Taking the stress out of moving

Nate Edwards talks about how Virtuo’s tech-enabled service saves customers time and eases headaches

Taking the stress out of movingNate Edwards is co-founder and managing partner of Virtuo. Calgary’s Business: What is Virtuo and when was it founded? Edwards: Virtuo is a tech-enabled customer experience company that makes transitioning and settling into a new home simple and stress free. We save homebuyers more than 40 hours of their time by facilitating everything for them,…

‘It’s not voodoo – social media takes persistence’

Samantha Paterson, a social media manager at the University of Calgary, talks about how to get the most out of digital marketing

‘It’s not voodoo – social media takes persistence’Samantha Paterson is a social media manager at the University of Calgary and an instructor in Continuing Education. Calgary’s Business: How did you get into social media as a career and what’s the appeal for you? Paterson: During the 2000s in my ed-tech career, I was an early adopter of customer advocacy marketing, including online…

Innovate Calgary is turning discovery into commerce

Peter Garrett talks about how Innovate Calgary helps to bring ideas to life

Innovate Calgary is turning discovery into commercePeter Garrett is associate vice-president of research and innovation at the University of Calgary and CEO and president of Innovate Calgary. Calgary’s Business: What is Innovate Calgary and its purpose? Garrett: Innovate Calgary is the knowledge transfer and business incubator centre for the University of Calgary. We help bridge the gap between discovery and innovation…

Calgary college opening career path for women in tech industry

InnoTech College has introduced a bursary to encourage women to train in technology fields

Calgary college opening career path for women in tech industryA Calgary college is tackling the issue of gender equality in the tech industry by helping women train for jobs in that sector. “It’s no secret that women are under-represented in the technology sector,” said Julie Rubin, president of InnoTech College. “We are hearing from employers that it’s a challenge to find skilled tech talent.…

A new entrepreneurial spirit is shaping Calgary’s economic future

Bob Schulz of the U of C's Haskayne School of Business talks about how expanding our economy requires an aggressive perspective

A new entrepreneurial spirit is shaping Calgary’s economic futureBob Schulz is a professor in the Strategy and Global Management (SGMA) and Business and Environment (BSEN) areas. He has been teaching at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary since 1973. Calgary’s Business: What’s your sense of where Calgary’s economy is these days? Schulz: In my opinion, Calgary’s economy is currently in…

Alberta launches new technology council to grow industry

The 16-member group will advise government as it invests in the training and education needed to grow Alberta’s tech sector

Alberta launches new technology council to grow industryA new technology council has been launched by the Alberta government in an attempt to grow the sector in the province. Brad Zumwalt, a Calgary-based venture capitalist and CEO of Zinc Ventures, will co-chair the council with Rod Skura, deputy minister of Advanced Education. The province said the 16-member Talent Advisory Council on Technology is…

Alberta adding 406 post-secondary technology program seats

Calgary will get 216 seats, Edmonton 169 seats and Lethbridge 21 seats, shared among various schools

Alberta adding 406 post-secondary technology program seatsAlberta’s growing technology sector is getting a boost from the government with more than 400 new post-secondary tech program seats being added this year. “Our government is making sure more students can train, grow and graduate with the expertise needed for good jobs in Alberta’s changing economy. Investing in more seats will ensure our booming…

Helping entrepreneurs from startup to viable product

Kari Gordon and Startup Calgary connect founders to the support they need within the greater tech ecosystem

Helping entrepreneurs from startup to viable productKari Gordon is executive director of Startup Calgary. Calgary’s Business: What's the history behind Startup Calgary and why it was started? Gordon: Startup Calgary was established in 2010 by a group of tech entrepreneurs wanting to connect with like-minded people and build awareness at the grassroots of the tech community. CB: What's its purpose and…

Calgary, Edmonton can’t match top tech talent centres in North America

Toronto is North America’s fastest growing tech market, and sits fourth. Ottawa and Montreal are 13th and 14th, respectively

Calgary, Edmonton can’t match top tech talent centres in North AmericaWith its traditional reliance on the oilpatch as its economic engine, Alberta has experienced the volatile nature of that relationship over years. When oil prices are up, that engine is running smoothly in the province. But a collapse in oil prices, as witnessed in late 2014, can make for a very bumpy ride on the…

Putting artificial intelligence to work for Alberta’s future

The increased use of AI changes the job market. Some jobs disappear. New jobs are created. AI applies to more existing jobs

Putting artificial intelligence to work for Alberta’s futureAlberta’s job market is a powerhouse. We had the highest employment rate in the country last year with 66.7 per cent of our population age 15 and over working at a job. That’s five percentage points above the national average and 16 points higher than the lowest rate, which is found in Newfoundland and Labrador.…