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Which team would you prefer your company to be – Ferrari or McLaren? These 25 companies are setting the standard for innovation.
David Gray sees potential in worldwide forest of swaying steel but an innovative product is seeing a massive roadblock before realizing its...
From oil and gas, to theatre and tourism, here are the 20 companies that are leading the pack and never settling for less.
Coming to Fort McMurray this summer is another alcoholic creation called … moonshine? Yes, you read that right. Legal moonshine. Learn more...
With the average Albertan’s wallet bulging with $26,000 of disposable income, a growing number of lifestyle entrepreneurs have opened for...
Learn more what AltaCorp Capital’s George Gosbee and entrepreneur Tyrel Kenmore said on steep learning curves, objectivism and...
Learn how the Twin Otter came roaring back from the dead, and how Alberta’s been a key part of that.
Learn how Edmonton's best-known real estate agent hasn't shown a home in years, but is still raking in millions and plenty of enemies along...
The lure of opening a bar makes it a common dream for those with entrepreneurial flair, but it’s not like Cheers, and you’ll be cleaning...
Meet the man behind The Brick: Bill Comrie and his little furniture store in a brick warehouse hit $1 billion in sales.
A look into the life of one of Alberta's most prominent investment bankers: George Gosbee, CEO of AltaCorp Capital
It’s all fair game in Alberta this summer as the its two biggest cities serve up their best fare, from the window of a food truck. Find out...
Going to the Poles: the Border City’s ministers are fighting a losing battle against “loose morals.
What might surprise you about a matchmaking company in Edmonton is that the gender of the majority of Dirksen’s date-coaching customers are...
Whatever your inclination is for a vacation property, we hope we touch upon it in this, your guide to recreational properties.
Prem Singhmar and his family now run three hotels, in Fort Saskatchewan, Sherwood Park and Leduc, and plans are underway for a fourth, in...
Head outside the city limits for Alberta's increasingly exquisite restaurant culture and experience amazing food that's always worth the...
As Alberta’s centennial year celebrations draw to a close, Alberta Venture proudly presents the century’s Greatest Albertan.
These 50 people proudly represent Alberta’s broader economy and promote economic sustainability happening in Alberta, and beyond our...
Edmonton, Calgary, and even Red Deer have all imported the ever-trendy food truck model from south of the border, where food trucks have...
Think your company can't afford a glamourous getaway? Think again.
Social media can be an excellent marketing tool when used properly.
Trade shows can be a substantial investment, but they offer your company an impressive payoff. Here’s how to make your booth the star of...
Pam McCarthy of Five Star Events shares quick tips for staying sane amid the chaos.
Workplace mental health initiatives improve not just employees’ health and happiness, but businesses’ bottom line, too.
There are healthy choices you can make at the office that your body will thank you for.
International trade isn’t just about exports. It’s about the two-way flow of goods, services and investments. China represents a huge...
For the inaugural story of Alberta Venture’s 20/20 series, we talk to former prime minister Kim Campbell about what makes a great leader –...
A look at Fitter International.
Karen Ryan and Lara Murphy have built a general contractor traditionally, with a few twists.
Having a third party verify your good work may sound like a good idea, but there is downside. Just ask Etsy.
Oil sands operators say they’ve made the reclamation of tailings ponds a key tenet of their social responsibility mandate. Others are...
One man’s search for the off button ...
Record-low oil prices, natural disasters, credit woes ... what didn't go wrong in 2016?
These three entrepreneurs have launched restaurants in Calgary this year. Are they crazy?
Mountain towns are busier than ever, but venture outside the Rockies and it's a different story
Losing a call to GE may have been the best thing to happen to Peter Christou.
During times of economic uncertainly, luxury items are often the first to go.
ATB and the Business Development Bank of Canada announce their plan to lend $1 billion to small businesses in Alberta.
Wendy Giuffre tells us what small businesses get wrong about human resources, and what they need to get right.
These books will have you reading your way to the top.
They may be small, but these Alberta storefronts make an outsize impact on their communities.
One of Alberta's greatest architects reflects on his career.
Lunch With: Hoblitt, a new website for local experiences, consults with startup entrepreneur Patrick Lor
Hobbit, a startup experiential education company, reaches out to Dissolve, a veteran marketing stock image and video provider.
These ideas began to take shape decades ago, when a branch of psychology, led by Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman, challenged the...
The future of competition is not in the location of your business or the products you put in your shelf, but in your ability to use the...
Jo-Anne Reynolds is developing a platform for finding your kids the best summer camp.
Larry Pollock is business person of the year for 2009. Alberta Venture does a Q&A.
Don Lowry is Business Person of the Year for 2010. Alberta Venture sits down for a little Q&A.
After two months of voting, John Poole has been named Alberta’s Top Business Person of the Last 100 years.
A look at all the winners of this award over the past 15 years.
WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky is settled with the challenge of transforming the Alberta-based airline from a startup to an institution
delivered an energetic and inspiring keynote address on the potential of Alberta and our path towards greatness at a luncheon in his honour...
Alberta Venture talks to the co-founder of WestJet.
An interview with Martin Lambert
An interview with Harry Buddle.
An interview with Ron Triffo.
An interview with Suncor CEO Rick George.
An interview with Bill Comrie.
An interview with Charlie Fischer.
An interview with Sam Shaw.
An Interview with John Forzani.
An interview with Brett Wilson.
An interview with Nancy Southern.
Here are the winners and finalists in each of our eleven Best Workplaces categories.
Melcor tops the list of top Alberta workplaces.
ATB tops the list of best workplaces for millennials.
Rogers Insurance tops the list of best workplaces for perks and incentives.
The Edmonton Regional Airport Authority tops the list for best workplace for health and safety.
OEM Manufacturing tops the list for best workplace for the environmentally conscious.
Western Bulk Transport tops the list for best workplace for diversity.
Alberta Motor Association tops the list of best workplaces for training and development.
PCL Construction tops the list of best overall workplace with more than 750 employees.
Splice Software gets an honorable mention for best overall workplace with under 100 employees.
Parkland School Division No. 70 tops the list of best workplace for training and development.
Rogers Insurance tops the list of best overall workplace.
SAIT tops the list for best workplace for volunteerism and community involvement.
OEM Remanufacturing tops the list of best workplace for health and safety.
The best places to work in 2016.
Best overall workplace with more than 750 employees in 2016.
Compugen tops the list of best workplaces for the environmentally conscious in 2016.
Denton's Tops the list for top workplace for diversity in 2016.
It’s no mystery why it’s happening: a bad economy, reduced revenues and lowered profits are causing a lot of employers to dial back on...
Use that first 90 days to integrate those relationships.
Employers are obliged to accommodate staff with a prescription, a duty that will be particularly challenging in safety-sensitive positions.
Intergenerational mentoring – in which not only do senior employees give guidance to the younger generation, but the kids mentor up, too –...
Grasshopper Landscaping is top trade contractor of the year.
Morgan Construction & Environmental tops the list for heavy civil contractors.
Contractor of the Year for 2016 is Kemway Contractors.
An interview with the cybersecurity lead for Shell in the Americas.
An interview with Obed Maurice.
An interview with Philip Vandermey and Jessie Andjelic.
An interview with David Vonesch.
An interview with Sahr Saffa.
An overview of Strathcona County.
An overview of Fort McMurry.
An overview of Red Deer.
An overview of Medicine Hat.
An overview of Grande Prairie.
An overview of Edmonton.
An overview of Airdrie.
An overview of Leduc.
An overview of Okotoks.
An overview of Lethbridge.
An overview of St. Albert.
An overview of the Municipal District of Foothills.
An overview of Cochrane.
An overview of Lloydminster.
An overview of Calgary.
An overview of Grande Prairie.
An overview of Parkland County.
An overview of Spruce Grove.
An overview of Sturgeon County.
An overview of Rocky View County.
Todd Babiak created a movement in Make Something Edmonton.
Kevin van Tighem has remained a strong voice in the preservation of Alberta’s wilderness.
Robert Hayes oversees BMO’s 110 branches in the province.
Charles Rusnell is an award-winning reporter who's broken countless stories about political scandals, corruption and mismanagement.
Lorne Babiuk received the $100,000 Killam Prize for career achievement from the Canada Council of the Arts, in recognition of his work on a...
Rollin Stanley is committed to the cause of urban density in Calgary.
Donna Garbutt is the president of Schlumberger Canada - and an important role model for women in the energy sector.
Cheryl Whiskeyjack is the leading proponent of Kahkiyaw, a new outcomes-based service delivery model provided through the Bent Arrow...
Matthew Wildcat was integral in creating a trust that moved $240 million in capital money from federal control to within the First Nation.
Alice Reimer is one of Canada's top female entrepreneurs.
Brad Ferguson, who was appointed EEDC president and CEO last year, is working to promote economic development and tourism in Edmonton.
Todd Millar is an influencer in minor hockey in Alberta.
D’Andre Wilson-Ihejirika started and runs BrainSTEM Alliance. She also manufactures African-print bags.
D’Arcy Levesque is Enbridge’s vice-president of public and government affairs, and someone Maclean’s tabbed as one of the most important...
Garth Atkinson has been the president and CEO of the Calgary Airport Authority for the past 12 years.
Naga Siva Kumar Gunda has developed technology that helps detect a potential heart attack.
Tim Reid, the COO of the MacDonald Island Park in Fort McMurray, is working to add more park space to the city.
Alison Redford has advocated for Alberta’s interests since she became premier in October 2011.
Kara Chomistek: Alberta's Next 10 2013
Danielle Campbell is a force and roll model in the RCMP.
Alberta Medical Association President Dr. Michael Giuffre played a key role in crafting a three-year pay freeze for Alberta's doctors.
Brock Gibson, Calgary lawyer.
In May 2012, Thomas Lukaszuk was sworn in as the deputy premier, and in February 2013, he was given the post of minister of Enterprise and...
Richard Clark founded Eagle Energy Trust, the first new energy trust in Canada since 2006.
Gerry Protti is the chair of the new Alberta Energy Regulator.
Sheila McIntosh is the executive vice-president of communications and stakeholder relations at Cenovus Energy.
John Carpenter is the CEO of the Alberta Accountants Unification Agency.
Lucy Miller is the CEO at United Way.
Lynn Jacobson has spent a career lending his voice to a host of agricultural issues.
Morris Flewwelling served three terms as the mayor of Red Deer.
Bill Siebens made a donation to the Calgary Stampede Foundation worth more than $11 million, the largest gift in the Foundation’s history.
Alex Pourbaix is the head of the oil pipeline business at TransCanada.
Perry Michetti, the associate dean of the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, is working to put NAIT on the culinary map.
Daryl “Doc” Seaman was a prominent Calgary businessman who passed away in 2009, leaving a huge legacy behind.
Leslie O’Donoghue is the chief legal officer and senior vice-president of business development at Agrium.
Jack Mintz delivers hard facts on carbon taxes.
David Naylor is a leader in experimental astrophysics.
Rob Sutherland is the president of the Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations.
Danielle Smith has proven herself to be an adept politician with broad public appeal as leader of the Wildrose Party.
Alex Stieda established the Tour of Alberta cycling event.
Robert Dixon chairs Green Hectares, an organization that links farmers, governments and industry to advance agriculture in Alberta.
Dr. Arya Sharma is challenging conventional wisdom about the cause of obesity.
Andrew Moskar is helping to preserve Alberta's musical heritage.
Lorraine Mitchelmore took a firm stance on carbon emissions in the oil industry.
Jacquie Penner is the dean of business at Medicine Hat College.
Reza Nasseri is taking steps toward net-zero energy homes in the province.
An overview of Mike Tims.
An overview of Michael Walters.
Erum Asfar has been working to advance the expansion of the LRT in Edmonton.
Bob Sandford is leading the discussion around water conservation in Canada.
The Pooles donated tens of millions to cultural organizations and social agencies in Edmonton.
Corb Lund is a successful musician - and apologetically Albertan.
Robert Steven helped save the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
A look at Vi Konkle.
Dan Balaban is the CEO of Greengate Power, Balaban has had a hand in putting 150 MW of wind energy into the province’s grid.
Peter Ohm is leading the conversation about local food and urban agriculture in Edmonton.
Allan Adam has taken a public and prominent role on matters of environmental stewardship, aboriginal rights and industrial development.
Clayton Woitas is moving Encana forward as its CEO.
Gregg Saretsky has been transforming operations at WestJet.
Julie van Rosendaal has made a career out of taking high-fat indulgences and turning them into healthy alternatives.
Ralph Klein is the influential former premier of Alberta.
Peter Lougheed was one of the province’s greatest leaders.
Helen Rice gets things done.
Shawn Abbott helping Alberta diversify its economy.
Brenda Kenny has served as president and CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association since 2008
Donna Kennedy-Glans is making waves in Alberta politics.
Mike Hudema has been making a spill about oil spills.
An overview of Jim Prentice.
Andrew Leach is changing the conversation around energy for the better.
Dr. Nhung Tran-Davies isn’t afraid to shake up the education system.
Matt Heller, a bassist, founded Calgary Classical Revolutions.
A look at Chima Nkemdirim.
A look at Guy Smith.
A look at Roy Louis.
Myrna Dube is working to preserve green space in Calgary.
Jeremy Sturgess refining public spaces in Alberta.
Ron Liepert: defeated six-time incumbent Rob Anders.
An overview of Malorie Urbanovitch
A look at Luke Azevedo.
A look at Gary Stanford.
A look at Shannon Young.
A look at Vincella Thompson.
Gaetan Caron guided the National Energy Board through a minefield.
A look at Dr. Parveen Boora.
Diane Brickner broke the mold in the insurance industry.
A look at Cal Wenzel.
Dr. James Talbot challenged the belief that the oil sands cause cancer.
A look at Naomi Potter.
A look at Emma Grace.
Gordon Stenhouse is working to protect grizzly bears in Alberta.
A look at Dr. Charles Leduc.
Blair Lesback is putting terroir back in Albertan cuisine.
Don Iveson proves that young people can lead.
A look at Kris Demeanor.
Jim McCormick helped push Redford out, and now has to clean up the mess.
Danielle Smith is the leader of the Wildrose movement.
Lori West aims to change the rate of organ and tissue donation in Alberta.
Brian Burke is helping to make a place for gay athletes in sport.
A look at Ian Anderson.
A look at Lonny Thiessen.
Preston Manning is bringing the federal conservative movement back to its roots – again.
Susan McDaniel is a myth buster.
Scott Clements is helping people in Fort McMurray get where they want to go.
Kent Foster is a rising star in Calgary’s private equity space.
Marianne Ryan: RCMP officer and great role model.
Darcy Henton & Karen Kleiss catalyzed change in Alberta’s foster care system.
An overview of Chris Potter.
Cherrington has been working with young, poor and vulnerable people in Edmonton for more than 20 years.
Bruce Okabe put Alberta on the world map.
Shane Fildes' shop is underwriting some of the energy sector’s biggest deals – and dealmakers.
Chief Roy Whitney finalize a ring road, negotiating a suitable deal between Calgary, Ottawa and the Tsuu T’ina.
Daryl Katz finally got his arena.
Wenran Jiang connects Alberta to China behind the scenes.
In 2012, Tom Crist won $40 million in a Lotto Max draw. Then he donated it to cancer research.
Harbir Chhina, the godfather of in situ oil sands developments.
Timothy Caulfield, a scientific superhero.
The founder of BikeBike, Calgary's citizen cyclery.
The social innovator of FuseSocial.
Chris Buyze convinces powerful people to build a better city.
James Pasieka closes every deal he works.
A look at Shawn Petsche.
Chris Cran is becoming knowns as one of the most notable painters in the last few decades.
They're two sides of the same coin. Here's some expert advice to ensure that both sides walk away happy.
It took some great mentors – and a major change of style – to make Paul Douglas the leader he is today.
Unique investments diversify a portfolio and give investors a break from the stress of the stock market. These alternative investments do...
Bill Comrie could never have imagined that his little furniture store in a brick warehouse would one day hit $1 billion in sales. Meet the...
Inside the world of Edmonton’s most reclusive – and divisive – citizen.
The burgeoning craft brewing industry is bringing together small businesses across the province.
Why private lenders have more in common with bankers than bookies, and why the economy needs them.