The software tools home service businesses need to reach customers

Jobber CEO Sam Pillar and his team offer services to businesses in 45 countries because ‘small businesses power economies’

The software tools home service businesses need to reach customersSam Pillar is CEO of Jobber. Calgary’s Business: What is Jobber? How and when was it founded? Pillar: Jobber makes and provides software and resources for small home service businesses like plumbers, cleaners, landscapers and HVAC, just to name a few. My co-founder, Forrest Zeisler, and I launched Jobber in 2011, and we’re now a…

Leveraging technology to re-imagine the insurance business

Joe McBurney of Obvi Inc. offers a quick and easy online quote and purchase system, with instant policy delivery

Leveraging technology to re-imagine the insurance businessJoe McBurney is president of Obvi Inc., which provides simple, clearly-written and easy-to-understand extended automotive warranty and gap insurance. Calgary’s Business: What is Obvi? McBurney: Obvi is an innovative company that is rebuilding, reimagining and reinventing insurance products to the benefit of the customer by leveraging technology. Having focused on the customer first, Obvi delivers…

Canadian pharmaceutical company enters medical cannabis field

Sandoz Canada says it has finalized a collaboration agreement with Tilray, a Health Canada licensed producer of medical cannabis, allowing Sandoz Canada to become the first Canadian pharmaceutical company to enter the medical cannabis field. “The alliance will support the rising interest in medical cannabis by providing patients with medical treatment options of stringent manufacturing…

Less is more: how tweets can build a business brand

Alyson Gausby of Twitter Canada, in Calgary this week as a speaker at SocialWest, has a succinct message for the corporate world

Less is more: how tweets can build a business brandAlyson Gausby is head of research at Twitter Canada. She’s in Calgary this week as a speaker at SocialWest, founded by Mike Morrison. It’s the largest social media and digital marketing conference in Western Canada. The sold-out event takes place June 13 to 15 at Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Theatres. Calgary’s Business: Has social media use…

Climate change policies costs energy sector $56 billion in last three years

Loss of investment curbs industry development of innovation that’s key to breaking the link between energy growth and emissions growth: CAPP

Climate change policies costs energy sector $56 billion in last three yearsInefficient and duplicative climate policies are among the factors discouraging investment in Canada’s natural gas and oil industry, according to Competitive Climate Policy: Supporting Investment and Innovation, released by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Those policies prompt companies to move operations to countries with little or no emissions-reduction programs, thus increasing future global emissions, says the…

Putting business performance in perspective

Business coach Kelly Laverty helps business leaders get the best out of themselves, their companies and their employees

Putting business performance in perspectiveKelly Laverty is a business coach in Calgary with FocalPoint Coaching. He recently won the company's Coaching Practice of the Year Award. Calgary’s Business: Describe what you do as a business coach. Laverty: My role as a business coach can best be described as becoming a partner with the business leader. The approach I take…

Challenging times ahead but pipeline should be built: Masson

Energy project development and governance, marketing and finance veteran believes the Trans Mountain deal can benefit all parties

Challenging times ahead but pipeline should be built: MassonRichard Masson has over 30 years of leadership experience in energy project development and governance, energy marketing, and finance. He has a consulting practice at Planning Solutions and was formerly CEO of the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission, as well as an executive with Nexen and Shell, and director of oil sands policy and development with Alberta…

How to get noticed and hired in tough economic times

Years of recruitment and talent management have taught Joy Cohen that resumes need to be tight, clean and targeted

How to get noticed and hired in tough economic timesJoy Cohen is the author of Take Aim: How to Get Noticed and Hired In Tough Times. She’s a human resources professional, with over 10 years of recruitment and talent management experience, as well as an accomplished resume writer and career coach. Calgary’s Business: Tell me a little bit about what you do and how…

Enhanced pipeline capacity crucial to Canada’s economy: CIBC

New study points to $12 billion in foregone revenues over the past five years. And that could rise to $15 billion by 2019

Enhanced pipeline capacity crucial to Canada’s economy: CIBCEnhanced pipeline capacity is crucial to future foreign investment in Canada and the country’s competitive advantage in the energy sector, says a new report released on Thursday by CIBC World Markets. “The future of Canada’s economy looks brighter when the energy sector is thriving in a sustainable manner, of which pipeline capacity is a crucial…

$2 billion in wages lost waiting for medical treatment

For the first time, the estimated number of Canadians who waited for medically-necessary treatment exceeded one million in 2017: Fraser Institute

$2 billion in wages lost waiting for medical treatmentWaiting for surgery and medical treatment can be a painful and personally frustrating experience for many Canadians. It’s also a costly one. A new study released on Wednesday by the Fraser Institute says long waits cost Canadians $1.9 billion in lost wages last year and for the first time, the estimated number of Canadians who…

Policy risk chases away investment: Brad Wall

Former Saskatchewan premier says government needs to send a strong signal that it intends to be competitive

Policy risk chases away investment: Brad WallFormer Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall recently joined Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP as a special adviser to the firm and its clients. He is based in the firm’s Calgary office. Wall spoke with our Associate website Calgary's Business about politics and the economy. Calgary's Business: Why did you decide to choose this new position and what do you see are your…

Calgary-based Communo connects entrepreneurs in the shared economy

Mobile app helps businesses in the marketing and advertising fields to connect and work together with the click of a button

Calgary-based Communo connects entrepreneurs in the shared economyCalgary-based tech company has launched a mobile app helping businesses in the marketing and advertising fields to connect at the click of a button and work together in the new shared economy. Communo was founded about a year ago by Calgary marketing gurus Ryan Gill and Chris Kneeland, who turned Cult Collective into an internationally-recognized…

Saskatchewan top spot for mining investment in Canada, Alberta 11th

Alberta placed 49th internationally and 11th in the Canadian rankings, with only Nova Scotia worse

Saskatchewan top spot for mining investment in Canada, Alberta 11thSaskatchewan is the world’s second most attractive jurisdiction for mining investment after Finland, according to the latest Annual Survey of Mining Companies released on Thursday by the Fraser Institute. Alberta placed 49th internationally and in the Canadian rankings, the province was 11th of all jurisdictions, with only Nova Scotia worse. “Rich mineral reserves, competitive taxes,…

One-quarter of Shaw Communications staff seek buyouts

'We expect the business to continue to operate in the normal course with no impact on customer experience,' the company says

One-quarter of Shaw Communications staff seek buyouts Calgary-based Shaw Communications Inc. announced on Thursday that 25 per cent of its workforce, or 3,300 employees, have elected to take part in the company's recently-announced voluntary departure program. The program is the first step in the company's multi-year Total Business Transformation initiative, “designed to reinvent its operating model to better meet the changing tastes…

Suncor boosts interest in Syncrude in $920-million deal

‘This transaction reflects our confidence in the long-term future of the oilsands,‘ said Suncor president Steve Williams

Suncor boosts interest in Syncrude in $920-million dealEnergy giant Suncor Energy is buying Mocal Energy’s five per cent interest in the Syncrude joint venture for $920 million. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018. “This transaction reflects our confidence in the long-term future of the oilsands and the high quality and value of the Syncrude asset, adding 17,500…