Shelter for all: CREB Charitable Foundation builds community

Aneve MacKay-Lyons talks about how local realtors have embraced the mission to provide housing for low-income Calgarians

Shelter for all: CREB Charitable Foundation builds communityAneve MacKay-Lyons is manager of the Calgary Real Estate Board’s Charitable Foundation. Calgary’s Business: What’s the history of how and why CREB’s Charitable Foundation was founded? MacKay-Lyons: Officially established in 1987, CREB Charitable Foundation was formed by a small group of realtors as a way for our members to give back to the community in…

Mary Moran to lead 2026 Calgary Winter Games bid group

Calgary Economic Development CEO takes leave of absence to help spearhead push to bring Games back to Calgary

Mary Moran to lead 2026 Calgary Winter Games bid groupMary Moran, president and chief executive officer of Calgary Economic Development, will champion the city in a new role over the upcoming months. On Tuesday at Canada Olympic Park, Moran was announced as the CEO for Calgary 2026 – the organization working on a potential bid for the city to host the 2026 Winter Olympic…

Fiasco Gelato seeks to enrich lives, one spoonful at a time

CEO James Boettcher talks about how to build a brand, shape a reputation, weather recession and keep expanding

Fiasco Gelato seeks to enrich lives, one spoonful at a timeJames Boettcher is chief idea officer, CEO and custodian of culture at Fiasco Gelato. Calgary’s Business: How did Fiasco Gelato come about? Boettcher: Fiasco started as a scoop shop in 2003. I took it over in 2009 with a vision to build something that matters and pivoted the business from storefront to a national brand…

Early pop-up lessons put to good use in building business

Soma Hammam $ Spa started as a pop-up space in Holt Renfrew. Founder and CEO Lourdes Juan used the feedback to expand into her first bricks and mortar location

Early pop-up lessons put to good use in building businessLourdes Juan is founder and CEO of Soma Hammam & Spa and founder of the Leftovers Foundation. Calgary’s Business: You started the Soma concept as a pop-up space in Holt Renfrew a few years ago. How important was that to getting your business up and running? Juan: It was a good exercise in mobility and…

Moderate vulnerability for Calgary’s housing market: CMHC

Evidence of overbuilding remains, but some of the excess inventory is being bought up

Moderate vulnerability for Calgary’s housing market: CMHCEvidence of overbuilding remains high in Calgary, but the peak inventory count for apartment units, the largest share of inventory, occurred in December 2017. It has since declined, according to the latest Housing Market Assessment report by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. The report, released Thursday, said Calgary’s market had a “moderate” degree of vulnerability…

espy experience turns shopping into a positive experience

Megan Szanik of espy experience works to help clothing customers of all body shapes feel good about how they look

espy experience turns shopping into a positive experienceMegan Szanik is founder and owner of espy experience. Calgary’s Business: Tell me the background of you opening espy. Why and how did it come about? Szanik: When I first opened espy experience in 2009, we were simply a discount designer boutique opened to take advantage of the glut of goods in the marketplace after…

Record high vacancy rate for Calgary’s suburban office market

Rental rates are down 29 per cent from peak levels in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a CBRE report

Record high vacancy rate for Calgary’s suburban office marketCalgary's suburban office market saw its vacancy rate hit an historical high during the second quarter of this year as the effects of the recession linger. A report by commercial real estate firm CBRE said overall vacancy in the suburban market was 23.2 per cent in the quarter. “Mergers and consolidation activity, primarily from engineering,…

The face-to-face grace of events that work

Wes Scott of EventWorx talks about creating business-to-business audiences and business-to-consumer marketplaces

The face-to-face grace of events that workWes Scott is president and CEO of EventWorx. Calgary’s Business: What is EventWorx and when was it formed? Scott: EventWorx is now the name behind the Atlantic Canada Petroleum Show, Oil Sands Trade Show & Conference, and Chemistry Canada. In September 2017, through a management buyout, EventWorx acquired these brands from dmg::events. We aim to…

IOC has reformed its bidding process for Games, Calgarians told

The IOC attended a Calgary Chamber of Commerce hosted event to address concerns about the city's bidding process for the 2026 Games.

IOC has reformed its bidding process for Games, Calgarians toldThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) told an elite Calgary audience on Tuesday that it’s a transformed organization that will engage in an open and transparent bidding process. Hannah Burns, head of promotion for Olympic Games and Olympic Candidatures, said the IOC has changed the candidature process to encourage more open dialogue and greater transparency. Speaking…

Nation to nation at the Calgary Stampede

So long, Indian Village. Welcome, Elbow River Camp. The Stampede spirit shines through to embrace reconciliation

Nation to nation at the Calgary StampedeAs a member of a family who never missed a Calgary Stampede in 30 years of Calgary residency, I was made incredibly happy by Facebook pal George Brookman’s recent post. His announcement was simple, and direct: “A wonderful representative of the Indigenous people, Cieran Starlight will be the last ‘Indian Princess’ to represent the ‘Indian…
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