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Meal Share wins Fast Pitch, Boyden Calgary expands, the AHLA announces Employee of Choice designations

Mar 13, 2014

by Jim Kerr


Meal Share was the big winner at the recent Social Innovation Fast Pitch championships in Calgary. Restaurants that partner with Meal Share have menu options that, when ordered by a customer, also provide a meal to a local social agency. Company co-founder Jeremy Bryant (pictured) was on hand to take home the $50,000 prize. The Branch Out Neurological Foundation was awarded a $15,000 in in-kind support through audience voting.

  • Executive search firm Boyden is announcing a large expansion of its Calgary operations. The firm added 19 professionals from Odgers Berndtson, with the Calgary office now home to five partners and 29 total team members. Boyden is now the largest executive search firm in the city.
  • The board of Longreach Oil and Gas has appointed Martin Arch to the role of CFO and secretary of the company. That news follows the resignation of Jonathan Morley-Kirk from the company’s board of directors. Arch is the former controller of Longreach.
  • Trican Well Service is adding experience to its U.S. operations in Houston, Texas, hiring Robert Hoskins as the president of Trican USA. Hoskins has over 28 years of experience in the pressure pumping industry and has held numerous senior management positions elsewhere.
  • Engineering design firm Burns & McDonnell has been named one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America. It’s the third straight year the firm has been on the list, moving up to 14th overall. Burns & McDonnell established a Canadian office in Calgary in 2011.
  • Strad Energy has appointed Shane Hopkie its new COO. Hopkie, who was been with the energy services company since 2007, was formerly the senior vice president of Strad’s Canadian operations. He succeeds Rob Grandfield, who retired from that position in December 2012.

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The Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association has awarded 87 properties in the province with a 2014 Employer of Choice designation.

That’s up from 73 designations handed out in 2013. The award is based on an audit of participating employers’ HR practices and the results of an online employee opinion survey. The AHLA says the increase in properties that meet their standards is a sign that hotels and motels are now working hard to appeal to both staff and guests. Click here for a full list of winners.


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