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The dream began with a taste of grasshopper; now Camola bakery is offering a sustainable baked goods alternative to Albertans.

01
August
2018

Will they bite?

That’s usually a question entomology students ask about the insects they’re studying. But two University of Alberta bug scholars—student Silvia Ronzani and recent graduate Claudio La Rocca—are asking it of Edmontonians and the delectable cricket-flour-based baked goods they’re creating in their new business, Camola — Sustainable Foods.

And they’re betting personal time and energy, from designing recipes to baking and sampling at farmers’ markets, that locals will indeed bite and get hooked on their delicious, eco-friendly baked goods.

You’ve probably already eaten insects

Natural red food colouring comes from ground cochineal bugs, and the ingredient in jelly beans that makes them shiny is a resin secreted by the female lac bug from India and Thailand.

“We’re already in a good position b...

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17
July
2018

There’s no ‘I’ in team but there is in sales, new research shows

When it comes to customer service, ‘I’ beats the corporate ‘we’ for boosting satisfaction and buying behaviour.

The adage “there is no ‘I’ in team” is a handy refrain used to emphasize the importance of teamwork in just about any setting, but new University of Alberta research shows that “I” works best alone
09
July
2018

Is it possible to love your job?

U of A business researcher thinks you can and argues it is in an organization’s best interest to nurture that affection.

By MICHAEL BROWN You can be immensely satisfied with your job, but can you actually love it? A University of Alberta organizational behaviour expert seems to think so and used an interpersonal
12
June
2018

New business accelerator opens up opportunities for Alberta entrepreneurs in China

U of A partnership with Tsinghua University leads to “accelerator exchange” aimed at breaking down cultural barriers to international business.

A new business incubator that will facilitate access to the Chinese market for Alberta technology innovators officially opened its doors today, thanks in large part to a long-standing relationship
31
May
2018

Will placement of Edmonton cannabis dispensaries thwart the black market?

New research suggests “supply deserts” in the city could discourage legal consumption, while retail expert says access problems will be solved over time.

The distribution of legal cannabis dispensaries in Edmonton may not be wide enough to displace the black market, at least initially, according to a new study by a master’s student in urban
16
May
2018

University of Alberta’s executive education program rises in world ranking

Professional development programs for business leaders make strong gains thanks to focus on client relationships, continuous improvement.

The University of Alberta has surged up the ranks of the world’s top executive education programs. In the open-enrolment category of the Financial Times ranking of professional development
27
April
2018

How drones could improve crop damage estimates

Bird’s-eye view could help farmers and insurers get faster, more accurate picture of damage due to weather.

Farmers and insurance companies may soon get more accurate estimates of weather-related crop damage thanks to a University of Alberta researcher working with existing drone
17
April
2018

COMMENTARY || How NAFTA restricts Canada’s ability to lower carbon emissions

Energy proportionality rule makes it difficult for Canada to scale back oil and gas production—its largest and fastest-growing source of emissions.

NAFTA jeopardizes Canada’s climate commitments. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared himself a champion of the Paris climate change agreement. Yet, Canada’s NAFTA negotiations show the
16
April
2018

Poor planning by railways leading to losses for farmers

Bottlenecks in grain transportation could threaten Canada’s competitive edge, warns UAlberta expert.

Western Canadian grain farmers may reap financial losses in the billions in years to come, unless the country’s railroads ramp up their capacity to get crops to market, says a University of Alberta
23
March
2018

Institute builds Canadian expertise on China

With China investing some $80 billion in Canada’s economy—62 per cent of which is in Alberta—understanding the Asian powerhouse is crucial, says China Institute director.

It’s hard to believe, but 10 years ago there was no way to tell how much China had invested in Canada. Even Statistics Canada and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce couldn’t provide accurate
27
February
2018

TEC Edmonton named world’s third best business incubator linked to a university

UAlberta’s startup accelerator among top performers in new ranking.

TEC Edmonton, the University of Alberta’s business accelerator, has been named the world’s third best accelerator linked to a university, according to UBI Global. “Our success in these rankings is
02
February
2018

UAlberta startup takes courageous step in face of tough business moment

How students and Trioova founders accomplished one of the greatest entrepreneurial challenges.

Making the “business pivot”—changing the company concept in response to market feedback—is hard even for experienced entrepreneurs. “You’ve put your heart and soul into a business and then you