June 2012

The Briefing

A behind-the-scenes look at the Spruce Meadow show-jumping tournaments

Best in Show: international competition draws over 400,000 spectators >

 

Andy Fraser is ready for Finning’s top job – and the challenges it brings

Digging Deep: Fraser has been the company's jack of all trades for 33 years >

 

Can Calgary's Hookflash compete with Google and Skype?

Video chat application uses LinkedIn contact lists >

 

Elizabeth Anne LeGear building sales of her own boot design

On the make: These Boots are Made for Stocking  >

 

The science behind the leap second

Et cetera: time is money >

 

The State of the Unions

Labour supply and demand will drive up costs across the Alberta economy >

 

Departments

Think you're too important to take a vacation? Think again

Break Away >

 

You'll reap big benefits by putting Xactware stock in your portfolio

Insurance claims are never fun – except when you can profit from them >

 

Features

Edleun Group, an Albertan company, is building a national network of for-profit child care centre

Is child care a business or a public good? >

 

How Alberta can become the world's healthiest place

Alberta has the tools to become the healthiest place on the planet, but are we willing to use them properly? >

 

The New West Partnership Agreement was supposed to make business easier in Western Canada

But was it just idle political talk? >

 

Fast Growth 50

Paramount Parts is helping keep trucks and trailers on the straight and narrow

Big wheels keep on turning  >

 

Alberta's Best Communities for Business

2012 Best Communities for Business in Western Canada

Discover the best of the West >

 

Alberta Best Communities Map 2012

Click on the community flags for details >

 

B.C. Best Communities Map 2012

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Saskatchewan Best Communities Map 2012

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Industry Report - Agri-Foods

Alberta's major agri-foods research facilities and what they're working on

From Lab to Lunch >

 

Three small-scale manufacturers provide tips to stay ahead of the competition

Welcome to life in the agri-foods sector, where a little creativity and a lot of gumption can go a long way  >

 

When it comes to Alberta's agri-foods sector, is bigger really better?

Sizing up the competition >

 

Final Acts

DeMille books is that rarest of businesses: an independent bookseller that's found a way to survive

Buy the Book: Two generations of booksellers, one passion >

 

Headhunting comes naturally to Janet Soles

The Natural: executive search professional Janet Soles is at the top of her game >

 

Make a profit or provide a public benefit – why your company can't have it both ways

Charity Case: The ever-evolving law that makes the difference between not-for-profits, charities and social enterprises >