and the need to keep people safe on the road. That’s why Ford has delivered its latest version of SYNC 3, which will first be featured in the soon-to-be-released 2020 Ford Explorer. “People expect systems to be…

Canadian business leaders recognizing need to invest in staff

HSBC survey also says 79% of Canadian businesses expect to grow in the next two years

Canadian business leaders recognizing need to invest in staffA new Canadian survey says the majority of businesses expect to grow in the next two years while increasingly adopting new technologies, and at the same time they’ll be investing in their people. The Navigator: Made for the Future is a survey by HSBC of over 2,500 companies in 14 countries and territories, including Canada.…

How to put your inner workaholic to rest

National Workaholics Day is no reason for celebration. By working smarter, you could work less – and have more time for family, friends and fun.

How to put your inner workaholic to restJuly 5 is National Workaholics Day. But is this something we should really be celebrating? According to Forbes, the average Frenchman works 18 hours a week; the average Italian about 16.5 and the British work 21.5. But in North America, our idea of full employment is a standard 40-hour week. And in some locales, that…

Why measuring is important for businesses of all kinds

Measuring shows our progress, provides targets for employees, gives us something to celebrate and helps us form strategies

Why measuring is important for businesses of all kindsI’m getting slower, there’s no doubt about it. I have been keeping track of my cycling times for the same routes for over five years and each year my times are slower. Since I turned 50, five seasons ago, my climbing is slower by a minute or two for the same hills, and my times…

PDF to Word easy converter: top 5 tools

There are some great tools that can quickly and easily convert pdf to word.

PDF to Word easy converter: top 5 toolsOffice staff receives a lot of data in PDF format — it could be data tables embedded in reports or spreadsheets that were carefully saved as PDF files before they were sent by email. But until you convert this data into a separate file, you will not be able to use it. Fortunately, there are…

Alberta business productivity unchanged in 2018

StatsCan said business productivity rose in four provinces and every territory in 2018

Alberta business productivity unchanged in 2018Business productivity was unchanged in Alberta in 2018, following a rebound of 3.3 per cent in 2017, according to a report released on Wednesday by Statistics Canada. “Productivity growth in goods-producing businesses (+5.3 per cent) was completely offset by a decline in the productivity of service-producing businesses (-2.9 per cent). Finance and insurance, as well…

You’ll reap what you sow if you don’t bail on your business too early

As entrepreneurs we all heed our calls, we plant our seeds and hope they germinate. But we need to stay patient

You’ll reap what you sow if you don’t bail on your business too earlyI was driving through the Prairies last week and as I saw farm after farm for sale, my mind drifted to what it would be like to be a farmer. I imagined the rhythm of the seasons, the sense of accomplishment of seeing crops grow before my eyes and the reaping of abundance from seeds…