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Collaboration more effective than competition among local food stakeholders looking to scale up distribution, U of A researcher finds.

24
May
2019

A collaborative initiative among local food stakeholders could help address the growing consumer demand for local food in Alberta, according to new research from the University of Alberta.

Established in 2014 by Northlands, the Alberta Flavour Learning Lab formed a community of institutional food buyers, distributors, processors, producers, researchers and government representatives to learn about local food, share expertise and take joint action to get more local foods on more local plates.

“The more reliant we are on food from other places, the more vulnerable we are to environmental, economic or political changes that might restrict our access to that food,” explained Mary Beckie, a U of A food systems researcher who participated in the project.

She said that by working collectively rather than as competitors, the lab’s mem...

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05
June
2019

Design grad weaves Indigenous culture into successful fashion company

LUXX founder Derek Jagodzinsky hopes to inspire others through his passion for designing culturally aware clothes.

Indigenous clothing designer Derek Jagodzinsky wants to fashion his newest University of Alberta degree into an inspiration for others. Graduating next week with a master of design is just the
13
May
2019

City of Edmonton team lauded for connecting university talent with municipal work experience

Outreach team works with 60 post-secondary schools and employers to help students gain work experience and reduce employment barriers.

The City of Edmonton comes by its commitment to connecting University of Alberta students with careers and future opportunities honestly. “Building employment partnerships with post-secondary
30
April
2019

Theology-turned-forestry student branches out to run thriving tree business

Tree Ninja founder Benoit Boudreau combined the values he cultivated in seminary school with his passion for nature to build a successful company while pursuing full-time studies.

When Benoit Boudreau was training to become a priest in Mission, B.C., he deepened his passion for trees. The grounds of the 150-acre Seminary of Christ the King were covered in old-growth forest,
08
April
2019

COMMENTARY || Why cleaning up Alberta's orphaned wells should be a top election issue

Inactive wells are posing health and safety risks and lowering land values, say experts who add the $260-billion problem will only grow if not addressed now.

There’s something missing from our election debate—and in sheer dollars, it may be the biggest single issue that has ever faced this province. Last fall, a groundbreaking investigation revealed
25
February
2019

Firms obscure bad news in financial reports, study suggests

Unclear narratives in annual corporate reports may be a red flag for stock price crashes, new study shows.

Firms that publish complex or ambiguous annual reports might be trying to mask poor performance and could be inadvertently signalling a crash in their stock price, according to new research from the
20
February
2019

Billing consumers could help make cloud computing more energy-efficient: study

“Invisible” cost of energy used by data centres could be passed on to customers to encourage sustainable practices, says U of A computing scientist.

Cloud computing services would be more energy-efficient if users were billed directly by providers, according to a new University of Alberta study. “In 2015, data centres consumed more energy
13
February
2019

Focusing on good management rather than emissions may help farmers address climate change

New study of Alberta farmers suggests scaling up practices that make economic and environmental sense rather than focusing only on carbon emissions.

Building on existing agricultural practices—and not pointing fingers at farming as a climate change villain—will better address the hotly debated issue, says a University of Alberta expert. A new
04
January
2019

Institutional investors drive corporate social responsibility, study shows

Norms in countries where investors are based influence environmental and social performance of firms they invest in, according to U of A research.

Firms will invest in areas that reflect the environmental and social values of the countries their leading investors are based in, according to new research out of the University of Alberta. Using
17
December
2018

Why Christmas marketing is a harder sell than it used to be

A fragmented media landscape and consumers’ desire to buy items that represent their values has led to a shift away from the big brands, according to U of A expert.

While Coca-Cola didn’t invent Santa Claus as we know him today, it perfected the image. In 1931, the global company pulled an on-brand red suit and hat over the perfect amount of heft one would
04
December
2018

U of A student hopes her app will entice more people to try vegetarian dishes when dining out

Hazel Foerstner’s app will list vegetarian dishes in all local restaurants; hopes to launch by end of year.

Some of the best business ideas are born out of hunger, literally. While in Europe during the summer of 2017, Hazel Foerstner ate only potato chips for three straight days. “I was starving,”
03
December
2018

$4 million from Lockheed Martin helps U of A biofuel spinoff company forge ahead

Investment will go toward construction of Forge Hydrocarbons’ commercial-scale production facility, already underway.

A University of Alberta spinoff company producing the next generation of renewable fuels received a US$4-million investment from Lockheed Martin to help the startup build a $25-million production