Need for a job drives many of Canada’s entrepreneurs: report

Need for a job drives many of Canada’s entrepreneurs: reportCALGARY (Troy Media) - Canadians are increasingly starting their own businesses, but in many cases because they feel they have to, according to an international study on entrepreneurship. The 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Canada report found that Canadians are among the most likely in the 49 countries surveyed to see themselves as having both…

People with disabilities could boost economy by $50 billion: report

People with disabilities could boost economy by $50 billion: reportCanadians with disabilities are already a large part of the working age population and will increase in importance as the population ages, says a new report by TD Economics. Yet labour market outcomes for these individuals continues to lag. Even moderate success in narrowing gaps between people with disabilities (PWD) and the general population could…

Canadian household credit accelerates

HELOCs often used for home improvement and renovation spending has been on a steep climb for 18 years: Scotiabank report

Canadian household credit acceleratesTotal chartered bank household credit growth in Canada accelerated in August, supported by an expansion in residential mortgage credit and non-mortgage credit that was the fastest in about two years, says a new report by Scotiabank. But the report also said that growth in home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) has slowed since its peak…

Creating a clear and enduring brand

Abagail Vanmerlin of Brand Theory talks about why encapsulating the culture, values and long-range vision of a company is so important

Creating a clear and enduring brandAbagail Vanmerlin is owner at Brand Theory Inc. What is Brand Theory and what does it do? Vanmerlin: We are a full-service creative agency specializing in the strategic branding of mid-to-large business-to-business organizations. By full service, I mean that we offer a suite of brand deliverables which can be anything from interactive and responsive website…

Newcomers to Alberta boosting real estate demand

Projected to purchase 76,000 homes in the region over the next five years at the current rate of international migration: Royal LePage

Newcomers to Alberta boosting real estate demandAlberta attracts approximately eight per cent of Canada's international migration and 45 per cent of newcomers buy a home, says a new report by Royal LePage. The residential real estate company said the newcomers are the most likely to believe that homeownership is a good financial investment (90 per cent). And they represent 18 per…

Alberta rents among the most affordable in Canada: report

Alberta rents among the most affordable in Canada: reportAlberta cities are among the least expensive when it comes to residential rental property in the country, according to a new report. The average Canadian property was listed for $1,954 per month in September just topping the previous high-water mark for the year of $1,953 in June, according to the October National Rent Report produced…

Building a stronger Alberta economy with artificial intelligence

John Shillington of Amii taks about connecting research and expertise to industry and helping Alberta businesses build their capacity for machine learning

Building a stronger Alberta economy with artificial intelligenceJohn Shillington is president and CEO of Amii. What is Amii Innovates and what do you do? Shillington: Amii Innovates is a program run by the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii). It enables and supports Alberta-based businesses as they grow their in-house business and technical capabilities around artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. At Amii,…

Alberta inflation rate holds steady in September

Alberta inflation rate holds steady in SeptemberAlberta’s inflation rate held steady at 1.3 per cent in September compared to 1.9 per cent nationally, according to data released Wednesday by Statistics Canada. The federal agency said British Columbia had the highest year-over-year change in prices at 2.4 per cent while Newfoundland and Labrador had the lowest rate at 0.5 per cent. The…

Alberta economic growth forecast to lead the nation in 2021

Economic growth is forecast to be 0.5 per cent this year followed by 2.4 per cent and 2.7 per cent in the next two years

Alberta economic growth forecast to lead the nation in 2021Quebec is forecast to lead the provinces in economic growth this year – the first time in recorded history with GDP rising by 2.4 per cent from last year, says Scotiabank’s Provincial Outlook which was released on Wednesday. The report said that British Columbia and Alberta will lead the country in economic growth in 2020…

Freelance makeup artist turns each job into the next one

Makeup artist Karen Malcolm-Pye talks about the work she has done for famous people and why she never rests on her laurels

Freelance makeup artist turns each job into the next oneKaren Malcolm-Pye is a makeup artist in Calgary. What is your career and what do you do? Malcolm-Pye: I’m a freelance makeup artist – a dream job for me really! I do makeup for television, advertising, broadcasting, commercials, weddings, celebrities and anyone else who wants to look and feel a little extra beautiful – and…
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