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,…

ATCO expanding global infrastructure portfolio

Calgary-based company purchases 40% of Neltume Ports, a port operator and developer in South America, for $450 million

ATCO expanding global infrastructure portfolioCalgary-based ATCO is expanding its global infrastructure portfolio with the acquisition of 40 per cent of Neltume Ports, a leading port operator and developer in South America, for $450 million. The company said Neltume Ports, a subsidiary of Ultramar, operates in 16 port facilities and three stevedoring businesses primarily located in Chile and Uruguay. “This…

Alberta leads the way in production of crude oil

The year-over-year increase in total production of crude oil in June was driven by non-upgraded crude bitumen: StatsCan

Alberta leads the way in production of crude oilCanada produced 21.1 million cubic metres (132.9 million barrels) of crude oil and equivalent products in June, up 10.5 per cent from the same month a year earlier, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Tuesday that the year-over-year increase in total production of crude oil and equivalent products in June was driven…

Empowering, advancing female leaders in the energy industry

Katie Smith of Young Women in Energy aims to increase and provide female voice, presence, development and leadership in the industry

Empowering, advancing female leaders in the energy industryKatie Smith is executive director at Young Women in Energy. Calgary’s Business: What is Young Women in Energy and can you give us some background on why and when it was formed? Smith: Young Women in Energy (YWE) is a non-profit organization established in 2013 with the vision of changing the face of energy. Now…

Staying hungry to find solutions for customers

Iggy Domagalski of Tundra Process Solutions talks about why its important to always keep earning your customer's business

Staying hungry to find solutions for customersIggy Domagalski is CEO of Tundra Process Solutions. Calgary’s Business: What is Tundra Process Solutions and what do you do? Domagalski: Tundra Process Solutions is a leading supplier of industrial valve, measurement and process control solutions in Western Canada. Our partnerships with Toshiba, ABB, MSA, Farris and other leading manufacturers, combined with our in-house technical…

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…

Ride-sharing inspired app offers on-demand delivery service

Calgary-based Crowd Car's launch in Alberta will concentrate on Calgary and Edmonton, with plans to branch out to other Canadian provinces and major cities in the near future

Ride-sharing inspired app offers on-demand delivery serviceCalgary-based Crowd Source Technologies Inc. is launching an on-demand mobile platform, Crowd Car, in Alberta with plans to roll out the concept to other provinces in the near future. Victor Vrbancic, Crowd Car’s founder and CEO, said on Tuesday that the platform connects those in need of a convenient delivery service with independent drivers. The…

Ottawa lays another brick in the wall to stop Alberta oil exports

Ottawa ignores the evidence with Bill C-48, which will make it more difficult to ship oil and byproducts to lucrative Asian markets

Ottawa lays another brick in the wall to stop Alberta oil exportsAs virtually everyone knows by now, the federal government decided to address Canada’s inability to get pipelines built from Alberta to tidewater the old fashioned way. It nationalized the last viable pipeline project, the twinning of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, and paid $4.5 billion for the existing pipeline. With that purchase, we have…

Alberta leads jump in crude oil production

StatsCan says production of crude oil and equivalent products in Canada rose 4.1 per cent in November, year over year

Alberta leads jump in crude oil productionProduction of crude oil and equivalent products in Canada rose 4.1 per cent in November from a year ago, according to a report released on Friday by Statistics Canada. The total national output was 21.5 million cubic metres or 135.3 million barrels. “Alberta produced 17.4 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products in November, up 4.5 per cent…

Manufacturing Alberta’s clear job growth winner in 2017

Employment in Alberta grew by 55,000 jobs last year. ATB Financial says manufacturing led the way with 18,000 new jobs

Manufacturing Alberta’s clear job growth winner in 2017(Published on January 30, 2018) Some great job growth analysis related to Alberta in 2017 was released on Jan. 8 by ATB Financial's economics and research team. The province's unemployment rate was down to 6.9 per cent at the end of the year, the lowest it has been since late 2015, when the full impact of…

Share of self-employed jobs in Alberta remains stable

An average of 383,300 Albertans said they were self-employment last year. This translates into about 17 per cent of all jobs in the province

Share of self-employed jobs in Alberta remains stable(Published on January 30, 2018)A report released by ATB Financial's economics and research team on Jan. 30 says the number of Albertans who identify as self-employed stayed roughly the same throughout the recent recession and has remained consistent during the recovery. According to Statistics Canada, an average of 383,300 Albertans said their main job took the…

Building bridges of trust to energy decision-making

Part 2 of a six-part series: Positive Energy is one of the key entities capable of constructively shaping the way Canadians understand and discuss energy issues

Building bridges of trust to energy decision-makingCanada's energy scene desperately needs a pracademy: a place where theory meets practice; where dialogue is robust and respectful; where ideas become reality and find purpose in everyday life. It’s a place where practitioners and academics put their heads together in a powerful ‘four-D’ combination of idea development, discussion, decisions and deployment. So what would an…

Canada paying the price for pipeline intransigence

Increasingly, the U.S. will compete with Canada for oil export markets, while more of its domestic needs are met by its own producers

Canada paying the price for pipeline intransigenceIf Canada’s governments won’t push to get pipeline projects built, Canadians will be the poorer for it. Canada’s overwhelming dependence on one market for its oil and gas exports comes with a serious price tag. Canadian Western Select crude oil sells at a substantially lower price than oil from other jurisdictions, such as West Texas…

The enduring legacy of maverick media baron Jim Shaw

A hard-nosed businessman, he made a brilliant cable territory swap, competed ferociously with Telus and pulled Global television from the Canwest inferno

The enduring legacy of maverick media baron Jim ShawFew occasions better illustrated the cultural divide between the world of the western bottom-up entrepreneur and that of Ottawa’s top-down public service bureaucracy than when Jim Shaw and Konrad von Finckenstein crossed swords in a hearing room. There, front and centre of the raised platform bearing commissioners, would be the multilingual Von Finckenstein, a six-foot-something-awesome…

Investor confidence in Alberta’s oil and gas industry needs a boost

Continued pipeline construction obstruction and regulatory uncertainty are leaving investors skittish about Alberta’s oil and gas industry

Investor confidence in Alberta’s oil and gas industry needs a boostBy Kenneth P. Green and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute Continued pipeline construction obstruction and regulatory uncertainty mean investors see a gloomy outlook for Alberta’s oil and gas industry compared to some U.S states. The province also continues to languish near the bottom of Canadian jurisdictions in investment attractiveness in the oil and gas sector.…