Creating exceptional homes in workforce lodges

Rod Graham of Horizon North talks about why quality and consistency pays off when housing workers

Creating exceptional homes in workforce lodgesRod Graham is president and chief executive officer of Horizon North. What does Horizon North Logistics do? Graham: Horizon North has two sides to our business. Our industrial services division has been a key part of our business since our inception in 2006, providing workforce accommodations, camp management services, access solutions, maintenance services and utilities.…

The biggest mistake most small business owners make

We need to develop systems of hiring and monitoring our employees to ensure we have the right people

The biggest mistake most small business owners makeBob was frustrated, stressed and upset. One of his key employees, Keith, had just left to start his own business and had taken another staff member with him. I wasn’t surprised. I’d been working with Bob for several months and had met Keith several times. My impression wasn’t favourable and I had discussed this with…

Putting your best foot forward on your job search

Shannon Bowen-Smed of BOWEN Group talks about the win-win of an evolving economy in Alberta

Putting your best foot forward on your job searchShannon Bowen-Smed is president and CEO of BOWEN Group. Tell me a little bit about the company. Its history and what it does today? Bowen-Smed: Forty-five years ago this month, my mother took a $14,000 loan from my grandfather and opened BOWEN Group. The company originally started by solely delivering permanent placements in the Calgary…

How Manitoba can meet the challenges of a growing population

Government must cut public sector costs, taxes and fees. And become vastly better at providing needed and efficient services

How Manitoba can meet the challenges of a growing populationFor the first time in decades, Manitoba’s unemployment rate has risen above the national average. With the provincial economy growing (briskly for Manitoba) around two per cent a year, we might have expected some declining unemployment rates and labour shortages. But it’s not enough with record immigration and a slowdown in Manitobans leaving for Alberta…

Why economists can’t endorse minimum wage hikes

Economists believe that raising the price of low-skilled labour just eliminates many of those jobs

Why economists can’t endorse minimum wage hikesRaising the minimum wage is a popular policy among voters. But economists dispute the value of such a raise. Why the discrepancy? Recent polls from Ontario found strong support for the province’s minimum wage hike. And in the United States, a Pew Research poll in 2016 showed that by a margin of 52 per cent…

More needs to be done to help refugees find work

By 2034, newcomers to Canada will account for 100% of our population growth and an increasing proportion of our workforce

More needs to be done to help refugees find workIKEA Canada’s recent commitment to hiring 250 refugees in the next three years is welcome news indeed. Newcomer unemployment in Canada overall was at its lowest rate in more than a decade in 2017, but refugees continue to face real challenges finding work. The unemployment rate for refugees has consistently been the highest among all…

Alberta has 4th highest number of active businesses with employees

The industry sectors with the most locations are construction, professional, scientific and technical services, and retail

Alberta has 4th highest number of active businesses with employeesAlberta has the fourth highest number of active businesses with employees in Canada, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported Thursday that there were 1,283,789 active businesses with employees in December across Canada. Provincially, Ontario reported the highest number of active businesses with employees at 471,846, followed by Quebec at 261,002, British Columbia at…

Many Canadians regret retiring, try re-entering the workforce

CIBC poll says too many people approach retirement without a plan

When is the right time to retire? As many Canadians get to the age where they’re contemplating their next steps in life, a new CIBC poll indicates 27 per cent of retired Canadians regret retiring and an almost equal number – 23 per cent – have tried re-entering the labour market. The poll, which was…

Legislation to ensure pay equity for work of equal value falls flat

Only a free market will balance out pay inequities. If a company fails to compensate fairly, employees will simply move on

Legislation to ensure pay equity for work of equal value falls flatFrom conception to implementation, pay equity is a sham. It’s obscured in double speak, packaged in seemingly laudable goals and promises great results. However, it can’t deliver them because it’s based on false premises. Any good that comes of it is far outweighed by the harm. That’s why Canadians should be wary of any legislation…

Alberta restaurant industry faces challenges

Shanna Munro of Restaurants Canada talks about the need to restore fairness to regulation impacting food services

Alberta restaurant industry faces challengesShanna Munro is president and CEO of Restaurants Canada (formerly CRFA). What’s the forecast for sales for the restaurant industry for the coming year? Munro: For years, Alberta sales growth led the nation, with many built-in advantages such as no sales tax. Over the past three years, however, Alberta trails the rest of Canada in…
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