Saturday, June 02, 2012

Branding - Not just for cows

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June 1st., 2012
Volume 12, Issue 7

Dear Friends and Partners,

 Do you know where you can find Canada's lowest inflation rate? Right here in Alberta, with Calgary at 0.09%. And the second lowest rate of inflation is Edmonton, at 1%. Canada's national rate of inflation is 2%. With lower taxes and higher incomes this makes Alberta one of the most affordable provinces to live, according to the RBC's Affordability Index. There are arguments for an increasing inflation rate (home values go up/capital gains: more renters) and for a slowing rate (renters turn into buyers: more affordable to buy/better value). Either way you slice, with a strong economy you are doing well.

I was at a great event where Richard Dolin was presenting. His topic was loosely about branding. It made me think - what is Alberta's brand? Is it an economic powerhouse, festival city, home to the youngest workforce, a wild entrepreneurial hotbed with untamed natural beauty? Or is it the only place to go when you need a job, home to polluting oil sands, money-hungry businesses and a too-high murder rate?  I would argue that Alberta is a wonderful place to live, full of opportunity and clearly agree with the former positive 'brand'. But what the brand really is is what the majority of people believe it to be and talk about it being.

Brands change, grow and morph according to the underlying 'truth' of the brand. You'll find many people who live in Alberta because they love it, thousands of tourists who visit it because of its splendor. You'll also find homesick camp workers with drug problems that ache to get out. Richard presented the idea that YOU are your brand. What you do everyday, what you do at work, on the street, with your family and friends is who and what people think of you: your brand. A more familiar word is 'reputation'. As society becomes increasingly tech oriented perhaps we will find websites that review our personal brands as we peruse other brands online? No wait...Facebook, LinkedIn, Singles, My Space, etc..


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Construction On Condo Towers Overlooking River Could Soon Start

By Gordon Kent, Edmonton Journal, May 24th 2012

EDMONTON - Construction of long-delayed condo towers overlooking the North Saskatchewan River valley could start by year’s end under a proposal to reduce the size of the project.

Zoning for a 1,000-unit development near Jasper Avenue and 85th Street, now called the Edgewater, was approved in 2009, but as the economy sagged, it wasn’t feasible, architect Brad Kennedy says.

“The original project was based on a different time and economics of what potentially could be sold in that area, including some high-end units,” he said Thursday.  GRAB THIS STORY


Western Leaders to Talk Environment, Energy and Tom Mulcair

Canadian Press, May 27th 2012

The environment, energy and federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair are on the agenda Tuesday when leaders of the western provinces and territories get together.
"There is going to be an emphasis on environmental regulation," said Alberta Premier Alison Redford, who will host the meeting in Edmonton.

"British Columbia wants to talk about families and community development and (Saskatchewan) Premier (Brad) Wall and I want to continue to advance the Canadian energy strategy agenda."  READ MORE HERE


Oil The Wheels Of Creativity, Alberta

By Todd Hirsch, Globe and Mail, May 23rd 2012

 It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention. But if my biology is correct, a mother alone isn’t enough – you also need a father. And the father of invention is creativity.

Take Alberta’s energy patch. For all the bad press it gets from uninformed critics, its engineers and geologists are rather creative when they need to be. Applications of innovative solutions abound. Think of the steam-assisted gravity drainage technology in the oil sands, which uses much less water and no tailings ponds. Or the achievements in human safety, which have produced a record that is among the best in the world. Or the technology around carbon capture and storage, which is waiting only for a suitable price on carbon to be economically feasible.  FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE

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"A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something."  -Frank Carpa

Warm Regards,

Todd and Danielle Millar


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