Fraser: Infrastructure stimulus spending a waste

Infrastructure projects have very long timelines and by the time shovels hit the ground the recession is usually over and recovery has begun, think tank argues

Fraser: Infrastructure stimulus spending a wasteLooking to discretionary public infrastructure investments as a response to economic downturns may be a poor policy choice, suggests a new study released Wednesday by public policy think-tank the Fraser Institute. The Fiscal Policy and Recessions: The Role of Public Infrastructure Spending report said infrastructure spending is not an effective policy for stimulating the economy…

Businesses must develop emerging leaders

We don’t recognize that times and technology have changed, we’ve been holding the organization back or we’re just exhausted by our years of leadership

Businesses must develop emerging leadersIt wasn’t the several times I almost died on the job. It wasn’t when I fell off roofs or rolled heavy equipment. But I can remember the day and time I knew I had to get out of construction. It was -35C and I was demolishing a gas station for my employer. As I went…

Moncton builds it and they come

Yes, a downtown can be revitalized. But how to do it successfully – as Moncton has – remains a bit of a mystery

Moncton builds it and they comeIf there’s anything special about the much-ballyhooed Moncton Miracle, it’s that this New Brunswick city manages to thrive despite itself. That could be said about almost all successful municipalities, of course. But one look at this community’s downtown core five years ago and you would not have detected anything remotely resembling gritty determination. Look anywhere…

University District launches latest condo project

U of C-area development has secured new retailers and officially broken ground on its three-acre Central Park

University District launches latest condo projectThe massive mixed-use University District development in Calgary has launched a new residential condominium project, secured new retailers and officially broken ground on its three-acre Central Park. West Campus Development Trust, which is spearheading the overall development, and Avi Urban announced recently that the new condo project, Argyle, will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom condos.…

Strong in-migration to fuel housing demand in the Calgary region

Pace of new home construction is projected to gain traction in 2020 and 2021

Strong in-migration to fuel housing demand in the Calgary regionStronger in-migration into the Calgary area will fuel housing demand and result in gains in MLS ales over the next two years, says the Housing Market Outlook report released by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Supported by strong population growth, the pace of new home construction is projected to gain traction in 2020 and 2021…

Edmonton, Calgary housing starts jump in September

Edmonton, Calgary housing starts jump in SeptemberSome impressive numbers were released on Tuesday indicating that September was a good month for homebuilders in the Calgary and Edmonton regions. According to statistics from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., the Edmonton census metropolitan area saw single-detached housing starts of 403 for the month, up nine per cent year over year. The ‘all other’…

Alberta’s rebound building on construction growth

Residential construction in the province was up by 4.1 per cent in July compared to June

Alberta’s rebound building on construction growthThere are encouraging signs that Alberta’s economy may have hit bottom and is in early recovery. Alberta Treasure Branch reports that investment in residential construction in the province was up by 4.1 per cent in July compared to June, on a seasonally adjusted basis. Although it remains well below where it was a year ago,…

Building a winning engineering team

Mauro Plenzik talks about how Maskell Plenzik & Partners has kept abreast of a changing marketplace, remaining prepared, nimble and capable

Building a winning engineering teamMauro Plenzik is principal of Maskell Plenzik & Partners Engineering Inc. in Calgary. What is Maskell Plenzik & Partners Engineering and what do you do? Plenzik: Maskell Plenzik and Partners is an electrical engineering consulting firm that specializes in buildings’ electrical, communication and security design. Further to the broad range of design services we provide…

Turning insurance into a relationship business

Dana Bouwman of Insight Insurance and Risk Management in Edmonton talks about how to build and sustain a client list

Turning insurance into a relationship businessDana Bouwman is account executive at Insight Insurance & Risk Management in Edmonton. Tell me a little bit about what you do? How and why did you get involved in this career? Bouwman: I facilitate liability and property insurance programs for mid-sized companies. Specifically, I focus on construction, manufacturing, and tech companies that have $10-plus-million…
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