Connecting people, businesses and organizations to opportunity

Mark Patterson talks about how Magnet is helping Calgary and its workforce transition to a new economic model

Connecting people, businesses and organizations to opportunityMark Patterson is executive director of Magnet at Ryerson University. What is Magnet and what does it do? Patterson: Magnet is a digital social innovation platform, founded at Ryerson University, with a mission to accelerate inclusive economic growth across Canada by advancing careers, businesses and communities. Engaging employers, employment service providers, businesses and job seekers…

Bringing the best out of every portrait

Rafal Wegiel talks about the complex process needed to create an image that shows the unique personality of each photo subject

Bringing the best out of every portraitRafal Wegiel is the owner of Rafal Wegiel Photography in Calgary. Tell me about what you do and the services you offer? Wegiel: I’m a commercial and portrait photographer based in Calgary. I specialize in high-end headshots for individuals as well for companies and brands. Also a few years ago I became an educator and…

How fleet management software enriched Enrich

CEO Eric Richer talks about how the company has disrupted the fleet management industry with a special focus on truck rental/leasing

How fleet management software enriched EnrichEric Richer is CEO of Enrich Software Corp. What is Enrich?  Richer: Enrich Software Corp. is a North American leader in providing software solutions in the fleet management industry. This small but mighty tech company is disrupting a traditional industry and providing innovative solutions for the next generation. What does it do? Richer: Enrich has…

Finding short-term solutions to build long-term relationships

Susan Kandalaft of Executive Solutions talks about building a placement business on relationships and quality

Finding short-term solutions to build long-term relationshipsSusan Kandalaft is president of Executive Solutions Ltd. What is Executive Solutions and what do you do? Kandalaft: Executive Solutions is a Calgary-based, boutique staffing firm that specializes in all types and levels of positions, primarily in the office, including temporary, temp to hire, contract and permanent placements. Our searches can range from reception to…

Charting a sound commercial real estate course in rough waters

Guy Huntingford of NAIOP Calgary talks about the resilience of local developers in the face of a changing economy

Charting a sound commercial real estate course in rough watersGuy Huntingford is director of strategic initiatives at NAIOP Calgary. What is NAIOP and what does it do? Huntingford: NAIOP Calgary is a chapter of an international organization that’s headquartered in Washington D.C. NAIOP is the commercial real estate development association. It’s the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in retail, office, industrial…

Perfecting the art of fried chicken

Nicole and Francine Gomes talk about why Cluck ’N’ Cleaver is a lifelong venture of passion and perseverance

Perfecting the art of fried chickenNicole and Francine Gomes are the owners of Cluck ’N’ Cleaver. Nicole was a Top Chef Canada All-Stars Champion.   Tell me a little about Cluck ’N’ Cleaver and why it's different than other eating establishment in Calgary? Nicole: I’ve always loved fried chicken, ever since I was a child. Ironically, my first job (when I…

Keeping a keen eye on the housing market

Andie Daggett of Urban Analytics provides a precise snapshot of Calgary's rental market vacancies and rates, and offers a market forecast

Keeping a keen eye on the housing marketAndie Daggett is manager of rental market data (Alberta) for Urban Analytics. What is Urban Analytics and what do you do? Daggett: Urban Analytics is a real estate based market research and advisory firm. We track all of the new multi-family home and purpose-built rental projects in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Half of our business…

Choklat and Namaste bring cannabis edibles to new level

Meni Morim and Brad Churchill talk about the two companies’ new partnership and what the future holds

Choklat and Namaste bring cannabis edibles to new levelMeni Morim is CEO of Namaste Technologies and Brad Churchill is CEO of Choklat. The two have partnered. Tell me what Choklat is and what it does? When it started and where it's located? Churchill: Choklat is a luxury “bean to bar” chocolate maker and chocolatier. Where other chocolatiers buy chocolate and make their confections,…

Valvoline buying Calgary-based Minit Lube service centres

All Minit Lube centres are expected to be rebranded as Valvoline Great Canadian Oil Change

Valvoline buying Calgary-based Minit Lube service centresValvoline Inc., a leading worldwide supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services, is acquiring certain business assets of Minit Lube in Alberta. The company said in a news release that it will acquire four service centres, which will become Valvoline company-owned stores. They will franchise the remaining two service centres to the existing owner.…

Investing in marketing and branding for startups

Lewk Schulze talks about building Axenic into a global marketing player and the company’s next steps – including expansion to Calgary

Investing in marketing and branding for startupsLewk Schulze is CEO and co-founder of Axenic. What is Axenic and what does it do? Schulze: I’ll try to be brief, as I could take up an entire chapter writing the story behind Axenic. Axenic is a global creative investment firm based in Los Angeles, Calif. I started the company when I was 18…