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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What’s New — Subsidies Sweeten the Pot

It seems like just yesterday the daily news was dominated by the latest grow-up bust. Today, some governments are offering cannabis producers incentives to encourage them to put down roots in their province. In order to meet the recreational demand come legalization this summer, inducements totalling millions of dollars are on offer in the form of subsidies, tax credits, grants and other financial sweeteners. Currently, six provinces have offered various incentives to cannabis-related businesses. The rest have either no plans or have proposals on the table to follow their counterparts’ lead. Click here or on the icon above to read my new piece in Marijuana Business Daily.

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What’s New — Dan Dueck

When Dan Dueck was just two years old, his dad, who owned a construction company, began taking the toddler to job sites. From the age of 11, and all through his teens, Dueck worked those sites during summer breaks, hauling lumber and cleaning up. By 2007, he had launched his own company, Abbotsford, BC-based Stattonrock Construction, and soon began taking his young son to work. Whether by osmosis, or DNA, building was in his blood. Dueck hopes to hand over his company one day to that son, and his younger brother, to continue the family tradition. Meantime, he shared the tech tools he uses as the foundation for a successful business with me for my latest piece for Rogers Business Forum. Click here or on the icon above to read all about it.

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What’s New — Deidre Howard

Tailspin Dog Spa owner Deidre Howard has been grooming pooches professionally for more than 15 years. After graduating from Toronto’s Pampered Paws Grooming Academy in 1997, she moved to Vancouver, where she ran a succession of award-winning doggie salons for 12 years. In 2011, Howard returned to Toronto to launch Tailspin. She shares the top tech tools that give her a leg up on the business in my new piece for Rogers Business Forum. Click here or on the icon above to read all about it.

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What’s New — Check in With a Dinosaur

Artificial Intelligence continues to open more doors to more hotels, offering increased convenience for guests and efficiency for properties. With low-key offerings such as digital entry, at such hotels as Hilton and Marriott, to robotic concierges, as in Singapore’s M Social, and all the way up to the otherworldly, such as Japan’s Henn na Hotel, whose entire property is run by robots — and not just any robot: dinosaur robots — the lodging world has gone ultra-high tech. To find out more, check out my new piece for Hotelier Magazine by clicking here for the digital version (story on page 58) or on the icon above to go directly to the page.

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