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32 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
The Energy Evolution: Alberta’s Opportunity in Lithium
Lithium—it’s something you use every day but likely never think about it. However, without it, we couldn’t power our smart phones, electronics, or even our vehicles. On this episode of The Energy Evolution, Kelly Krahulic, VP, Technology & Innovation at Summit Nanotech discusses a pioneering technology to extract lithium, why this innovation is key to meeting increasing global demand, and the important role that Alberta has to play in this emerging field.
57 minutes | May 25, 2021
C-Suite Unplugged: Alex Pourbaix, President & CEO of Cenovus
From lawyer to CEO of one of the biggest energy companies in Canada, Alex Pourbaix, President & CEO of Cenovus, stands out in a space predominantly led by engineers and geologists. And his unconventional background for energy CEO and quick rise to the top job may just be the secret sauce of his leadership. On this episode of C-Suite Unplugged, an AlbertaBETTER podcast series, Alex shares about his journey to CEO, details behind the Cenovus/Husky merger, and why ESG is so important to him.
47 minutes | May 11, 2021
Building Resilience Amid Uncertainty—The State of Mental Health in Alberta
As the economic impact of COVID appears to be waning, the mental health impact is a growing concern. On this episode, Dr. Robbie Babins-Wagner returns for an updated look at the impact of one year of living with a pandemic has had on our mental health. She also discusses where there are signs of optimism and opportunity within the uncertainty and the key roles that business leaders and economic recovery have in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of Albertans.
68 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
C-Suite Unplugged: Ed Sims, President & CEO, WestJet
What is like to lead one of Western Canada’s most iconic companies through a pandemic? On this episode, we sit down with Ed Sims, President & CEO of WestJet, for an unplugged conversation about his career journey to becoming CEO of WestJet, how he thinks about leadership, the current state of the sector, his outlook on recovery, and opportunities to transform the airline industry.
26 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
A National Childcare Program—A Conversation with Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development
The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Canada’s Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development joins the show to discuss the recently announced national childcare and early learning program, how it will roll out, and what this announcement means for Canadians—and our economy.
20 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
What Budget 2021 Means for Alberta (Bonus Episode)
BCA's Chief Economist Mike Holden joins the show to talk about the federal government recently released budget. We discuss overall impressions and implications for Alberta and how well the budget delivers on some of the key priorities of Albertans, from environment to jobs to supports for Albertans and Canadians.
72 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Survival of the Mission: Strengthening the Role of Non-Profits in Alberta
When we think of prosperity, we often think of business growth or government policy, but we don’t often think about the vital role that non-profits play in generating prosperity. On this episode, Eva Friesen, President & CEO of the Calgary Foundation and Jeff Dyer, CEO of Trellis, discuss the state of the sector right now, how the sector needs to evolve post-COVID, and what opportunities exist to strengthen the sector over the long term.
59 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Unicorns in Alberta: Building Billion Dollar Tech Companies in Alberta
From financing to talent, how do you grow not one but two tech unicorns in less than two years? On this episode, Marcos Lopez, Managing Director of Shareworks and Bryan de Lottinville, Co-Founder and Executive Chair of Benevity discuss how they built $1 billion tech companies in Alberta and how we create an environment that nurtures the future growth of the tech and innovation ecosystem in Alberta.
63 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
How an Industry-Led Economic Strategy Can Spur Growth and Innovation for Canada’s Future
The Industry Strategy Council was formed in May 2020 to gather the talent and experience of Canada’s top business leaders to assess the economic impact COVID-19 had on the nation’s key sectors and develop a series of opportunities to bring together industry and government to shape Canada’s economic recovery path and future growth. This episode is a recording of a webinar BCA hosted with ISC members Monique Leroux (Chair), Mark Little (Resources of the Future Economic Strategy Table Chair); and Murad Al-Katib, (Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table Chair)
25 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Celebrating Alberta’s Powerful Women Leaders—Terri’s Story
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, co-hosts Alicia Planincic and Brittany Brander are sharing the stories of just a few of Alberta’s incredible women leaders. On this episode, Terri Steeves, Vice-President, Canada Gas Operations at TC Energy, shares about her passion for building teams centered on empathy and listening, her perspective on the value of feedback, and advice for future leaders.
26 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Celebrating Alberta’s Powerful Women Leaders—Annie’s Story
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, co-hosts Alicia Planincic and Brittany Brander are sharing the stories of just a few of Alberta’s incredible women leaders. On this episode, Annie Korver, Principal at Rise Consulting, shares about her passion for advancing reconciliation within corporate communities, how she builds shared value in her leadership training, and how she is #ChoosingtoChallenge this International Women’s Day.
25 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Celebrating Alberta’s Powerful Women Leaders—Kristi’s Story
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, co-hosts Alicia Planincic and Brittany Brander are sharing the stories of just a few of Alberta’s incredible women leaders. On this episode, we hear from Kristi Cawthorn, CEO of Startec Compression and Process, as she shares about her passion for building organizational culture and self-development, the story behind the Startec’s “every day maverick,” and her perspective on the future of Alberta.
37 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Celebrating Alberta’s Powerful Women Leaders—Karen’s Story
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, co-hosts Alicia Planincic and Brittany Brander are sharing the stories of just a few of Alberta’s incredible women leaders. On this episode, we hear from Karen Brookman, President and CEO of West Canadian Digital Imaging, as she shares about her journey into leadership, her passion for women’s entrepreneurship, and her advice for emerging women leaders.
50 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Canada Isn't Very Productive—Why That Matters and What We Can Do About It
Productivity is essential to not only enabling economic growth but also to improving our personal well-being. Robert Asselin, Senior Vice President of Policy at the Business Council of Canada joins the show to explore why productivity is (and what it isn’t), why it matters so much that Canada is simply not as productive as its comparator nations, and how we can do better.
45 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Alberta’s Spending & Revenue Problem—Examining the Provincial Fiscal Model and How to Fix It
Alberta has a fiscal challenge. For years, our governments have spent too much and earned too little. Now, the debt is racking up. BCA’s Economists Mike Holden and Alicia Planincic join this episode, in advance of the release of BCA’s policy paper, Towards a Fiscally Sustainable Alberta, to talk about Alberta’s approach to public finance, why our current model is unsustainable, and what we can do to start to solve this challenge.
50 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Alberta’s Natural Gas Opportunity— A Conversation with Dale Nally, Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity
From hydrogen and LNG to petrochemical and plastics recycling, Alberta’s natural gas opportunity is immense. Alberta’s Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity, Dale Nally, joins the show to talk about the recently released provincial natural gas vision and strategy and the opportunities that lie ahead for Alberta in responsibly developing its natural gas resources.
43 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
What a Biden Presidency Means for Canada—and Alberta
Scotty Greenwood, CEO of the Canadian American Business Council, joins the show to discuss the historic (and historically important and successful) relationship between Canada and the United States and what a Biden-Harris administration means for Canada and Alberta.
48 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
C-Suite Unplugged: Cory Janssen, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of AltaML
Cory Janssen, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of AltaML and long-time champion of Alberta’s tech and innovation ecosystem, joins the show to talk about how artificial intelligence and machine learning can help create real solutions for business and social challenges and what the future for tech and innovation holds for Alberta.
56 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
C-Suite Unplugged: 2020 Year in Review with BCA President Adam Legge
On this special episode, we asked BCA’s President Adam Legge to share his reflections, thoughts, and insights on 2020; the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Alberta in 2021; and what gives him hope for the future of Alberta.
54 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Achieving Canada’s Climate Goals with Clean Resource Innovation
Explore the ecosystem of clean resource innovation in Canada. Joy Romero, President of the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN), and VP, Technology & Innovation at Canadian Natural shares the story of CRIN and the work they are doing to reduce emissions and develop resources responsibly with innovative approaches, technologies, and products.
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