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

13
February
2019

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 study involving Alberta farmers, led by U of A environmental sociologist Debra Davidson, reveals they’re already using many good stewardship practices, which provides common ground to work with policy-makers and researchers in reducing the effects of climate change.

The researchers surveyed and interviewed more than 300 Alberta beef and grain farmers to examine their management strategies related to the environment, how they set their priorities, what their challenges are and what they feel good farming practices look like.

The research confirmed farmers are already taking environmentally beneficial measures—but for reasons other than...

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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
30
November
2018

How Shakespeare still informs today’s family businesses

Generational squabbles, ungrateful heirs and identity crises present perennial challenges for family businesses, says U of A expert.

While established family businesses generate much of Canada’s gross domestic product and are key drivers of entrepreneurship, it’s a national tragedy that—according to a University of Alberta
29
November
2018

U of A celebrates commercial potential of research

Researchers obtained nine patents and started up 11 spinoff companies last year through TEC Edmonton.

A new type of neuromuscular electrical stimulation designed to better treat people with spinal cord injuries was one of nine patents, along with 11 spinoff companies, that were celebrated during TEC
14
November
2018

Quickness of counterbids, not time pressure, creates bidding frenzy in auctions: study

Intensity of bidding drives desire to win and willingness to pay, U of A marketing researchers find.

By MICHAEL BROWN How fast a competitor counters your bid during an auction will increase your desire to win—and likely your willingness to pay for the auctioned product, according to a new study
26
October
2018

$2.3-million space opens in downtown Edmonton for U of A spinoff health companies

UAlberta Health Accelerator revs up in TEC Centre Labs.

Five years after taking his first steps into the world of entrepreneurship, Brayden Whitlock no longer has any illusions about the effort needed to be successful. “The idea is only 10 per cent of
24
October
2018

COMMENTARY || Is a $15 minimum wage worth it? Here’s what the numbers say

Different experiences with similar wage hikes in Alberta and B.C. suggest Ontario’s decision to stop at $14 was both right and wrong, say economists.

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, there were three provinces that had a $15 minimum wage scheduled to come into effect: Alberta (by 2018), Ontario (by 2019), and British Columbia (by 2021). By Wednesday, Sept.
25
September
2018

How companies can plan for accidental discoveries

It may sound paradoxical to plan for surprises, but there are things companies can do to foster the happy accidents that lead to innovation, says management expert.

While accident implies a lack of planning, a University of Alberta business professor says organizations can be proactive in managing the serendipity that leads to accidental innovation. “As
14
September
2018

How one U of A entrepreneur found the sweet spot for a flexible part-time business

Bubble Cream is a pop-up food concept that’s flourishing for busy student Steven Chen and partners.

When university students pine for the perfect weekend job, it likely includes pretty decent money—it is a fantasy, after all—and maybe a forgiving boss in case of late-night, ahem, studying on