January 2014

The Briefing

Fort McMurray artist Lucas Seaward on painting with bitumen

Seaward takes you through his process, from finding the bitumen to putting his ideas down on canvas >

 

Pension Tension

Alberta moves first on pension reform >

 

Reason Over Passion: CAPP president David Collyer talks about the energy industry's PR challenges

Collyer tells us why the industry isn’t about to stop trying to tell its story >

 

Ted Menzies joins CropLife Canada, Suncor welcomes interim CFO, Suzanne West earns Women of Influence award

 

The Land Down Under: When fracking springs leaks

A look at the likely causes of the CNRL oil spill near Cold Lake >

 

Departments

Healthy, Happy, Productive You: How to take care of yourself and make it pay

Here's how you can take charge in 2014 >

 

Features

Alberta's Future Water Wars

As Alberta contemplates a future with water pricing and possibly water markets, some say it’s not the cost per litre that matters, but the cost of water that’s rendered unusable >

 

High Times: How to get in on Health Canada's legal grow-op market

Growing marijuana is now a legitimate business – and a highly profitable one. The bad news? It’s not as easy as it might sound  >

 

Hype or Help: The maker of Cold-FX debuts a new product

Dr. Jacqueline Shan made it big when she developed Cold-FX. She's at it again with a new line of products, but the question remains the same: do they actually work? >

 

Making the News: 7 tips on engaging the media for business

Some businesses have discovered how to tap into media coverage. Here is how you can follow their lead >

 

Mapped: Water in Alberta

A geographical look at the issues and challenges in provincial water management >

 

Medicinal Marijuana in Canada: A Timeline

With new rules set to take effect in 2014, we look back at how the government has handled medicinal marijuana over the years >

 

Fast Growth 50

Alberta's 2014 Fast Growth 50 List

The complete list of Alberta’s fastest growing businesses >

 

AutoCanada's Pat Priestner on taking the road less travelled

Priestner has made a habit of doing things his way, and it’s still paying off >

 

C4i Consultants take a clinical approach to disaster prep

Remember the movie WarGames? C4i Consultants is living it out on a daily basis >

 

Meet the CEOs

Wondering about the people leading the FG50? Meet them here  >

 

Meet the CEOs: Fast Growth 50 Video

Learn from our Fast Growth leaders >

 

Tale of the Tape: Profiles of Six Fast Growth 50 companies

A quick look at Entrec Corp., Titan Logix, Tekarra Project Services and more >

 

The 2014 Fast Growth 50

Meet Alberta’s fastest growing businesses, and find out how a few of them made it happen >

 

The Man Cave: Redrock Camps redefine the work camp

Troy Ferguson’s desire to make work camps better places to live has landed his company at the top of this year’s list >

 

The Performers

The 50 companies on the list this year averaged revenue growth of 68 per cent, asset growth of 72 per cent and work-force growth of 53 per cent. These are the companies bringing those numbers up >

 

Words from the Wise: Six FG50 CEOs share their knowledge

Learn from six people who have been here before  >

 

Alberta Business Person of the Year

Business Person of the Year luncheon a great success

Watch the video tribute to our winner, Diane Brickner, and look through a selection of tweets from the event >

 

Industry Report - Power Generation and Distribution

How is Alberta's deregulated electricity market holding up?

It’s been nearly two decades since Alberta made the change >

 

The New Power: Four interesting energy projects worth pondering

These projects explore new, renewable or otherwise remarkable sources of energy >

 

The Trouble with Renewables

Could the rise of solar and wind power be an “existential threat” to large-scale utilities? >

 

Why aren't Albertans taking advantage of the deregulated electricity market?

Deregulation was supposed to give consumers options, but they have seemingly decided not to use them >

 

Final Acts

Dear Andy: Alberta Venture's expert on workplace politics

This month, Andy talks about handling workplace awkwardness >

 

Flavoured whisky gains momentum

But people continue to order the old classics >

 

Lunch With: Kineticor Resource's Andrew Plaunt talks raising capital with Michael Tims

Andrew Plaunt has a great idea and a business plan, but needs money to make it happen. We found him the perfect lunch date >

 

Maker’s Mark: DIY Cocktails

One of Alberta’s best cocktail artists talks about the secret to a great Manhattan, the importance of keeping sweet vermouth on ice and why vodka just isn’t any fun to work with. Oh, and he also gave us a recipe >

 

The Find: iPad Covers and Password Managers

Take a look at some of the latest tech lifestyle trends >

 

The Next Step: Nearctic's strengths expose its weaknesses

Step #2 - In launching Pelham Homes as a separate company, is Nearctic losing sight of succession planning? >

 

The Next Step: Workload challenges Oil Country Engineering

Step #2: Company tries to free up some of its management’s ‘bandwidth’ >

 

Third time lucky: Goodrich Petroleum & Encana Corporation

Meet the next great American shale oil play – and two companies that are banking on it being a gusher >