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…

The Internet provides ‘a boundless supply of victims’

So why don't we pay attention to the detail necessary to secure our information?

The Internet provides ‘a boundless supply of victims’By Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist Cops have a pretty good set of rules and responses. They look for the good and bad actors. They question everything and have a response for most eventualities. “Move along buddy” solves a lot of problems, for example. It turns out that Det.…

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…

Wasting money propping up untenable news operations

Billions are spent on the CBC, hundreds of millions are redirected by the CRTC to ensure we’re informed. Is more federal funding for local news justified?

Wasting money propping up untenable news operationsThe smartest thing the federal government could have done to answer pleas for subsidy from the nation’s newspaper publishers is nothing. The next smartest thing it could have done is what I suggested it do last August – get the CBC out of the domestic advertising business and make all of its news content available…

Coding for kids? Teach the basics of education first

Mission One should be to fortify the foundation. Teach literacy – reading, writing, numeracy

Coding for kids? Teach the basics of education firstShould we teach computer programming to children? This question bounces around in the news and among technophiles who worry about things like coding. They worry Canada won’t be competitive if we don’t teach children how to write software. They worry we won’t have gender parity in the tech industry if we don’t teach young girls…

Catching a ride on the ‘creative destructive’ economy

As the taxi industry faces off with Uber, governments should let the marketplace sort out the winners and losers

Catching a ride on the ‘creative destructive’ economyWhat do creation, destruction, sharing and profit have in common? When it comes to the sharing economy, the answer is everything. In slightly over a decade, Uber and Lyft have gone from San Francisco startups to worldwide juggernauts. Their march to becoming international multibillion-dollar companies has sometimes met fierce resistance from taxi companies and community…

Raising capital is not always the only option

Instead of pitching for investor money, start to focus on pitching for revenue

Raising capital is not always the only optionMost of us in the entrepreneurial space, whether building, supporting or funding early stage companies, assume attracting investor capital is just the normal course of business. We have been conditioned to believe or accept that once an entrepreneur gets a business underway raising investor capital is just part of the plan. Some entrepreneurs begin crafting…

Reclaim brownfield sites by putting science funding to practical use

The payoffs from investing more in applied research collaboration among different kinds of institutions are practical and long-lasting

Reclaim brownfield sites by putting science funding to practical useThere are tens of thousands of brownfield sites scattered across Canada – many of them in urban locations. Enter collaborations with applied research. And a Canadian-made solution. Outstanding discovery research occurs at universities across the country. However, far too often this research fails to arrive at the commercial marketplace. Consecutive federal governments have attempted to tackle…

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…

What does the future hold for Calgary’s economy?

The economy is experiencing its most significant transformation since the industrial revolution. It's time for Calgary to get creative

What does the future hold for Calgary’s economy?There's only one certainty in life: change. So the next wave of prosperity in Calgary, Canada's most dynamic city, will probably not be driven by another oil and gas boom. There's an old saying that “nothing fails like success.” This proverb is used to describe a tendency to stick with what we're good at, simply…