Innovative, sustainable custom home designs still draw clients

Kathy Yuen of Phase One Design talks about how to build an award-winning company from scratch, even during downturns

Innovative, sustainable custom home designs still draw clientsKathy Yuen is president of Phase One Design. Tell me about Phase One Design. How it got started, why, where you’re located and what you do? Yuen: Phase One Design is a residential design firm. We specialize in the architecture of luxury custom homes (not to be confused with interior design). How did it all…

Calgary-based technology company helping businesses save on costs

Businesses get instant insight into their entire telecommunications and IT landscape with only a few clicks of a mouse

Calgary-based technology company helping businesses save on costsCalgary-based SpikeFli Analytics, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company, is helping businesses large and small seamlessly manage their telecom and information technology infrastructure to make better decisions in more cost-effective ways. It’s doing that by providing the business community, and telecom and IT management professionals, with instant big-data analytics and management reports through a centralized platform to better explain, manage and…

Robots & Pencils uses technology to future-proofs its clients

Michael Sikorsky talks about helping companies realize the economic gains that great technological solutions provide

Robots & Pencils uses technology to future-proofs its clientsMichael Sikorsky is CEO of Robots & Pencils. What's the history of Robots & Pencils and how it was formed? Sikorsky: The story of Robots & Pencils began shortly after I got the first iPhone at the launch in New York. All I could think about was how this could transform how we work, the…

China syndrome: how long does HNIC stick with Huawei?

And are the Leafs negotiating with Auston Matthews? Are the Calgary Flames the real deal? Where does that leave the Oilers?

China syndrome: how long does HNIC stick with Huawei?Huawei did they go? That was the question on Saturday as Hockey Night In Canada hit the airwaves. The financial world has been roiling since Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested by Canadian officials in Vancouver on Dec. 1. She faces extradition to the United States, where she is accused of helping Huawei circumvent…

Kindersley Sledge enjoys success

Intermediate and junior teams go undefeated at local annual tournament

Kindersley Sledge enjoys successClarion Staff Kindersley Sledge Hockey is riding a high after hosting an annual tournament. The Kindersley Klippers teams intermediate and junior teams both went undefeated. The local sledge hockey tournament was played over three days on Nov. 23-25. Games were played at both the West Central Events Centre rink and Co-op Arena. There were 11…

Building a good corporate culture starts at the top

Organizational psychologist Laura Hambley talks about how to make workplaces and people more productive and engaged

Building a good corporate culture starts at the topLaura Hambley is an organizational psychologist based in Calgary. She is president and co-founder of Work EvOHlution, founder of Canada Career Counselling and president/founder of the Leadership Success Group. What is Work EvOHlution and what does it do? Hambley: Work EvOHlution helps leaders, teams and individuals thrive when working apart. We are a team of…

Lions Club looks to grow in Kindersley

The club’s members are brainstorming recruitment strategies as they try to grow

Lions Club looks to grow in KindersleyKenneth Brown of The Clarion Kindersley has a new Lions Club branch and the clubs current members are now serving the community and trying to grow the club to obtain its charter. There are several ways to support a community, and joining a service club or fraternal organization is one way to give back. Membership…

Fred Jung’s incredible journey from Calgary to Hollywood

The Shatner Universe executive talks about developing entertainment projects and working with an icon, William Shatner

Fred Jung’s incredible journey from Calgary to HollywoodFred Jung is president of acquisitions and development of Shatner Universe LLC in North Hollywood. Can you explain your journey on how you got from Calgary to Los Angeles in your career? Jung: Boy, it really has been an incredible journey! Growing up in Calgary in the early ’70s, I was always intrigued with the entertainment…

You’ll hear no apologies from the Italian Centre’s Teresa Spinelli

For either her strengths or weaknesses. The owner of the Italian Centre Shop will keep building the business based on her family's traditions

You’ll hear no apologies from the Italian Centre’s Teresa SpinelliTeresa Spinelli is owner of the Italian Centre Shop. Tell me how you came to be running the business? Spinelli: How I came to run the business is really because of family misfortune. Very traditional Italian family and my brother was supposed to take over the business. Unfortunately, he passed away just before his 33rd…

ePlay Digital making its mark in the growing esports industry

Company is poised to take advantage of the growing billion-dollar esports industry

ePlay Digital making its mark in the growing esports industryA Calgary-based company has become a key player in the mobile game creator field and a publisher specializing in sports and entertainment augmented reality titles. Trevor Doerksen, CEO of ePlay Digital Inc., says the company is poised to take advantage of the growing billion-dollar esports industry. The company, which was established in 2017, is a…

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…
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