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…

Getting to the heart of medical error and malpractice

Securing a meaningful and enduring reduction in medical error requires a cultural transformation

Getting to the heart of medical error and malpracticeIn a 2003 Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) survey, “about a quarter [of adults] said that an adverse event had occurred in their own care, or that of a family member.” Half claimed that the adverse event had produced “serious health consequences.” Three-quarters claimed that it had “led to a hospital visit or longer…

The software tools home service businesses need to reach customers

Jobber CEO Sam Pillar and his team offer services to businesses in 45 countries because ‘small businesses power economies’

The software tools home service businesses need to reach customersSam Pillar is CEO of Jobber. Calgary’s Business: What is Jobber? How and when was it founded? Pillar: Jobber makes and provides software and resources for small home service businesses like plumbers, cleaners, landscapers and HVAC, just to name a few. My co-founder, Forrest Zeisler, and I launched Jobber in 2011, and we’re now a…

Leveraging technology to re-imagine the insurance business

Joe McBurney of Obvi Inc. offers a quick and easy online quote and purchase system, with instant policy delivery

Leveraging technology to re-imagine the insurance businessJoe McBurney is president of Obvi Inc., which provides simple, clearly-written and easy-to-understand extended automotive warranty and gap insurance. Calgary’s Business: What is Obvi? McBurney: Obvi is an innovative company that is rebuilding, reimagining and reinventing insurance products to the benefit of the customer by leveraging technology. Having focused on the customer first, Obvi delivers…

Four questions to ask before you hire a web team

Make sure your vision for a website meshes with your designer's. Otherwise, it could be expensive, frustrating, and devastating to your small business

Four questions to ask before you hire a web team  Every business today needs a website but finding the right team to help build it isn't easy. There is no HomeStars for companies that design and build websites in Canada. We have many clients who've had terrible experiences with website building. Either the strategy for the site doesn’t align with the results, the content doesn’t…

Save money, avoid outrageous phone bills when travelling abroad

New CRTC rules mean Canadian providers must now unlock your phone, making it easier to use a different SIM card

Save money, avoid outrageous phone bills when travelling abroadFor many people, smartphones have become 24/7 appendages. However, worried about outrageous phone, data and roaming fees, many people reach for the off switch when travelling. This is particularly true when going out of country or overseas. No one wants to return home to massive cellphone bills. But rules and regulations are starting to change,…

Chasing higher salaries, not higher things in life

Liberalizing the university curriculum offers something new but usually at the cost of wisdom

Chasing higher salaries, not higher things in lifeIs education liberal or conservative? I’m not talking about party politics. I mean something much more fundamental: Is the work of teachers inherently geared towards replicating scholastic and cultural traditions, or does school exist to prepare students for – and even usher in – social and cultural change? Does school make history or just teach…

Is cash doomed to extinction?

Yes, but probably not for at least another 20 to 30 years

Is cash doomed to extinction?Eliminating cash has huge potential benefits including convenience, security, and cost reduction for retailers, banks, and governments. For customers, there is the benefit of flexibility – a priority increasingly driven by younger generations more comfortable with digital technology and the online world. The combination of these forces means the need for cash has reduced significantly.…

Start preparing for the economic impact of Artificial Intelligence

With the hype reaching fever pitch, the key question comes down to how to fund tax revenue shortfalls and higher unemployment costs

Start preparing for the economic impact of Artificial IntelligenceThe hype around artificial intelligence (AI) is reaching fever pitch. Key questions explore how it might impact our lives and employment over the next five to 10 years. These lead to questions over how to fund tax revenue shortfalls and higher unemployment costs. In practice, it’s too early to know how fast AI will advance,…

Just another disruptive technology? The future of Artificial Intelligence

Almost every new and disruptive technology arrives with a fanbase claiming it will revolutionize life on Earth. Artificial intelligence is no different

Just another disruptive technology? The future of Artificial IntelligenceThe tech worker is on the front lines of a major breakthrough in work productivity and business performance: artificial intelligence (AI). The role of AI in the future of almost every industry is practically a given. Business and technology analysts the world over have agreed that AI will have an impact across all industries. For…

20 robotics and connected devices that could impact our lives

How the next wave of disruptive technologies will change our notions of ‘normal’

20 robotics and connected devices that could impact our livesIf we could time travel five, 15, or 20 years into the future, what would we see? It doesn’t take a team of futurists to imagine a continuing evolution of intelligent, robotic, connected, digital, and social technology innovations persisting for decades to come. Automated, smart, digitised, and autonomous are some of the design qualities likely…

How blockchain technology can reassure food consumers

BIXS sees blockchain as a logical addition to traceability in the beef industry, able to easily track specific information

How blockchain technology can reassure food consumersGoogle blockchain and the search results will boggle your mind. You’ll fall into endless reams of information about blockchain and bitcoin. Cryptocurrencies spawned the birth of blockchain, and the technology has grown and adapted to serve other industry needs. Wikipedia defines blockchain as a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and…

Health tech showcased at CES 2018

Important and innovative technologies from the medical field stole the show

Health tech showcased at CES 2018The Consumer Electronics Show, which took place in Las Vegas, showcased many gadgets and futuristic concepts. Health sector one of the biggest sectors showcasing at the show. Important and innovative technologies from the medical field stole the show. Healthcare technology is not only improving the quality of lives but saving them as well. Below are…

Locking down your precious data

Hardware-encrypted, PIN-authenticated diskAshur2 drives keep data secure

Locking down your precious dataWe keep our computers on lockdown, encrypt our data and secure them from prying eyes and online predators. But what about our backups and those external drives? United Kingdom-based iStorage has created diskAshur2, an updated line of virtually bulletproof PIN-authenticated and hardware-encrypted hard drives. Even if the drive was stolen, your data is fully protected. The…

An Alberta-made high-seas pollution solution

Part 2 of a 10-part series: Taking the dirty out of dirty oil and cleaning up the world's oceans at the same time

An Alberta-made high-seas pollution solutionWhat do beer, bitumen and greenhouse gas emissions have in common? That would be Neil Camarta, founder of Field Upgrading. Camarta spent most of his engineering career building conventional upgraders, which emit sulphur dioxide and other noxious GHG pollutants into the atmosphere. Now he’s teamed up with the Coors Brewing family and Alberta Innovates to commercialize a simple…
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