Bettman doesn’t belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame

Bettman’s biggest legacy to hockey fans is all the seasons he’s blighted by denying fans the game they love in labour stoppages

Bettman doesn’t belong in the Hockey Hall of FameOne of these people recognized at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday is not like the others: Martin St. Louis, Martin Brodeur, Willie O’Ree, Jayna Hefford, Alexander Yakushev, Gary Bettman. Hmm, wonder who? Most hockey fans – and this is all about the fans, right? – think the institution is about what happens on…

Shaking things up and raising the profile of clients

Diana Ruff, founder of She Devil Productions, talks about how to make an impact in an increasingly visual world

Shaking things up and raising the profile of clientsDiana Ruff is founder of She Devil Productions. What’s She Devil Productions and when did you start the company? Ruff: In 2012, I was heavily involved in broadcast, media production and documentary work. Most of this was for various other production companies and I said to myself it’s my turn. I’ve done well for others,…

A bold alternative to pouring money into another Calgary Olympics

Why not pioneer an Alberta climate change caravan resettlement program as part of an emerging new west?

A bold alternative to pouring money into another Calgary Olympics“Back to the future!” This thought echoes in my brain as I contemplate the imminent plebiscite on whether Calgary agrees to the omnibus International Olympic Committee, provincial and federal offers to co-fund the Winter Olympic Games again, along with some $390 million in Calgary municipal taxpayer dollars. While most Calgarians who were part of the…

A food service pioneer keeps growing

OPA! of Greece marks its 20th year with the same commitment to quality, healthy choices and variety

A food service pioneer keeps growingTheodore “Dorrie” Karras is president and CEO of  OPA! of Greece. Can you explain the history of OPA! and how it started? Karras: Opa! started 20 years ago in 1998. Founders Nick Tiginagas and Don Gebauer opened the first location in Market Mall in Calgary. At the time, Greek food was not prevalent in food…

Calgary’s entrepreneurial spirit will lead to long-term prosperity

The determination to succeed against, at times, daunting odds is in Calgary’s DNA

Calgary’s entrepreneurial spirit will lead to long-term prosperityAs Calgary tackles the challenge of reshaping its economy, the ‘can-do spirit’ is building on a legacy of achievement. Calgarians have a rich history of remarkable success that flows from lofty ambitions and embracing hard work. Think of the world-famous Calgary Stampede, the 1988 Olympics, a globally significant energy sector, or the hell-or-high-water recovery from…

Alberta leads country with highest level of average debt

Calgary and Edmonton had the highest levels of debt of major Canadian cities

Alberta leads country with highest level of average debtThe average consumer debt continues to rise in Alberta with the highest level in the country, according to the latest Equifax Canada Q2 2018 National Consumer Credit Trends Report which was released on Wednesday. Calgary and Edmonton had the highest levels of debt of major Canadian cities and Alberta had the highest for all the…

Vigorous vetting crucial to Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund

Partner content: Fund established to help transform and diversify Calgary’s economy

Vigorous vetting crucial to Opportunity Calgary Investment FundBy Calgary's Business For companies looking for support for transformative investments in Calgary, opportunity and scrutiny go hand in hand. The $100-million Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund was launched by the City of Calgary in April to address local challenges and take advantage of the wave of innovation that’s defining the economic future for cities around…

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…

19,000-acre ranch donated to U of C’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

The gift, from J.C. Anderson and his daughter Wynne Chisholm, is  valued at $44 million

19,000-acre ranch donated to U of C’s Faculty of Veterinary MedicineThe University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has received a massive donation to help it create a world-class teaching, learning and research facility in Alberta. The U of C announced on Friday it was receiving a gift of a 19,000-acre cattle ranch operation, valued at $44 million from J.C. Anderson and his daughter Wynne…

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…

Clay Riddell, Flames co-owner and Calgary businessman, dead at 81

‘We mourn the passing of a great man of industry, sports, philanthropy and human decency,’ said Calgary Flames vice-chairman and CEO Ken King

Clay Riddell, Flames co-owner and Calgary businessman, dead at 81Clay Riddell, a prominent Calgary businessman and part owner of the Calgary Flames, has died at the age of 81. The National Hockey League team announced the passing of one of the city’s most successful and well-known executives on its website. “We mourn the passing of a great man of industry, sports, philanthropy and human…

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…
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