Digital economy a booming business in Canada

$8.1 billion worth of digital products were purchased between July 2017 and June 2018 or an average of $412 per purchaser: StatsCan

Digital economy a booming business in CanadaNearly 80 per cent of Canadians aged 18 and older reported using free versions or purchasing digital products, such as music and video streaming services, e-books, online games, mobile applications (apps) and computer software from July 2017 to June 2018, says Statistics Canada. Over the same period, 28 per cent of adults in Canada reported…

Calgary college opening career path for women in tech industry

InnoTech College has introduced a bursary to encourage women to train in technology fields

Calgary college opening career path for women in tech industryA Calgary college is tackling the issue of gender equality in the tech industry by helping women train for jobs in that sector. “It’s no secret that women are under-represented in the technology sector,” said Julie Rubin, president of InnoTech College. “We are hearing from employers that it’s a challenge to find skilled tech talent.…

Why wearing a Fitbit can change your life, not just your fitness

Measure your caloric intake and your hydration. Set the alarm. Get alerts for texts and phone calls. Track your sleep patterns

Why wearing a Fitbit can change your life, not just your fitnessFitness trackers have come a long way since the pedometer, the original step counter. They’re no longer just for health nuts and those who simply want to get fit. The latest models include many practical applications no matter what you’re doing to help you get you through your day. Even better, they’re no longer big,…

Staying hungry to find solutions for customers

Iggy Domagalski of Tundra Process Solutions talks about why its important to always keep earning your customer's business

Staying hungry to find solutions for customersIggy Domagalski is CEO of Tundra Process Solutions. Calgary’s Business: What is Tundra Process Solutions and what do you do? Domagalski: Tundra Process Solutions is a leading supplier of industrial valve, measurement and process control solutions in Western Canada. Our partnerships with Toshiba, ABB, MSA, Farris and other leading manufacturers, combined with our in-house technical…

The upcoming human capital revolution

Despite fears about artificial intelligence taking jobs, people, ideas and innovation will grow in importance as the century unfolds

The upcoming human capital revolutionThe 21st century is going to be very different. If you're in business, a knowledgeable and skilled workforce will be essential. Despite the fears about artificial intelligence taking jobs, people, ideas and innovation are becoming more important as the century advances, not less. It’s now obvious that we live in a largely digital, technology-driven knowledge…

Jobs and careers in the ‘fourth industrial revolution’

The fourth industrial revolution will have the greatest impact on routine tasks. A flexible, well-educated and suitably trained workforce will be critical

Jobs and careers in the ‘fourth industrial revolution’By Jock Finlayson and Kristine St.-Laurent Business Council of B.C. The work world is being transformed by rapidly evolving digital technologies as we march into what many are calling the “fourth industrial revolution.” With disruptive technologies pushing the frontiers of automation, some of the comparative advantages humans traditionally have enjoyed relative to technology are eroding. Computers…

Universal docking station udoq puts all your devices in their place

You can get one off the shelf configured for Apple or Android, or have one fully customized

Universal docking station udoq puts all your devices in their placeMost people have so many gadgets to charge, wouldn’t it be nice if they could all be lined up in one place, without all the chaotic cable clutter? Germany's Marcus Kuchler, a 25-year product design veteran, and a team of 10 engineers worked for three years to create udoq, a universal docking and charging station.…

Too many oil and gas opportunities left on the table

Tim McMillan of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers talks about the need to attract investment, spur innovation and grow jobs

Too many oil and gas opportunities left on the tableTim McMillan is president and CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Calgary’s Business: How would you describe the state of the oil and gas industry right now? McMillan: We’re at a crucial point in Canada right now. Oil prices have recovered but the Canadian industry is not rebounding as fast as other oil…

France’s phone hang-up is a conversation starter

Smartphones have undermined everyday social interactions by eroding our ability and desire to talk to one another

France’s phone hang-up is a conversation starterFrench legislators recently passed a law banning children between three and 15 from using smartphones in class. The government of President Emmanuel Macron said the move will help combat an epidemic of screen addiction among France’s children. At first glance, it looks as if the legislation will help to curb screen addiction. Even if it…

Helping companies get out from under an avalanche of spreadsheets

Christopher Ronak of software developer 4castplus caters to a growing need for project cost management help

Helping companies get out from under an avalanche of spreadsheetsChristopher Ronak is CEO of 4castplus. Calgary’s Business: What is 4castplus and the story behind its founding? Ronak: 4castplus is construction project cost management software designed to provide organizations with a centralized platform to run all their major projects and programs, including infrastructure, pipeline, construction, mining and oil and gas. Users gain deep visibility, analytics and…