In the Media Archive 2019

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Edmonton's Top 10 stories of 2019 (Global News)

As 2019 comes to an end, it's time to look back on the Edmonton-area stories Global News readers found most interesting over the past year. Includes comment from Kyle Murray.

Why does Santa wear red? How the U.S. Civil War shaped his image (CTV News)

The image of Santa Claus is one of the most famous in the world - but the infamous Christmas symbol and purported Canadian taxpayer didn't always look the way he does today. John Pracejus comments.

Alberta government creates group to explore attracting investment to tech following cuts (BetaKit)

The working group of experts has been tasked with developing options on how to attract new investment for local early-stage technology companies.

Word of mouth still key factor in generating sales in online world (folio)

Consumers base buying decisions on "informed herd effect" influenced by what others like them say about the product, marketing researchers find.

Holiday hustle: Why more Canadians are shopping in-store than online (CTV News)

Canadian holiday spending is up 1.8 per cent in 2019, with shoppers using a combination of online and in-store shopping to buy gifts this year. Heather Thomson comments.

Attracting capital for Alberta tech startups (Alberta Government)

An Innovation Capital Working Group will develop options on how to attract new investment in Alberta's early-stage technology companies. Dean Doucet announced as co-chair.

Why All Leaders Need To Be Authentic (Meeting Leadership Podcast)

Dean Joseph Doucet speaks with Meeting Leadership Podcast host Gordon Sheppard about authentic leadership and shares his best leadership suggestions.

Different model, new location (Winnipeg Free Press)

Winnipeg's Exchange District issues factor into local clothing brand's decision to find new home downtown. Include comments from Heather Thomson, executive director of the School of Retailing.

Jumping careers: A woman's journey from marketing to photography (Calgary Journal)

Elaine Green ('03 BCom) thought she would end up working in business, but the self-taught photographer turned her passion into a career.

The most important Canadian economic charts to watch in 2020 (Maclean's)

Associate professor Andrew Leach contributes a visualization of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions and projections for Maclean's sixth annual chartapalooza which includes more than 80 charts from the experts on jobs, GDP, real estate, trade plus so much more.

How retail peer pressure drives Black Friday in Canada (folio)

Early holiday sales may be a boon for consumers but put pressure on retailers' profit margins, say experts.

CHL Leaders: Business school provides Mitch Topping with newfound passion (Canadian Hocky League)

Following an exciting junior hockey career, Mitch Topping ('19 BCom) found his next true calling.

Farmers markets finding success year round in Edmonton (CBC)

In the last six months, the city has gone from having one year-round indoor farmers market to three. Include comments from professor and vice dean, Kyle Murray.

How the American environmental movement dealt a blow to Alberta's oilpatch (CBC)

The strategy to stifle Alberta's oilsands came together in a hotel near a mall in Minneapolis over a decade ago. Now, those activists are claiming victory. Andrew Leach is interviewed.

Government roadblocks cripple energy industry (Calgary's Business)

Op-ed by Ian Madsen of the Frontier Centre for Public Policy cites an article by energy economist Andrew Leach about challenges facing the oil and gas industry in Canada.

Cannabis company gets lease for extraction facility in central Edmonton (Edmonton Journal)

Keenan Pascal, an '08 BCom grad and CEO of Token Naturals, said securing the lease is a milestone for the company that focuses on working with local producers to create different extract products.

7 Common Recycling Myths, Debunked (Popular Mechanics)

Confused by the rules of recycling? Here are seven of the most pervasive myths in recycling to help you become a better global citizen. Includes comment from Jennifer Argo.

Edmonton City Centre mall, several downtown towers, sold (Global News)

Oxford Properties has sold several mixed-use buildings that span three city blocks in downtown, including Edmonton City Centre, TD Tower, Oxford Tower and Centre Point Place.

Who buys the wine? Research reveals how consumers make choices for groups (folio)

People who see themselves as independent tend to go with their own preference when choosing for a large group-even if it costs more.

Is Alberta ready to take advantage of artificial intelligence economy? (Global News)

Joseph Doucet warns if the province isn't "really strategic" when it comes to AI, "we will continue to muddle along," adding: "Alberta's not going to fall into a crater, but we're going to muddle along in mediocrity."

Energy giant Encana's move to the US a sign of the times (CBC)

Joseph Doucet said for a number of reasons Canada is not currently an attractive market to invest in and that is bad news for the Canadian economy.

Opinion: Artificial intelligence could be Alberta's oilsands 2.0 (Edmonton Journal)

Joseph Doucet is co-author of this op-ed arguing that more students with a post-secondary education is a key to Edmonton and Alberta contending for a bigger piece of the emerging AI market.

Transferring Alberta teachers' pension plan won't necessarily save money (CBC)

Karim Jamal, chair of the Department of Accounting, Operations and Information Systems, said the provincial government's decision to transfer the teachers' pension fund from the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund Board to the government-preferred Alberta Investment Management Corporation won't necessarily reduce duplication or create economies of scale.

New Horizon Mall still sits mostly empty. But these shopkeepers aren't giving up (The Star)

John Pracejus, director of the School of Retailing, suspects that the province's economy can be partly to blame for the malls sluggish growth.

False hope or a fair energy transition? Both are on the ballot (National Observer)

University of Alberta economist Andrew Leach notes the biggest thing affecting the viability of the oilsands is the sustained decline in the outlook for global crude prices.

Edibles expected to shake up Alberta cannabis market (Global News)

Products, such as edibles, extracts and topicals, are now legal but it will be some time before you see them on the shelf in Alberta. Includes comments from the executive director of the School of Retailing, Heather Thomson.

Expert Comment: What does Forever 21 closing mean for Canadian retail market? (The Gateway)

As youthful and ageless as Forever 21 appears, they couldn't stay forever young as their time in the Canadian market comes to a close. Craig Patterson is interviewed.

Two Alberta-based companies creating new uses for old tires (Global News)

When it comes to tires, it's time to start thinking about the switch from summer to winter wheels, but for two Alberta companies, when it comes to tires the "switch" means they are completely transformed. Joel Gehman comments.

Which Federal Party Has the Best Climate Action Plan? (Flare/Chatelaine)

Increasingly, our perspective on climate change depends not on the science but rather on our political ideology. Andrew Leach co-authors this piece.

Starbucks closures bitter news for customers, but grande opportunity for next High Street tenant (CTV News)

While the closure of four-and soon five-Starbucks locations in Edmonton has regular customers confused, retail expert Craig Patterson is excited about the opportunities that could fill the vacancies.

Starbucks says closures in Edmonton a 'normal part of doing business' (Global News)

As several Starbucks coffeeshops around Edmonton have recently closed or are set to close, retail experts say that the move is most likely a strategy, as opposed to signs that the company is struggling.

Tech Roundup (Taproot Edmonton)

The latest tech headlines and upcoming events to help you stay up-to-date on what's happening in Edmonton's tech community.

'The days of the $5 T-shirt are numbered': Forever 21 closure could signal end of fast fashion (Global News)

Fashion and business experts say this week's announcement from Forever 21 that the company would be closing all its Canadian stores comes as no surprise. John Pracejus comments.

'Bathroom privilege': Edmonton urged to improve access to public washrooms (CBC News)

Craig Patterson, director of the U of A's School of Retailing, comments that offering public washrooms makes good business sense for retail outlets, and more stores are moving in this direction.

5 recycling myths debunked (Coloradoan)

Common myths about recycling, and what you can do now that you know they're bogus. Professor Jennifer Argo comments.

OPINION | Liberals' climate balancing act: The world is watching (CBC News)

This is the fourth in a series of articles from energy and environmental economist Andrew Leach about the federal political parties' climate plans.

U of A grads among most employable in Canada, according to new QS rankings (folio)

University ranks second in graduate employment rate and employer-student connections. Includes comment from dean Joseph Doucet.

New clothing brand called KOY Gear started by U of A alumni (The Gateway)

KOY Gear is a men's technical apparel company started and designed by University of Alberta Business alumni Patrick Li, co-founder Jeff Wong, and head of business development Davis Riar.

Sun 20 Questions: Jeremy Bryant, co-founder of Mealshare (Edmonton Sun)

Business alumni Jeremy Bryant, who is a recipient of a 2019 University of Alberta Alumni Horizon Award, answers twenty questions.

Edmonton social enterprise Earth Group unveils new aluminum bottled water product (Global News)

The world is shifting away from single-use plastics, and an Alberta-based bottled water company is riding that wave with a big product change. Includes comment from Dev Jennings.

Election 2019 primer: Energy and the environment (Maclean's)

Where each of the parties stand on the increasingly top-of-mind issue of climate change-and what they propose to do about it. Includes comments from Andrew Leach.

Transforming cities can start with transforming malls, say planners (CBC News)

Urban planners and developers are banking on transforming underused malls into the vibrant, high-density urban centres of tomorrow. Includes comment from Craig Patterson.

Retail giant takes over former Sears in Canada's largest mall, signals confidence in brick-and-mortar stores (Global News)

With a wave of online companies such as Amazon and eBay dominating the retail market, many have been left wondering about what the future holds for traditional retail stores. Vice dean and marketing professor, Kyle Murray comments.

Varcoe: Alberta has 'lost its reputation' as a competitive place to invest, warns MacKinnon (Calgary Herald)

Beneath an array of data that shows Alberta's financial house needs some major repair work to balance the budget books, the new MacKinnon report shines a spotlight on another sore spot to fix. Includes comment from dean Joseph Doucet.

OPINION | What's really holding back the oilsands? It's not the bill of goods you're being sold (CBC News)

According to Business professor Andrew Leach, some politicians and industry representatives are misrepresenting the real issues facing the sector.

Edmonton Economic Development Announces New Board Chair and Five New Directors

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) is proud to announce the appointment of a new Board Chair, Joseph Doucet, as well five new board members effective July, 2019.

Albertans are the top legal weed buyers in Canada so far, according to recent data (The Star Calgary)

Numbers released by Statistics Canada from October 2018 to June 2019 have Alberta leading the way with more than $123.6 million in sales. Includes comment from vice dean, Kyle Murray.

Edmonton students pushing for waste-free menstrual products (CBC News)

Hempact, a group of student entrepreneurs at the University of Alberta, is developing biodegradable pads as part of a growing trend to curb waste.

Why plastic bags are so hard to get rid of (folio)

Easy to make and convenient to use, petroleum-based plastics have no obvious alternative-but that's slowly changing, say researchers.

The Chapters on Whyte Avenue is closing. Should book lovers be worried? (The Star)

Chapters, a fixture on Whyte Ave for more than 20 years, is closing down for good, leaving lingering questions on the viability of bookstores in a world dominated by online shopping. Includes comment from Heather Thomson.