Putting the marketing client and their reason for being first

Randy Milanovic of Kayak Online Marketing talks about entering partnerships with clients to achieve mutual growth

Putting the marketing client and their reason for being firstRandy Milanovic is CEO of Kayak Online Marketing. Tell me a little bit about your company – how it started and what you do? Milanovic: We launched Kayak Online Marketing in 2011. However, its origins date back to the second half of the 1990s when I was working in a number of Calgary’s ad agencies,…

Developing fitness solutions for people of all ages

Louis Stack of Fitter talks about his company's journey to improve the lives of customers through innovation and resilience

Developing fitness solutions for people of all agesLouis Stack is president and founder of Fitter International. What is Fitter International and what does it do? Stack: Fitter is my trademarked name I protected in 1985 along with the phrase “Leading the World to Better Balance.” We design, manufacture and distribute a stable of 30 balance and core stability products used by folks…

Alberta government eases oil production curtailment

The province introduced mandatory production cuts to reduce the inventory and improve the price of oil

Alberta government eases oil production curtailmentThe Alberta government is increasing the amount of oil production allowed by the province’s producers. It said production limits in May will increase by 25,000 barrels a day and 25,000 more in June – a 50,000 increase in total to 3.71 million barrels per day allowed, effective June 1. This represents a total increase of…

Golden executive payoffs hurt shareholders and economy

Too many Canadian companies have bad managers and boards who rarely face the ramifications of their poor decisions

Golden executive payoffs hurt shareholders and economyThe Goldcorp Inc. merger with Newmont Mining Corp. has many people bemoaning the loss of yet another large, independent Canadian company to an opportunistic acquirer. With the consequent loss of many Goldcorp executive and other head office jobs, the real tragedy is that too many Canadian companies have aimless, dysfunctional, or outright bad managers who…

We need a big-picture perspective on house prices and mortgages

Taking on more debt is not a good thing. In fact, it could be devastating for the Canadian economy

We need a big-picture perspective on house prices and mortgagesThe future, when it arrives, isn’t always what we imagined. Technology hasn’t yet brought us vacation trips to the moon or Mars. But it has brought us Twitter, where even world leaders communicate in 140 character blocks. Does this affect our brains? Can we no longer hold more than one simple idea in our heads…

RE/MAX partners with online real estate brokerage Redfin

Redfin’s new Canadian real estate site brings its industry-leading search experience to most provinces

RE/MAX partners with online real estate brokerage RedfinReal estate powerhouse RE/MAX is partnering with technology-powered real estate brokerage Redfin to reach consumers through the Redfin Partner Program. In a news release, the two companies said that in areas where Redfin doesn’t have capacity to serve customers, Redfin refers customers to approved partner agents at other brokerages, including participating RE/MAX agents. When the…

Fire & Flower launches online cannabis sales

Edmonton-based retailer has e-commerce licence in Saskatchewan and is poised for growth elsewhere

Fire & Flower launches online cannabis salesYou can now order in your pizza and your pot – if you live in Saskatchewan. Fire & Flower Holdings Corp. on Monday launched an e-commerce platform to sell adult-use recreational cannabis to customers in Saskatchewan, and accessory products to the rest of the country. The online ordering service is available from the Edmonton-based retailer’s…

Alcanna looks to a future that profits from alcohol and cannabis

Edmonton-based retailer seeks to expand booze sales elsewhere in the country and ultimately expects pot will bring a big payoff

Alcanna looks to a future that profits from alcohol and cannabisA cannabis supply shortage persists for retailers and savvy customers are snapping up what little is available, Alcanna's CEO says. James Burns pointed to the company’s flagship Nova Cannabis store near Whyte Avenue in Edmonton. “We get product delivered once a week on a Thursday and the customers know that’s the day,” Burns said in…

AutoCanada reports new car sales trending down

The company operates dealerships in eight provinces and in Illinois, with more than 4,200 employees overall

AutoCanada reports new car sales trending downNew-car sales are beginning to trend downward, said the Edmonton-based owner of 67 dealerships across Canada and the U.S. AutoCanada Inc. sold 66,073 new and used cars during 2018, and while most of those were new, going forward the company expects to focus more on used-car sales. After several record-setting years of new-car sales, analysts…

National housing market faces shakeup

Ben Myers of Bullpen Research & Consulting talks about how markets are changing across the country

National housing market faces shakeupBen Myers is president of Bullpen Research & Consulting Inc. What does your research tell you about today's consumer and what they’re looking for in a new home? Myers: Location remains the top priority for buyers, that hasn't changed. However, different demographic segments have much different priorities after location. In speaking with realtors and developers,…