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Peter Diamandis talks abundance at E-Town Festival 2014

Posted by an entrepreneurial mind

Each year EEDC brings together the leading minds in business, creativity, and innovation from across Canada and the world to inspire Edmonton’s entrepreneurial-minded and accelerate the drive to compete within the region. This year’s E-Town Festival took place September 11 and 12, 2014 and did not disappoint. For fans of E-Town or those who are curious about… More

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Strength Become Weakness

Posted by Brad Ferguson

Great companies evolve. Great people evolve. Great institutions evolve. Apple Computer has evolved. James Bond has evolved. LEGO has evolved. Bill Clinton has evolved. Hell, even Earls Restaurant has evolved. Good organizations are built on strengths, but great organizations understand that those very strengths soon become their weakness, and they need to evolve in order… More

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Hey, How Can I Help?

Posted by Brad Ferguson

Almost two years has passed since I started this fanatical journey of civic promotion, and I have been astounded by the escalating pride that Edmontonians continue to emote. What once was a city struggling with identity and self-esteem is transforming quickly into one filled with aspiration and conviction. It’s a transformation that has caught the… More

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Commonwealth Games 2022

Posted by Kevin Weidlich

Edmonton is ready to take a leap. The 2022 Commonwealth Games will take us quickly and thrillingly in a direction we’re already going.

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We have a Labour Shortage Problem, Not a TFW Problem

Posted by Brad Ferguson

Twice a week, I used to drive Highway #2 back and forth to Calgary, making my usual stops for McDonald’s coffee on the way down in the morning and Booster Juice on the way back. It was 2007, the economy was booming and we were at full employment. And then one day my trip home… More

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It’s a Team Sport

Posted by Brad Ferguson

Win after win after win. That is what is being felt across the city at an unprecedented level. With a renewed confidence and kickstarted by moving forward with the new downtown arena decision, our city has been flooded by great news over the last six months.

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Abundance vs. Necessity

Posted by Brad Ferguson

Enroute back from Iceland, somewhere over the Atlantic. It’s a beautiful sight, the vastness of our Canadian Arctic, true north strong and free, when compared to a small, isolated island state like Iceland. The contrasts were noticeably obvious, but the unexpected insights were like gifts which I will freely share. I come back a little… More

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What’s our Silver Fern?

Posted by Brad Ferguson

Thirteen years ago I met one of the great marketers of our time – Kevin Roberts, Worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi – who set out on a journey to have the national flag of New Zealand changed to a solid black background and a bright silver fern … a symbol of national pride recognized… More

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Indecent Proposal

Posted by Brad Ferguson

I had this great idea. It was 2005 and I wanted to build a multi-plex hockey rink for the City. I assembled a piece of land, structured the financing and partnered with a non-profit operator such that all profits would be cycled back into the operations to keep the cost to Edmonton Minor Hockey as… More

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2013 Year in Review

Posted by an entrepreneurial mind

Impact 2014 recognized the emergence of a new Edmonton, with a new confidence and a new strategy. During the luncheon we spent a few minutes reflecting on the year that was, highlighting the people, initiatives and events that helped Edmonton move forward in 2013. We’re building this great city together and it’s important to step… More

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