What’s New — Modular Hotels

With an assembly system vaguely resembling a game of Tetris, modular construction is anything but a puzzle to purveyors of the style. It’s a solution both builders and hoteliers recognize as faster, cheaper, even greener than traditional construction methods. Designed and built indoors in a controlled and protected environment, away from the vagaries of the weather, the self-contained units — complete with walls, floor and ceiling, as well as fixtures, fittings and furnishings — are then transported and stacked at the construction site. It’s not a new process — the U.S. is ahead of us by a few years, Europe by 20 — but modular hotels are only now gaining some traction in Canada, across all brands and locales. For more, click here or on the icon above to read all about it in my latest piece in the digital edition (p. 27) of  Hotelier Magazine.

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What’s New — The Rumie Initiative

“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.” So said 13th–century theologian and poet Jalal al–Din Mohammad Rumi, for whom Tariq Fancy named his Toronto–based non–profit organization The Rumie Initiative (Fancy added the “e” in a nod to education). The particular work for which Fancy was made – free and accessible education to underserved communities worldwide – was inspired by a friend who pursued his own life’s work just before his life ended. Click here or on the icon above to read all about it in my new piece for Rogers’ Business Forum.

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What’s New — Navigating Marijuana Licensing

Canada’s proposed new licensing regime for recreational marijuana, unveiled in March following a 60-day public consultation, is oftentimes confusing and confounding. But if entrepreneurs can navigate the ever-shifting amendments and updates, as well as meet the various levels of regulation and restrictions affecting cultivation, hemp, nurseries and sales, they’ll find plenty of potential new business opportunities in this budding industry. Click here or on the icon above to read my new piece for Marijuana Business Daily.

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What’s New — Select-Service Hotels

Select-service hotels, with an inference that signals “no-frills”, appeal to the cash-conscious traveler, of course,  but also to one who appreciates a bit of quality. These types of properties are also coveted by developers, builders and operators because they’re quicker and easier to construct, they’re much more economical to run and renovate, and they offer a healthy return on investment. Find out more in my latest story for Hotelier Magazine by clicking here or on the icon above.

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What’s New — Mandy Gill

After a series of unfortunate events during her childhood, and a teenage bout with anorexia that left her at a dangerously low weight of 80 pounds, Mandy Gill turned adversity into positivity. The Vancouverite is now an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness guru who motivates others to live a healthy, fulfilled life through her company, MGM Fitness, and to reach their fitness goals using the Mandy Gill Personalized Fitness App. Gill, 31, was 2017’s YWCA Woman of Distinction, and has been a Reebok–sponsored athlete since 2010. She appears regularly in the media as a fitness expert, and travels around the world speaking about healthy body image. Click here or on the icon above to read my talk with her about the high-impact tech tools she uses to keep her business strong in my latest piece for Rogers Business Forum.

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What’s New — Truvelle’s Gaby Bayona

As a seamstress’s daughter, Gaby Bayona grew up surrounded by threads, fabric, buttons and zippers. It seemed only natural that she would pattern her own career after her mother’s, but a different type of measurement fascinated Bayona: numbers. In school she was a math whiz who won competitions and dreamed of becoming an engineer. But as a teenager, she altered her plans when she developed an appreciation for design. She began sketching and sewing bridal gowns, which she sold via online marketplace Etsy. She quickly gained a worldwide following for her original creations and, in 2013, she opened her own shop – Truvelle – in Vancouver’s Gastown. I asked Bayona to unveil the tech tools that are a perfect fit for her business for my new piece for Rogers Business Forum (click here or on the icon above to read all about her).

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What’s New — Market Collective’s Angel Guerra

Nearly 10 years ago, Angela Dione and Angel Guerra envisioned a locally engaged marketplace that would support and promote Calgary’s creative community. Today, their brainchild Market Collective works with thousands of the city’s entrepreneurial artists, designers and musicians to showcase and sell their work, as well as support their small businesses through bi-monthly markets. Click here or on the icon above to read more about my piece on co-founder Guerra’s tech tools that she and Dione use to craft their business.

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