Locnest helps put a roof over renters’ heads

Sébastien Barrillier of Locnest talks about how their model offers a simple solution to the security deposit problem

Locnest helps put a roof over renters’ headsSebastien Barrillier is president of Locnest. What is Locnest and how does it work? Barrillier: Locnest provides lease guarantee services to Canadian landlords and tenants. Our lease guarantee can replace security deposits in jurisdictions where they’re permitted and act as a guarantor or co-signer in jurisdictions where they’re not, providing landlords with a secure and…

Millennials face challenges dealing with inheritance

Shawnette Fraser of TD Canada Trust says its important to remember that there are emotions at play

Millennials face challenges dealing with inheritanceShawnette Fraser is district vice-president of Calgary North for TD Canada Trust. How big of a market is the millennial generation these days for Canadian financial institutions? Fraser: Millennials make up a large portion of our population, and as customer service-based business we need to be looking to how we can best support them in their…

Company provides the metrics the cannabis market needs

Jason Hardy of Cann Standard talks about why it’s important to track and synthesize data about the industry

Company provides the metrics the cannabis market needsJason Hardy is co-founder of Cann Standard. What is Cann Standard and what does it do? Hardy: Cann Standard’s mandate is to define cannabis markets. We log listing information for cannabis products anywhere we can find them, from producer and dispensary websites to larger cannabis listing sites and review websites. We process the data and…

Crossing over to Dark Side Racing, at high speed

Kelly Fedorowich talks about her family's adrenalin-fuelled motorsport company and why it thrives

Crossing over to Dark Side Racing, at high speedKelly Fedorowich is owner of Dark Side Racing. Calgary’s Business: What is Dark Side Racing? Fedorowich: Dark Side Racing is a family-owned and operated Top Fuel racing team that specializes in heart-pounding, adrenalin-fuelled motorsport marketing experiences. My business partners are my husband David and our son Nikolas, and together with our Motley Pit Crew we…

Communo builds a community of marketing professionals

Ryan Gill of Communo talks about how the collaboration model works for both clients and creative entrepreneurs

Communo builds a community of marketing professionalsRyan Gill is CEO of Communo. Calgary’s Business: What is Communo and how does it work? Gill: Communo is a community of advertising and marketing professionals who give and get work from each other via a mobile app. It’s like Tinder, but for creative professionals looking for work or agencies looking to hire contingent workers…

Block Talk works to put the community concept back into people’s lives

Michael Murray talks about how his app sends real-time messages from where you live, work and play

Block Talk works to put the community concept back into people’s livesMichael Murray is founder of Block Talk. Calgary’s Business: What’s Block Talk? Murray: Block Talk is an app for your phone. You should download it to send and receive urgent safety alerts specific to the communities you choose to follow. It has five other categories of communication, including a platform to communicate non-urgent crime such…

How browseYYC brings local choices to Calgary consumers

Teara McGinn has helped create a shared shopping website that showcases Calgary-produced goods

How browseYYC brings local choices to Calgary consumersTeara McGinn is co-founder of browseYYC. Calgary’s Business: What is browseYYC and how does it work? McGinn: browseYYC is a ‘shop local, online’ marketplace. It’s a website where people can experience the convenience of online shopping with the feel-good value of supporting local businesses. By allowing all types of sellers (retailers, artisans, etc) across the…

Wello founded on a healthy foundation

Vince Danielsen talks about how building the growing health-care provider was a lot like putting a winning football team together

Wello founded on a healthy foundationVince Danielsen is CEO of Wello. Calgary’s Business: What is Wello? When and why was it founded? Danielson: Wello is an innovative virtual health-care provider that gives people anytime, anywhere access to services that help them get well when they’re sick and keep well over the long term. We have a saying at Wello –…

Responding to the tastes of passionate foodies

Alec Wang on how Nomme has taken food delivery to a new level by focusing on local and expanding customers’ culinary experiences

Responding to the tastes of passionate foodiesAlec Wang is CEO and co-founder of Nomme. Calgary’s Business: What is Nomme? When and why was it founded? Wang: Nomme is an on-demand food delivery company. The story of Nomme began with a desire to expand culinary horizons within a group of passionate foodies who were constantly on the hunt for the newest and…

How craft breweries build communities

Jim Button of Village Brewery talks about how local breweries should keep their focus close to home to be successful

How craft breweries build communitiesJim Button is co-founder of Village Brewery. Calgary’s Business: What was the spark that made you start Village Brewery? Button: I remember working at Sears in the early 1980s and saying to my pal Scott that one day I was going to own a bar. At that time I was working dock pickup and customers and employees…

Taking the stress out of moving

Nate Edwards talks about how Virtuo’s tech-enabled service saves customers time and eases headaches

Taking the stress out of movingNate Edwards is co-founder and managing partner of Virtuo. Calgary’s Business: What is Virtuo and when was it founded? Edwards: Virtuo is a tech-enabled customer experience company that makes transitioning and settling into a new home simple and stress free. We save homebuyers more than 40 hours of their time by facilitating everything for them,…

‘It’s not voodoo – social media takes persistence’

Samantha Paterson, a social media manager at the University of Calgary, talks about how to get the most out of digital marketing

‘It’s not voodoo – social media takes persistence’Samantha Paterson is a social media manager at the University of Calgary and an instructor in Continuing Education. Calgary’s Business: How did you get into social media as a career and what’s the appeal for you? Paterson: During the 2000s in my ed-tech career, I was an early adopter of customer advocacy marketing, including online…

RV-rent entrepreneurs persevered until business was rolling

It took Chad and Cherie Ball of Wheel Estate years to get their business on the road, but they refused to abandon their dreams

RV-rent entrepreneurs persevered until business was rollingChad and Cherie Ball are owners of Wheel Estate. Calgary’s Business: What is Wheel Estate and how did the company come into being? Chad and Cherie: Wheel Estate is a peer-to-peer RV trailer sharing marketplace. We efficiently connect people who would like to rent a travel trailer with owners whose trailer would otherwise go unused, backing…

Baby Gourmet makes baby food even you will eat

We put premium gas in our luxury cars so why not put the best, highest quality baby food into the most important members of your family?

Baby Gourmet makes baby food even you will eatJennifer Carlson is co-founder of Baby Gourmet and academic chair (Innovation and New Ventures) at SAIT's School of Business. Calgary’s Business: How did the idea of establishing Baby Gourmet come about? Carlson: The idea for Baby Gourmet came about 13 years ago when my then six-month-old daughter was starting solids and I was not happy…

Sims committed to taking WestJet to new heights

President and CEO Ed Sims lays out an expansive and optimistic future for the Calgary-based airline

Sims committed to taking WestJet to new heightsEd Sims is president and CEO of WestJet. Calgary’s Business: What’s your vision for WestJet in the near-term and long-term? Sims: My mandate from the outset has been to return WestJet to previous levels of profitability and build trust and confidence among our 13,000 WestJet employees. Our people are our ‘secret sauce’ and we are…
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