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Issue: Volume 15, Issue 3

Featuring 20 Questions with Brad Krizan

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Your definitive glossary for the economic downturn

Your  definitive  glossary for the economic downturn

Tough times, they are upon us. Job losses abound, wages are being frozen or cut, and in many sectors it is virtually impossible to get hired.

Fret not, friends. I am here to help.

I have been through the toughest of times. There was the time in Grade 9 when I told my parents that I was no longer interested in attending weekly Catholic mass. Their synchronized response “Well, then I guess you are no longer living in this house” did not deter me whatsoever . . . until I ended my holdout... Keep Reading

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Proper use of technology critical in making of snow and money

Proper use of technology critical in making of snow and money

The next time you go racing down the hill on your skis or snowboard, give a thought to the folks who were out in the middle of the night grooming those runs. Or the folks who pay the electric bills to power that high tech snowmaking gear. And don’t forget the mechanical and electronic technology folks who make all this possible.

Andrew Cradduck is the guy who keeps the snow just right at Panorama Mountain Resort in British Columbia. As Director of Mountain Operations he commands the... Keep Reading

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Alberta’s policy shifts and impact on real estate – where are we?

Alberta’s real estate sector is resilient. It is full of smart, well-capitalized companies familiar with Alberta’s economic cycles.

The players have changed substantially over the past 10 years with more national and international players backed by institutional money. Developers today play Calgary and Edmonton as part of Canadian and/or international portfolios. However, new political dimensions are testing the industry’s mettle. Is industry prepared for new factors for... Keep Reading

Widespread commodity price declines will depress the national economy through this year and probably

The ongoing decline in commodity prices has hit Canada’s economy hard, depressing incomes, and triggering layoffs and capital spending cuts.

The U.S.-dollar prices of most internationally traded commodity products have slipped, hammering hundreds of resource companies and their suppliers, and hurting business and consumer confidence across swaths of the country.

It is important to realize that the commodity carnage is not restricted to oil. It is also affecting natural gas, coal, base... Keep Reading

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Nureva’s Span system provides 30-foot surround experience

Nureva’s Span system provides 30-foot surround experience

Nureva Inc., an award-winning collaboration/solutions company, announced the creation of a 30-foot (9.1m) immersive collaboration environment that surrounds teams with their digital content.

The surround experience is created via three panoramic projectors installed on adjoining walls and enabled by a multi-display setup tool in Span software. This tool links the computers and merges the cloud-based canvas across the three systems. The resulting immersive environment gives teams a truly... Keep Reading

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Do you see it? That’s the real estate elephant and he’s in the room

Do you see it? That’s the real estate elephant and he’s in the room

I don’t think a single Canadian would deny that, in the last 12 to 18 months, there have been drastic changes to our economy. Job security or even just HAVING a job can no longer be taken for granted.

Chances are someone you know has had wages cut or lost their job altogether. Current and foreseeable economic conditions make finding a new job difficult. Payments become increasingly hard, if not impossible, to make. With this in mind, serious questions need to be asked even though it’s... Keep Reading

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Guaranteed sick time good policy and smart business

A food handler going to work with a cough, a parent sending their sick child to school or an emergency room nurse making snap decisions through the fog of a flu. It doesn’t take a medical degree to appreciate the counterproductive consequences of these decisions, yet far too often these are the stories of our patients and countless others like them. For far too many, struggling to make ends meet, afraid to lose even a day’s pay – going to work sick is the only choice they have.

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RBC steps up to help small businesses boost online efficiencies

Almost by definition, Canadian small business owners are expert multi-taskers. They need to be proficient in so many areas: operations, sales, finance, employee relations,

technicals … the list goes on.

Yet, for all their skills and savvy, many of the country’s small business operators are not optimizing the available online efficiencies. To enhance the productivity of small business, RBC is providing user friendly online banking tools to help busy entrepreneurs grow their companies.

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The trouble with being the boss and the board

The best thing about going into business for yourself is that you can do whatever you want. The worst thing about going into business for yourself is … you can do whatever you want.

The point is the freedom of becoming an entrepreneur also often brings the freedom to neglect responsibilities that no CEO or general manager who reported to a board of directors or shareholders would be able to get away with.

Many of the companies in the $3-20-millon range of annual revenue are just a few... Keep Reading

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UTILITYnet.ca serves up savings for Business Edge audience

UTILITYnet.ca and Business Edge News Magazine have teamed up on an exclusive offer to dramatically reduce your monthly energy costs.

To take advantage of the Five Point Business Edge Rate, go to the sign-up form on www.UTILITYnet.ca Click on the “Sign-Up” tab and you will see the options on the application form:

The limited offer is open only to clients and readers of Business Edge News Magazine. It is not a published rate. Sign- ups will be limited to just 500 residential customers.... Keep Reading

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BC Hydro tops Forbes list of top employers

BC Hydro tops Forbes list of top employers

A pair of B.C. organizations topped Forbes Media’s inaugural list of Canada’s Best Employers.

BC Hydro was No. 1 in the ranking of the top 250 employers across 25 industries, followed by Van city and Quebec-based ABB Canada.

The list was assembled by research firm Statista from an independent survey of 8,000 Canadian employees working for large firms or institutions.

The ranking indicates Canadians’ trust and passion for their domestic companies. Seventy per cent of the Top 50... Keep Reading

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While Alberta reverses, B.C. and Ontario continue real estate surge

While Alberta reverses, B.C. and Ontario continue real estate surge

The Canadian housing market is off to a very strong start to 2016, having registered the highest sales levels since 2007.

Fully 75% of local Canadian real estate markets are experiencing year over year sales growth.

While the Alberta and Saskatchewan real estate markets (for example, Calgary price drops almost 3.5 percent in February over February 2015 and Saskatoon dips nearly 3 percent) suffer the brunt of the oil price collapse, most of the rest of Canada is doing just fine.

The... Keep Reading

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20 Questions with Brad Krizan, President of Premiere Suites Western Ltd.

20 Questions with Brad Krizan, President of Premiere Suites Western Ltd.

Just an unassuming guy from small-town southern Alberta, Brad Krizan has put together an astonishing educational and corporate C.V. within a relatively brief time frame. His university education in urban and regional studies originally piqued an interest in real estate. That growing fascination, in turn, led him to build a base of knowledge and experience in a variety of asset classes throughout Canada and the U.S.

At this particular stage of his career, he is acknowledged to be an expert in... Keep Reading