January 2014

The Land Down Under: When fracking springs leaks

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

Canadian businesses look to the sky

There are many reasons one might want a corporate aircraft, but the real question is why would you need one? >

The Next Step: Workload challenges Oil Country Engineering

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

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 >

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 >

Submit: Alberta Venture Business School Directory 2014

Submit your school's information here >

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 >

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 >

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

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 >

The New Power: Four interesting energy projects worth pondering

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

Pension Tension

Alberta moves first on pension reform >

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 >

Mapped: Water in Alberta

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

Calgary Economic Development’s Lee Malleau thinks Calgary has a ton of upside

And she’s helping spread that message worldwide >

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 >

How is Alberta's deregulated electricity market holding up?

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

Advertorial: Your Executive Edge

For 25 years, the team at Davies Park has been creating success through leadership, helping clients one executive search at a time >

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 >

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  >

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? >

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? >

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

Here's how you can take charge in 2014 >

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 >

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 >

Flavoured whisky gains momentum

But people continue to order the old classics >

The 2014 Fast Growth 50

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

C4i Consultants take a clinical approach to disaster prep

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

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 >

AUMA names new president, Jump On Flyaways honoured, CEO of Western Energy Services retires

Health initiatives like the University of Alberta’s UWalk could help boost the local economy

Click to listen to the U of A's Dr. Kerry Mummery discuss the UWalk program >

Words from the Wise: Six FG50 CEOs share their knowledge

Learn from six people who have been here before  >

How to combine style and practicality when it comes to winter footwear

Even the most style-conscious Albertans struggle to balance form and function when the weather gets cold...until now >

The Find: iPad Covers and Password Managers

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

Dear Andy: Alberta Venture's expert on workplace politics

This month, Andy talks about handling workplace awkwardness >

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 >

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 >

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 Trouble with Renewables

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

Meet the CEOs: Fast Growth 50 Video

Learn from our Fast Growth leaders >

Meet the CEOs

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

Alberta's 2014 Fast Growth 50 List

The complete list of Alberta’s fastest growing businesses >

Last call for tickets to the Alberta's Business Person of the Year Luncheon featuring Diane Brickner!

Don't miss this Edmonton event on January 23rd. Tickets close January 21. >