January 2016

The Briefing

Dividends plummet in the energy sector

The oil price crash has caused dividends – one of the surest signs of financial strength – to plummet in the energy sector >

 

The Cost of Terrorism

How do attacks like those in Paris affect the world’s economies? >

 

Who can you trust? Ashif Mawji may have the answer

Trust Science is hoping algorithms combined with artificial intelligence can determine trustworthiness >

 

Departments

Alberta companies clean up the 2016 Canada’s Top Employer for Young People awards, Edmonton filmmaker gets big break, and four Albertans receive the Order of Canada

The Spotlight: Celebrating Alberta Business >

 

Alberta remembers Ron Southern

The Spotlight: Celebrating Alberta Business >

 

Features

Aspen Crossing: Workin’ on the (Heritage) Railroad

Jason Thornhill and his father, Bill, are buying trains and tracks the railways no longer want and turning them into a rail-nerd paradise >

 

Giving the liberal arts their due

Will corporate Alberta help liberal arts graduates enter the business world? Should they? >

 

Long Reads: Business Person of the Year 2015 - PCL’s Paul Douglas

It took some great mentors – and a major change of style – to make Paul Douglas the leader he is today >

 

Long Reads: Following the fire - On the trail for morel mushrooms

This year, hundreds of mushroom pickers flooded a year-old burn near the B.C.-Alberta border in search of the prized morel. They made money from what they could harvest from the wild, and the finest restaurants in Europe get their pick of the delicacies >

 

The Imperial Aspirations of Murray Edwards

Legendary investor Murray Edwards bet heavily in B.C.’s hard rock mining industry, and right now he’s paying the price >

 

Fast Growth 50

Alberta’s 2016 Fast Growth 50 List

The complete list of Alberta’s fastest growing businesses >

 

Ask a CEO: Advice for Managing Growth

Adam Pekarsky of Pekarsky & Co. and Cory Litzenberger from CGL Strategic Business & Tax Advisors offer advice on sustainable growth  >

 

CEO Regan Davis takes a STEP in the right direction

STEP Energy Services has seen better days for growing its earnings. But the company has made bold plays that could position it for a future windfall  >

 

Hybrid Wireless puts its money on Alberta’s next big bet

It’s a precarious time to be a supplier to oil and gas companies. But Hybrid Wireless’ dual-income model and private fibre optic and microwave networks may help it weather the storm and come out stronger on the other side  >

 

Introducing the Fast Growth 50 for 2016

This year's Fast Growth 50 is themed around learning >

 

Three Must-Read Books on Business

Got time on a Sunday afternoon? Turn off the TV, pick up a good book (yes, an actual paper-and-print book), and learn a few things that will help your business take off >

 

With sales in Alberta tanking, AutoCanada is looking to boost its revenue through acquisitions

In 2014, AutoCanada made a killing via acquisitions, only to find auto sales nosedive in its biggest market. But the lull allows it to make some upgrades before kicking it into high gear again >

 

On the Ground

Elevated Robotic Services is a homegrown success story

Award-winning Ellen Christopherson has sky-high ambition for her robotics company >

 

Grande Prairie faces a (restaurant) worker shortage

A Grande Prairie franchisee gets creative to fill the employment gap left by changes to the TFW program >

 

The idea factory in "the middle of nowhere"

The spirit of innovation is alive and well in the Peace Country >

 

Which Hollywood star is raving about Alberta's new dinosaur museum?

The brand new Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum gains the attention of Hollywood >

 

Will shale gas zones around Grande Prairie offset oil losses?

Grande Prairie is the only resource-based city to climb CFIB's Annual Entrepreneurial Communities rankings  >

 

business person of the year

Long Reads: Business Person of the Year 2015 - PCL’s Paul Douglas

It took some great mentors – and a major change of style – to make Paul Douglas the leader he is today >

 

Final Acts

Imaginea Energy's Suzanne West talks vision with Carvel Electric

A young entrepreneur wants to do more than just make profits with his small but growing electrical company  >

 

The life and times of oil patch legend Eric Newell

Newell is one of the oil sands’ most distinguished figures, known for bringing social licence to the industry when he was CEO of Syncrude >