Canadian exporters pumped despite challenges

Road bumps include difficulty hiring skilled labour and uncertainty over trade agreements with the U.S., according to survey

Canadian exporters pumped despite challengesCanadian exporters may face challenges these days but in the short-term they remain fairly optimistic. Export Development Canada’s Mid-Year Trade Confidence Index, a bi-annual survey of 1,000 Canadian exporters, finds that optimism is rising for all firm sizes, sectors and regions of the country. “Canadian exporters are pumped about higher global growth and are busy…

Need help tapping into the marketing power of digital platforms?

Crystal DeCnodder of Full Blast Creative talks about how to put social media to work building your business

Need help tapping into the marketing power of digital platforms?Crystal DeCnodder is partner and vice-president of digital marketing for Full Blast Creative. Calgary’s Business: Why is it important for businesses today to adopt social media and social media advertising into their operations? DeCnodder: Social media marketing has come a long way since 2011 when I started my social media company. When the industry first…

Cancerous tumour forces Dr. Howard Gimbel to give up eye surgery

Innovative surgeon intends to remain active as an owner, operator, teacher, mentor and coach to patients

Cancerous tumour forces Dr. Howard Gimbel to give up eye surgeryDr. Howard Gimbel, one of the world’s leading ophthalmic surgeons, will soon transition away from surgical practice due to a cancerous tumour that can’t be treated with radiation or chemotherapy. The Gimbel Eye Centre said in a news release on Thursday that treatment for the respected surgeon, eye specialist and business owner will include the…

Putting the personal touch back into public relations

Shauna MacDonald of Brookline PR talks about putting together campaigns that lead to measurable results

Putting the personal touch back into public relationsShauna MacDonald is principal of Brookline PR. Calgary’s Business: Tell us a little of the history of Brookline. How and when it got started and why you started the company? MacDonald: I founded Brookline in October 2004 after returning to Calgary from Boston, where I attended Boston University for my master’s and began my career…

Community pharmacies key drivers of economic activity in Canada

Nearly 10,500 community pharmacies in Canada generate $1.68 billion in benefits to all levels of government: report

Community pharmacies key drivers of economic activity in CanadaA new report by the Conference Board of Canada says the community pharmacy sector generated more than $16 billion in economic activity and supported nearly 250,000 jobs in Canada. The Pharmacist in Your Neighbourhood: Economic Footprint of Canada's Community Pharmacy Sector report, which was released on Thursday, said Ontario contributed an estimated $6.3 billion, followed by…

Postmedia suffers $15.5-million quarterly loss

Newspaper giant says it will continue to cut costs to address revenue declines in its legacy print business

Postmedia suffers $15.5-million quarterly lossCanadian newspaper giant Postmedia suffered $15.5-million net loss in its third quarter, which ended May 31. The chain said on Wednesday that the loss, which included a $9.4 million non-cash impairment charge, compared to net earnings of $13 million in the same period in 2017. “The change was primarily the result of an increase in…

Helping Alberta drivers maintain line of site

Caleb Cummings of Calgary PPF talks about the hazards awaiting Alberta drivers and how to protect your vehicle

Helping Alberta drivers maintain line of siteCaleb Cummings is general manager of Calgary PPF. Calgary’s Business: Why are vehicle windshields so prone to chips and cracks on Calgary and Alberta roads? Cummings: For safety reasons, Alberta roads are covered in gravel and salt during the long winters. Road salt only works in temperatures above -5C, so due to Alberta’s extreme temperatures,…

Tim Hortons launches major expansion in China

Franchise joint venture agreement will see 1,500 restaurants in China in the next 10 years

Tim Hortons launches major expansion in ChinaThe iconic Canadian brand Tim Hortons is expanding into China with plans to open more than 1,500 locations over the next 10 years. The company announced on Wednesday that it has entered into an exclusive master franchise joint venture agreement with Cartesian Capital Group in China. “We have two main priorities at Tim Hortons: building…

Tax hikes discouraging entrepreneurship in Alberta

'Entrepreneurship is inherently risky and higher personal income taxes decrease the potential income (and reward) for entrepreneurs'

Tax hikes discouraging entrepreneurship in AlbertaA report by the Fraser Institute says Alberta’s personal income tax rate hike may prevent 1,374 new businesses from starting in the province. “Recent tax hikes by the Alberta government are discouraging entrepreneurs from starting new businesses, which are vital for economic growth and prosperity and drive innovation,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies…

Alberta leads the charge in crude oil production hike

StatsCan said production totalled 18.6 million cubic metres in April, up 11.9 per cent from the same month a year earlier

Alberta leads the charge in crude oil production hikeCanada produced 20.3 million cubic metres (127.5 million barrels) of crude oil and equivalent products in April, up 12.5 per cent from the same month a year ago, says Statistics Canada. “With the exception of heavy crude oil (-4.9 per cent), production of all types of crude oil was up compared with April 2017,” said…