What does it take to be trusted by Canadians?

MEC remains on top of Canada’s most trusted brand. New to the list are Cirque du Soleil and Canadian Automobile.

What does it take to be trusted by Canadians?

Canada’s Top 10 Most Trusted Brands for 2017 (Rank in 2016):

  1. MEC (1)
  2. CAA (New to the survey)
  3. Costco Wholesale (3)
  4. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (8)
  5. IKEA (22)
  6. Chapters/Indigo (59)
  7. President’s Choice (1)
  8. Interac (11)
  9. Cirque du Soleil (New to the survey)
  10. WestJet (54)

Original article can be read here: http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/2017-gustavson-brand-trust-index-reveals-canadas-most-trusted-brands-622487684.html

More information about the Gustavson Brand Trust Index is available at: http://www.uvic.ca/gustavson/brandtrust/index.php


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SIDS Calgary Society launches new website

This February, SIDS Calgary Society officially launched its new website.

Visit their site here: www.sidscalgary.ca

Manifesto for Change: What do you really stand for?

Around the world, companies—new and old— are declaring their commitment to doing good (for the community and for their stakeholders). theSedge.org lists 8 corporate manifestos for change that just might inspire you to build your own…for yourself or your organization.

Read the full article through the link below:

8 Inspiring Manifestos for Change

Mass decision-making software touted as tomorrow’s community barometer

Ethelo Decisions Inc. CEO and founder John Richardson (right) and Michelle Martin, the social enterprise’s Chief Marketing Officer. (Photo from Metronews.ca)

In an article on Metro Vancouver, Big Data stays firmly at the forefront of innovation. Ethelo Decisions Inc. is working on harnessing Big Data through an algorithm that produces a ‘Collective Intelligence’. In turn, this can purportedly be used to improve policy creation and corporate strategy.


Is Big Data really the future of government and R&D?


Read the full article here.

Thinking like a Millennial and Jack Ma.

Jack Ma, founder and chairman of Alibaba Group (pictured) shares his framework for success. He calls it the 30/30/30 strategy.

  • Take a 30-year perspective (or longer)
  • Keep an eye on innovative companies with 30 employees or less
  • look at the world through the lens of a 30-year-old because they are the future of business

An article on Fortune.com and the World Economic Forum Agenda proffers the lessons for anyone who wants to reach the top. Read the full details here.

United Way and Calgarians show commitment to the city

In 2016, United Way of Calgary and Area worked with Calgarians to create a video that showed residents’ commitment and love for the city of Calgary.

View the video below:

Which industries are attracting the most venture capital? – WEF

Venture capital promotes “innovation and long-term investment”. But when it comes to venture capital investment, not all industries are viewed equally. At the turn of 2017, the World Economic Forum shares the top ten US industries that receive the most venture capital.

Census show Calgary remains Canada’s “fastest growing metropolitan” despite downturn

A CBC report shows results from a census indicates “Calgary had the highest growth rate of any metropolitan area in Canada over the past five years.

The news comes as Calgary is experiencing a downturn.

According to the 2016 census, Calgary surpassed Ottawa-Gatineau to become the fourth largest metropolitan area in the Canada. The former has 1.4 million people, while the latter records 1.3 million.

The article also states that Ontario remains the country’s most populous province, with a population of 13,448,494.

The population of other provinces and territories:

  • Quebec: 8,164,361.
  • British Columbia: 4,648,055.
  • Alberta: 4,067,175.
  • Manitoba: 1,278,365.
  • Saskatchewan: 1,098,352.
  • Nova Scotia: 923,598.
  • New Brunswick:  747,101.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 519,716.
  • Prince Edward Island: 142,907.
  • Northwest Territories: 41,786.
  • Nunavut, 35,944 and Yukon: 35,874.

Read the full report here.

ENGAGED: Calgary Bridge Foundation receives 100 Donated Laptops

Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) and Hitachi Solutions Canada, Ltd have partnered to provide donated 100 refurbished laptops to The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY).

Most of the laptops will be distributed to families accessing CBFY’s services, while some of them will remain at their facility in a new onsite computer lab that will be regularly accessible to all of their clients.

See the press release here.

WeEmploy Inc’s Steve Mix speaks at Kerby Centre’s Options 45


On February 7, WeEmploy Inc. CEO and Co-Founder Steve Mix was at Options 45, a weekly event held by the Kerby Centre for the 55+

shared insights and tips for job transitioning and strategic networking for individuals aged 45+. He joins speakers and volunteers providing one-on-one and group consulting, coaching and workshops.