Canadian household credit growth slows for second straight month

But Scotiabank report says total borrowing by individuals rose by 3.7% month over month

Canadian household credit growth slows for second straight monthCanadian household credit growth decelerated in June as the slowing pace of mortgage expansion more than offset an acceleration in consumer credit, according to a new report by Scotiabank Economics. Home equity line of credit loans (HELOCs) remained flat in June, remaining on a weaker trajectory following strong increases through 2017 and 2018, it said.…

Overcoming the fear of public speaking

Tips to improve your public speaking

Overcoming the fear of public speakingHave you ever met someone who appears comfortable in front of a crowd of people delivering a speech, making a presentation, cracking jokes or performance acting? Wouldn’t you like to be like them? Now imagine how you would react if you were told that part of your job would include giving presentations and talks? It…

Dedicated to serving fresh, original, quality food

Blair Stevens talks about vision behind The Chopped Leaf and why the quick-service restaurant brand is quickly gaining followers

Dedicated to serving fresh, original, quality foodBlair Stevens is founder and brand president for The Chopped Leaf. What is The Chopped Leaf and how is it different in the market?  Stevens: The Chopped Leaf is a national quick-service restaurant (QSR) brand that serves a premium product dedicated to quality, freshness, and originality! We do our mighty best to deliver a full-service…

Few feel financially ready for a career change

Women are less likely to feel financially ready for career change by 54 per cent, compared to 44 per cent for men

Few feel financially ready for a career changeA new poll released Monday by investment firm Edward Jones found that 54 per cent have considered a career change in the past 12 months, but 46 per cent of respondents cited a lack of financial preparedness as a barrier towards taking that first step towards a new career. "Career changes can mean taking a significant…

Offering an alternative voice for best practices in retail

Bruce Winder of Retail Advisors Network talks about the dramatic evolution taking place in retail and where the marketplace will go next

Offering an alternative voice for best practices in retailBruce Winder is co-founder and partner of Retail Advisors Network. Tell me a little bit about your background and what you do now? Winder: I spent about 20 plus years in big retail at places like Canadian Tire, HBC, Sears and Air Miles before deciding I wanted to explore life outside a head office and…

Perfecting your elevator pitch to land a job

A few small extra steps can be the difference between unemployment and actually getting hired

Perfecting your elevator pitch to land a jobUnder every rock, there’s another snake that claims that a candidate must have an “Elevator Speech.” Unfortunately, the vast majority of elevator speeches are long enough to last the time it takes to ride the elevator to the top of Toronto's CN Tower. Eyes roll back in respective heads and sleep beckons. Following are the…

Bringing affordable, sustainable power to remote Canada

Thomas Elwell of KATE Energy talks about bringing his vision to life and the struggles every entrepreneur faces on the road to success

Bringing affordable, sustainable power to remote CanadaThomas Elwell is CEO of KATE Energy. What is KATE Energy and what does it do? Elwell: KATE Energy is a Calgary based producer of cleaner, more affordable and sustainable power and heat. We are a young company that was founded in early 2016 and is moving from the startup phase to commercial operations and…

Jana Sobey’s devotion to family, food and community

The Sobeys Inc. vice-president talks about the dynamic trends in her industry, from e-commerce to buying local

Jana Sobey’s devotion to family, food and communityJana Sobey is vice-president of merchandising, community format, Thrifty Foods and Field for Sobeys Inc. She recently received a 2019 Star Women in Grocery Award. How did you feel about winning the award and what did it mean to you? Sobey: It felt really good. I was actually quite surprised, to be quite honest. So being…

Helping cult-capable brands make their mark

Chris Kneeland of Cult Collective talks about working with clients to achieve heightened levels of brand relevance and customer adoration

Helping cult-capable brands make their markChris Kneeland is co-founder of Cult Collective. The company is based in Calgary, Alberta. What is Cult and what does it do? Kneeland: Cult is an audience engagement firm. That means we help brand leaders better connect with customers, prospects and staff in ways that significantly impact business performance, marketing return on investment and internal…

Ellinor Stenroos strives to create jewelry that makes people smile

Silversmith, jewelry designer and founder of EVStenroos talks about making pieces that are beautiful, functional and problem-free

Ellinor Stenroos strives to create jewelry that makes people smileEllinor Stenroos is a silversmith, jewelry designer and founder of EVStenroos. What is EVStenroos and what do you do? Stenroos: EVStenroos is not only my first two initials and last name, but also what I named my brand and company. My business and brand logo is EVS, and my work is marked with the initials…

Canadian trade balance surplus weakens as energy exports decrease

Canadian trade balance surplus weakens as energy exports decreaseCanada’s merchandise trade balance remained in a surplus position in June, settling at $136 million after posting a $556 million surplus in May, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported Friday that the narrow surplus in June represented 0.1 per cent of total monthly merchandise trade and is within the typical margins for revisions…

Taxes eat up more than 44% of Canadian family income: report

Taxes – not life’s basic necessities – remain the largest household expense for families across the country

Taxes eat up more than 44% of Canadian family income: reportTaxes are once again expected to be a federal election issue in October, if a national think tank gets its way. A report released Thursday by the Fraser Institute, a Canadian public policy think tank, says Canadian families on average spent more than 44 per cent of its income on taxes in 2018 – more…

App gives real estate relationships a leg up

Tarynn Liv Parker of Listing Llama talks about helping people build a real connection with a realtor before listing or buying a home

App gives real estate relationships a leg upTarynn Liv Parker is CEO of Listing Llama. What is Listing Llama and what does it do? Tarynn: Listing Llama is a free app available in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and online at listingllama.com. Our free tool helps home buyers and sellers to find the realtor who is right for them. It…
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