Putting artificial intelligence to work for Alberta’s future

The increased use of AI changes the job market. Some jobs disappear. New jobs are created. AI applies to more existing jobs

Putting artificial intelligence to work for Alberta’s futureAlberta’s job market is a powerhouse. We had the highest employment rate in the country last year with 66.7 per cent of our population age 15 and over working at a job. That’s five percentage points above the national average and 16 points higher than the lowest rate, which is found in Newfoundland and Labrador.…

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…

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…

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…

Pipeline obstructionism costing Canada billions

According to a recent Fraser Institute study, lack of pipeline capacity will cost Canadian oil producers $15.8 billion this year

Pipeline obstructionism costing Canada billionsBy Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute Canada’s need for new pipelines is critical. The recent decision by Kinder Morgan, one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America, to halt all “non-essential spending” on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion – which would run from Alberta, through British Columbia, to the coast…

Alberta buys another ticket on the resource revenue roller-coaster

Despite promises to end the reliance on resource royalties, Rachel Notley's government keeps piling up the debt and looking to the same revenue source

Alberta buys another ticket on the resource revenue roller-coasterBy Ben Eisen and Steve Lafleur The Fraser Institute Before forming government, Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP vowed to get the province “off of the resource revenue roller-coaster.” So it’s ironic that now-Premier Notley’s third budget promises to take the province on yet another ride. Her government’s vague and risky “path to budget balance”…

How to seed Alberta’s future as a tech giant

It’s time for the provincial government to get involved in tech development by providing venture capital insurance

How to seed Alberta’s future as a tech giantYou hear a lot of talk these days that Alberta needs to “go green” and that technology should be to the 21st century what energy was to the 20th. But if the energy industry is supplanted, how will the Alberta government replace the billions of dollars in resource royalties that flow into its treasury every…

Consumers want greater transparency in food production

Canada is the first country to launch a producer framework for sustainable beef production, to certify cattle operations and track chain of custody

Consumers want greater transparency in food productionThe Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) is an answer to the needs and demands of consumers and their trusted retailers. With the launch of a new generation of BIXS, which is a web-based data management system that operates a value-added traceability system, transparency, traceability and verification in beef production is a reality. Recognizing that ease of…

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…

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…

Putting the potential of Alberta’s biomass on the map

Part 5 of a 10-part series: The new online app BRIMS identifies bio-resource locations that can benefit nature, people and business

Putting the potential of Alberta’s biomass on the mapWhen developing natural resources, one of the first things you want to look at is a map that shows deposits of oil or gold. The same goes for developing Alberta’s bio-resources. As an investor or entrepreneur, where will you find plentiful supplies of straw, wood fibre or sludge to support your green business venture? The…

Turning Alberta’s inactive wells back into assets

Part 3 of a six-part series: ReGenerate Alberta wants to seize a business opportunity and answer a social challenge all at once

Turning Alberta’s inactive wells back into assetsAlberta has a skeleton in its closet no one really wants to talk about. Even when we do, the bone rattling isn’t necessarily good talk. The problem is Alberta’s steadily-growing ranks of aging oil and gas assets that haven't been properly readied for (permanent) retirement. The liability those aging assets represent has burgeoned steadily over recent…

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…