April 2014

The Briefing

Does a good looking CEO make shareholders more money?

Researchers say...maybe. >

 

Food For Thought: What are Alberta's signature dishes?

Edible Alberta >

 

Oil companies look to drones as pressure to ship mounts

As other methods of shipment face challenges, oil-by-drone emerges as a new possibility >

 

On the Make: Morinville's Letourneau Guitars

“It’s a process that takes considerable time,” says Len Letourneau >

 

Short-term solutions

The chief executives at Alberta’s biggest energy companies are here for a good time, not a long time >

 

Talking Point: The Truth in Reconciliation

Alberta is home to some 12,000 survivors of federally run residential schools >

 

Verbatim: The CSE's Mark Francis

Does Canada need another stock exchange? >

 

Departments

Calgary Folk Fest GM retires, Mertex Canada introduces new president, Booster Juice named to CFA Hall of Fame

Celebrating Alberta business >

 

Sweating the Big Stuff

Stop putting out the fires and start strategizing >

 

Features

Social Impact Bonds: A Good Investment?

Social impact bonds are in Alberta’s future. But is there too much risk in the reward?  >

 

Taxi Wars

Watch the short documentary, “Uber Wars: How D.C. Tried to Kill a Great New Ride Technology” >

 

The People’s Choice

Which taxi option do you think the City should pursue? >

 

Why some say Calgary's taxi industry needs a change, and what others are doing to stop it

Is an app-based ecosystem the answer? >

 

Contractor of the Year Awards Gala

AV Plus - The Alberta Venture Podcast (April 2014)

Tune in to hear interviews with TRC Commissioner Wilton Littlechild, St. Albert mayor Nolan Crouse and three local businessman who recently embarked on a trade mission to China >

 

Guide to better human resources

Case (Law) of Emergency

Three examples of HR case law that will help you learn from others’ mistakes >

 

HR consultants: Why you need one and how to find one

Is doing it all yourself really the best use of your limited time and resources?  >

 

Made to Measure: Getting the most out of your employees

How to turn an underachiever into a star, keep your best at their brightest and turn a solid employee into a rock  >

 

Radical Human Resources: Four wacky ideas that might just work

Facebook, Google and Apple are among the companies reinventing the HR world  >

 

The 5 Step Guide to Firing

Firing an employee isn’t fun. Here’s how to do it right, and what it’ll cost you if you get it wrong  >

 

The Guide to Better Human Resources

Your employees are your company’s number one resource, and how you manage that resource is key to your success >

 

Alberta's Best Workplaces

AV Plus - The Alberta Venture Podcast (April 2014)

Tune in to hear interviews with TRC Commissioner Wilton Littlechild, St. Albert mayor Nolan Crouse and three local businessman who recently embarked on a trade mission to China >

 

50 Most Influential

AV Plus - The Alberta Venture Podcast (April 2014)

Tune in to hear interviews with TRC Commissioner Wilton Littlechild, St. Albert mayor Nolan Crouse and three local businessman who recently embarked on a trade mission to China >

 

Special Report on international business

Beyond BRIC

As the world’s biggest emerging markets slow down, others are picking up the slack. Should Alberta companies try to get a piece of that action?  >

 

Made in China: Three Albertans reflect on doing business in Asia’s biggest market

The trio joined the Premier on a 12-day trade mission to China in 2013 >

 

Industry Report - Energy Production & Distribution

Crossing That (Damned) Continent

There are the big pipelines and the railways. And then there are more drastic options to get oil and gas to foreign markets  >

 

Partial Credit: Four Alberta companies that are upgrading bitumen differently

Partial upgrading aims to reduce the thickness of bitumen >

 

What’s worse: Too much Chinese investment or not enough?

The energy sector might be about to find out >

 

Final Acts

Fashion Statement: Ashley Dunfield

A tech CEO with style >

 

Get Carded

Channelling your inner Patrick Bateman (no, not that part) >

 

Lunch With: DevFacto CEO Chris Izquierdo helps Shant Chakmakian grow his business

Izquierdo says there are two things Chakmakian needs to focus on: sales, and the resources to fulfill them  >

 

Need to Know: Brian Boulanger

The Arc Financial, senior vice-president is a headhunter’s dream, but he has no interest in being the hunted >

 

On the Money: Vive le Québec libre!

Two junior energy companies and one giant oil play >

 

The Good Life: A Matter of Time

Quality watches are about beauty and artistry >

 

The Good Life: The Vice Squad

Selling men on a premium bar of soap isn’t easy, but that hasn’t stopped a Calgary high school teacher named Robb Bloom from giving it a try >