Foreign investors continue to shun Canada; Canadians investing abroad

Foreign investment in Canadian securities was $2.2 billion in May, the lowest level so far in 2018. Canadians add $5.7 billion worth to their foreign holdings

Foreign investors continue to shun Canada; Canadians investing abroadForeign investment in Canadian securities slowed to $2.2 billion in May, down from $9.1 billion in April but Canadian investors resumed their investment in foreign securities by adding $5.7 billion worth to their holdings, mainly in foreign bonds, says Statistics Canada. “The investment pattern in May, both inward and outward, reflected acquisitions of bonds and…

Notley working to get Alberta off the boom-and-bust roller-coaster

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley explains why and how the province can have both a diversified economy and a strong energy sector

Notley working to get Alberta off the boom-and-bust roller-coasterRachel Notley is premier of Alberta. Calgary’s Business: What’s your overall sense of Alberta's economy and where it's at today and more importantly where it’s headed in the future? Notley: We know things are looking up. You may have heard the jobs numbers before: 90,000 full-time jobs created last year, mostly in the private sector.…

Is now the right time to exit your business?

There are unmistakable signs that it is the right time to move on, with more than a few steps to get the transition right

Is now the right time to exit your business?It’s one of the most important decisions you will make. And one of the most difficult. Is it time for you to exit stage left and say goodbye to your business? There are a few unmistakable signs that it is indeed the right time – for you and the business – to move on. You A…

Canada Post needs a new boss. Can you deliver?

The job comes with significant challenges but some solutions can be found in Australia

Canada Post needs a new boss. Can you deliver?Looking for a new job? Canada Post is looking for a president and chief executive officer. But it’s not a position anyone should consider lightly. The new CEO will face daunting challenges in managing Canada Post’s operational, financial and governance deficiencies in this digital age. And it’s a job that must be done under close public…

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…

Tim Hortons rolling up the rim to win over China

The decision to export the Canadian corporate icon is a very aggressive global extension strategy that could pay off

Tim Hortons rolling up the rim to win over ChinaTim Hortons is going where the growth is: China. The Canadian institution announced it will expand its portfolio of 4,700 restaurants by signing a joint venture partnership with a Chinese-based equity firm. Tim Hortons has locations in the United States, the Arab Emirates, the Philippines and the United Kingdom. And it intends to open 1,500…

Young, educated Indigenous talent is ready

Canadians are retiring in unprecedented numbers and young couples are having fewer babies. Here's how we can fill the workforce gaps

Young, educated Indigenous talent is readyBy Jock Finlayson and Kristine St.-Laurent Business Council of B.C. The latest Canadian census revealed three major population trends: we’re having fewer babies, progressively more baby boomers are transitioning into retirement and most people are living longer. Together, these trends point towards a population that’s greying faster than at any time in Canadian history. Overall, it’s a good…

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…
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