Getting top value for high-quality barite deposits

John Rucci of Voyageur Minerals talks about the journey from discovery to marketing rare minerals

Getting top value for high-quality barite depositsJohn Rucci is president and CEO of Voyageur Minerals. Please explain the history of Voyageur. How did it come about and what does it do? Rucci: Voyageur was started in 2012 by Brent Willis, chief operating officer, and Brad Willis, vice-president of exploration, as a private company. They’ve been exploring for minerals and in particular…

K-Bro CEO named Prairies Entrepreneur of the Year by EY

Edmonton-based K-Bro has 15 locations across Canada, operations in the UK and plans for continued international expansion

K-Bro CEO named Prairies Entrepreneur of the Year by EYThe winner of this year’s Prairies EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 is Linda McCurdy, Director, President and CEO of K-Bro Linen Systems Inc. – an international leader in laundry and linen processing for hospitality and health care clients. McCurdy became CEO before the age of 30 and transformed K-Bro from a “sleepy privately owned…

Is your business slowly dying?

When faced with pressure on their business model, most leaders simply focus on reducing expenses. That's not nearly enough

Is your business slowly dying?My dog died last week – but the truth was that she had been dying for several months. Last winter, she had a couple seizures in my driveway and I considered having her put down. But after a couple weeks she revived and had a great spring and summer. In the last month, she definitely…

Young entrepreneur crowdfunding to launch home in a bag concept

Prototype aims to provide protection and connection for those who are affected by displacement and natural disaster

Young entrepreneur crowdfunding to launch home in a bag conceptA former Calgary Bow Valley College student is testing out his “LO8OP Home in a Bag” concept until the end of the month to brave the elements and raise money to move the idea to commercial production. Micah Louison, 24, is camping outside his family’s northeast Calgary home in the Bridgeland area until the end of…

Is self-employment really for you?

If you want to thrive as your own boss you need to be prepared to sell yourself every day

Is self-employment really for you?Have you dreamed of being your own boss? Most of us probably have. We think about the flexibility and freedom it offers. We wonder how much more income we would retain if we simply contracted out our services. We imagine what it would be like to be our own boss. That picture of three-day weeks…

Why the shotgun marketing approach is failing your business

How to come up with strategies that entice your ideal customer to reach out to your business

Why the shotgun marketing approach is failing your business“Our ideal customer is anybody who’s breathing,” was the response to my question of who this businessman’s ideal customer was. “Really?” I said. “Are you serious?” Unfortunately, his reply was “Yes.” That affirmative answer was probably the reason this business owner was turning to me for help with his company. Many businesses are only marginally…

Company provides the metrics the cannabis market needs

Jason Hardy of Cann Standard talks about why it’s important to track and synthesize data about the industry

Company provides the metrics the cannabis market needsJason Hardy is co-founder of Cann Standard. What is Cann Standard and what does it do? Hardy: Cann Standard’s mandate is to define cannabis markets. We log listing information for cannabis products anywhere we can find them, from producer and dispensary websites to larger cannabis listing sites and review websites. We process the data and…

What every business can learn from Alberta’s failures

Add value, diversify, take control of your destiny, do long-term planning and be fiscally responsible

What every business can learn from Alberta’s failuresIt should come as no surprise to anyone that the failure of the Alberta government over the past 40 years to protect the interest of its citizens has resulted in a province that’s up to its neck in debt. The woes of the province cost the Progressive Conservative Party its reputation, future generations their Heritage…

Cybersecurity stakes high for Canadian companies

Sixty-four per cent of survey respondents said they don't have a formal data protection program

Cybersecurity stakes high for Canadian companiesCanadian companies are allocating small budgets to protect themselves against cybersecurity threats and they lack the formal internal processes to proactively deal with a breach, according to a new survey released on Thursday by EY. The survey showed that 63 per cent of respondents say their cybersecurity spend is less than 10 per cent of…

Why you need a psychologist in the boardroom

It's time boards gave serious and strategic consideration to how they can accelerate and maximize their effectiveness

Why you need a psychologist in the boardroomI'm preparing to facilitate a board strategy retreat and the project has sparked thoughts about bringing a psychologist into the boardroom. “Let me be clear, I don’t do strategic planning,” I stressed when I got the call. The chair assured me they weren't looking for a strategic planning expert. They wanted someone who is really good…