Robots & Pencils uses technology to future-proofs its clients

Michael Sikorsky talks about helping companies realize the economic gains that great technological solutions provide

Robots & Pencils uses technology to future-proofs its clientsMichael Sikorsky is CEO of Robots & Pencils. What's the history of Robots & Pencils and how it was formed? Sikorsky: The story of Robots & Pencils began shortly after I got the first iPhone at the launch in New York. All I could think about was how this could transform how we work, the…

Nimble, creative deal-makers concentrate on building, operating hotels

Eric Watson explains how MasterBUILT Hotels’ business strategy allows the company to succeed in challenging times

Nimble, creative deal-makers concentrate on building, operating hotelsEric Watson is president of MasterBUILT Hotels. Tell me about MasterBUILT Hotels – the history of the company, the number of hotels and where they’re located. Watson: MasterBUILT Hotels was formed in April 2011 by two prominent Calgary business leaders and friends – Jay Westman and Marc Staniloff – with the mission of developing 75…

Sharing medical information securely and in real time to better serve patients

Rohit Joshi talks about how Brightsquid’s patient information technology helps protect the viability of the health-care system

Sharing medical information securely and in real time to better serve patientsRohit Joshi is chief executive officer at Brightsquid. What is Brightsquid and how did it start? Joshi: Brightsquid Secure Communications Corp. is a Calgary-based communications software company that has developed technology to transfer patient information between doctors and between doctors and their patients. Clinics that use Brightsquid Secure Mail see improved patient safety and a reduction in wait times for…

Canadian economy shows growth in October

Rise in manufacturing was the main reason for the 0.3% increase in goods-producing industries after two monthly declines

Canadian economy shows growth in OctoberThere was some good news for the Canadian economy on Friday. Statistics Canada reported that real gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 0.3 per cent in October, following a 0.1 per cent decrease in September. There was growth in 15 of 20 industrial sectors, led by increases in manufacturing, finance and insurance and wholesale trade. “The…

Breaking down barriers between retail employers and potential staff

Suzanne Sears of Best Retail Careers International specializes in social media recruitment that’s responsive and effective

Breaking down barriers between retail employers and potential staffSuzanne Sears is president of Best Retail Careers International. What do you do? Sears: I solve staffing problems for retailers. What is the biggest challenge facing retailers in finding staff? Sears: What retail leaders tell me most often is that they cannot find highly skilled staff willing to work at the prices they feel they’re…

Salvation Army Kettle Campaign $5 million behind goal this year

The fundraising allows Army units in 400 communities help Canadians with the basic necessities of life

Salvation Army Kettle Campaign $5 million behind goal this yearThe Salvation Army is sounding the alarm bell. With only five days until Christmas, the Army’s annual Kettle Campaign is $5.3 million behind its $21-million fundraising goal for this year across Canada. “We rely heavily on our Kettle Campaign to fund our community and social service programs,” said Lt.-Col. John Murray, secretary for communications for…

Kim Orlesky puts passion at the forefront of sales

KO Advantage Group stresses tenacity, integrity and creativity in its sales training program

Kim Orlesky puts passion at the forefront of salesKim Orlesky is a sales coach, author and speaker. What is KO Advantage Group and how was it started? Orlesky: KO Advantage Group is Canada's fastest-growing sales school. Back in 2014, I made the bold choice to quit my corporate job and travel the world for six months. When I came back, I decided if…

Charitable giving as a share of income plunges in Canada

Who would have thought the Grinch was Canadian? Of the 15 least-generous jurisdictions in North America, 12 are in Canada

Charitable giving as a share of income plunges in CanadaThe amount of money Canadians donate to registered charities – as a share of their income – has plummeted 32.2 per cent since 2006, according to a new report released Thursday by the Fraser Institute, a public policy think-tank. “Canadians continue to donate less and less every year, which means charities face greater challenges to…

Canadian energy production increased in 2017

Ontario, Alberta and Quebec continued to account for the majority of energy consumed in Canada

Canadian energy production increased in 2017Primary energy production in Canada increased five per cent in 2017 to 20,741 petajoules, following a 3.1 per cent increase in 2016, according to Statistics Canada. In a report released on Thursday, the federal agency said crude oil accounted for the largest proportion of primary energy production in Canada in 2017 at 46.4 per cent,…

Poll on oil in Quebec shows some surprising results

66% of Quebecois favour Western Canadian oil over foreign oil, and 45% believe pipelines are the safest means of transporting oil

Poll on oil in Quebec shows some surprising resultsHere’s some interesting poll results taken for the Montreal Economic Institute regarding the controversy over oil and recent negative statements about the Quebec’s Premier about oil which has angered people in Alberta. The Leger poll found that 66 per cent of respondents favoured Western Canadian oil, versus just seven per cent who preferred to import…