Too many oil and gas opportunities left on the table

Tim McMillan of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers talks about the need to attract investment, spur innovation and grow jobs

Too many oil and gas opportunities left on the tableTim McMillan is president and CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Calgary’s Business: How would you describe the state of the oil and gas industry right now? McMillan: We’re at a crucial point in Canada right now. Oil prices have recovered but the Canadian industry is not rebounding as fast as other oil…

Helping companies get out from under an avalanche of spreadsheets

Christopher Ronak of software developer 4castplus caters to a growing need for project cost management help

Helping companies get out from under an avalanche of spreadsheetsChristopher Ronak is CEO of 4castplus. Calgary’s Business: What is 4castplus and the story behind its founding? Ronak: 4castplus is construction project cost management software designed to provide organizations with a centralized platform to run all their major projects and programs, including infrastructure, pipeline, construction, mining and oil and gas. Users gain deep visibility, analytics and…

‘Action doesn’t magically happen. You have to plan for it’

Derek Blair of Insights Matter talks about how quality research can result in real operational change in businesses

‘Action doesn’t magically happen. You have to plan for it’Derek Blair is president of Insights Matter. Calgary’s Business: What is Insights Matter? Blair: We are a consumer research and market insights company. We help companies and organizations that are looking to solve marketing-related challenges and questions like: “What do our consumers and clients want?” or “Why do they buy and how do they make…

The face-to-face grace of events that work

Wes Scott of EventWorx talks about creating business-to-business audiences and business-to-consumer marketplaces

The face-to-face grace of events that workWes Scott is president and CEO of EventWorx. Calgary’s Business: What is EventWorx and when was it formed? Scott: EventWorx is now the name behind the Atlantic Canada Petroleum Show, Oil Sands Trade Show & Conference, and Chemistry Canada. In September 2017, through a management buyout, EventWorx acquired these brands from dmg::events. We aim to…

Virtual Gurus provides cost-effective support services to business

Bobbie Racette of Virtual Gurus has built a vibrant business filling the administrative needs of companies

Virtual Gurus provides cost-effective support services to businessBobbie Racette is founder and CEO of Virtual Gurus. Calgary’s Business: What's the history behind Virtual Gurus, how it came to be and when? Racette: I founded Virtual Gurus by myself. I started thinking of the idea in 2014. I really started putting pen to paper in 2015 and even did a pre-launch to see if…

The power of humour to change workplace culture

Michael Kerr describes how to escape ‘a soul-sucking, fun-sucking, Dilbert-like work environment,’ just as he did, and raise productivity

The power of humour to change workplace cultureMichael Kerr is an international speaker and expert on humour in the workplace. Calgary’s Business: How and when did you get into this field of humour at work? Kerr: I started Humour at Work 21 years ago, after working as a senior manager in a soul-sucking, fun-sucking, Dilbert-like work environment. I knew I had to…

The Ace Class is changing the way women connect with women

Mandy Balak of The Ace Class talks about the importance of community and mentorship in growing your business

The Ace Class is changing the way women connect with womenMandy Balak is founder and CEO of The Ace Class. Calgary’s Business: Can you explain what The Ace Class is and its purpose? Balak: Ace is an acronym for activate, cultivate and empower – we are a Canadian media and events company designed and created by women for women. We are founded in our intention…

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.…

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…

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…

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,…

Smartphone apps links patients to mental health professionals

David Johnson talks about how VictoryLab's app helps people in need using in-the-moment technology

Smartphone apps links patients to mental health professionalsDavid Johnson is founder and CEO of VictoryLab. Calgary’s Business: What is VictoryLab, and what's its history on how and why it was formed? Johnson: Founded in 2015, VictoryLab is an evidence-based, affordable and convenient mental health app available to organizations. With VictoryLab, users can reach out to certified counsellors and licensed therapists from their smartphone…

Breaking barriers to empower women in business

Monica Kretschmer of Canadian Business Chicks talks about how to help female entrepreneurs succeed

Breaking barriers to empower women in businessMonica Kretschmer is founder and CEO of Canadian Business Chicks. Calgary’s Business: What is Canadian Business Chicks? Kretschmer: Canadian Business Chicks is a diverse community of professional and entrepreneurial women with a passion for uniting people to empower women in business, and who embrace life with courage, confidence commitment and integrity. We are a social…