Introducing Canadian drilling standards to the world

Robin Breitkreuz and Rainmaker Energy Services Corp. have established a strong international reputation

Introducing Canadian drilling standards to the worldRobin Breitkreuz is president at Rainmaker Energy Services Corp. What is Rainmaker and what does it do? Breitkreuz: Rainmaker Energy Services is an oil, gas and water development project management firm based out of Calgary. We supply engineering expertise and personnel, focusing on international locations. It was always my goal to work in the international…

CAPP urging Canadians to vote for energy in October federal election

‘A vote for energy is a vote for Canada's future and sends the message Canada can supply energy to the world’

CAPP urging Canadians to vote for energy in October federal electionThe Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is urging Canadians to vote for energy in the ballot box during October's federal election. Canada's next federal government has an opportunity to help define a strategic, long-term vision for the growth of Canada's oil and natural gas sector, said CAPP in releasing Oil and Natural Gas Priorities:…

World Angel Investment Summit being held in Calgary

‘There’s a moral and economic imperative to ensuring that the benefits of innovation are shared’

World Angel Investment Summit being held in CalgaryNACO, Canada’s only national angel capital organization, is hosting its World Angel Investment Summit in Calgary this week in partnership with Alberta Innovations and Inventure$. “NACO continues to focus on the catalysts that led to the emergence of Silicon Valley – angel investors, growth mentors and world-class founders,” said Claudio Rojas, CEO at NACO, in…

Alternative Cannabis products worth more than $2.5B a year: Deloitte

The introduction of cannabis-infused edibles in Canada, along with other alternatives, will clearly threaten the alcohol industry: report

Alternative Cannabis products worth more than $2.5B a year: DeloitteThe next stage of cannabis legalization in Canada is expected to create a consumer market for edibles and other alternative cannabis products worth more than $2.5 billion a year and generate higher profits for retailers than cannabis products that are already legal, says Deloitte's latest annual report on industry. The report, Nurturing new growth: Canada…

Campaign raises awareness of importance of natural resources

Business advocacy groups join forces to talk about the role energy has in Canada’s and the world’s future

Campaign raises awareness of importance of natural resourcesBusiness leaders from across Canada are joining forces to raise awareness of the importance of Canada’s natural resource economy just months before a federal election. The Canadians for Natural Resources campaign, officially launched on Friday, is co-ordinated by the Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC). Its aim is to bring conversations to kitchen tables across Canada…

Alberta economic roller-coaster weighs on Canada’s bottom line

Bank of Canada deputy governor tells Calgary Chamber that housing slowdown, U.S.-China trade war are also big factors

Alberta economic roller-coaster weighs on Canada’s bottom lineAlberta and other energy-intensive regions have been on an economic roller-coaster over the past few years, leading to painful adjustments for many. It’s also weighed on Canada’s bottom line, Carolyn Wilkins, senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada told a Calgary Chamber luncheon on Thursday. She said Canada’s economic performance has been relatively solid…

Bringing sleep, and precious peace, to parents and children

Shan Roth of Jammy Time Sleep Solutions talks about helping parents feel confident and on top of their game

Bringing sleep, and precious peace, to parents and childrenShan Roth is a local pediatric sleep expert and founder of Jammy Time Sleep Solutions. What is Jammy Time Sleep Solutions? Roth: Jammy Time Sleep Solutions is a paediatric sleep consultancy – basically, I help parents teach their children how to sleep through the night and take long naps during the day. Many parents think…

Capital investment in Canada’s oil and gas industry lags U.S. pace

Fraser Institute report urges policy changes to encourage investment in Canadian projects

Capital investment in Canada’s oil and gas industry lags U.S. paceCapital investment in Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry, essentially, exploration and production, increased 15 per cent from 2016 to 2018 compared to 41 per cent in the U.S. over the same period, according to a report released on Tuesday by Canadian public policy think-tank the Fraser Institute. “Part of the explanation for the diverging…

Energy efficiency jobs growing in Canada

ECO Canada report says labour market shortages remain a problem

Energy efficiency jobs growing in CanadaCanada’s energy efficiency goods and services sector is poised to create 36,000 jobs this year, growing by 8.3 per cent, according to a report released on Monday by ECO Canada. The report said the sector directly employed about 436,000 permanent workers in 2018 across approximately 51,000 businesses across six industries. The report cited construction, manufacturing,…

Canadian direct investment abroad balloons in 2018

StatsCan says the stock of foreign direct investment in Canada rose by 5% in 2018 to $877 billion

Canadian direct investment abroad balloons in 2018The stock of Canadian direct investment abroad grew at a faster rate in 2018, largely as a result of valuation gains from a weaker Canadian dollar, according to Statistics Canada. The growth in the stock of foreign direct investment in Canada also picked up pace at five per cent when compared with the two previous…

Shaw Communications reports $155M net income in Q2

Shaw Communications reports $155M net income in Q2Calgary-based Shaw Communications reported Tuesday net income of $155 million for its second quarter of operations in its fiscal year 2019 compared with a net loss of $175 million a year ago. The company’s quarter ended February 28, 2019. It said consolidated revenue decreased by one per cent to $1.32 billion compared to the second…

Kidoodle offers safe alternatives for family viewing

President Neil Gruninger wants to create a YouTube alternative for families, content producers and family brands

Kidoodle offers safe alternatives for family viewingNeil Gruninger is president and chief product officer of Kidoodle TV. What is Kidoodle TV? Gruninger: Kidoodle.TV is a Safe Streaming video service for children that delivers thousands of hours of vetted children's programs to Internet-connected devices, such as smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, personal computers, Roku, Apple TV and many others. How, when and why…

Why social media is a marketing natural

Elle Campbell of Elle Connects talks about connecting with your target audience where they’re already hanging out

Why social media is a marketing naturalElle Campbell is a marketer, social media strategist, brand storyteller, and owner and chief operator of Elle Connects. Tell me a little about your background and what you do now? Campbell: With my content marketing business Elle Connects, I help brands and businesses tell their brand story and connect with their customers through content creation…

Natural resources GDP declines in fourth quarter of 2018

Energy prices recorded their largest decline since the first quarter of 2016, following four consecutive quarterly increases

Natural resources GDP declines in fourth quarter of 2018Real gross domestic product of the natural resources sector decreased by 0.4 per cent in the fourth quarter, following a 0.8 per cent increase in the third quarter, according to a report released on Tuesday by Statistics Canada. The federal agency said real GDP in the energy subsector declined 0.3 per cent in the fourth…

Cannabis represents once-in-a-generation opportunity

Bruce Leslie talks about why the industry has such explosive potential and why Westleaf is uniquely poised to take advantage

Cannabis represents once-in-a-generation opportunityBruce Leslie is vice-president of corporate communications for Westleaf Inc. Tell me about your background and why you joined Westleaf? Leslie: I’m a bit of a hybrid as I spent a portion of my career as a journalist and then transitioned over to corporate communications and corporate affairs, and then into business development. So over…