Brian Bowman

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What’s holding Canada’s tech companies back? Surprisingly, it’s not a lack of technical talent

<i>Scott Stirrett is founder and CEO of Venture for Canada. Parm Gill is managing partner of the Gill Group and chair of Venture for Canada.</i><p>In television shows such as <i>Silicon Valley</i>, fast-growing technology companies are depicted as employing predominantly software engineers. The reality of most …

Innovation

Research project aims to launch oilpatch professionals on fresh career paths

When Alberta's economy hit the ditch three years ago, it dragged thousands of energy jobs in with it.<p>"The way I phrase it is that I'm part of the …

Employment

Danielle Smith: David Suzuki honorary degree enrages Albertans

I don’t know about you, but I stopped thinking of David Suzuki as a real scientist about two decades ago.<p>Story continues below<p>I was on the editorial …

Canada

An American Airlines Passenger Was Stuck Next to a 'Screaming and Kicking' Toddler. His Stunning Reaction Went Viral

You have three choices in a situation like this one. Two of them can wind up making you 'internet famous.'<p>Imagine your happy place. Now, imagine that in order to get to your happy place, you first have to sit next to a screaming toddler in economy class on American Airlines for a few hours.<p>Related:</i> …

American Airlines

Southwest's Apology to Passengers on Flight 1380 Is Brilliant, and It's Not Just the Cash. Here's Why

Yes, they offered $5,000 cash. They also offered something else.<p>For the passengers who survived the emergency landing on Southwest flight 1380 this week, on which Jennifer Riordan died, the flight must have been a horrifying experience.<p>The pilot and co-pilot have had been hailed as heroes, and …

Flying

The world of work is changing. We need more adult education, not less

The Open University crisis exemplifies the UK’s failure to support adult learning. It’s time to seek inspiration elsewhere<p>The current crisis at the Open University illustrates how public support for adult learning has gone so badly wrong in the UK. For nearly half a century, the OU has served a …

Education

Humboldt Broncos GoFundMe campaign ends with over $15-million raised

The GoFundMe page dedicated to the Humboldt Broncos, believed to be the largest of its kind in Canadian history, stopped taking donations at midnight Wednesday as planned.<p>The page displays a final total of $15,185,700 raised from more than 142,000 contributors in 12 days from across Canada and …

The new Alberta alienation: Resenting East and West

<b>This story was originally published April 19.</b><p>There was a popular joke on the playgrounds of Alberta elementary schools back in the early 1980s.<p>"Hey, …

Read 'Robot-Proof' if you only read one higher ed book this year

<i>Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence</i>, by Joseph E. Aoun (MIT Press, 2017)It is not an accident that I’m putting my …

Higher Education

This chart shows every major technological innovation in the last 150 years — and how they have changed the way we work

LONDON — Humanity is always moving forward with innovation after innovation improving global quality of life.<p>The last 150 years have seen the most remarkable advancement of technology in history. Electric lighting, cars, plastic, the telephone, and television are all less than 150 years old, while …

Innovation

Ontario Government pledges $1 million to digital literacy pilot project

The Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has received a $1 million pledge from the Government of Ontario to start a digital …

Digital Literacy

You don't need a visionary to build a company with vision

When most people think of “vision,” they imagine a leader like Elon Musk or Walt Disney. But a “Great Leader” is only part of the picture—and not something companies can institutionalize.<p>Apple, for example, is an architecture built around the brilliance of Steve Jobs. While current Apple CEO Tim …

Innovation

We're on the Brink of a New Era of Innovation. Will You Survive It?

It's better to prepare than adapt because, by the time you see the need to adapt, it may already be too late<p>One of the most interesting things I discuss in my book <i>Mapping Innovation</i> is what I call the new era of innovation, which will create profoundly new technologies, classes of data and business …

You will get chipped — eventually

LOS ANGELES — You will get chipped. It’s just a matter of time.<p>In the aftermath of a Wisconsin firm embedding microchips in employees last week to ditch company badges and corporate logons, the Internet has entered into full-throated debate.<p>Religious activists are so appalled, they’ve been penning …

Apple Pay

Moran and Cannon: Developing tech talent is critical to Calgary’s economic growth

<b>By Mary Moran and Elizabeth Cannon</b>Chances are many of you are reading this online.With nearly 50 billion connected devices worldwide, and more than …

The Impending Death of Traditional Education: When Push Comes to Pull

This is first of a multi-part post dealing with the 21st Century transformation of animation education. Social networking, information technologies …

The Most Common Type of Incompetent Leader

A young friend recently remarked that the worst boss he ever had would provide him with feedback that always consisted of “You’re doing a great job.” But they both knew it wasn’t true — the organization was in disarray, turnover was excessive, and customers were not happy. My friend was giving it …

Leadership

U.S. to seek social-media information from all visa applicants

The State Department wants to require all U.S. visa applicants to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers, vastly expanding the Trump administration’s enhanced vetting of potential immigrants and visitors.<p>In documents to be published in Friday’s Federal …

Parker: UFA pays out $12.5M patronage to members

The 2015 economic downturn and slow growth in 2016 affected many Alberta businesses, and United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative was no exception. It …

My father's death, and why we all need to think about what we cost the health-care system

My father passed away early on a Sunday morning in February. It was peaceful.<p>He died at the Sakura House Hospice. It's how he wanted his end-of- life …

The “biblical” defense of Trump’s affair with Stormy Daniels

King David, President Trump, and using Scripture for political purposes.<p>To social conservatives, particularly evangelicals, the Stormy Daniels saga presents an ethical quandary: The president they’ve tasked with defending Christianity against the “secular left” allegedly cheated on his third wife, …

Despite porn stars and Playboy models, white evangelicals aren’t rejecting Trump. This is why.

A porn actress says she had sex with Donald Trump, only a few months after his wife gave birth to a son. A former Playboy model says she had an affair with him, too. And yet according to a Pew Research Center poll conducted March 7-14, both white mainline and evangelical Protestants continue to …

Religion

800-lot RV resort at Buffalo Lake worries summer village residents

Residents in two summer villages on the shores of Buffalo Lake, Alta., say a giant RV park planned nearby is too big.<p>"We could see as many as 3,500 …

Animated Map Shows How the Five Major Religions Spread Across the World (3000 BC – 2000 AD)

Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam.... Claims to ancient origin and ultimate authority notwithstanding, the world’s five major …

The Third Education Revolution

Schools are moving toward a model of continuous, lifelong learning in order to meet the needs of today’s economy.<p>When the giant Indian technology-services firm Infosys announced last November that it would open a design and innovation hub in Providence, the company’s president said one of the key …

Paula Simons: Cabinet minister's attack raises fear University of Alberta 'going to be punished'

What on Earth was he thinking? On Monday, Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt engaged in a nasty drive-by smear of University of Alberta …

We need to have a 'difficult conversation' about Alberta's health-care costs

If you talk with enough health-care thinkers about why Alberta has historically spent so much on health, you'll hear the same answer: We could afford …

Machine learning holds promise for higher ed, but only if used the right way (opinion)

If you ask, many people will say we are in a new era of higher education, one where machine learning and big data analytics­­ are driving rapid …

Higher Education

Want to Reduce Brain Fog And Improve Clear Thinking? Give up These Things Immediately

Mental fog is often described as a “cloudy-headed” feeling.<p><i>by</i><p>Mental fog is often described as a “cloudy-headed” feeling.<p>Common conditions of brain …

Productivity

Yedlin: Canadian oilpatch must innovate or perish

An unmistakable mantra has emerged in the global energy sector: innovate or die.Every presentation and session at the recent CERAWeek by IHS Markit …