Canada-Alberta Job Grant: Training Grants for Workforce Development
Government Funding

Canada-Alberta Job Grant: Training Grants for Workforce Development

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) provides Alberta provincial government funding to help Alberta-based employers invest in training initiatives supporting workforce development. The program is a provincial variant of the Canada Job Grant, which aims to address specific training needs of employees across Canada. CAJG administers Alberta government grants to support third-party training initiatives that allow…

‘Everyday’ Women Leaders Are Needed in Sports and Business
Business Strategy

‘Everyday’ Women Leaders Are Needed in Sports and Business

I love hockey. I love the intensity, the camaraderie, and the tradition. Growing up, hockey was, and still is, a centrepiece in my household. Many other sports bring my family together – baseball, football, the Olympics – but despite our love for watching sports, neither my sister nor I ever played team sports and we…

Canada-Alberta Job Grant Promotes $29M Awarded for Skills Training
Government Funding

Canada-Alberta Job Grant Promotes $29M Awarded for Skills Training

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) is a small business grant providing businesses with grants to train their employees. Companies can offset third-party training costs by up to 66%, enabling employers to develop a more skilled workforce. As of June 2016, more than $29 million in funding has been claimed by Canada-Alberta Job Grant applicants. Over…

How to Get the Most Value from Your Millennial Employees
Business Strategy

How to Get the Most Value from Your Millennial Employees

Millennials have recently become the largest generation in Canada’s workforce. With Millennial representation growing from 17.8% in 2004 to 36.8% in 2014, chances are your organization employs several members of this demographic. However, most organizations, unless led by a Millennial, are unaware of the ways to get the most out of their Millennial employees. This…

What ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Taught Me about Diversity
Business Strategy

What ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Taught Me about Diversity

The Lord of the Rings is a massive fantasy work of 481,000 words, with dozens of characters, themes, and messages intertwined. The novel is split into 3 volumes, each with 2 parts (6 total). I have always loved this book, and its multitude of themes and characters can be applied to the business world. I…

Train Your Sales Team to Understand and Communicate Value
Business Strategy

Train Your Sales Team to Understand and Communicate Value

I often discuss growth strategies with some of the most brilliant business leaders in Canada. Their minds are full of innovative concepts and technologies that are set to transform the world we live and work in. I’m honoured to work alongside these talented professionals as they seek investment for strategic growth projects. But while these…

Extroverts and Introverts at Work: Should You Just Stop Talking?
Business Strategy

Extroverts and Introverts at Work: Should You Just Stop Talking?

Recently, my office took part in a training session that used theatrical improv to help develop business communication skills. Throughout the course of the day, as we performed various verbal exercises in groups, it became clear that some of us relished the chance to have all eyes upon us, while others found it unsettling. Either…

NSERC CRD Research Grants for Business – How to Qualify
Government Funding

NSERC CRD Research Grants for Business – How to Qualify

Please Note: NSERC CRD is closed. Access NSERC funding through the Engage (applied research) and Alliance (academic research) programs. Canadian businesses performing long-term research projects may receive support through the Natural Sciences Engineering Research Council (NSERC). NSERC Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) grants provide businesses with funding and access to a team of academic researchers…

$465 Million Replenishment of NSERC Research Grants for Business
Government Funding

$465 Million Replenishment of NSERC Research Grants for Business

Earlier this year, the Canadian federal government announced that they would provide $465 million in funding to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). As the largest discovery-type research investment in Canada’s history, it shows that the current federal government is prioritizing innovative research and development activities. NSERC uses investments such as these to…