The rise of steel collar workers, the end of blue collar workers

Automation is taking over the workplace. That means our education system must adapt. So must the students seeking marketable skills

The rise of steel collar workers, the end of blue collar workersMy bank machine just wished me a happy birthday. It wasn’t the exact day but it asked me: Did you think we would forget that your birthday is this month? This struck me as just one more example of automation taking over what people used to do. No biological being had yet wished me a…

How human capital is turning our economic system on its head

The rise of the intangible economy has upset the industrial applecart, rendering many basic assumptions redundant

How human capital is turning our economic system on its headA recent New York Times article (6 Reasons That Pay Has Lagged Behind U.S. Job Growth) highlights a great mystery: persistent wage stagnation. As the U.S. job market tightens, economic theory suggests wages should rise – it's all about supply and demand. Problem is, wages in the U.S. have largely been flat for decades. Many…

Need help tapping into the marketing power of digital platforms?

Crystal DeCnodder of Full Blast Creative talks about how to put social media to work building your business

Need help tapping into the marketing power of digital platforms?Crystal DeCnodder is partner and vice-president of digital marketing for Full Blast Creative. Calgary’s Business: Why is it important for businesses today to adopt social media and social media advertising into their operations? DeCnodder: Social media marketing has come a long way since 2011 when I started my social media company. When the industry first…

New ‘hyper-reality’ to entertain Cineplex Rec Room visitors

West Edmonton Mall location to be among the first to feature state-of-the-art virtual reality technology

New ‘hyper-reality’ to entertain Cineplex Rec Room visitorsCineplex is teaming up with The VOID, to launch new VOID Experience Centers in communities across Canada. One of the first will be in the West Edmonton Mall. The companies said in a news release that The VOID combines state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) technology, physical stages and multi-sensory effects, including touch and smell for “a new…

Smartphone apps links patients to mental health professionals

David Johnson talks about how VictoryLab's app helps people in need using in-the-moment technology

Smartphone apps links patients to mental health professionalsDavid Johnson is founder and CEO of VictoryLab. Calgary’s Business: What is VictoryLab, and what's its history on how and why it was formed? Johnson: Founded in 2015, VictoryLab is an evidence-based, affordable and convenient mental health app available to organizations. With VictoryLab, users can reach out to certified counsellors and licensed therapists from their smartphone…

Turning data into practical and tangible business results

Vince Ircandia talks about how StellarAlgo is leveraging science and analytics to help sports and entertainment businesses succeed

Turning data into practical and tangible business resultsVince Ircandia is founder and CEO of StellarAlgo. Calgary's Business: What is StellarAlgo and what does it do? Ircandia: StellarAlgo helps live audience businesses – like sports franchises – to quickly and cost-effectively organize, analyze and leverage the data they need to make successful business decisions. Our customer data platform allows organizations to easily collect,…

Newspapers may be struggling but the news is still crucial

Don't blame the Internet, embrace it as a means to deliver quality reporting to a broader audience

Newspapers may be struggling but the news is still crucialThe old home for the Coventry Evening Telegraph in England is a building frozen in time. The publishers moved to more modern facilities in 2012. The newspaper’s home of more than 50 years is now an arts space where people come to take pictures. It has a museum-like quality: on some desks, family photos, a…

Getting to the heart of medical error and malpractice

Securing a meaningful and enduring reduction in medical error requires a cultural transformation

Getting to the heart of medical error and malpracticeIn a 2003 Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) survey, “about a quarter [of adults] said that an adverse event had occurred in their own care, or that of a family member.” Half claimed that the adverse event had produced “serious health consequences.” Three-quarters claimed that it had “led to a hospital visit or longer…

Less is more: how tweets can build a business brand

People on Twitter actually pay as much attention to branded content as they do to the rest of the content in their feeds

Less is more: how tweets can build a business brandTroy Media interview with Alyson Gausby, head of research at Twitter Canada.  Troy Media: Has social media use reached a saturation point? Gausby: Like a Twitter feed, the social media space never stands still for long because both technology and consumer behaviour are always evolving. If I think back to where the company was when…

Zapping taxpayers won’t validate green energy

The massively subsidized European power grid is in no way proof that the underlying renewables technology is viable

Zapping taxpayers won’t validate green energyA few years back, I had a chat with a reporter who had recently moved to Calgary from Europe, where he covered energy issues. In a discussion about renewables, he gave the oft-heard opinion that Europe was, of course, “ahead” of Canada. His eyes widened with admiration for how Europeans were greening their power grid.…