December 2013

The Briefing

Christmas Crop: Christmas tree farming in Alberta

Peter Kappeler grew up on a Christmas tree orchard in Zurich and recently moved to Alberta >

 

Diversion Tactics: Recycling is a price-driven industry

Most Canadians recycle, but why don't we recycle as much as we could? >

 

For Sale by Owner: Nathan McCully talks startups and sales

McCully, who helps people sell their homes themselves, just sold his business >

 

The Death and Life of Great Canadian Malls

Canadians continue to spend more than Americans, and US retailers are watching closely >

 

Three reads for your Christmas layover

Keep busy during your holiday downtime with these great books >

 

Departments

An environmental policy is more than a PR tool

Here's why you need an environmental policy, and how you can outsource one >

 

Genoil names president and COO, Booster Juice wins big, Jura Energy looks for a new CEO

 

Features

Alberta Venture looks back at 2013 and ahead to 2014

A retrospective look at 2013 and a predictive analysis of what is to come next year >

 

Alberta Venture's Year in Review: Vote for the Top Story of 2013

Here are 13 of the stories that defined Alberta in 2013. Vote for your Top Story and win! >

 

Finding the perfect office space for your business

Here’s what you need to know to find the location you deserve >

 

Is investment in the oil sands slowing the industry down?

Why more isn’t better when it comes to the oil sands – and how embracing that view could save the province, and industry, billions of dollars >

 

Personal Reflections: Todd Hirsch, Adam Legge and Brett Wilson on 2013

Three prominent local business people look back at their own top stories from the year that was >

 

Tale of the Tweet: The Story of 2013

The last year was full of characters - here's a run down of the year's events in 140 characters or less >

 

The 2013 Business Person of the Year: Peace Hills Insurance CEO Diane Brickner

Peace Hills Insurance CEO Diane Brickner hasn’t chased profits as much as she’s chased values, and it has paid off >

 

The curious case of Calgary’s residential real estate market

Is it really different in Calgary when it comes to residential real estate? >

 

The Psychic’s Guide to 2014 in Alberta

Our crystal ball was in for repairs, so we asked two local psychics what they thought could be in the works for next year >

 

The Year in Preview: A look at what's to come in 2014

Take a look at our Best Bets for 2014 and the Black Swans that may be lurking around the corner >

 

Top 5 Alberta water stories in 2013

What were the main stories last year involving this most vital of resources? >

 

Fast Growth 50

Western Camp Services brings at-home comfort to oil sands employees in the Peace Country

President Menno Admiraal says the partnership that forged his company was equal parts luck and fate >

 

Alberta's Best Workplaces

Top Stories of 2013 from AlbertaVenture.com

Looking back on the most read stories of the year from our website >

 

the launchpad

Edmonton’s Lux Beauty Boutique hosts global launch of innovative mobile payment app

A chance meeting at a retail conference in New York City lands a local company at the forefront of a brand new technology >

 

Alberta's Business Person of the Year

Peace Hills Insurance CEO Diane Brickner is the 2013 Business Person of the Year

Click to watch a video announcement and to read a profile of this year's winner >

 

The 2013 Business Person of the Year: Peace Hills Insurance CEO Diane Brickner

Peace Hills Insurance CEO Diane Brickner hasn’t chased profits as much as she’s chased values, and it has paid off >

 

Industry Report - Mining

End of an Era: New oil sands mines held back by cost

Imperial Oil’s Kearl oil sands mine has come in months late and billions over budget >

 

The Leftovers: sulphur, petcoke and other bitumen byproducts

What’s the industry doing with sulphur, petcoke and the other byproducts of bitumen production?  >

 

The Other Black Gold: The uncertain future of coal

Industry Report: Mining >

 

Why coal’s environmental baggage could keep it grounded forever

Alberta has the potential to become a significant player in the coal-exporting business...but will it? >

 

Final Acts

Is it time to merge the airport authorities in Calgary and Edmonton?

Now departing: a bunch of angry letters >

 

Lunch With: AgileStyle co-owner Ashley Janssen meets with Angela Santiago

Two family-focused business minds discuss the need to delegate without abdicating >

 

Next Up: Leor Rotchild launches DIG

Rotchild was riding high in his career in the energy sector. So why did he decide to leave it all behind? >

 

Two for One: High North’s Montney acreage is an interesting play

Montney acreage is interesting at its current prices. Its Duvernay assets could make it the steal of a lifetime >

 

Western Camp Services brings at-home comfort to oil sands employees in the Peace Country

President Menno Admiraal says the partnership that forged his company was equal parts luck and fate >